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Updates since the start of the last thread:
The (largely civilian) Palestinian death toll has now passed 34,000. With over 10,000 missing, it's expected that current estimates are lower than the actual death toll.

The US Congress, with Biden's support, passed the final version of a bill to authorize more than $26,000,000,000 in military aid to Israel. It's been pointed out that this is illegal under US law.

Israel initiated its ground assault of Rafah.

Israel attacked the Iranian consulate in Damascus, killing 16, and resulting in a carefully planned Iranian missile retaliation against military targets in Israel.

The International Court of Justice made an interim ruling in South Africa's favor in their case accusing Israel of genocidal acts in Gaza, deeming it plausible. Ireland, Turkey, and Colombia joined Nicaragua in signing on to South Africa's case against Israel.

Yemeni Houthi attacks on shipping, in solidarity with Gaza, have continued, expanding to the Indian ocean.

Demonstrators have continued to blockade and damage arms factories manufacturing weapons for Israel in the UK.

The Center for Constitutional Rights appealed the jurisdictional dismissal of the genocide complicity lawsuit against President Joe Biden; the appellate argument is scheduled for June 10th.

Following repression at Columbia University, protestors around the US have made encampments at colleges, demanding that their universities divest. Many of these demonstrations have been met with brutal police repression, and some have also faced car ramming attacks and assaults by far-right mobs. This has not discouraged students from continuing. Thousands of demonstrators have been arrested. A new wave of similar protests followed globally.

More countries moved to recognize Palestinian statehood. The US vetoed a UNSC resolution for Palestinian membership.

The US abstained from a ceasefire vote at the UNSC, allowing a temporary ceasefire resolution for the month of Ramadan to pass. Israel refused to observe it, and to cover for this, the US erroneously claimed that UN Security Council resolutions are "non-binding," continuing to back Israel anyway.

Starvation deaths have continued to increase in Gaza amid Israel's imposed famine.

Mass graves discovered at Nasser and Al-Shifa hospitals in Gaza.

More countries halted arms sales to Israel.

The US stated that the Biden Pier had been completed.

More demonstrations and crackdowns have occurred around the world, including in Germany, where speakers including Yanis Varoufakis have been banned, and a wave of arrests and seizures for "anti-semitism" have targeted Jewish groups disproportionately.

The US House of Representatives passed a bill to define criticism of Israel as "anti-semitism," which now goes to the senate.

Israeli and US politicians threatened the International Criminal Court over potential accountability.

A lot more has also occurred - it's recommended that you dive into the previous thread if you haven't done so, yet, because it's been an eventful month!


Gaza death toll tops 34,900

The number of people killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza since the start of the war has risen to 34,904, according to the latest figures by the Health Ministry in the besieged and bombarded territory.

Another 78,514 people have been wounded over the same period, the ministry said.

WATCH: Police bulldoze camp to break up pro-Palestine Amsterdam protest

Dutch police have used a bulldozer to mow down a pro-Palestine encampment at the University of Amsterdam (UVA).

As we reported earlier, police arrested at least 32 protesters as they cleared the camp, located in front of the UVA’s Binnengasthuis building in the city centre of the Dutch capital.

The protesters at UVA are calling for the university to sever all ties with Israel.

Ireland and Spain could recognise Palestinian state on May 21: Report

According to a report by Ireland’s national broadcaster, Ireland, Spain and several other European Union member states are considering recognising a Palestinian state on May 21.

RTE News on Wednesday evening said contacts between Ireland and Spain, and between Slovenia and Malta, had intensified with a view to the countries jointly recognising Palestinian statehood.

According to the report, the countries have been waiting for a vote by the UN General Assembly on May 10, which could lead to the recognition of Palestine as qualified to become a full UN member.

In a joint statement on March 22, Spain, Ireland, Malta and Slovenia said they had agreed to take the first steps towards recognising a Palestinian state.


Trinity College Dublin agrees to divest from Israeli firms after student protest
Five-day encampment in university grounds that caused the college major loss of income ended in victory for campaigners

Students at Trinity College Dublin have ended a five-day encampment after the university pledged to cut ties with Israeli companies.

Student leaders claimed victory on Wednesday night for a US-style campaign that had disrupted the campus and blocked access to the Book of Kells.

Senior management made a deal with protesters, the university said in a statement. “Trinity will complete a divestment from investments in Israeli companies that have activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and appear on the UN blacklist,” it said. “Trinity will endeavour to divest from investments in other Israeli companies.”

Trinity’s supplier list contains just one Israeli company, which will remain until March 2025 for contractual reasons, said the statement. (…)

The encampment began on 3 May when pro-Palestinian protesters set up dozens of tents in Fellows’ Square, similar to actions in the US, Europe and India in response to Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza.

In contrast to confrontations in the US where police forcibly evicted demonstrators at several universities, there was no attempt to remove the protest. Eoin O’Sullivan, a senior dean who led talks with the students, thanked them for their “engagement”.


US will stop supplying some weapons to Israel if it invades Rafah, Biden warns
US president publicly warns that his administration will not provide the weapons for an offensive on Rafah

Joe Biden has issued a blunt warning to Israel that his administration will stop supplying bombs and artillery shells if its military pushes ahead with an offensive on the southern Gaza city of Rafah, in what could mark the start of a turning point in relations between the two countries.

The US president delivered the warning in a television interview in which he brushed aside Israeli and Republican complaints and made clear his administration would not provide the weapons for an offensive on Rafah, which the US, the UN and other aid agencies warn would trigger a humanitarian disaster.

“I made it clear that if they go into Rafah – they haven’t gone in Rafah yet – if they go into Rafah, I’m not supplying the weapons that have been used historically to deal with Rafah, to deal with the cities – that deal with that problem,” Biden told CNN.

The president was speaking after it was announced his administration had paused the delivery of 3,500 munitions, more than half them 2,000lb bombs, which can cause devastating damage and severe civilian casualties when dropped on densely populated areas.

Biden stressed the US would continue to supply ammunition for Israel’s main air defence system, Iron Dome, which performed well in the face of an Iranian missile and drone barrage last month, but he said Washington would not supply offensive weapons that would be used in an offensive the US believes will be disastrous.

US officials made clear that the pause would not be a one-off if the Rafah offensive went ahead: other arms deliveries that have already been approved could be delayed, and shipments waiting for approval could also face obstacles, such as a pending consignment of 6,500 joint direct attack munitions, or JDAMs, which convert freefall “dumb bombs” into precision-guided weapons.

A Guardian investigation this week found a US-made JDAM was used in a March airstrike in southern Lebanon that killed seven health workers. Analysis of debris found at the site of the attack revealed shrapnel from a 500lb (227kg) Israeli MPR bomb, as well as the parts of the JDAM that connect the munition to the guidance system and remnants of its motor.

The weapons – 1,800 2,000lb bombs and 1,700 500lb bombs – had long been seen by experts as the most likely to be targeted for any potential restrictions on arms supplies to Israel given how destructive they are in urban settings.

US officials insist that the pause is not because of legal concerns, but is a policy decision. There is nervousness in the administration about making legal judgments in case they are used against Israel in legal disputes before the international criminal court and the international court of justice.

However, the Guardian understands that conversations in recent months have focused on how the Israeli military’s use of certain munitions diverges from the Pentagon’s rules on the use of such weapons in heavily populated urban settings.

The weapons hold-up comes against the background of the expected delivery of a report by the US Department of State that examines whether Israel’s war conduct is credibly in compliance with assurances that American-supplied weapons will not be used in contravention of US and international humanitarian law.

The White House and Pentagon declined to comment.



Dutch students strike back!


>Dutch police have used a bulldozer to mow down a pro-Palestine encampment at the University of Amsterdam (UVA).
That sounds familiar, are they trying to make western protesters feel like they are in Gaza ?
It doesn't seem wise to blur that line.


How come the Dutch have an Anne Frank museum but then this Israel Palestine stuff?


War continuation, Israeli presence in Gaza a ‘death sentence to hostages’

Daniel Seidmann, Israeli attorney and specialist on Israeli-Palestinian relations, says all opinion polls suggest that a large majority of the Israeli public is aware that Israel cannot both free the captives and continue the war.

“The two are mutually incompatible,” he told Al Jazeera.

This has been echoed by the families of the captives as well as experts, including former military and intelligence officials in Israel, Seidmann noted.

There is a “binary choice – end hostilities, withdraw from Gaza while receiving all of the hostages back”, he said. “Any continuation of the war and any continuation of the Israeli presence in Gaza is a death sentence to the hostages.”

Israeli army destroys home of suspected attacker

Israeli forces have blown up the home of a man who is alleged to have carried out a February shooting attack at a bus stop in southern Israel, reports the Wafa news agency.

The demolition of his eighth-floor apartment, located in Jerusalem’s Shu’fat refugee camp, has left his wife and four children homeless.

The man, 37-year-old Fadi Jamjoum, was fatally shot by an Israeli reservist following the February bus stop attack.

Within days, Israeli forces raided Jamjoum’s home and took measurements, preparing to demolish it, according to Wafa.

Israel regularly demolishes the homes of Palestinians accused of attacks on Israel, a policy that rights groups decry as a form of “collective punishment”.

Pro-Palestinian student protests continue across Spain

We have verified videos posted online showing Granada University students demonstrating in front of the institution’s presidency at the Royal Hospital of the city in southern Spain, in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.

The protesters are demanding their university divest from Israel as they chant slogans in support of Palestinians.

Israel Hayom, a Hebrew language Israeli newspaper, also reported today that the University of Barcelona is expected to cut ties with Israel after student protests.

Pro-Palestinian student protests have taken place across Spain this week with more than 2,000 lecturers having come out in support of the rallies.


Bangladesh students protest Israeli genocide in Gaza

Thousands of university and college students across Bangladesh staged demonstrations on Monday, joining the wave of international student protests opposing the imperialist-backed Israeli genocide in Gaza.

The protesting Bangladeshi students also condemned the brutal police crackdown on students at university campuses and colleges across the US where they are also campaigning against Israel’s barbaric war.

Dhaka University was the main centre of Monday’s protests with students participating from other campuses and colleges. According to the Bangladesh-based New Age, other demonstrations were held at universities in Jahangirnagar, Chittagong, Comilla, Rajshahi and the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology.

Significant numbers of students also protested at Shah Azizul Haque College in Bogura and Mymensingh’s Agricultural University. Palestinian students enrolled at these universities and university lecturers also participated.

The students at the rallies and marches carried banners with slogans such as “Free Palestine, Stop Genocide! Down with Zionism! Ceasefire in Gaza now!” The rally at Dhaka University, which was joined by several university lecturers, was under the banner “Solidarity with Free Palestine Movement in American Universities!”

Solaiman Khan, a 23-year-old Dhaka University student, told Arab News: “The US and some other big players always speak in favor of freedom of speech. But what we have seen at university campuses in the US is a shame for all world leaders.” He added: “The youth [of Bangladesh] have come onto the streets against this sort of hypocrisy from the superpowers of the world.”

Mosaddek Ibne Mohammad Ali, who attended that event, told the media: “What Israel has been doing to the people of Gaza is clearly a war crime and genocide. The Netanyahu administration has violated all the humanitarian laws. This illegal war must be stopped for the sake of humanity.”

He condemned the Biden administration’s unwavering support for Israel and recalled previous US imperialist wars: “They violated the laws of democracy in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and now they are violating democracy in their own country [by] attacking and imprisoning the students.”

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Funny Cornish Man - Analysis on US politicians threats against the International Criminal Court


It doesn't seem wise, but it does seem like it's what they're trying to do.


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Hezbollah claims to hit Israeli sites near border

Lebanon’s Hezbollah group says it has fired weapons at Israel’s Ramia military site near the border, destroying one of its newly set up “technical systems”.

Hezbollah also fired a rocket at Israel’s al-Samaqa military site, which is located in the occupied Lebanese hills of Kfarchouba, report our colleagues at Al Jazeera Arabic.

The Hezbollah attacks follow an alleged Israeli drone attack on a car in southern Lebanon that killed four of its members, according to Lebanese security sources cited by Reuters.

Elite UK universities join pro-Palestine student movement, spooking PM
Edna Mohamed
Reporting from London, UK

At 3am (02:00 GMT) last Wednesday, as the rain poured down, pro-Palestine students at Bristol University set up an encampment opposite a study centre on campus.

Eugenia and five other student activists who had met at previous protests put four tents together. But despite the cold, more sprung up over the next few nights.

“It’s now grown to at least 20 tents, with loads of people rotating in and out, usually about 30 [people] at the camp during the day. But it’s sometimes more if we have a specific event on,” Eugenia, an organiser with the Bristol for Palestine group, told Al Jazeera.

Police arrive at Malmo’s main square before Eurovision

A heavy police presence is in Malmo’s main square where protests against Israel’s inclusion in the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest are expected to take place.

Officers in more than five vans arrived in Stortorget, or main square, ahead of Eden Golan taking to the stage on Thursday evening in Malmo Arena to represent Israel.

A pro-Palestinian march will take place in the afternoon, which a spokesperson for the force said would cause disturbance to traffic in the city in southern Sweden.

The organisers of the march say the demonstration will take place at 3pm local time (13:00 GMT), with it ending at Molleplatsen park.

Boos for Israel’s entry at Eurovision rehearsal

Shouts of “Free Palestine” could be heard during Israel’s song at the rehearsals for the semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden. The semifinal is to be held tonight.

Watch the video below:



Yemen’s Houthis say they will continue to target ships transporting goods to Israel

The leader of Yemen’s Houthis, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, says the group would target ships of any company related to supplying or transporting goods to Israel regardless of their destination.

He said this was a fourth stage of escalation in retaliation to “the Israeli aggression on Rafah”.

“From now on, we are also thinking about the fifth stage and the sixth stage, and we have very important, sensitive and influential choices on the enemies,” he said.

Months of Houthi attacks in the Red Sea have disrupted global shipping, forcing firms to re-route to longer and more expensive journeys around southern Africa.

More than 300 Bedouins face forced evictions following home demolitions in Negev: Amnesty

We reported earlier on the Israeli authorities’ demolition of 47 homes in Wadi al-Khalil, a Bedouin village in the Negev.

Amnesty International has said in a statement the forced eviction of more than 300 residents in Wadi al-Khalil, one of nine unrecognised villages at risk of forced eviction “underscores the urgency to dismantle Israel’s apartheid system”.

“Instead of meaningfully consulting with the local communities in an inclusive decision-making process on planning, infrastructure development and access to land, Israeli authorities … continue to use urban development as a tool to displace Bedouins, disenfranchise them and force them into smaller and smaller pockets of land, in a clear illustration of Israel’s apartheid system,” said Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s regional director for the Middle East and North Africa.

She urged authorities to immediately stop all evictions and ensure those made homeless are granted adequate housing.

Major Rafah operation will not defeat Hamas, White House says

White House national security spokesman John Kirby says Israel undertaking a major Rafah operation will not advance the objective of both the US and Israel of defeating Hamas in Gaza.

“Smashing into Rafah … will not advance that objective,” Kirby said in a briefing with reporters.



>It doesn't seem wise, but it does seem like it's what they're trying to do.
I don't understand what their motives are.

At first i thought this was an attempt at intimidation, but what they are doing has the effect of galvanizing solidarity and rope more people into resistance. When the CIA does color revolution stuff they deliberately try to provoke excessive police repression because that is such an effective tool to grow a movement.

The second puzzling thing is People are demonstrating against the actions of a foreign government in a distant country. By attacking these people, they make everybody think there is some sort of collusion going on. It's hard to reconcile why anybody would be giving so much political ammunition to the political opposition.


I can't speak for the Dutch, but in the US, the repression seems like acts of both desperation and… normalization, maybe. They seem to be part of a broader authoritarian project.

And, generally, there is some collusion - afaik the protests in the Netherlands are also about divestment, and their government, institutions, etc. still haven't done so wrt Israel. Not fully, anyway - needlesstosay, The Netherlands is considerably less involved in all this than the US, or even the UK or Germany afaik. Still! They aren't totally uncompromised from what I understand, and so there have been protests there for a while prior to these ones ramping up.


>I can't speak for the Dutch, but in the US, the repression seems like acts of both desperation and… normalization, maybe.
I can see the desperation angle, but this shit has definitely done the opposite of normalization, especially with regards to pro-Israel stances. It's no longer normal to side with Israel, normal people can't stomach it anymore.

>They seem to be part of a broader authoritarian project.

I get the impression this is people going down with the Zionist ship. The barbarism united the regional population against US empire, destabilizing the political hold on power of pro-western factions across the middle east. The IDF also failed it's military goals, they suffered too many casualties and despite the unfathomable devastation, every part of Gaza remains contested. Israels veneer of invincibility has cracked. The Zionist are compromising US imperial interests in the region.

>the protests are also about divestment

I see, that is indeed a demand directed at the government at home. However it's a rather harmless demand. They are demanding a change of policy, they're not demanding retribution.


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Islamic Resistance in Iraq launches drone strike on Israeli base

The umbrella group of Iran-aligned militias in Iraq says it has launched a drone attack on a military base in Elifelet in northern Israel.

Neither the Islamic Resistance in Iraq nor the Israeli military has commented on any damage or casualties.

The Iraqi group promised it would continue its attacks on Israeli positions, which it said come “in response to the massacres committed” by Israel against Palestinians.

‘Burn down the UN’: Israelis set fire to UNRWA office in occupied East Jerusalem

The UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has been forced to shut down its headquarters in the occupied East Jerusalem after Israelis – some of them armed – set fire to the compound’s perimeter.

Philippe Lazzarini, head of the agency, said the fire caused “extensive damage” as “it took the Israeli fire extinguishers and police a while before they turned up”.

“This is an outrageous development,” said Lazzarini.

Over the past few months, UN staff have been “regularly” subjected to harassment and intimidation, the compound has been seriously damaged, and Israeli citizens have threatened the staff with guns.

“I call on all those who have influence to put an end to these attacks and hold all those responsible accountable.”


Israeli-American billionaire slams Biden decision on bomb transfer

Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban, a major donor to US President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, urged the White House to “reconsider” sending 2,000-pound bombs to Israel for its continuing invasion of Gaza.

“Let’s not forget that there are more Jewish voters who care about Israel than Muslim voters that care about Hamas,” he wrote in a letter to Biden.

“Even beyond Israel, this sends a terrible message to our allies in the region and beyond, that we can flip from doing the right thing to bending to political pressure.”

Saban, who hosted a major Los Angeles fundraiser for Biden’s reelection campaign in February, said “defeating” Hamas is a shared goal that Biden is now acting against.

Israelis opposed to humanitarian aid for Gaza block highway

Israeli activists against sending desperately needed food into Gaza blocked a major highway in southern Israel.

Booby-trapped tunnel blast wounds 3 Israeli soldiers in Rafah

The armed wing of Hamas in Gaza says it has detonated a booby-trapped tunnel in eastern Rafah when Israeli soldiers and vehicles were nearby, inflicting casualties.

The Israeli army confirmed the explosion and said three soldiers were “moderately” wounded. The Qassam Brigades claimed multiple attacks on Israeli positions, signaling heavy fighting is ongoing in southern Gaza.

In the north in the Zeitoun neighbourhood of Gaza City, Palestinian fighters hit Israeli forces with mortar rounds and targeted two armoured vehicles with al-Yassin rockets and an anti-tank explosive device, the The Qassam Brigades said. In the Sabra neighbourhood, also in Gaza City, a D9 military bulldozer was destroyed, it added.

Along the so-called Netzarim Corridor, which the Israeli army constructed to separate northern and southern Gaza, the Qassam Brigades claimed several mortar attacks.

Hezbollah claims seven attacks on Israeli positions

The Lebanese armed group said in its end-of-day report of border fighting with Israel that it had launched seven attacks using different weapons on Thursday.

The group also released multiple new videos of its attacks on Israeli positions, showing antitank guided missiles being launched to target gatherings of Israeli troops in buildings in border areas.

‘Nothing and no one allowed into Gaza’ for three days: UN relief chief

Martin Griffiths, the UN’s emergency relief coordinator, says the Israeli military hasn’t allowed anything or anyone to go in or get out of the Gaza Strip in tandem with its takeover of the Rafah crossing.

“The closure of the crossings means no fuel. It means no trucks, no generators, no water, no electricity and no movement of people or goods. It means no aid,” he wrote in a post on X.

“Civilians in Gaza are being starved and killed and we are prevented from helping them. This is Gaza today even after seven months of horrors.”

Amnesty calls on ‘all states’ to halt weapons transfers to Israel, Palestinian groups

Amnesty International urged states to “immediately halt the transfer of weapons, parts and ammunition to Israel and Palestinian armed groups”.

In a statement, the group said countries must do so while there is “a risk they could be used to commit or facilitate serious violations of international law”.

Hezbollah claims attack to avenge ‘assassinated’ members

The armed Lebanese group says attacks on Israeli positions a few hours ago came “in response to the assassination” of its members in the Israeli air raid in Bafliyeh.

Hezbollah said in a post on its Telegram channel it targeted a military headquarters in the settlement of Kfar Giladi, “directly hitting the operation room” of senior Israeli forces and inflicting casualties. It released three videos of attacks on Israeli positions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Two attacks were carried out using antitank guided missiles with one employing mortar fire. They targeted Israeli soldiers and “spying equipment”.

Seven crew members of Israeli-linked seized ship released by Iran

Portugal’s foreign ministry confirmed Iran has released seven crew members of the Portuguese-flagged, Israeli-linked ship MSC Aries that its armed forces seized on April 13.

Five Indians, a Filipino and an Estonian were released after another crew member was earlier freed, it said in a statement. Seventeen members still remain on board. Iran earlier said all crew members are free to leave if the captain also agreed to depart.

The Indian embassy in Tehran confirmed in a post on X that the Indian crew members departed Iran.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) confiscated the vessel after the Israeli military bombed Tehran’s consulate in Syria, killing seven members of the elite force, including two generals.

At midnight on the same day the ship was seized, Iran started its Operation True Promise, launching more than 330 missiles and drones at Israel, most of which were intercepted by Israel and a coalition of allies, including the United States.

Slovenia starts process of recognising Palestinian statehood

Prime Minister Robert Golob announces the Slovenian government has officially started the process of recognising Palestinian as a sovereign state.

He said Slovenia aims to recognise an independent Palestine based on the 1967 borders, or any borders that may later be drawn up as a result of potential future negotiations between Israel and Palestine, and reforms implemented by the Palestinian Authority.

“I call on Israel to put an immediate end to its attacks on Gaza and to use the negotiating table,” Golob said, adding that the governing coalition agreed unanimously on the decision to begin recognising Palestinian statehood.

Slovenia said in a joint statement on March 22 along with Spain, Ireland and that it has agreed to take the first steps towards recognising a Palestinian state.

Since 1988, an overwhelming majority of 142 out of 193 UN member states have recognised Palestinian statehood.

Tens of thousands protest against war on Gaza, Israel’s participation in Eurovision
Paul Rhys
Reporting from Malmo, Sweden

On the streets of Malmo, there are tens of thousands of people, protesting not only Israel’s war on Gaza but the fact that Israel has been allowed to enter the Eurovision Song Contest this year, and contrasting that with the fact that Russia was barred after their invasion of Ukraine.

There’s a huge Muslim population in Malmo – a lot of people from Syria, Lebanon and Palestine – and they see it in a way as rubber-stamping Israel’s actions in Gaza.

Alongside those demonstrations, there is also a pro-Israeli manifestation – as they’re calling it – of the Jewish community in Malmo. They’re saying it’s not a demonstration, they just want to show solidarity with the Jewish community. They say they’ve come under a lot of threats in the past seven months and they want to show their presence.

If not the top one, it’s definitely among the top three events the police here have had to deal with. They’ve brought in reinforcements from Norway and Denmark, and there are special police forces, and there are snipers on the roof around Malmo Arena.

Hamas urges halt to airdrops of aid after another two people killed

Hamas has called for an end to airdrops of aid after two more Palestinians were killed in northern Gaza when an aid pallet crashed into a warehouse after its parachute failed to open.

Residents had gathered there to collect relief supplies. A total of 21 people have been killed due to airdrops of aid going wrong, according to the Hamas authorities.

“We reiterate that airdrops pose a real danger to the lives of citizens and do not provide a real solution to alleviate the food crisis plaguing northern Gaza,” Salama Marouf, head of the Government Media Office in Gaza, said in a statement.

She called for the land crossings to reopen so humanitarian aid could be delivered to northern Gaza, where food shortages are at their worst.

Hamas says Israel operations in Rafah definitely not ‘limited’

Israel has already defied international objections by sending in tanks and conducting what it called “targeted raids” in the east of Rafah, the city it says is home to Hamas’s last remaining battalions.

But Hamas authorities in Rafah dismissed as “nothing but lies” Israel’s description of its operation as “limited”.

Residents and medics in Rafah said an Israeli attack near a mosque killed at least three people and wounded others in the eastern Brazil neighbourhood. Video from the scene showed the minaret lying in the rubble and two bodies wrapped in blankets.

An Israeli air strike on two houses in the Sabra neighbourhood of Rafah killed at least 12 people including women and children.

Critics warn an all-out Israeli assault on Rafah will lead to a humanitarian disaster with more than one million people sheltering in the tiny territory.

‘It’s like we’re sheep’: Palestinians flee Rafah with nowhere to go

Tens of thousands of people are on the move again as Israel threatens a full-scale invasion of southern Rafah where hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to go months ago.

“Where are we supposed to go? Where is the world that’s just watching us?” said Ahmad Abed, who has an eight-month-old daughter. “It’s like we’re sheep.”

At a makeshift refugee camp in Rafah, Mazen al-Shami said he was fed up. “We have no money and we don’t have the means to move from one place to another again and again. We have no means at all.”

Israel’s war on Gaza has driven about 80 percent of the territory’s population of 2.3 million from their homes and caused vast destruction. The death toll in Gaza has soared to more than 34,500 people, according to local health officials.

‘Anti-Palestinian racism’ affecting students at Berkeley schools

Berkeley Unified School District, a US public school district in California, faces federal complaints about anti-Palestinian and anti-Muslim incidents as the war on Gaza rages on.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee civil organisations filed federal complaints alleging instances of discrimination and harassment against students since October 7.

“The pervasive anti-Palestinian racism within Berkeley schools is deeply concerning and demands urgent action,” said Zahra Billoo, executive director of CAIR’s San Francisco chapter.

“Palestinian, Arab and Muslim students should not have to endure discrimination or fear for their safety while pursuing their education.”

‘Europe must raise its voice for justice on Palestine’: Iran minister

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian commemorated Europe Day, but said those who worked for peace and prosperity on the continent should also strive for that elsewhere in the world.

“What is happening in Gaza weighs heavy on the conscience of humanity and is a crucial test for the legitimacy of values – namely human rights and dignity that Europeans claim working for. Europe must raise its voice for justice on the issue of Palestine,” he wrote on X.

Amirabdollahian earlier spoke on the phone with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, saying if the US continues to “appease” Israel on invading Rafah, “the repercussions will be difficult for those who support the war”.

Demonstrations at University of Barcelona lead to Israel divestment

The University of Barcelona is one of the latest schools to divest from Israel after students organised large demonstrations in solidarity with Palestinians.




Hamas active in north Gaza, expects to rebuild in south after Rafah invasion: Monitors

As Israel prepares to launch a full ground invasion of southern Gaza’s Rafah city, Israeli forces carried out their third “re-clearing” of Gaza City’s Zeitoun neighbourhood on Wednesday, “demonstrating that Hamas remains active beyond just Rafah”, war monitors said.

In their latest battlefield assessment, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and the Critical Threats Project (CTP) – two US-based think tanks – note that despite Israel’s repeated “clearing efforts”, Hamas “remains active and combat effective in the northern Gaza Strip”.

As Hamas has rebuilt its capacity in northern Gaza, so too will it likely rebuild in Rafah after the planned ground operation, the ISW and CTP said.

“Hamas’ remaining presence throughout the Gaza Strip supports CTP-ISW’s assessment that Hamas expects that it would survive an Israeli clearing operation into Rafah,” the monitors said.

“Hamas likely calculates that it could rebuild itself in Rafah in the same way that it is currently in the northern Gaza Strip,” they said.

Israeli troops blow up buildings in Rafah, artillery pounds Gaza City

Israeli forces are carrying out operations to blow up buildings in the east of Rafah city, our colleagues at Al Jazeera Arabic are reporting.

Intense artillery shelling targeting the Sabra and Zeitoun neighbourhoods of Gaza City has also been reported.

We will bring you more on the Israeli military attacks on Rafah and Gaza City as information emerges.

Fierce battles reported between Palestinian fighters, Israeli forces in Rafah

Israeli forces are conducting operations in several areas of Rafah city, according to our colleagues at Al Jazeera Arabic, while reports are emerging of heavy clashes between Palestinian armed groups and Israel’s military in the east of the city.

Video footage shared on social media showed a Palestinian family cowering in a residence as the sounds of heavy machine-gun fire and explosions could be heard nearby in what is being described as a “night of fire” in Rafah.

Al Jazeera Arabic also shared a verified video showing the aftermath of an Israeli attack on Rafah on Thursday.


UN to vote on resolution reviving Palestine’s bid for UN membership

The United Nations General Assembly is expected to vote later today on a resolution that would grant new “rights and privileges” to Palestine and that, again, calls on the UN Security Council to favourably reconsider Palestine’s request for full UN membership.

The US vetoed a widely backed resolution on April 18 that would have paved the way for full UN membership for Palestine, a goal that Israel has worked strenuously to prevent and Washington has been instrumental in blocking on behalf of its key ally.

The US deputy ambassador to the UN, Robert Wood, said on Thursday that the Biden administration remained opposed to Palestinian membership. During the April 18 vote, Palestine’s application received strong support with a vote of 12 in favour, the UK and Switzerland abstaining, and the US alone in voting no.

The State of Palestine appealed for support on Thursday, saying a vote for UN membership comes at “a critical moment for the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including the right to their independent State … [and] rightful place among the community of nations”.

Gunfire reported in occupied West Bank as Israeli military night raids continue
There has been gunfire exchanged between Israeli forces and Palestinian resistance groups in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, the Wafa news agency reports.

Israeli forces stormed the Rafidia neighbourhood of the city and raided student housing, beating and arresting two students, according to Wafa.

Israeli raids and settler violence have also been reported elsewhere in the occupied West Bank in the following locations:

The city of Hebron and the town of Yatta to the south.
The town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.
Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian crops east of Ein al-Hilweh in the northern Jordan Valley, Wafa reports.

EU crisis management chief condemns arson attack on UNRWA’s Jerusalem HQ

Janez Lenarcic, the European commissioner for emergency responses, has called on Israeli authorities to ensure the “security and safety of UN staff” after attackers twice set fire to the perimeter of UNRWA headquarters in occupied East Jerusalem.

Israeli authorities must “prosecute those responsible for the attack”, Lenarcic said.

UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini reported earlier that a crowd of Israelis, some armed, gathered to chant outside his agency’s office: “Burn down the United Nations”, noting that it took Israeli police and firefighters “a while before they turned up”.

“Over the past two months, Israeli extremists have been staging protests outside the UNRWA compound in Jerusalem, called by an elected member of the Jerusalem municipality,” Lazzarini said on social media.

“This week, the protest became violent when demonstrators threw stones at UN staff and at the buildings of the compound,” he said.

“UN staff, premises and operations should be protected at all times in line with international law,” he added.

Blinken expected to say Israel not breaking law on use of US weapons: Report

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to submit a report to Congress today on whether Israel has violated international humanitarian law during its war on Gaza, news outlet Axios reports, citing three unnamed officials.

The report is expected to harshly criticise Israel’s conduct, but stop short of concluding that it has violated the terms of use for US weapons.

US President Joe Biden issued a National Security Memorandum (NSM-20) in February, requiring the State Department to report to Congress by May 8 over the credibility of Israeli assurances that its use of US weapons had not violated US or international law.

On Thursday, Biden admitted publicly that US weapons had been used to kill innocent civilians in Gaza while announcing the suspension of a shipment of bombs to Israel over its plans to invade Rafah.

Palestinian filmmaker wins Peabody Award for Gaza coverage

Palestinian journalist Bisan Owda and AJ+ won a Peabody Award – one of the highest honours in journalism – for coverage of the devastating impact that Israel’s war on Gaza is having on local people.

The award was announced on Thursday for the first video in Owda’s series for AJ+ on daily life under Israel’s bombardment.

Owda sent a videotaped message from Rafah to the world on winning the award.

“Acknowledging journalists’ efforts at this time is really important to me,” Owda said.

“It shows the world what’s happening to us. At a time when the [Israeli] occupation is murdering us – journalists, doctors, medics and civilians – as if we were supporting terrorism,” she said.

“We rise to simply document the genocide happening to our people and we expose the oppression to the world,” she added.

“A terrorist is one who commits genocide, supports genocide, stands by genocide, remains silent during genocide, and rejoices in genocide.”

‘For the very first time’: Joe Biden admits US bombs killed innocent people in Gaza
Patty Culhane
Reporting from Washington, DC, United States

This has been going on for months. We know that the Biden administration has tried to pressure Israel on reducing casualties, trying to get more aid into Gaza. But they never admitted it publicly.

They never talked about what the consequences were going to be for Israel.

Well, that changed recently. We saw President Joe Biden come out and say, look, if they do this large-scale invasion of Rafah – there will be no bombs, no artillery shells, perhaps none of the technologies that turn dumb bombs into smart bombs.

And he is not just saying that it is going to happen. He is showing that it is already sort of happening.

We know from the Pentagon briefing today that there was a shipment of bombs – 1,800 2,000-pound (900kg) bombs. Those are the ones that cause a lot of destruction. And, 1,700 500-pound (230kg) bombs.

Those were supposed to be shipped to Israel and that’s been delayed.

So, Biden sending the message of what’s going to happen and telling them this is already not happening.

At the same time – one of the more significant things – is we have, for the very first time, heard US President Joe Biden say, specifically, that American bombs have killed innocent civilians in Gaza.



>‘Burn down the UN’: Israelis set fire to UNRWA office in occupied East Jerusalem
>The UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has been forced to shut down its headquarters in the occupied East Jerusalem after Israelis – some of them armed – set fire to the compound’s perimeter.
>Philippe Lazzarini, head of the agency, said the fire caused “extensive damage” as “it took the Israeli fire extinguishers and police a while before they turned up”.

<We're the only good guys in the middle east

<Sets the UN's soup-kitchen on fire

They're really putting effort into making everybody think they're monsters.


>Israeli-American billionaire slams Biden decision on bomb transfer
>Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban, a major donor to US President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, urged the White House to “reconsider” sending 2,000-pound bombs to Israel for its continuing invasion of Gaza.
>“Let’s not forget that there are more Jewish voters who care about Israel than Muslim voters that care about Hamas,” he wrote in a letter to Biden.

<Deranged anti-semite of wealth makes unfounded accusations that all Jews want heavier bombs for the genocide.

Meanwhile the majory of the Jewish diaspora keep saying
<not in my name


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Broadcast of Eurovision song festival on Belgian TV starts like this: "This is a workers union action. We denounce the human rights violations by the state of Israel. Moreover, the state of Israel destroys press freedom. That's why we shortly interrupt this programme.”







Happening now: UN General Assembly emergency meeting on the state of Palestine


Who is talking right now? Hamas is genocidal Nazis? They're the Hitlers of our time? What did the Nazis say, "Accuse the other of that you are guilty." — Joseph Goebbels. Israel has no leg to stand on. Free Palestine!


The Palestinian speaker made a powerful and moving speech.
Then the Israeli speaker came on stage and the first thing he did was accuse the UN of being the Hitler of our time.


Did Goebbels say that?
Sounds like you caught the Israeli ambassador talking. Isn't he a charmer?


He likes doing that!


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UN General Assembly resolution passes

The resolution to expand Palestine’s rights at the UN has passed with overwhelming support: 143 countries voted in favour, nine voted against and 25 abstained.

We will bring you a full breakdown of how each country voted shortly.

More from the Palestinian ambassador to the UNGA

Here are some more lines from Riyad Mansour’s impassioned address to the UN General Assembly:

Your vote today of course says a lot about your solidarity with Palestine but also about who you are and what you stand for.
It matters and I know an overwhelming majority of you will stand again with the Palestinian people in their hour of need and you will stand for just and lasting peace for the benefit of all.
In simple words, voting “Yes” is the right thing to do and I can assure you, you and your country for years to come will be proud to have stood for freedom, justice and peace in this darkest hour.
As everyone is saying, “Free Palestine, Free Palestine and peace for all.”
And I repeat, free Palestine and vote “Yes” for the resolution.
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Israeli security cabinet approved ‘expansion’ of ​​Rafah operation: Report

Israel’s security cabinet approved the “expansion of the area of ​​operation” of the Israeli forces in Rafah, Axios has reported citing three sources with knowledge of the details.

Two of the unnamed sources said this would be a “measured expansion” that did not cross US President Joe Biden’s red line while the third said it could be seen as crossing the line.

Earlier this week, Biden said the US was still committed to Israel’s defence and would supply rocket interceptors and other defensive arms but, if Israeli forces invade Rafah, “we’re not going to supply the weapons and artillery shells used.”

The three sources also told Axios the cabinet instructed the Israeli negotiations to continue efforts to reach a captive deal and try to formulate a new initiative that would lead to a breakthrough, with far-right ministers Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich voted against this decision.

ICRC says ‘desperate’ to bring supplies into Gaza

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned that hundreds of thousands of people are facing “an extremely chaotic situation” as they try to flee Israel’s Rafah offensive.

“The food and water and medical supplies situation is critical and if this continues, then we move towards catastrophic, or even more catastrophic, consequences from the situation that we now see,” ICRC spokesperson Jason Straziuso told Al Jazeera.

He said the ICRC is “constantly asking” Israeli officials to allow access to humanitarian goods following the shutdown of the crossings.

“The Israeli officials know that we are desperate to bring in more supply trucks which we have waiting to cross the border as soon as they’re able to,” Straziuso said.

“There’s conversations also taking place about the need to spare civilian lives – no targeting of civilians, no targeting of civilian objects, meaning buildings, schools, medical facilities,” he added. “Those talks have been happening for months.”



Who were the againsts?


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Screenshot before they locked the machine


so the nos are:
Argentina, Czechia, Hungary, Israel, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and the United States.

I'm actually laughing.


>The resolution to expand Palestine’s rights at the UN has passed with overwhelming support: 143 countries voted in favour, nine voted against and 25 abstained.

The way i understood this, Palestine got membership in the UN and now gets voting rights in the UN, but for some reason the US and Australian speakers tried to contradict this.

What gives ?


I think this is technically a resolution to reintroduce a vote on membership at the UNSC and support it, so there is technical wiggle room, I think, but whether or not I'm right, the US would try to downplay it as much as possible. They flat-out lied about the UNSC ceasefire resolution.


>a resolution to reintroduce a vote on membership
So diplomatic foreplay ?
Can i assume that Palestine will get UN Membership given the overwhelming result today.

>They flat-out lied about the UNSC ceasefire resolution.

Oh yeah i remember that one, the Security council didn't put enough binder into that resolution to make it stick or something. s/


>So diplomatic foreplay ?
I think there's more to it than that, but at least partly, yes.

>Can i assume that Palestine will get UN Membership given the overwhelming result today.

No idea. I'd say stay pessimistic, but I say that for everything, personally. The US gov't really doesn't want it.

>Oh yeah i remember that one, the Security council didn't put enough binder into that resolution to make it stick or something. s/

Gotta use all ur glue. But not 2 much glue or it's "unilateral," like today's vote. 143-9 is the UN acting "unilaterally."


Yemen’s Houthis thwart ‘spying network’ amid expanding military ops: Report

The group has arrested multiple people accused of working with the intelligence services of the US and Israel through intermediaries in the region, according to a report in Iranian state-linked media.

The Tasnim news website, affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), quoted a Houthi military official as saying a “network of mercenaries” who were in contact with an intermediary linked with the United Arab Emirates were arrested in western Yemen.

The official said they were passing information on where the Houthis were trying to launch missiles and where their forces were located.

This is a historic day, but only diplomatically
Marwan Bishara

Palestine has netted a victory at the United Nations, but this will not impact what is happening on the ground to Palestinians, says Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst Marwan Bishara.

“How will that weigh on what’s happening in Gaza? It is probably not going to weigh in at all,” he said. “In fact, there is almost a negative correlation because the worst the situation is getting in Palestine, the better it is getting at the UN.”

Bishara said it was evident that most UN member states were going to vote in favour of the resolution, but that it was disappointing to see over two dozen abstentions, which did not make much sense due to overwhelming support for the resolution.

“I think a good number of votes were against the United States as much as they were for Palestine, and I think a good number of votes were abstaining under pressure from the United States.”

Bishara said the “hyperbolic, clownish” behaviour by the Israeli ambassador, who shredded a symbolic UN charter to demonstrate his opposition, did not help Israel.

US denounces ‘unilateral’ vote supporting Palestine’s bid for UN membership

After voting against the resolution, the US criticized the vote for more rights for Palestine at the UN General Assembly.

Robert Wood, deputy US ambassador to the UN, told the General Assembly that “unilateral” measures at the UN and on the ground will not advance a two-state solution.

“Our vote does not reflect opposition to Palestinian statehood. We have been very clear that we support it and seek to advance it meaningfully. Instead, it is an acknowledgement that statehood will only come from a process that involves direct negotiations between the parties,” he said.

The UN has long endorsed a vision of two states living side by side within secure and recognized borders. Palestinians want a state in the currently occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip – all territory captured by Israel in the 1967 war with neighbouring Arab states.

Israeli leaders reject an independent state for the Palestinians.



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Colombia’s leader Petro urges ICC arrest warrant for Netanyahu

Colombian President Gustavo Petro called for the International Criminal Court to issue an arrest warrant for Prime Minister Netanyahu, whose government he described as “genocidal” in its war in Gaza.

The outspoken leftist leader last week announced his country is severing diplomatic ties with Israel over its attack on Gaza.

“Netanyahu will not stop the genocide. That implies an international arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court,” Petro wrote on X.

He added the UN Security Council “must begin to consider the establishment of a peacekeeping force in the territory of Gaza”.

Israel responded to the severing of diplomatic ties by describing Petro as “anti-Semitic and hateful”, saying his stance amounted to handing a reward to Hamas.

Libya intervenes in South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at ICJ

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) says Libya has filed a “declaration of intervention” in the genocide case South Africa launched against Israel for its war on Gaza.

This means the North African nation “believes that acts and omissions by Israel are of genocidal character, as they are committed with the requisite specific intent to destroy Palestinians in Gaza as part of the broader Palestinian national, racial and ethical group”.

According to the ICJ, Libya said its move is focused on “the proper construction of the provisions concerning the duty not to commit and to prevent genocide, and the duty to punish genocide”.


South Africa asks ICJ for more measures against Israel amid Rafah assault

South Africa has asked the International Court of Justice to order additional emergency measures as Israel escalates its assault on Rafah in southern Gaza.

Israel’s attack on Rafah “and the extreme risk it poses to humanitarian supplies and basic services into Gaza, to the survival of the Palestinian medical system, and to the very survival of Palestinians in Gaza as a group, is not only an escalation of the prevailing situation”, South Africa said.

It also “gives rise to new facts that are causing irreparable harm to the rights of the Palestinian people in Gaza”.

South Africa brought a case against Israel to the ICJ in January, accusing the country of committing “genocide” against Palestinians in Gaza.

The top UN court ruled there was a plausible risk of genocide in the enclave and ordered Israel to take a series of provisional measures, including preventing any genocidal acts from taking place.

Tanzania decries UN Security Council veto blocking Palestine statehood

January Makamba, the foreign minister of Tanzania, expressed the East African country’s support for the UN General Assembly resolution granting Palestine further “rights and privileges”.

He pointed out that 143 countries voted that Palestine should become a full member state of the UN, but it still won’t be admitted for now because of a veto wielded in support of Israel by the US at the UN Security Council.

“We need to fix a system in which one country can thwart the decision of the entire family of nations,” Makamba said.

‘Insolence’: Iran denounces Israeli ambassador for shredding UN Charter

In a dramatic display, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, earlier shredded a copy of the UN Charter during his speech at the UN General Assembly denouncing a resolution giving Palestine more rights.

The move shows “insolence” by Israel, which only considers the UN Charter valuable as long as member states remain silent on its attacks on Gaza, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Insolence in the Zionist way is expecting cheering from the global community after killing more than 34,000 women, children and innocent civilians during seven months of war crimes, gross violations of international humanitarian law, and being accused of genocide,” wrote ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani in a post on X.

“Shame on the criminals.”

Israeli air force carries out strikes on Rafah rocket launch site

The Israeli military released aerial footage showing the bombing of an area in Rafah from which the Qassam Brigades fired rockets at Beersheba, an occupied Palestinian city officially known as Be’er-Sheva, in southern Israel’s Negev region hours earlier.

Two rocket launch sites were destroyed in the air strikes on the besieged city in southern Gaza, it said, adding there were secondary explosions, indicating the presence of additional weapons.

Israeli army launches air strikes across southern Lebanon

The Israeli military released new aerial footage of a wave of fighter jet attacks across southern Lebanon that it said hit “terrorist targets”.

The attacks struck Odaisseh, Khiam, Rab el-Thalathine, Deir Siriane, and Aita al-Shaab, allegedly destroying five military buildings belonging to Hezbollah, along with another site that directed attacks on northern Israel.

Since the start of the war on Gaza, there have been near-daily cross-border exchanges of fire between Hezbollah and the Israeli army.

Israeli forces beat Palestinian shepherds, detain farmer in occupied West Bank

Israeli forces have assaulted shepherds in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources cited by the Palestinian Wafa news agency.

Troops also attacked the home of a human rights activist near Hebron, threatening to detain her if she continues her activities, Wafa said. Soldiers also reportedly attacked livestock and demolished barns.

In the West Bank town of Nilin, west of Ramallah, soldiers detained a farmer and confiscated his tractor, the news agency reported.

Hamas video shows sniper hitting Israeli soldier in Gaza City

The Zeitoun neighbourhood in Gaza City is for a third time an intense battleground between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters.

The Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, released a video showing a Palestinian sniper shooting one of the Israeli soldiers advancing into the neighbourhood.

Hamas says it fires rockets at Beersheba

The Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, says it has fired the rockets in response to the killings of civilians in Gaza.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that warning sirens had sounded in Beersheba in southern Israel’s Negev region.

Hezbollah claims rocket attack on Israeli military base

The armed Lebanese group says it has launched barrages of Katyusha rockets at the Khirbet Maar military base near the Lebanese border in the past few hours.

Hezbollah said Israeli soldiers had gathered to repair damage from a previous attack when they were again targeted and suffered casualties.

The group has claimed seven attacks on Israeli positions so far today, saying the other strikes targeted the Kiryat Shmona settlement and the Yiftah barracks among other places.

Harvard University issues suspension notices to pro-Palestine students

The prominent US university reportedly started sending out suspension notices to students who participated in pro-Palestine demonstrations on campus.

The Palestine Solidarity Committee at the university said suspensions are effective immediately. “Students are now at risk of degree withholding, eviction, food insecurity, and deportation. Details to follow.”

The move came after the students rejected a request to put an end to their encampment with calls on Harvard to divest from Israel.

Police forces made more arrests on Friday as they raided US universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), tear-gassing demonstrators and taking down camps.

Killing of 12 members of one family by Israeli drone ‘without justification’: Monitor

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor (EuroMed) says an investigation it conducted into the killing by the Israeli military of 12 members of a Palestinian family on December 4 as they tried to evacuate a Gaza City neighbourhood found that the drone strike was “without justification or necessity”.

The Geneva-based group said a video showed the aftermath of the two missiles fired from an Israeli drone that killed the family, mostly women and children. Its investigators visited the site and determined the victims were members of the Abu Al-Ain family and were civilians.

Three more Palestinians – a man, his child and an elderly woman – were wounded in the attack.

Yemen’s Houthis say 2 million people attend pro-Palestinian march

The Yemeni group has released aerial footage of the latest demonstrations in support of Palestinians and military operations against Israeli-linked vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

The Houthis have organised marches every Friday since the start of Israel’s war on Gaza.

US crackdown on Gaza protests signals ‘erosion of intellectual freedom’: UN expert

The UN’s special rapporteur on the right to education says a crackdown on pro-Palestinian protesters on US college campuses signals “a concerning erosion of intellectual freedom and democratic principles within educational settings”.

“I am deeply troubled by the violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators, arrests, detentions, police violence, surveillance and disciplinary measures and sanctions against members of the educational community exercising their right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression,” said Farida Shaheed.

“I am particularly concerned about the unequal treatment of protesters based on their political stance, particularly targeting pro-Palestinian demonstrators.”

Students have enacted protest encampments in support of Palestinians in Gaza at dozens of universities across the US and around the world in recent weeks.

Some university administrators have called in police to clear the demonstrations, arresting hundreds of people.

Israel likely violated international humanitarian law in Gaza war: US govt report

The Biden administration says Israel’s use of US-provided weapons in Gaza likely violated international humanitarian law but wartime conditions prevented American officials from determining that for certain in specific air strikes.

The administration’s findings of “reasonable” evidence to conclude that Israel breached international law in its conduct in Gaza, released in a summary of a report being delivered to Congress, is the strongest such statement from Biden officials.

We’ll bring you more on the report shortly.

UN team in Palestine condemns Israeli attack on office

The UN country team in Palestine has condemned an attack by Israelis, some of them armed, on the headquarters of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees that led to its closure.

“Yesterday’s attack at the UNRWA compound in East Jerusalem, after weeks of threats and intimidation, are utterly unacceptable. It is imperative that Israeli authorities take swift action to investigate the incident and hold those responsible accountable for their actions,” it said in a statement.

“This is not an attack on UNRWA alone, but an assault on the entire UN system operating in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The UN in Palestine demands accountability for these acts, for immediate intervention by law enforcement should similar incidents occur in the future, and for Member States to recognise the longer-term consequences these attacks on the UN will have.”

Key takeaways from Biden admin report on Israel’s use of US weapons in Gaza

As we just reported, the US State Department has released a long-awaited report on whether Israel is using American weapons in Gaza in violation of international humanitarian law (IHL).

Here are some key takeaways from the report:

“It is difficult to assess or reach conclusive findings on individual incidents” in Gaza.
“Nevertheless, given Israel’s significant reliance on US-made defense articles, it is reasonable to assess” that US-provided weapons have been used by Israeli forces “in instances inconsistent with its IHL obligations or with established best practices for mitigating civilian harm”.
US intelligence agencies have “no direct indication of Israel intentionally targeting civilians” but they have assessed that “Israel could do more to avoid civilian harm”.
“We do not currently assess that the Israeli government is prohibiting or otherwise restricting the transport or delivery of US humanitarian assistance” within the parameters set by US law. “This is an ongoing assessment and we will continue to monitor and respond to any challenges to the delivery of aid to Palestinian civilians in Gaza moving forward.”

Students, Muslim groups call for Gaza ceasefire at University of Minnesota

Students at the University of Minnesota have been joined by civil rights groups to call on their school to cut financial ties with Israel and for an end to the Gaza war during a Board of Regents meeting.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations confirmed its Minnesota chapter joined Muslim leaders involved in the effort.

The rights group also filed a federal complaint urging an immediate investigation into a “hostile environment of anti-Palestinian, anti-Arab and Islamophobic discrimination” within the Berkeley Unified School District in San Francisco.

Hamas welcomes UNGA resolution on Palestine statehood

The UN General Assembly resolution on Palestinian statehood is an acknowledgement of “the necessity of our Palestinian people obtaining their legitimate rights”, Hamas said in a statement.

The Palestinian group also said the overwhelming support for the resolution is an “affirmation of international cooperation”.

“We call on the free countries of the world to intensify their efforts and provide all means of assistance and support to our Palestinian people, who yearn for freedom and to achieve their right to self-determination,” Hamas said, also calling on the UN Security Council now to recognize Palestine.

Netherlands crackdown on pro-Palestinian students part of EU pattern: Monitor

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor (EuroMed) says in a report that a pattern of “repression and flagrant rights violations” is taking place in crackdowns on pro-Palestine university protests in the Netherlands – part of a larger pattern across European Union states.

The Geneva-based organisation cited a riot police attack on a student encampment at the University of Amsterdam on May 6, during which students were beaten and dragged away, and a bulldozer was used to down barricades and tents.

“Over the past months, there have been growing and alarming attempts by law enforcement officers across Europe to repress, intimidate, and silence those who criticise the Israeli forces, speak out against the ongoing provision of arms to Israel, denounce the killing by Israel of tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza, and expose the silence and complicity of their own governments, universities, and major TV channels.”



Hezbollah claims strike on Israeli military site

Hezbollah says it fired guided rockets and artillery at Israel’s Ramia military site near the border with Lebanon, directly hitting it, reports Lebanon’s National News Agency.

There has been no immediate comment from Israel’s military.

The attack comes after Israel’s military allegedly carried out several air strikes on southern Lebanese towns yesterday.

One of the attacks hit a mobile phone transmission site in Lebanon’s Tayr Harfa, killing civilians, including a paramedic and maintenance worker, according to Lebanese military sources.

A separate attack hit a home in the southern village of Yarine, killing one Hezbollah fighter and injuring a civilian, according to the sources.

‘Sophisticated attacks’: Hamas fighters prepared in advance for assault on Rafah

Sophisticated attacks launched by Palestinian fighters against Israeli forces advancing on Rafah demonstrate that Hamas prepared in advance to slow the ground invasion down, war monitors report.

On Friday, Palestinian fighters carried out “three tactically sophisticated attacks” on Israeli forces in Rafah involving the use of “thermobaric bombs, rocket-propelled grenades, and anti-personnel rockets in multi-stage attacks”, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and the Critical Threats Project (CTP) have reported.

Fighters, including Hamas forces, conducted 18 attacks on Israeli troops in eastern Rafah on Friday, according to the report by the ISW/CTP, two US-based think tanks.

“The sophisticated nature of these attacks required planning, coordination, and organization, further underscoring that the Hamas battalions in Rafah are cohesive fighting units that can mount a deliberate defence against Israeli clearing operations,” the think tanks said.

Report on Israel’s use of US weapons in Gaza a ‘passing the buck’ exercise: Analyst

Saul Takahashi, professor of human rights and peace studies at Osaka Jogakuin University in Japan, said the US State Department’s finding that Israel’s use of American weapons in Gaza was “inconsistent” with international humanitarian law was “probably the understatement of the year”.

The State Department’s report, which stopped short of stating that Israel had violated international law in Gaza, was a “bureaucratic, passing the buck exercise” by the US, Takahashi told Al Jazeera.

“It’s incontrovertible. Clear as the light of day that Israel has been committing a litany of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide,” Takahashi said.

“But nobody wants to be the one who points to the elephant in the room,” he said.

“I think what happened is the bureaucrats have passed the buck on and now its supposedly a political decision. But, really, the buck has got to stop … and Biden has to find his courage and stand up for what’s right,” he added.

“He is very much damaging, if not already decimated, his prospects for re-election in November.”

Whistles and booing as Israeli Eurovision contestant rehearses

Boos and whistles can be heard from the crowd in footage of Israeli singer Eden Golan practising her song ahead of the Eurovision final in Malmo, Sweden, on Saturday.

The 20-year-old has become a focus for protests by pro-Palestine demonstrators, who want Israel kicked out of Eurovision because of the war on Gaza, which has killed almost 35,000 people.

State Department report on Israeli arms ‘self-contradictory’: Expert

A State Department report provided to Congress on Friday assessing whether Israel’s use of US-provided weapons in Gaza has violated international law is “self-contradictory”, according to Brian Finucane, senior adviser to the International Crisis Group.

“It says that it is reasonable to assume that US weapons have been used to commit violations of international humanitarian law, and yet it does not say that Israel has violated international humanitarian law,” he told the Reuters news agency.

“It says that Israel has restricted humanitarian assistance into Gaza, and yet it says that currently, Israel is not restricting US-funded humanitarian assistance in Gaza, which is an absurd thing to say,” he added.

Finucane said that the State Department are “trying to have their cake and eat it too”.

“They’re trying to be seen to be levelling criticism while steering clear of the legal determinations that would bind their hands and potentially lead to restrictions on arms transfers,” he said.

UAE denounces Netanyahu’s ‘invitation’ to participate in Gaza administration

The United Arab Emirates has denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent remarks about “inviting” the UAE “to participate in civil administration of Gaza”.

In a statement published on the UAE’s Foreign Ministry social media account, the country’s foreign minister said Netanyahu “does not have any legal capacity to take this step”, and the UAE would not be “drawn into any plan aimed at providing cover for the Israeli presence in the Gaza Strip”, which is “under Israeli occupation”.

“The UAE affirms that when a Palestinian government is formed that meets the hopes and aspirations of the brotherly Palestinian people and enjoys integrity, competence and independence, the state [UAE] will be fully prepared to provide all forms of support to that government,” UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed said the statement.

‘Entire international community let us down’: Palestinians say as Israel seals Gaza’s borders
Tareq Abu Azzoum
Reporting from Deir el-Balah, Gaza Strip

We have been touring the streets of Deir el-Balah today as the streets are completely crammed with people who are evacuees living in makeshift tents, living on the streets and in open areas.

We came across a number of families who are still looking for places to stay after being displaced from Rafah.

There is growing pressure on the medical sector in Deir el-Balah where Al-Aqsa Hospital, right now, is the main operating hospital and is responsible for providing medical treatment to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who are right now residing in this very densely populated area.

The question among Palestinians is where next to go in light of this ongoing nightmare.

They have been following the Israeli military orders for days, months now, and they have been attacked in areas that were supposed to be safe for them.

In the past couple of hours, we’ve been hearing loud explosions in the Nuseirat refugee camp, which is close to Deir el-Balah, and where a number of Palestinians have been killed and wounded.

So, in all aspects, including on the security and humanitarian levels, the situation is deteriorating without – until now – any kind of international support or intervention.

Palestinians believe that the entire international community has let them down now with the closure of borders and the suspension of aid flows into the Gaza Strip.

Dozens arrested after police dismantle encampments at US universities

Police in the US arrested dozens of pro-Palestine protesters on Friday, as they dismantled Gaza solidarity encampments at university campuses across the country.

Thirty-three people were arrested at the University of Pennsylvania, as police took steps to remove an encampment that has been in place for more than two weeks.

Ten protesters were also arrested at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the university’s president said, after riot police arrived on campus at 4am local time.

Police also arrested 13 people at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, while two people were arrested at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

WATCH: ‘I voiced concern repeatedly, I was silenced’, says ex US diplomat on Gaza
The Biden administration faces growing internal dissent against its policies in the Middle East, most recently marked by the resignation of US Department of State Arabic language spokesperson, Hala Rharrit.

Rharrit is the first career diplomat to resign publicly, protesting the government’s response to Israel’s war on Gaza. What effect is dissent having on US foreign policy? And is the Biden administration at a tipping point in its support of Israel’s war on Gaza?

Marc Lamont Hill speaks to Rharrit about dissent within the Biden administration and the government’s foreign policy.



>Accuse the other of that you are guilty
I think you are right about this
Check this out.

The Zionist guy at the UN took a booklet with the UN-charta, put it into a tiny shredder, and then he accused all the diplomats at the UN of shredding the UN charta while he was doing exactly that.

This is the most literal display of accusation = confession


It's difficult to imagine him not doing this on purpose, it's so cartoonish.


Captive died of wounds sustained in Israeli air strike: Hamas

Hamas’s armed wing has said in a statement that Nadav Popplewell has died of wounds that he sustained in an Israeli air strike more than a month ago.

Earlier we reported that the Qassam Brigades released an 11-second video showing Popplewell, saying it will publish more information soon.

In the video, republished on social media and cited by Israeli news outlets, the 51-year-old is seen with a bruised eye confirming his name. Superimposed text in Arabic and Hebrew reads: “Time is running out. Your government is lying.”



Relatives of captives to hold emergency news conference

The families of captives held in Gaza have said they will hold an emergency news conference in front of the Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv later this evening.

As we reported earlier, the Qassam Brigades announced a short while ago that 51-year-old captive Nadav Popplewell died as a result of injuries suffered in an Israeli air raid more than a month ago.

Families urge protests to secure captives’ release, bring gov’t down

The families of the captives have just held the emergency news conference in Tel Aviv in which they called Israelis to take to the streets to “save Israel from Netanyahu” and secure the release of the people held in Gaza.

Here are some lines from their statement:

Hamas is regaining its hold in areas previously captured by Israel.
There is no strategy; the northern parts of the country are on fire, and the southern parts are now an active shooting range.
The evacuees are completely neglected. The disaster is growing. If we continue down this path, we will lose not only the hostages but the country itself.
Netanyahu is not only the obstacle preventing us from getting our hostages back. He’s also the obstacle preventing the state of Israel from succeeding. In order to save the hostages from Hamas, we must save Israel from Netanyahu.
To Gantz, Eisenkot, Gallant, members of the Likud party, of the coalition who still have a conscience: In order to rescue the hostages who are rotting in Hamas terror tunnels, in order to reach a hostage release deal quickly, in order to end the sabotage and to stop the criminal abandonment of the hostages, we call upon you – bring this government down.
The government does not care about the hostages, it is leading the entire country towards destruction. Stop cooperating with them, rescue the hostages and save the state of Israel. Come out and tell the public that in order to rescue the hostages we can and must end this war.
We, the families of the hostages, and the members of the public, must not give up. We will not stop until they are all brought back home.
Join us and take to the streets.
There’s no victory and there can be no victory without the return of the hostages. When we all take to the streets together, we will save the hostages and the country.

Captives’ families demand deal after Hamas’s latest video release

The Hostages and Missing Families Forum in Israel has released a statement calling on the Israeli government to strike a deal following the release of the 11-second video by Hamas’s armed wing showing captive Nadav Popplewell.

“Every sign of life received from the hostages held by Hamas is another cry of distress to the Israeli government and its leaders,” the families’ group said in its statement.

“We don’t have a moment to spare! You must strive to implement a deal that will bring them all back today.”

The video released earlier today was the third time in less than a month the Qassam Brigades posted footage of captives held in the Gaza Strip.

Protesters slam ‘double standards’ over Israel’s Eurovision participation

Adel Sadat, an organiser in the Malmo demonstrations against Israel’s Eurovision participation, says there are two main reasons for the protests.

“One is national and one is international,” he told Al Jazeera.

The national component was against the Swedish government and the local authorities in Malmo for allowing the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Sweden.

And then the international, of course, we stand in solidarity with Gaza and the Palestinian people and to really show the world that this is not acceptable,” Sadat said, criticising the contest organisers’ “hypocrisy”.

“Basically, double standards for not allowing the Russians, but allowing Israel [to participate],” he said.

Hezbollah claims 6 attacks on Israeli positions

The armed Lebanese group says it launched multiple attacks on Israeli targets in the past few hours, with the latest using rockets to hit a site in the occupied Shebaa Farms.

In Kfarchouba, southern Lebanon, Hezbollah said it hit the as-Summaqa site and achieved a direct strike with an unspecified weapon.

It also reported a hit on “spy equipment” in Jal al-Allam and said its artillery shells hit the Ramyah site.

Hezbollah and the Israeli military have traded attacks across the Lebanon-Israel border since October, raising fears of a wider regional war.

Palestinian armed groups attack Israeli forces throughout Gaza

Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, says it attacked invading Israeli soldiers and armoured vehicles east of Rafah with mortar fire.

Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, released a video showing fighters launching mortar rounds at Israeli soldiers in the Zeitoun neighbourhood, in Gaza City in the north, where intense fighting is ongoing for a third time since the start of the war seven months ago.

The group also released a footing showing its fighters working with the Jihad Jibril Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, to launch rockets at the so-called “Netzarim corridor”, which the Israeli military constructed to separate northern and southern Gaza.

‘We are abandoned by the world and everyone feels betrayed’

Islamic Relief has released a statement with the account of a staff member in Gaza while also condemning Israel’s latest evacuation orders that, it said, have created utter “chaos and panic”.

Here’s what the charity’s worker said:

“I feel like this is the end. It feels like we will all be either trapped and killed in Gaza, or we will all be forced out. People have stayed in Rafah thinking it’s safe and hoping that global pressure would stop an invasion. But now we are abandoned by the world and everyone feels betrayed and let down.

“It’s an unimaginable scene, with tens of thousands of people looking for shelter. People are pale and thin, tired and afraid. There are children, women, elderly people and people with disabilities trying to flee in wheelchairs. Injured people have to leave hospital with recent bandages and bloodstains.

“In other parts of Gaza, the few bits of remaining land are now filling up with tents and shacks built of bits of wood and nylon.

“No humanitarian assistance has entered since Israel took over the Rafah crossing and Kerem (Karem) Abu Salem crossing closed. Bakeries have stopped working because they don’t have fuel, so we don’t have bread. We don’t have any water supply as that also depends on fuel deliveries, so yesterday we had to pay $50 just to refill our tank. Cars have stopped, so people coming from Rafah to the Middle Area are either walking or packed into vans carrying hundreds of people.

“Many people in Gaza are already suffering from famine, but now we are entering a new period of unprecedented hardship.”

Report: US offers intel on Hamas leaders in exchange for ‘limited’ Rafah attack

The US is offering Israel’s military “sensitive intelligence” to target Hamas officials in Gaza in exchange for not launching a full-scale assault on overcrowded Rafah city, a news report says.

The Washington Post, citing four people familiar with the situation, reports other incentives not to launch a major operation in Rafah include information on the location of Hamas’s vast network of tunnels.

Also offered up by Washington are thousands of tents to house some of the nearly two million displaced people throughout the war-battered Gaza Strip, according to the sources who spoke to the newspaper anonymously.

The Biden administration has been widely criticized for arming and failing to put a stop to Israel’s seven-month war, which has killed nearly 35,000 people, mostly children and women.

Hamas calls for probe into Israeli mistreatment of Palestinian detainees

Hamas official Abdelrahman Shadid urged international legal and humanitarian organisations to investigate Israeli military mistreatment of Palestinian detainees in their prisons.

Shadid called the crimes against prisoners, which have included the death of at least 17 Palestinians, “unprecedented”.

“We call for an investigation that would expose the Israeli crimes against unarmed prisoners and for international pressure to be exercised on Israel to allow lawyers and humanitarian groups access to prisons and detention centres,” Shadid said in a statement.

Since October, Palestinian rights groups have raised the alarm about abusive practices towards detainees inside prisons and detention camps. The groups have warned Palestinian prisoners are subjected to beatings, medical neglect and even torture.

At least 50 professors arrested at US campus protests: Report

At least 50 professors have been arrested at pro-Palestinian campus protests across the US, according to US broadcaster CNN, which said it reviewed police records, court filings and news reports.

Since April 18, more than 2,400 students have been arrested on more than 50 campuses, it said.

Some of the arrested professors, who said they wished to support students’ right to free speech, were detained violently, resulting in injuries.

Harvard students name hall after Shireen Abu Akleh

Students at Harvard University in the US have named the hall after the veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh who was killed two years ago by an Israeli sniper in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

Several human rights groups and media organisations found that the Israeli army was responsible for the killing of the Palestinian-American journalist.

University campuses in the US and around the world have exploded in recent weeks in protests by pro-Palestinian students and faculty members against Israel’s war on Gaza.

Some have renamed halls after the names of Palestinians killed by Israel, including Abu Akleh and Hind Rajab, a six-year-old girl whose family car came under Israeli fire in Gaza.

Hamas says it holds US responsible for Rafah invasion, renewed fighting

The group says the new Israeli ground attacks across the Gaza Strip – including Rafah in the south, Jabalia and Zeitoun in the north – show it wants to keep “massacring” Palestinians.

“We hold the US administration and its President Biden fully responsible for the escalation of these crimes against civilians, including children, women and the elderly, by continuing to provide cover for Zionist fascism to continue its crimes,” Hamas said in a statement.

The group also called on the international community and the United Nations to stop adopting “timid positions” and put pressure on Israel to stop its attacks and get aid to civilians.



Israeli military invades Jabalia again as Hamas ‘reconstitutes militarily’

Along with other neighbourhoods across Gaza such as Zeitoun, which the Israeli army has been coming back to repeatedly, Jabalia in the north is also being invaded again.

This is happening because Hamas is “reconstituting militarily there”, says the latest report by the Critical Threats Project and the Institute for the Study of War, two US-based think tanks.

It also noted intensified operations in the south.

“The Israeli military expanded its evacuation orders for civilians around Rafah, extending the evacuation zone to two refugee camps and nearby neighbourhoods.”

Israeli attack in northern Gaza captured by Al Jazeera

Our Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent Anas al-Sharif says he and his team were in the middle of reporting when Israel attacked an area not too far from their location.

“Thank God we miraculously survived. During press coverage of the occupation’s targeting of citizens’ homes east of Jabalia camp, an area close to us was targeted,” he said.

In a video posted on X, people can be seen running frantically in the streets to seek safety following the Israeli attack.


Antiwar protests continuing in Malmo during controversial Eurovision
Paul Rhys
Reporting from Malmo, Sweden

It’s been a fast-moving situation here with thousands of protesters making their way through the city. Most of the demonstrations received permission and the police have been able to keep them orderly.

However, quite a few demonstrators suddenly started protesting outside the Eurovision venue with Palestinian flags and were boxed in by police and taken away one by one. Some were forcibly removed.

Demonstrators are angry that an Israeli contestant was allowed to participate, comparing it to when Russia was banned because of the war on Ukraine. Protesters say it’s hypocrisy.

Israeli military destroys Gaza home of Al Jazeera’s Anas al-Sharif

An Israeli air raid destroyed the home of Al Jazeera correspondent Anas al-Sharif, whose father was killed in an attack in northern Gaza in December.




I guess that would explain the cultural meme of evil clowns.

Tho i would not entirely discount that he could be a true believer.


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The Zionists canceled the funny dutch man for singing
<Europe let’s come together!
<It’s now or never!
<I love you all!
<Welkom in Europa

I guess the Zionists have a preference for Austrian painters making angry barking sounds.


Netanyahu will go down in history as a genocidaire, says Colombia’s president

Gustavo Petro and the Israeli prime minister are continuing to trade insults over the war in Gaza.

The Colombian president, posting on X, said: “Mr Netanyahu, you will go down in history as a genocidaire. Dropping bombs on thousands of innocent children, women and elderly people does not make you a hero.”

He compared Netanyahu with the Nazis who killed millions of Jews in Europe and said that “a genocide is a genocide”, regardless of the religion of those killed.

Earlier, Netanyahu had called Petro “an anti-Semitic supporter of Hamas” after the Colombian leader called for the Israeli prime minister’s arrest over the killing of Palestinians in Gaza.

US report on Israeli violations not in ‘good faith’: MSF

A State Department report on how Israel is using weapons supplied by the US provides “excuses” to “deflect responsibility” says Avril Benoit, the executive director of the US branch of MSF, also known as Doctors without Borders.

Benoit said that the analysis from the Biden administration was not a “good faith effort to uphold US law”.

The US Leahy Law prohibits military assistance to forces engaged in gross violations of human rights.

“The horrific reality we witness on the ground in Gaza is that Israeli military operations continue to maim and kill civilians and block the provision of lifesaving humanitarian aid,” said Benoit.

Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian home in West Bank

Al Jazeera Arabic has obtained footage showing the aftermath of an arson attack carried out by Israeli settlers in the village of Duma in the occupied West Bank.

The footage showed Palestinians trying to put the fire out with buckets of water as flames from the blaze turned the night sky orange.


Arrests, water cannon as Israeli protest blocks highway

Israeli police arrested three people as protesters blocked Tel Aviv’s Ayalon Highway on Saturday night, the Times of Israel reported.

Family members of Israeli captives held in Gaza have held regular protests in Tel Aviv for months, calling on Netanyahu’s government to do more to bring them home.

A group opposed to Netanyahu’s government and its war on Gaza have also held their own protests, with the two protest groups joining to block the highway on Saturday night.

Biden administration’s changing rhetoric on Israel

Mohamad Elmasry, a political analyst and professor of media studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, spoke to Al Jazeera on subtle changes in the Biden administration’s language on Israel’s war on Gaza and the response of the Netanyahu government.

“It appears to me Israel is pretty much doing what it wants to do. It’s exerting pressure on the United States, not the other way around. We expect that it’s the US that’s going to exert pressure but it seems to be working backwards.”

“In terms of rhetoric, it had been interesting to follow [the] Biden administration’s rhetoric. [Earlier] the US said it did not want any kind of military operations in Rafah. You heard [Vice President] Kamala Harris say, to give one example, it was Israel that forced all those Gazans into Rafah in the first place. Therefore, the US opposes a military operation. But I think what happened [was] that in meetings and phone calls, Israel made it clear to the US that they were going to invade Rafah regardless of whether the US gave its blessings or not. So the US is now shifting its rhetoric. Instead of saying they oppose [the] Rafah operation they are saying they are opposed to a ‘major’ Rafah operation. We see that Israel that’s forcing the US hand.”

“The [US] rhetoric might become even more harsh towards Israel but the question that I have is: Is it too little too late? The opinion polling data we have, the encampments [at US universities] and man-on-the-street interviews suggest that people are really angry, especially young people. So, I am not sure ramping up the rhetoric against Israel is going to make a real difference. Donald Trump is ahead, according to FiveThirtyEight, a data collection and opinion polling site. He is ahead in all swing states. So, it’s looking disastrous for Biden, as one analyst said, Biden may have committed political suicide long ago.”

Police take heavy-handed approach to disperse protests outside Eurovision final
Nils Adler
Reporting from Malmo, Sweden

There have been large pro-Palestinian protests in Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city, all week over Israel’s inclusion in Eurovision.

Rallies, at times, locked down the centre of the city.

Palestinian flags were draped outside windows, and people could be seen wearing the Palestinian keffiyeh or clothes bearing the colours of the Palestinian flag all over Malmo.

Norwegian and Danish police officers were called in to join Swedish police to manage the crowds, and until last night, the protests had gone without incident.

Outside the arena where the Eurovision final was being held, protesters chanted “shame on you” as people entered the event.

As the show began, police decided to create a buffer zone around the arena and took a heavy-handed approach, cordoning off the crowds and detaining more than a dozen people.

Swiss singer Nemo won the controversy-plagued song contest early on Sunday.


"Israel invading forces are holding Palestinian families at gunpoint, then destroying the homes in Hebron in the occupied West Bank…

Netanyahu has ordered the demolition of over 3,500 Palestinian homes that will be used for settlements…"



>I guess the Zionists have a preference for Austrian painters making angry barking sounds.
They unironically do.


Egypt says it will intervene in support of South Africa’s ICJ genocide case against Israel

Egypt has announced its intention to formally intervene to support the lawsuit filed by South Africa against Israel before the International Court of Justice to examine Israel’s violations of its obligations under the Genocide Convention in the Gaza Strip.

In a statement by the ministry of foreign affairs, Egypt said the step comes due to the escalating Israeli aggression against Palestinian civilians.

It “comes in light of the worsening severity and scope of Israeli attacks against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, and the continued perpetration of systematic practices against the Palestinian people, including direct targeting of civilians and the destruction of infrastructure in the Strip, and pushing Palestinians to flee”.

Egypt said it is calling on Israel to comply with its obligations as the occupying power, and to implement the provisional measures issued by the ICJ, which require ensuring the access of humanitarian and relief aid in a manner that meets the needs of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

It also demands that Israeli forces not to commit any violations against the Palestinian people.

In the statement, Egypt renewed its call to the Security Council and international parties to immediately take action to achieve a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and to stop military operations in Rafah, as well as to provide the necessary protection for Palestinian civilians.



Journalists detained in Tel Aviv on suspicion of working for Al Jazeera

Journalists from London-based news outlet Al-Araby Al-Jadeed were detained last night by Israeli authorities during protests calling for a deal to release captives last night, The Times of Israel reports.

Citing social media posts, the Israeli news outlet said the journalists were held on suspicion that they may be working for Al Jazeera, which was recently banned in Israel.

Israeli photojournalist Oren Ziv shared video and photos on X, which showed the journalists from the Qatari-owned outlet being questioned after authorities reportedly saw live footage of the Tel Aviv protests being broadcast on Al Jazeera.


Qassam Brigades claims series of attacks on Israeli forces in eastern Jabalia

The armed wing of Hamas has said on its Telegram channel that, since this morning, its fighters have:

Attacked nine Merkava tanks and armoured vehicles
Blown up a boobytrapped house with Israeli soldiers inside
Targeted a group of Israeli special forces inside a house with TBG shells
Attacked a tank using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
Shelled the cities of Ashkelon and Sderot in southern Israel
Shelled groups of soldiers and army vehicles

Qassam Brigades claims hit on Israeli forces in northern Gaza

Hamas’s armed wing says it has hit a group of Israeli soldiers and vehicles in the al-Mabhouh area east of the Jabalia refugee camp with heavy-calibre mortar shells.

Additionally, the group said it shelled Israeli forces in a house in eastern Jabalia, causing casualties.

Earlier, we reported Israeli military spokesman Daniel Hagari saying in addition to Jabalia and the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, Israeli forces are also operating in Beit Lahiya and Beit Hanoon.

Hezbollah claims attacks on Israeli positions in border fighting

The armed Lebanese group has claimed two attacks on Israeli positions so far today and has released videos of previous attacks.

Hezbollah said it targeted a group of Israeli soldiers at a site in the occupied Shebaa Farms in southern Lebanon and used anti-tank guided missiles to hit a military barracks in Hunin, saying it achieved a direct hit.

The group also released two videos of attacks on Saturday, one showing intelligence-gathering equipment targeted and another of an attack on Beit Hilal that targeted Iron Dome batteries.

Gaza prisoners endure ‘barbaric treatment, systematic torture’ by Israeli forces

Prisoner rights group Addameer is calling for an International Criminal Court investigation into war crimes against Palestinian detainees and urges international action for accountability.

In a report, Addameer described severe violations against prisoners, including systematic torture during interrogation, and assaults and brutal suppression in prisons like Ofer, Naqab (Negev) and others.

Israeli soldiers, the group said, use dogs to attack prisoners. Many are shackled with steel handcuffs, leading to limb amputations, and all are subject to “a deliberate policy of starvation”.

Detainees are not allowed to change their clothes or cut their hair, beard, or nails. Showers are few and far between. “They complained about the foul odours emanating from their clothes, saying they feel like they are living in a ‘livestock pen’,” Addameer said.

The group said that there is a “reasonable basis to claim that the occupying forces are committing war crimes and crimes against humanity against prisoners from the Gaza Strip”, and it called on the Prosecutor of the ICC to conduct a special investigation into these crimes and to take necessary measures to hold all those responsible accountable.

Israeli protesters block road to demand captive deal

Footage shared on social media shows demonstrators at a barricade in Tel Aviv.

The video, verified by Al Jazeera’s fact-checking unit, Sanad, shows dozens of protesters seated on the street, chanting for the release of captives held in Gaza.

Students walk out of university ceremony in protest at Jerry Seinfeld’s support for Israel

Dozens of students walked out of Duke University’s commencement ceremony as some chanted “free Palestine” to protest against the guest speaker, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, for supporting Israel throughout its war on Gaza, Reuters reports, citing videos of the event on social media.

The American actor visited Israel and has vocally supported it since October 7.

The walkout was the latest manifestation of pro-Palestine protests that have roiled US campuses as students call for universities to divest from arms suppliers and other companies profiting from the war and amnesty for students and faculty members who have been disciplined or fired for protesting.


+ Chapo Trap House bonus featuring an anonymous guest with interesting info on how college leadership is being run




>the journalists were held on suspicion that they may be working for Al Jazeera, which was recently banned in Israel.
<journalists held on suspicion that they may be journalists

good grief


Civil Defence teams come under fire in Rafah

The Palestinian Civil Defence in Gaza says its crews came under fire from Israeli forces after they responded to a call about a house that was bombed in the Brazil camp in the southern Gaza city.

“When the ambulance crews arrived, shooting was fired from drones towards the cars, which posed a danger to the crews’ presence there,” the group said on its Telegram channel.

The United Nations and other agencies have warned for weeks that an Israeli assault on Rafah, which borders Egypt near the main aid entry point, would cripple humanitarian operations and cause a disastrous surge in civilian casualties.

Cambridge college divests from all arms producing companies: Report

Trinity College Cambridge has opted to withdraw its investments from all arms manufacturers, the UK-based Middle East Eye (MEE) news outlet is reporting.

This development comes after MEE revealed in February that Cambridge’s wealthiest college had more than 61,735 pounds ($78,089) invested in Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest arms manufacturing entity that produces a significant number of drones for the Israeli military.

According to three sources who spoke to MEE, Trinity’s student union made the decision to divest from arms companies in early March.

College campuses around the world have exploded in recent weeks in protests by pro-Palestine students and faculty members against Israel’s war on Gaza, in which more than 34,000 people have been killed.

In university after university, protesters are demanding their schools sever any direct or indirect financial and academic links with Israel, including by divesting from companies with ties to Israel.

US senator: End Gaza war by giving Israel any bombs it needs

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has told a US broadcaster that the US was right to “end [WWII]” by dropping two nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Now, he said, Israel must be given “the bombs they need to end the war they can’t afford to lose”, during an interview with NBC News that is being widely shared online.

Graham said, “I thought it was okay” when the US dropped the nuclear bombs on Japan.

“To Israel, do whatever you have to do to survive as a Jewish state.”

This comes after President Joe Biden decided to halt a shipment of thousands of some of the largest bombs in the US military arsenal due to urgent humanitarian concerns after Israel launched its ground invasion of Rafah in southern Gaza.



>Trinity College Cambridge has opted to withdraw its investments from all arms manufacturers
huh, so it does work

>US senator: End Gaza war by giving Israel any bombs it needs

Israel needs zero bombs
>“I thought it was okay” when the US dropped the nuclear bombs on Japan.
>“To Israel, do whatever
The US got a pass for nuking Japan, therefore Israel should get a pass for genocide ?
i don't understand the logic


Senior member of Palestine’s Democratic Front killed in Israeli attack

Talal Abu Zarifa, a senior member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), has been killed in an Israeli attack on the Sabra neighbourhood in Gaza City, according to media reports.

The Wafa news agency and Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen television channel announced his death late on Sunday night.

The DFLP, a leftist group formed in 1969, was one of the first factions in the Palestine Liberation Organization to support a two state solution. Its armed wing has fought Israeli forces in Gaza and previously claimed several rocket attacks on Israel.

Student protesters at Johns Hopkins dismantle encampment

Pro-Palestine student protesters at Johns Hopkins University have taken down their encampment after officials there agreed to review the school’s ties to Israel.

The Hopkins Justice Collective said the “agreement is in no way a total victory”, but “it represents a step towards Johns Hopkins’ commitment to divest from the settler colonial state of Israel”.

The university confirmed the move, saying it would use its existing process to conduct the review. It also confirmed committing “to conclude student conduct proceedings arising out of the encampment, provided the protesters agree not to engage in further disruptions of university activities, including Commencement”.

Why is Egypt joining South Africa’s genocide case at the ICJ?

Egypt has long warned Israel against a ground offensive on Rafah, which lies across the Egyptian border with Gaza and is sheltering more than 1 million Palestinians. An Israeli assault on Rafah would result in tens of thousands of Palestinians seeking refuge in Egypt.

Cairo’s announcement that it is joining South Africa’s case follows some notable developments.

Israel seizes Rafah crossing

Israeli forces seized the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing on Tuesday, leaving hundreds of trucks filled with food and medicines stranded on the Egyptian side of the border. In its statement on joining the ICJ case, Egypt called on Israel to comply with the world court’s interim measures, which included the entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza.

Israel rejected a truce deal Egypt helped mediate

Last week, Israel rejected a ceasefire deal with Hamas that Egypt and Qatar helped mediate and said it would go into Rafah to dismantle the Palestinian armed group.

Egypt’s statement on the ICJ case called on the UN Security Council and “influential international parties” to “immediately move to a ceasefire”.

The US, which also helped mediate truce talks but has not held Israel to the latest deal, has said the talks, rather than the Security

Council, should be the source of a ceasefire.

Colombians welcome ‘Palestino’ football team at airport

A pro-Palestinian rally took place at Colombia’s El Dorado International Airport as activists gathered to welcome the Club Deportivo Palestino football team from Chile.

The Palestino team draws from the approximately 500,000 Palestinians who live in Chile, which has the largest Palestinian population outside the Middle East.

Supporters waved Palestinian flags and wore T-shirts saying “Free Palestine” as they welcomed the team ahead of its game against Colombia’s Millonarios in South America’s Libertadores cup on Tuesday.

Colombia’s leftist President Gustavo Petro, who has been outspoken in support of Palestine, called for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue an arrest warrant for Netanyahu this week.



Maldives to join South Africa’s ICJ genocide case against Israel

The government of Maldives has said it will formally join the lawsuit filed by South Africa against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which accuses Israel of violating its obligations under the Genocide Convention in the Gaza Strip.

In a statement by the president’s office, the government of Maldives said the move comes due to “genocidal acts perpetrated by Israeli occupying forces under the guise of security concerns [which] have resulted in mass displacement, acute starvation, and blockage of humanitarian aid”.

The government also said that demands made by Israel for the immediate evacuation of thousands of Palestinian civilians seeking refuge in eastern Rafah “are a testament to its failure to adhere to the provisional measures ordered by the ICJ”.

UN confirms killing of first international staff in Gaza in Israeli ‘attack’

The UN has confirmed its first international staff casualty in Gaza after a UN vehicle was hit in Rafah.

Farhan Haq, a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said during a news conference that the total number of UN staff killed in Gaza since October 7 has reached 190.

He said the Rafah incident could be characterised as an attack.

More on killing of first international UN staffer in GazaGabriel Elizondo
Gabriel Elizondo
Reporting from the UN headquarters in New York

A spokesperson for the secretary-general confirmed that there were two individuals in Rafah in a UN-marked vehicle on their way to the European Hospital there as part of their duties.

The UN said they work for the Department of Safety and Security and that they came under fire, and one of them was killed, and that person is an international staff member of the UN. The UN is not confirming what country the individual is from as it is still waiting to inform family members.

The second individual was injured; we’re told their injuries are minor and that they expect to have a full recovery.

HRW calls for ‘international action’ after UN staffer killed in Gaza

NGO Human Rights Watch says on X that the killing of a foreign UN staff member in Rafah earlier today is proof that “there is nowhere safe to go in Gaza”.

The organisation pointed out that the vehicle carrying the staff member who was killed – and another who was wounded – was on its way to a hospital when it was struck and heavily damaged by Israeli army fire.

Defence intelligence officer resigns in protest of US policy on Gaza war

US Army Major Harrison Mann, who works for the Defense Intelligence Agency, has announced his resignation, which he submitted on April 16, saying he “cannot justify staying silent any longer”.

In his letter, which he published on his public LinkedIn profile, Mann, who says he is a descendant of European Jews, wrote that the US “nearly unqualified support for the government of Israel … has enabled and empowered the killing and starvation of tens of thousands of innocent Palestinians”.

“As we were recently reminded, this unconditional support also encourages reckless escalation that risks wider war.”

The Biden administration faces growing internal dissent against its policies in the Middle East, most recently marked by the resignation of US Department of State Arabic language spokeswoman, Hala Rharrit.

Rharrit is the first career diplomat to resign publicly, protesting the government’s response to Israel’s war on Gaza.

Josh Paul is the highest-ranking Biden administration official to resign over its approach to the war in Gaza, and Tariq Habash, a policy adviser at the US Department of Education, also resigned from his post in recent weeks.

Houthi-linked media reports alleged US-British attack on airport

Yemen’s Al Masirah TV Channel, a broadcaster affiliated with the Houthi rebels, has reported an alleged air attack carried out by the US and British military on the country’s Hodeidah International Airport.

The update shared on Telegram did not elaborate on the results of the air raid.

There was no information on the incident from the British and the US military. They have been targeting the Houthi positions in the country since the rebels started attacking vessels in the Red Sea in opposition to Israel’s war on Gaza.

Qassam Brigades claims drone attack on Israeli tank in Gaza

The armed wing of Hamas says intense fighting with Israeli ground forces is ongoing in northern Gaza.

The Qassam Brigades said its fighters managed to drop a Yassin-105 anti-tank shell on an Israeli Merkava tank east of the Jabalia refugee camp using a drone.

The group claimed attacks on four tanks in the same area.

Hamas says lost contact with members guarding four Israeli captives

Hamas’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, has lost contact with its members guarding four Israeli captives in Gaza, including Hersh Golberg-Polin, the group says in a statement.

Late last month, Hamas released a video of Polin, an Israeli American who has been held in the Gaza Strip for the duration of Israel’s war on the enclave.

The video ignited new protests calling on the Israeli government to do more to secure the captives’ release.

Israeli soldiers injured by antitank missiles launched from Lebanon

The Israeli military has reported that three of its soldiers were “lightly injured” and one “moderately injured” by two antitank missiles that crossed into Israeli territory from southern Lebanon.

Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Israeli military have regularly traded fire since October 8, when the Lebanese armed group launched an attack on Israel in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza.

Hezbollah claims it destroyed tank in missile strike on Yiftah barracks

Lebanon’s Hezbollah armed group has claimed to have hit an Israeli Merkava tank with a guided missile in Yiftah barracks in the occupied village of Qadas.

“It was destroyed and its crew was killed and wounded,” it said in a statement on Telegram.

The attack came in support of Gaza at 10:35am (07:35 GMT), it added.

Earlier today, it also claimed an air attack on the newly-created position of the 403rd Reserve Artillery Battalion of the 91st Division, south of Beit Hillel in northern Israel.

That attack left “enemy officers and soldiers dead and wounded”, it said.

Israelis attack aid convoy headed to Gaza, show social media posts

A number of videos verified by Al Jazeera’s Sanad verification unit have shown Israelis attacking food aid trucks at Tarqumiyah crossing in Hebron in the occupied West Bank, preventing them from reaching Gaza.

The Israeli “Ninth Order” movement activists were seen destroying food aid and unloading it from trucks on the ground.


Israelis torch area around UNRWA headquarters

According to HaMoked, an Israeli rights group, a group of young Israelis set fire to the perimeter of the East Jerusalem headquarters of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

This is the second incident of arson targeting UNRWA in a week.

On May 9, the UNRWA compound was targeted while staff were inside.

“While there were no casualties among our staff, the fire caused extensive damage to the outdoor areas. The UNRWA headquarters has on its grounds a petrol and diesel station for the agency’s fleet of cars,” said UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini at the time.

“This is an outrageous development. Once again, the lives of UN staff were at a serious risk,” he said.

Gaza’s death toll rises

At least 35,091 Palestinians have been killed and 78,827 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7, its Health Ministry says.

The ministry added that 57 people were killed and 82 injured in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

Protesting students chant for Palestine at University of Geneva

Pro-Palestinian protests are rippling across European universities with the University of Geneva seeing demonstrations starting last week.

Students have called on the University of Geneva to divest from Israel.

University of Amsterdam staff join pro-Palestine protests

Professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam, Sarah Bracke, spoke to Al Jazeera about the student and staff protests against Israel’s war on Gaza in the Netherlands.

She said the staff at three higher education institutions in Amsterdam witnessed police “violently” attempting to disperse a peaceful student encampment last Monday.

She said the staff today are protesting as they want to end the university’s complicity in “the ongoing genocide” in Gaza and call out the violent methods that police have used to suppress peaceful protests.

She noted that Jewish staff and student protesters were beaten by police despite the educational institutions’ claim that police were needed to protect the Jewish students on campus.

Pro-Palestine protesters take over university buildings in Dutch cities

Demonstrators have taken over university buildings in the Dutch cities of Amsterdam, Groningen and Eindhoven, slamming Israel’s war in Gaza, the Dutch protest group behind the action says in a statement.

A spokesperson for the University of Amsterdam (UvA) confirmed the incident and said it advised people who are not affiliated with the protest to leave the building.

The Eindhoven University of Technology confirmed that there were “dozens of students peacefully protesting outside next to ten to 15 tents”.

Students in the Netherlands have been protesting against Israel’s war on Gaza since last Monday and Dutch riot police had previously clashed with protesters at the University of Amsterdam.

Students in the United States and Europe have been holding peaceful demonstrations calling for an immediate permanent ceasefire and for schools to cut financial ties with companies they say are profiting from the oppression of Palestinians.

Hundreds of riot police arrive at peaceful university protest in Amsterdam
Step Vaessen
Reporting from Amsterdam, the Netherlands

What started as a peaceful walkout this morning by hundreds of university staff, professors, lecturers in protest against police violence against students last week is now developing and escalating once again.

The riot police are here, hundreds of them are blocking the entrance to the university. After the university staff finished their rally, the students went in and they have built some tents right into the main hall.

The police are now coming in and [the students] are trying to block the police. They managed for a few minutes but now the police car van is driving towards the entrance and everyone here is very much hoping that the same scenario that happened last week is not repeated here.

The protests are against the war in Gaza and they’re also demanding the university to cut ties with Israeli universities but also to protest against police violence and what they say is a violation of their rights to demonstrate.

So far I’ve only seen peaceful protesters and the police is coming in and of course, there’s a lot of trauma after what happened last week so the situation is quite agitated.

Displaced in northern Israel won’t go home if Gaza war persists: Nasrallah

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hasan Nasrallah says residents of northern Israel would not be able to return home for the start of the next school year if their government presses on with its war on the Gaza Strip.

Hezbollah has been exchanging fire with the Israeli military across Lebanon’s southern border in parallel with the war on the besieged coastal enclave.

The group said it is launching rockets at Israel both to support Hamas and to deter Israel from launching an attack on Lebanon.

In a televised address on Monday, Nasrallah repeated that Hezbollah would keep fighting as long as Israel continued its assault on Gaza.

“The link between the supportive Lebanese front and Gaza is definitive, final and conclusive,” he said. “No one will be able to delink them.”

Israel said it wants to secure the north for residents to return home either through a mediated diplomatic agreement or a military attack against Lebanon. Families displaced from northern Israel had been hoping to return home by September 1 for the start of the academic year.

PRCS says four members still detained by Israel

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) says two of their members have been released following 49 days of Israeli detention.

They were arrested in March during the second Israeli raid on al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younis, PRCS said.

Israeli forces continue to detain four other PRCS members and “their fate remains unknown,” the organisation said on X.

Israel police reject Nakba Day event near Tel Aviv University: Report

Israeli police are refusing to issue a permit for a gathering of Palestinians to mark Nakba Day on Wednesday in the plaza outside Tel Aviv University, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

It said this is the first time since the establishment of the annual event 12 years ago that the gathering is being denied a permit, and that organisers were not given an official reason for the refusal.

Israel protests Nobel laureate’s Vatican speech denouncing Gaza genocide

Israel’s Embassy to the Holy See has issued a protest after a Yemeni Nobel Prize winner accused Israel of “genocide” in Gaza during an event hosted by the Vatican.

The embassy expressed “indignation and shock” about the comments made by rights activist Tawakkol Karman on Saturday evening during a conference organised by the Fratelli Tutti Foundation, which Pope Francis created.

Karman, who won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for her role in the Arab Spring protests, told an audience in the atrium of St Peter’s Basilica: “The world is silent in front of the genocide and the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people in Gaza.”

After mentioning Gaza, Karman received a loud round of applause from the audience, which included fellow Nobel prize laureates, politicians, and church officials. The pope was not present.

In an open letter posted on X on Monday, the Israeli embassy rejected Karman’s accusations as “lies”.

“The site was contaminated by a flagrantly anti-Semitic speech,” it said.

“We regret that such a speech was pronounced without anyone feeling the moral duty to intervene to stop this disgrace,” it added.

Hamas condemns US senator’s suggestion that Israel nuke Gaza

The group has called US Senator Lindsey Graham’s suggestion that Israel strike Gaza with a nuclear bomb “shocking” and “reflective of the depth of his immorality”.

“It is also reflective of his inherent mentality of colonialism, as well as that of a group of high-ranking politicians in the US, who support the genocide being perpetrated by an occupation army against civilians,” Hamas said in a statement.

Hamas said Graham’s stated position “makes him complicit in the genocidal war on Gaza”.

The group “urged people to denounce such positions and continue pushing for an end to the war against Palestinians in Gaza”.

University of Manchester sprayed with red paint in protest to Gaza war

The walls of the University of Manchester have been sprayed with red paint by activists protesting against the killing of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The Palestine Action network of activists said in a post that the move is also aimed at making the university divest from Israel.

Global Anti-Apartheid Conference condemns Israel’s settler-colonialism, genocide

South Africa has hosted a Global Anti-Apartheid Conference for Palestine aimed at highlighting the continuing Israeli war on Gaza and the Israeli settlers’ illegal colonialism, among other issues.

The delegates from more than two dozen countries have now issued a statement in which they state they are “outraged by a century of colonialism; 75 years of ongoing Nakba; 75 years of Israeli genocide, colonialism, and apartheid”.

“We have witnessed seven months of ongoing genocide. The world has watched Israel brutally bombard Gaza from land, sea and air, turning it into an extermination camp,” the statement read.

“Israel has destroyed the conditions for life of Gaza’s people, including medical care, nutrition, education, infrastructure”.

“Just as the Global Anti-Apartheid movement did not make concessions to the apartheid South African state until the complete dismantling of the apartheid system, we too refuse to concede until the total dismantling of Israel’s settler-colonial project,” the statement concluded.

The three-day conference, which began on Friday at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, attracted international speakers, including Declan Kearney, the chairperson of Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican and Democratic Socialist political party, and Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian human rights activist and politician.

Will Israel’s war on Gaza sway South Africa’s election?
Qaanitah Hunter

Cape Town, South Africa – “We cannot allow supporters of baby killers to talk to us,” a furious resident of Surrey Estate in Cape Town shouted as he heckled the speaker at the podium.

The man was one of hundreds of residents of the mostly Muslim suburb who had gathered for a pre-election panel discussion early in May, where representatives from 10 political parties sought to lobby support.

When Riad Davids, the representative for the Democratic Alliance (DA) – South Africa’s liberal, centrist main opposition party that is considered a steadfast supporter of Israel – took to the podium to make his pitch to residents, he was booed.

The audience shouted and jeered, preventing him from delivering his message and seeking to force him off the stage.

The South African government’s support for Palestine has become a common theme in debates leading up to the May 29 general elections and expressions of solidarity with the people of Gaza have featured during the campaigns of various political parties.

Netanyahu, his ministers face protests during Memorial Day commemoration

Israeli military cemeteries have witnessed a wave of protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ministers during the Memorial Day commemoration of soldiers killed in wars, according to photos and videos posted by journalists and activists on social media.

Protesters blamed ministers, who were in attendance, for shedding the blood of Israelis. Many families started to leave the Mount Herzl cemetery in West Jerusalem when Netanyahu started his speech on Monday.

At the Kiryat Shaul cemetery near Tel Aviv, Israelis staged a silent protest during Defense Minister Yoav Gallant’s speech, demanding his resignation and holding banners such as “Your hands are stained with their blood”. Antigovernment protesters have been urging the Netanyahu government to strike a deal with Hamas to free captives held in Gaza.


UNRWA video shows extensive damage to its facilities in Khan Younis'




>Defence intelligence officer resigns in protest of US policy on Gaza war
>US Army Major Harrison Mann, who works for the Defense Intelligence Agency, has announced his resignation, which he submitted on April 16, saying he “cannot justify staying silent any longer”.
>In his letter, which he published on his public LinkedIn profile, Mann, who says he is a descendant of European Jews, wrote that the US “nearly unqualified support for the government of Israel … has enabled and empowered the killing and starvation of tens of thousands of innocent Palestinians”.
>“As we were recently reminded, this unconditional support also encourages reckless escalation that risks wider war.”
>The Biden administration faces growing internal dissent against its policies in the Middle East, most recently marked by the resignation of US Department of State Arabic language spokeswoman, Hala Rharrit.
>Rharrit is the first career diplomat to resign publicly, protesting the government’s response to Israel’s war on Gaza.
>Josh Paul is the highest-ranking Biden administration official to resign over its approach to the war in Gaza, and Tariq Habash, a policy adviser at the US Department of Education, also resigned from his post in recent weeks.
The personal dynamics are:
Morally principled people realize they got dragged to the wrong side of history and then take the escape hatch. Facing a lot of uncertainty in doing so.

I wish i understood the political dynamics.


second picture where the woman is getting attacked by the anti-democracy mob. It says "BONK the POLICE" on the brick wall, what does that mean ?


Houthi military threatens to expand operations

The Houthis in Yemen promise to launch more attacks – and at new scales – to oppose the war on Gaza, according to spokesman Yahya Saree.

“Gaza is a red line for us,” he said during a speech earlier today.

“We can target things that the enemy hasn’t thought of and can’t imagine, things that neither the Yemeni people nor the people of the [Islamic] nation can imagine,” he said without elaborating.

The Houthis have already promised to level up their attacks to target vessels in the Mediterranean Sea if attacks on Palestinians persist.

Amsterdam University closed for two days after police move in on protesters

The University of Amsterdam says it will remain closed for two days after police were called in to crack down on pro-Palestinian protests at one of the school’s campuses earlier on Monday.

The university’s board said it had cancelled all classes through Wednesday, and all buildings will remain closed as it said it cannot guarantee safety for those on campus.

Demonstrators demanding divestment from Israel and opposing the war on Gaza have clashed several times with riot police in the past week at the university. But the board says the demonstrations had turned violent.

US officials believe ‘total victory’ over Hamas unrealistic: Report

The administration of US President Joe Biden reportedly does not believe that Israel’s stated strategy of pursuing “total” victory over Hamas in Gaza is feasible.

“Sometimes when we listen closely to Israeli leaders, they talked about mostly the idea of some sort of sweeping victory on the battlefield, total victory,” said Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, according to US news outlet Politico.

“I don’t think we believe that that is likely or possible.”

Campbell said many countries wish to see a “political solution in which the rights of Palestinians are more respected”.

Hezbollah claims seven attacks on Israeli positions

The armed Lebanese group says in its end-of-day report that its fighters carried out seven attacks throughout Monday, with the latest hitting Israeli soldiers in the settlement of Metulla.

Hezbollah said the attack was in response to Israeli assaults on southern Lebanese villages and civilian homes, most recently in Odaisseh.

It also reported a drone attack on an Israeli army site in Beit Hillel, resulting in casualties, along with a rocket attack on Kfarchouba and an antitank guided missile attack on a Merkava tank.



See around 1:15 here: >>480749


oh, that's what that means


>The University of Amsterdam says it will remain closed for two days after police were called in to crack down on pro-Palestinian protests at one of the school’s campuses earlier on Monday.
>The university’s board said it had cancelled all classes through Wednesday, and all buildings will remain closed as it said it cannot guarantee safety for those on campus.
>Demonstrators demanding divestment from Israel and opposing the war on Gaza have clashed several times with riot police in the past week at the university. But the board says the demonstrations had turned violent.
People have a peaceful protest.
Send in goons to beat them up, things turn violent.
Close down the venue because it's not safe anymore.

That logic would negate the right to protest. So what now ?
Assume that all protests are always peaceful and that all violence that occurs is caused by anti-democracy force seeking to undermine the democratic process.


Al-Aqsa Mosque compound stormed, Israeli flag raised

We have received reports that dozens of Israelis have stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam’s third-holiest site, and raised the Israeli flag.

Footage verified by Al Jazeera shows a man holding the flag as an Israeli police officer speaks with him calmly and does not forcibly escort him from the compound.

The incident follows rallying calls made by Beyadenu, an organisation that says it aims “to strengthen the Jewish People’s connection” to the holy site, for the Israeli flag to be raised at the mosque on May 14.

Palestinians regard the day as the Nakba – or the “catastrophe” – which led to the creation of Israel.

The storming of the compound is a regular occurrence even though entering any part of it is forbidden for Jews due to the sacred nature of the site, according to Jewish law.

Israeli authorities have also repeatedly barred Palestinians from entering the site for Friday prayers since October 7, forcing many to pray on the streets near the Old City.

In previous years, Israeli forces have also attacked Palestinian worshippers inside the mosque.

Nakba survivor says Gaza’s displacement crisis worse than previous wars

Fatima Hussein, an 87-year-old Palestinian woman, says Israel’s ongoing war on Gaza brings back memories of being displaced from her village in the Nakba 76 years ago.

“In ’48 I carried my nephew and today my son and grandchildren carried me,” Hussein told the Palestinian news agency Wafa. “And in ’48 I ran away on foot and today I ran away by bus with only a few clothes.”

Yet, she added, the current war has brought a level of destruction and displacement not seen in previous conflicts.

“In the tripartite aggression, they executed civilians in the streets and in ’67 they occupied the Gaza Strip … but not at this level and there was no repeated displacement,” Hussein said.

Israeli forces firing on Palestinians trapped at UNRWA school in north Gaza
Moath al-Kahlout
Reporting from Jabalia, Gaza

As Israeli forces step up their attacks in the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza, many civilians remain trapped at a UNRWA school in the centre of the camp.

Israeli forces are stationed behind the school and, along with helicopters and quadcopter, are firing on civilians stuck there. The Kamal Adwan Hospital in north Gaza is reporting receiving casualties from that area.

Sri Lankan MP urges government to cut ties with Israel

Sri Lanka’s opposition MP Rauff Hakeem has urged the government to cut off diplomatic ties with Israel if it continues with its military operations in Gaza.

“Threaten Israel and inform it that Sri Lanka will withdraw diplomatic ties if the offensive is not stopped in Gaza. Do this as a last resort,” Hakeem said in Parliament.

State Minister of Foreign Affairs Tharaka Balasuriya responded that Sri Lanka’s policy is to “maintain ties with all countries”, but that “does not mean we have abandoned Palestine”.

Palestinian fighters claim most attacks on Israeli forces in a single day since start of year

Palestinian armed groups claimed to have launched 33 attacks against Israeli forces in Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip, the most attacks claimed by Palestinian fighters in a single day of the war in 2024.

Washington, DC-based think tanks the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and the Critical Threats Project (CTP) said the “unusually high number of attacks” reported on Monday demonstrate that Palestinian armed groups remain “combat effective and retain a significant force presence” beyond just Rafah in Gaza’s south.

“Hamas has exploited Israeli withdrawals from the northern Gaza Strip to begin reconstituting there, which has in turn led Israeli forces to return to areas to re-clear them,” the ISW and CTP said in their latest battlefield assessment.

“Hamas and the other Palestinian militias will almost certainly resume their reconstitution efforts in these neighbourhoods after Israeli forces complete their current clearing operations,” the think tanks said.

Gaza rescue efforts may stop due to lack of fuel, heavy equipment

Gaza’s civil defence crew is struggling to reach victims trapped under the rubble of bombed buildings, said a spokesperson for the agency, putting the lives of hundreds of injured Palestinians at risk.

Israeli forces “continue to target and destroy the heavy equipment that helps us recover the victims”, said the spokesperson at a press confernece outside Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir el-Balah.

A severe fuel shortage is further straining rescue efforts, which may soon come to “a total halt”, added the spokesperson.

“As we speak, hundreds of victims remain buried under the rubble and our teams are not able to recover them. These numbers are continuing to rise.”

==Israeli government doing little to stop looting of Gaza-bound aid convoys''
Stefanie Dekker
Reporting from Amman, Jordan

Al Jazeera is reporting from outside Israel because it has been banned by the Israeli government.

The latest to be attacked was a Jordanian convoy. It had to go through the occupied West Bank to reach the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing in the south of the Gaza Strip.

The right-wing Israeli protesters blocked it and set it on fire after looting it.

It’s not the first time this has happened. We’ve been seeing this for months. The protesters simply don’t want any aid going to the Palestinians. They don’t make a distinction between the Hamas and civilians.

Little is being done on the part of the Israeli government to stop this. Israel has an incredibly powerful security force, particularly when it comes to looking at Palestinian protesters. But they’re not doing the same when it comes to these protests.

According to media reports, Itamar Ben-Gvir, the far-right-wing security minister, told the police not to get involved because his ideology is the same as that of protesters. He wants settlements to start again in Gaza, he doesn’t want aid to get in and doesn’t want a ceasefire.

Israel is attacking known aid worker locations in Gaza, says HRW

Israel’s military has carried out at least eight attacks on aid workers’ convoys and premises in Gaza since October last year, even though the aid groups had provided their coordinates to Israeli authorities, according to a prominent rights group.

Human Rights Watch, in a new report, said Israeli authorities did not issue advance warnings to any of the aid organisations before the attacks, which have killed or wounded at least 31 humanitarian workers and those with them.

It said aid groups allege that a bomb used in one Israeli attack in January was US-made and was delivered by an F-16 aircraft that reportedly uses British-made components.

“Israel’s allies need to recognize that these attacks that have killed aid workers have happened over and over again, and they need to stop,” said Belkis Wille, associate director at HRW.

No hospitals operating in northern Gaza

Gaza’s Government Media Office says hospitals are no longer operating in the north of the besieged enclave.

The Israeli military has issued evacuation orders and stepped up attacks in recent days as they’ve launched a new ground operation in northern Gaza, displacing about 100,000 people, according to the UN.

The Jabalia refugee camp has seen intense fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian groups. Displaced civilians say the situation on the ground is “disastrous”, with Israeli forces firing on UNRWA shelters and forcing large numbers of people to flee again.

Nearly 450,000 displaced from Rafah: UNRWA

Nearly 450,000 people have been forced to flee Rafah since May 6, when the Israeli military began massing troops near the city, seizing the border crossing, and ordering evacuations, according to the UN agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).

“People face constant exhaustion, hunger and fear,” said UNRWA in a post on X. “Nowhere is safe. An immediate ceasefire is the only hope”.

US officials say Israel amassed enough troops in Rafah to launch full-scale invasion

Two senior Biden administration officials say the Israeli military has gathered enough troops at the edge of Rafah city to launch a full-scale invasion in the coming days.

However, US officials are unsure if the Israeli military will proceed with a ground invasion after Biden warned that he would withhold arms shipments to Israel if they were to take that step, CNN reports.

The unnamed officials quoted by CNN added that Israel has “not come anywhere close” to making adequate preparations for evacuating Rafah’s population before any invasion, such as “building infrastructure related to food, hygiene and shelter”.

Jordan condemns storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound
Stefanie Dekker
Reporting from Amman, Jordan

Al Jazeera is reporting from outside Israel because it has been banned by the Israeli government.

Jordan is the custodian of the holy sites in occupied East Jerusalem.

There’s something called the status quo for Al-Aqsa Mosque which is what Jordan and Israel have agreed upon. That means that non-Muslims can visit the site twice a day during the week, but they cannot pray.

What has changed over the years is the nature of these visits by Israeli far-right-wing ultranationalists. Today is Independence Day in Israel, so you’re seeing more numbers of these right-wing ultranationalists visiting the compound. They’re not allowed to pray, but what they’re doing today is bringing a lot of Israeli flags with them. This again is forbidden and hugely controversial.

Jordan has condemned this, saying it is a violation of the status quo. There are videos where you see at one point one Israeli security force confiscating a flag, but others are just allowed to walk free.

The status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound has the ability to inflame not just Palestine but the wider region. It is a tinderbox.



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Wow those Zionist stomping on the food aid packages, that's something else.
So they're really trying to starve over a million people to death on purpose.
That's not something the Zionreich can come back from. Maybe the Egyptian military should force open the Rafah crossing and escort the aid trucks.


Egypt is unlikely to do anything like that. Right now they're signing on to South Africa's ICJ case against Israel, but that's most likely just to avoid having to directly engage in war with Israel after Israel took Rafah in violation of the Camp David accords. El-Sisi is also walking a fine line domestically; he wants to keep Egypt in the US pocket, but he also has a population who are more and more pissed about what Israel has been doing and continues to do, and his inaction.


Breaking Points - PANICKED Dems Float ONLINE DNC To Avoid Protests

ICJ to hold hearings over Israel’s Rafah attacks

The UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) will hold hearings on Thursday and Friday to discuss new emergency measures sought by South Africa over Israel’s attacks on Rafah during the war in Gaza.

The hearings on May 16 and 17 will deal with South Africa’s request to the court to order more emergency measures against Israel over its attacks on Rafah, the tribunal said.

The request is part of an ongoing case brought by South Africa against Israel in January, accusing it of committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza.

On Sunday, Egypt joined Turkey and Colombia in formally requesting to join the case against Israel.

‘This is not our Judaism’

Sapir Sluzker Amran, the rights activist who documented the aid convoy looting near Hebron in the occupied West Bank, says Israelis have a “moral duty” to oppose fellow citizens who are committing abuses towards Palestinians.

“I say this with tears because of what happened yesterday [the destruction of aid]. It doesn’t represent many Israelis and many Jews,” Sluzker Amran told Al Jazeera.

“My family is Iraqi. I see grandmothers and grandfathers in Gaza begging for food. We condemn it and we hope to stop it. This is a moral obligation to fight our own people in order to tell them what they are doing is wrong,” she said.

“I will keep organising more people to fight and to say: This is not our Judaism, this is not the society we want to live in,” she added.

“We have to stop this war. We cannot let this bloodshed continue.”

‘The police supported them’: Israeli rights activist on aid convoy looting

Sapir Sluzker Amran, an Israeli human rights lawyer who went to the Tarqumiyah crossing in Hebron to document the looting of a Gaza-bound aid convoy yesterday, has described the scenes to Al Jazeera.

For hours, a group of far-right Israeli activists tore food parcels out of aid trucks and destroyed them, including boxes of rice and noodles headed to desperately hungry people in Gaza.

Police at the scene protected the activists, giving them “full permission to do whatever they wanted”, said Sluzker Amran.

“I didn’t see anyone being arrested. The only one who was asked to leave was me,” she added, noting that the activists also threatened and physically attack her for trying to document the incident.

She said she believes police or security forces fed the activists information on when and where the aid trucks would arrive, with the information being shared openly on social media platforms.

UN says it informed Israel of vehicle that was fatally hit in Gaza

The UN says that it had informed Israeli authorities of the movements of a vehicle carrying UN staff, which was hit in southern Gaza, killing an Indian national.

UN spokesperson Rolando Gomez told a media briefing that a second UN staff member in the vehicle was wounded in the attack, adding that the two had been travelling to the European Hospital in Rafah when their vehicle was hit.

“The UN informs Israeli authorities of the movement of all of our convoys. That has been the case in any theatre of operation. This is a standard operating procedure,” Gomez said, adding it was a “clearly marked UN vehicle”.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report today in which it stated that Israeli forces have attacked humanitarian aid convoys and buildings in the Gaza Strip at least eight times since October despite being given coordinates to ensure their protection.

Israel is attacking known aid worker locations in Gaza, says HRW

Israel’s military has carried out at least eight attacks on aid workers’ convoys and premises in Gaza since October last year, even though the aid groups had provided their coordinates to Israeli authorities, according to a prominent rights group.

Human Rights Watch, in a new report, said Israeli authorities did not issue advance warnings to any of the aid organisations before the attacks, which have killed or wounded at least 31 humanitarian workers and those with them.

It said aid groups allege that a bomb used in one Israeli attack in January was US-made and was delivered by an F-16 aircraft that reportedly uses British-made components.

“Israel’s allies need to recognize that these attacks that have killed aid workers have happened over and over again, and they need to stop,” said Belkis Wille, associate director at HRW.

Norway aims to quadruple aid to Palestinians

The Norwegian government has proposed 1 billion kroner ($92.5m) in aid to Palestinians this year as humanitarian agencies warn of a looming famine in the Gaza Strip.

Figures in the revised budget presented on Tuesday show a roughly quadrupling of the 258 million kroner provided in the initial finance bill adopted last year.

“The urgent need of aid in Gaza is enormous after seven months of war,” Norway’s Minister of International Development, Anne Beathe Tvinnereim, said in a statement. “The food situation in particular is critical and there is a risk of famine,” she added, criticising “an entirely man-made crisis” and an equally “critical” situation in the occupied West Bank.

The figures are still subject to change because the centre-left government, a minority in parliament, has to negotiate with other parties to get the texts adopted.

Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide again warned Israel against a large-scale military operation in Rafah.

“It would be catastrophic for the population. Providing life-saving humanitarian support would become much more difficult and more dangerous,” Barth Eide said.

“The more than one million who have sought refuge in Rafah have already fled multiple times from famine, death and horror. They are now being told to move again, but no place in Gaza is safe.”

Israeli spy balloon downed inside Lebanon

Hezbollah says it has downed an Israeli spy balloon over the northern Israeli kibbutz of Adamit near the border with Lebanon.

The armed group also fired rockets at the balloon’s launch base and “management crew”, it said in a statement cited by Lebanon’s an-Nahar news site.

The Israeli military, in a post on X, acknowledged that one of its “observation balloons” had been downed in Lebanese territory but said there were no concerns information had been compromised.

MSF ceases services at Rafah hospital amid Israeli attacks

Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, says in a statement that it has been “forced to stop providing healthcare at Rafah Indonesian Field Hospital” as of Sunday.

“MSF has seen a pattern of systematic attacks against medical facilities and civilian infrastructure since the beginning of the war. In light of this, as well as the advancing offensive, we have made the decision to leave Rafah Indonesian Field hospital,” the statement continued.

It said the 22 patients who remained at the hospital have been referred to other facilities and MSF can “no longer guarantee their safety”.



>Egypt is unlikely to do anything like that.
If they went in and Isreal backed off, they'd score a big win. This would be a bluff, but would the Zionists really try to call it ?
>El-Sisi is also walking a fine line domestically;
Best way to piss off everybody.
>he wants to keep Egypt in the US pocket, but he also has a population who are more and more pissed about what Israel has been doing and continues to do, and his inaction.
I get the impression that the US doesn't want Israel slaughtering Rafah, because the diplomatic fallout for the US is enormous already, they might not anger the US if they nudge the Zionists a little bit.


>Right now they're signing on to South Africa's ICJ case against Israel, but that's most likely just to avoid
It's diplomatic pressure, that is something slow, that builds up overtime before it begins having tangible effects. Don't dismiss it because it doesn't work as an emergency measure.

There is no world government that can enforce laws. The basis for international law is that cooperative behavior is more efficient than might-is-right arm-twisting. The countries that play the cooperative game gain a compounding efficiency advantage over time and the might-is-right actors will get marginalized in the end.


Qassam Brigades claims series of attacks on Israeli forces

Hamas’ armed wing says on its Telegram channel its fighters:

destroyed an Israeli troop carrier with a Yassin-105 rocket in Rafah’s eastern al-Salam neighbourhood, killing some crew members and injuring others
blew up an Israeli military bulldozer east of Rafah
shelled a group of Israeli soldiers and military vehicles east of Jabalia, in northern Gaza
targeted a Merkava tank with a Yassin-105 rocket northeast of Jabalia
shot and wounded an Israeli soldier with sniper fire east of Jabalia

‘We are paying the price for a war that we have nothing to do with’

British charity Save the Children has issued a statement with the account of a staff member in Gaza describing the dire conditions faced by its forcibly displaced population:

Here’s what they said:

“This is the fifth time we have been forced to move, following the new relocation orders. We were first displaced from Gaza to Khan Younis, then to different areas in Rafah, and now to Deir el-Balah. This is destroying us mentally. I have a son with me, and my mother who is 70 years old. Every time we start to get used to a place, we are forced to move again.

“My mother has diabetes and high blood pressure. She’s lacking the medication she needs but we can’t find it anywhere. It feels like we are being killed slowly. Our children are missing out on their life, education, they are experiencing lack of stability, forced displacement, fear. I can’t explain what it feels like living through this for the fifth time. We are paying the price for a war that we have nothing to do with.”

Ben-Gvir: Israel must return to the Gaza Strip

Israel’s far-right national security minister’s comments came during a speech at a rally for the resettlement of the Gaza Strip in Sderot, Israel.

“So that the problem [of Gaza] does not return, two things must be done: return to the Gaza Strip and encourage the voluntary departure of the residents of Gaza. This is moral, rational and humanitarian,” he said.

Ben-Gvir then took aim at the allowance of aid into the Strip, which Israel’s closest allies have demanded Israel expand.

“I am ashamed that I am the only one in the cabinet who voted against the transfer of shipments to Gaza through Kerem Shalom (Karen Abu Salem aid crossing). Do you want humanitarianism? Return the abductees.”

Palestinian truckers fear for safety after Israelis attack Gaza aid convoys

Palestinian hauliers have said they feared for the security of aid convoys to Gaza, a day after Israeli settlers wrecked trucks carrying humanitarian supplies bound for the besieged enclave, which is on the cusp of famine.

Footage circulated on social media showed at least one burning truck while other images showed trucks wrecked and stripped of their loads, which lay strewn over the road near Tarqumiyah Israeli military checkpoint outside Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

“Yesterday there was coordination for 70 trucks of aid to go the Gaza Strip,” Waseem al-Jabari, head of the Hebron Food Trade Association, told Reuters.

“While the trucks were uploaded with products at the crossing settlers attacked the trucks and they destroyed the products and set fire in trucks,” he said, saying Israeli soldiers had stood by as the attack took place.

Palestinians and human rights groups have long accused the Israeli military and police of deliberately failing to intervene when settlers attack Palestinians in the West Bank.

Adel Amer, a member of the West Bank-based hauliers’ union, said around 15 trucks had been damaged by Israeli protestors who beat some drivers and caused about two million dollars worth of damage.

“The drivers are now refusing to take goods to Gaza because they’re afraid,” he said. “It’s a disaster here because of the settlers.”

Even when the military was present, the convoys were still at risk, he said. “The army says we cannot do anything to the settlers.”



I'm not dismissing it, I think it's good. It's just also a deliberate bare minimum. They could do less, technically, but I think it would be politically incredibly risky to do less.


Gaza War Sit Rep Day 220: Nasrallah Speaks and Battles Rage
contains analysis on a recent Nasrallah speech.


"''Now in Jerusalem: Undercover police dressed as Ultra Orthodox arrest an anti Zionist Jew during a protest against the State of israel in the Mea She'arim neighborhood



This guy performed a surprise IDF-critical interview like a week or two ago. Bimbofication is real and it's a process western liberals undergo every time they want to shift back to running apologia and denialism for the Zionist regime, critical to credulous in an instant. Even Kurt Cobain couldn't lose brain cells this fast.


PFLP repping Che Guevara and firing missiles at IOF


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US moving ahead with more than $1bn in weapons for Israel: Reports

The State Department is moving ahead with a more than $1bn package of weapons aid to Israel – including tank rounds, mortars and armoured tactical vehicles – US officials told domestic media.

The package, which is yet to be approved, includes the potential transfer of $700m in tank ammunition, $500m in tactical vehicles and $60m in mortar rounds.

Two anonymous US officials confirmed separately to the Reuters news agency that the weapons aid package had been moved into the congressional review process. Members of the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs committees review major foreign weapons deals in the US.

The news weapons package comes after President Joe Biden said last week that the US had delayed a single shipment of 1,800 2,000-pound (907kg) bombs and 1,700 500-pound (227kg) bombs to Israel over concerns they may be used against civilians in Israel’s invasion of Rafah.

Gaza death toll now 35,233

At least 35,233 people have been killed in Gaza by Israeli attacks since October 7 with 79,141 wounded, the Health Ministry in the besieged enclave announced.

It added that at least 60 people were killed in Gaza by Israeli forces in the last 24 hours.

Belgium favours total EU ban on weapons to Israel

Belgium’s development cooperation minister has said Brussels, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, backs a complete ban on EU weapons exports to Israel but is facing resistance from other EU members.

“It is very clear that Belgium is in favour of a full weapons ban but some member states are still exporting,” Caroline Gennez said on a visit to the Jordanian capital, according to comments carried by The National newspaper.

“Israel has the right to defend itself. On the other hand, it is not allowed to punish an entire population for what happened on October 7,” said Gennez.

Germany, by far the bloc’s biggest military exporter to Israel, defended its shipments at the International Court of Justice in April in a case brought against it by Nicaragua.

However, Germany’s Defence Minister Boris Pistorius indicated last week that Berlin is weighing pausing some arms shipments to Israel following its Rafah operation.

Houthis say they targeted US warship in Red Sea

Yemen’s Houthis say they targeted a US warship and a vessel called “Destiny” in the Red Sea.

The group has launched repeated drone and missile attacks on vessels in the crucial shipping channels of the Red Sea, the Bab al-Mandeb strait and the Gulf of Aden since November in what it says is a campaign of solidarity with Palestinians and against Israel’s war on Gaza.

Ireland to recognise Palestinian statehood in May: Foreign minister

Micheal Martin, Ireland’s foreign minister and deputy prime minister, has said his country will be recognising the state of Palestine “before the end of the month”.

“The specific date is still fluid because we’re still in discussions with some countries in respect of a joint recognition of a Palestinian state,” he told the Newstalk radio station.

“It will become clear in the next few days as to the specific date but it certainly will be before the end of this month.

In March, the leaders of Ireland, Malta, Slovakia and Spain said in a joint statement that they stand ready to recognise Palestinian statehood. Last week, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Ireland, Slovenia and Spain planned to symbolically recognise a Palestinian state on May 21, with others potentially following suit.

Amnesty says Palestinians’ right of return endures 76 years on from Nakba

Israel’s ongoing displacement of nearly two million Palestinians in Gaza highlights its historic denial of Palestinians’ legal right of return, said Amnesty International in a statement marking the Nakba.

“This Nakba day the fate of Palestinians is more perilous than ever – dispossessed and subjected to systematic human rights violations under a brutal occupation – with those in Gaza also facing the imminent risk of genocide and grappling with famine,” said Amnesty’s Erika Guevara Rosas.

“That’s why today, it is more important than ever to make a resounding call for Palestinians’ right to return and to remind the world that Israel has been denying them this legitimate right, in flagrant violation of international law, for more than 76 years.”

Sirens sound throughout Palestinian territories to commemorate the Nakba

Sirens have gone off throughout Palestinian cities for 76 seconds, marking the 76 years that have passed since the “Nakba” in 1948.

As the sirens went off in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, “everyone fell silent and raised two fingers in the air” reports Al Jazeera’s Zein Basravi, from the city where a large crowd has congregated in the streets for the occasion.

It is “a very clear sign that there can only be peace in victory and that only victory will bring peace”, said Basravi.

Projectile launched from Gaza causes damage in Sderot: Israeli military

The Israeli military said earlier today “two projectiles” were launched from the Gaza Strip towards the city of Sderot in southern Israel.

Initially, the military said its air defences had intercepted the projectiles but it later reported that one of them landed in the city and “caused damage”.

No casualties have been reported.

EU urges Israel to end Rafah attack ‘immediately’

The EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has issued a statement warning Israel that a failure to end the military operation in the Gaza Strip’s southernmost city would undermine ties with the bloc.

“The European Union is calling on Israel to refrain from further exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza and reopen the crossing point of Rafah. Should Israel continue its military operation in Rafah, it would inevitably put a heavy strain on the EU’s relationship with Israel,” it said.

Borrell said the Rafah offensive is “further disrupting the distribution of humanitarian aid” and is causing “more internal displacement, exposure to famine and human suffering”.

His statement also called on all parties to increase their efforts to achieve an immediate ceasefire and the unconditional release of all captives.

UN launches probe into strike that killed first international staff in Gaza

The UN has launched an investigation into an attack on Monday that killed a retired Indian army officer, marking the first foreign national working for the organisation to die in Gaza since October 7.

Waibhav Anil Kale, who was working with the UN Department of Safety and Security, was en route to the European Hospital near Rafah in a UN-marked vehicle when it came under fire.

The Israeli military has said the incident is under review and is yet to confirm whether its forces were responsible, but it told Israeli media that the victims were killed “amid fighting in an area defined as an active combat zone”.

The Israeli military also claimed that the UN failed to inform them of the vehicle’s route, as is standard procedure to avoid such incidents. The UN has refuted this claim.

Ten killed by shelling of UNRWA clinic in Gaza City

Our colleagues on the ground are reporting that Israeli shelling targeted a UNRWA clinic in Gaza City’s Sabra neighbourhood, killing at least 10 displaced Palestinians.

The UNRWA said Israel’s military has repeatedly struck its facilities during the war, damaging 171 of them.

We’ll bring you more information on the latest Israeli attack shortly.

Australian senator breaks ranks, accuses Israel of ‘genocide’

Senator Fatima Payman has become the first member of the Australian Labor Party to call Israel’s war on Gaza a “genocide”, and called for her colleagues to “stand for what is right”.

In a thinly veiled swipe at her party leader, Australia’s PM Anthony Albanese, Payman criticised “performative gestures” on the issue and “gaslighting” about Israel’s right to self-defence.

“My conscience has been uneasy for far too long and I must call this out for what it is,” she said. “This is a genocide and we need to stop pretending otherwise. The lack of clarity, the moral confusion, the indecisiveness is eating at the heart of this nation.”

Hezbollah confirms senior field commander killed in Israeli attack

Israel’s military has named a Hezbollah member who was killed after it carried out an air strike targeting his vehicle in the southern Lebanese city of Tyre.

In a statement carried by the pro-Iranian channel Al Mayadeen, Hezbollah also confirmed Hussain Ibrahim Mekky was killed by Israeli fire. A statement by Lebanon’s National News Agency said another person was also killed in the Israeli strike.

Israel said Mekky was a senior field commander for Hezbollah’s southern front, accusing him of planning and executing attacks on Israeli territory.

Palestinian fighters carry out ‘very high daily rate of attacks’ on Israeli forces in Gaza

Palestinian armed groups have “preserved or rebuilt” their fighters and weaponry required to challenge Israeli military operations in northern Gaza, war monitors say, adding that the groups fighting in Jabalia report carrying out – on average – 28 attacks each day on Israeli forces since May 11.

In the latest battlefield assessment from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and the Critical Threats Project (CTP), the two US-based defence think tanks continue to emphasise that Palestinian armed groups are far from vanquished, and now rebuilding, despite months of war with a vastly better-equipped Israeli army.

“Palestinian militias are sustaining a very high daily rate of attacks targeting Israeli forces in Jabalia,” the ISW/CTP said, noting that Israel’s military is conducting “two re-clearing operations” in the north of the Gaza Strip, where it claimed in December that it had defeated Hamas.

Also, on Tuesday, Palestinian fighters carried out four “indirect fire attacks” from Gaza towards Israel, including Palestinian Islamic Jihad firing rockets from northern Gaza towards Israel’s Sderot area.

ICC prosecutor faces demands for action against Israel at UN Security Council

The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor Karim Khan faced demands for swift action against Israeli leaders at the UN Security Council on Tuesday, the Associated Press news agency reports.

Libya’s UN ambassador, Taher El-Sonni, said genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity are being perpetrated by Israeli forces and the world expects the ICC “to be courageous and to issue arrest warrants against officials of the Israeli regime”.

“Don’t you see the threats against civilians, the potential threats against civilians in Rafah and the massacre that would happen at any time?”

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the ICC of accomplishing nothing since it began a preliminary examination of abuses in the Palestinian territories in 2015 and a formal investigation in 2021.

Algeria’s deputy UN ambassador, Nacim Gaouaoui, expressed hope the ICC would take “a serious approach” to its Palestinian investigations and “demonstrate that it is not a tool used by some members of the international community to threaten whoever they want.”

Khan responded by telling the council that he will not be swayed or intimidated as his team investigates possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Gaza and the Palestinian territories as well as in Ukraine and elsewhere.

Gaza European Hospital ‘out of service’ due to fuel shortages

The electricity generators at the European Hospital near Rafah have stopped working due to fuel shortages, putting the hospital “out of service”, the Wafa news agency reports, citing medical sources.

It said the fuel shortages were “threatening the lives of hundreds of wounded and sick people inside” the medical complex in southern Gaza.



Videos show Palestinian fighters in dramatic attacks on Israeli tanks in Rafah

Our colleagues at Al Jazeera Arabic have obtained and verified video clips showing members of the Qassam Brigades – the military wing of Hamas – carrying out daring attacks against Israeli tanks and bulldozers in the ongoing battle for Rafah city.

In one video, Palestinian fighters can be seen emerging from a tunnel in the earth nearby to parked Israeli tanks. The fighters rush towards the tanks with what appear to be antitank mines, which they prime for detonation before fleeing.

A fighter then fires a rocket-propelled grenade at another Israeli tank before all three escape back into the tunnel.


Australia state parliament bans MPs from wearing Palestinian keffiyeh

The parliament in Australia’s state of Victoria has voted to ban members from wearing the traditional Palestinian keffiyeh and other symbols representing Palestine in the legislative chamber, members of the Australian Greens Party said.

Greens MPs took to social media to protest the ruling, which one MP said was designed to “silence us”.

Greens party leader in Victoria Ellen Sandell said the ban “makes us one of the only parliaments in the world to ban the keffiyeh – on Nakba day, a day that marks the displacement of Palestinian people”.

“Victorians have watched in horror at the atrocities unfolding in Gaza at the hands of the Israeli military. Yet Labor [Victoria and the country’s governing party] has signed a secretive MoU with Israeli Ministry of Defence & given $ to Israeli weapons companies,” Sandell said on social media.

Sandell said the Greens will move in parliament to make the memorandum of understanding with the Israeli military public.

UNRWA headquarters faces ‘another arson attempt’ by Israelis

Israeli arsonists once again attacked the headquarters of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) in occupied East Jerusalem last night, according to the agency’s chief Philippe Lazzarini.

“Another arson attempt by Israeli children and young people on @UNRWA in #Jerusalem last night. This has got to stop,” he said in a post.

On May 9, Lazzarini announced the agency would temporarily close its headquarters after several arson attacks in recent weeks and growing threats of violence against UN staff.


Gaza solidarity encampment dismantled at University of California, Berkeley

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators were seen dismantling their Gaza solidarity encampment at Berkeley amid reports that administrations had agreed to meet with the protesters, though no other details about the conditions of the meeting were known, the Reuters news agency reports.



I really don't get how orthodox Jews ended up in Israel in the first place if they hate it so much.


Iirc there were some ultra-Orthodox there before it was Israel. Israel also has endeavored to bring Jews from outside communities there, and of course there are the ops Israel ran in neighboring countries to scare Jews into migration. It also has free healthcare and other free stuff, and ultra-Orthodox Jews are exempt from military service because of their objections. It's not the land that's the problem, it's afaik that they don't consider it to be Israel, and they see Zionism as essentially a heresy against Judaism, modern nationalism disguised as religious prophecy without actually fulfilling it. The atrocities don't help either.


>Palestinian fighters can be seen emerging from a tunnel in the earth nearby to parked Israeli tanks. The fighters rush towards the tanks with what appear to be antitank mines, which they prime for detonation before fleeing.
>A fighter then fires a rocket-propelled grenade at another Israeli tank before all three escape back into the tunnel.

Their tunnel warfare game is strong. They're using ww1 weapons and are beating 1980s tank technology.


>The parliament in Australia’s state of Victoria has voted to ban members from wearing the traditional Palestinian keffiyeh and other symbols representing Palestine in the legislative chamber, members of the Australian Greens Party said.
The battle of words game is weak in this one.
<bourgeois dictatorship installs fashion police


First Jewish Biden appointee publicly resigns over Gaza war policy

A US Interior Department staffer has become the first Jewish political appointee to publicly resign in protest of the country’s support for Israel’s war on Gaza.

Lily Greenberg Call is a special assistant to the chief of staff in the Department of the Interior. She accuses President Joe Biden of using Jews to justify US policy in the conflict.

She is at least the fifth mid- or senior-level administration staffer to make public their resignation in protest of the Biden administration’s military and diplomatic support of the now seven-month-long Israeli war.

In her resignation letter delivered Wednesday, she said she “can no longer in good conscience continue to represent this administration”.

“I think the president has to know that there are people in his administration who think this is disastrous,” Call said of the war overall and US support for it. “Not just for Palestinians, for Israelis, for Jews, [but also] for Americans, for [Biden’s] election prospects.”

New settler attack on Gaza-bound aid convoy

Al Jazeera’s correspondent reports that settlers have attacked aid trucks as they were heading to Gaza via Jerusalem.

The correspondent reported that they attacked a truck driver near the Beit El military checkpoint, north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

We will bring you updates on this incident as we get more information.

The attack comes just days after a mob of Israeli settlers looted aid trucks near Hebron, also in the West Bank, destroying their cargo and then setting them on fire. For more on that incident, watch our video below:

Beirut protesters mark 76th anniversary of the Nakba

Pro-Palestine protesters in Beirut marched to mark the 76th anniversary of the Nakba, Reuters reports.

The demonstration began outside the American University of Beirut and reached its final destination outside the British Embassy in the city.

This year’s commemoration has been dominated by the plight of around two million Palestinians in Gaza, most of whom are living in temporary shelters after being displaced from their homes by the Israeli war.

The seven-month-long war, which has killed more than 35,000 Palestinians and displaced most of the population, has drawn fears among many of a second Nakba in which they would be forced from the besieged coastal enclave altogether.

Protesters gather at university in Paris for Nakba day

Video posted by French media shows a gathering of people at Paris’s Sorbonne University to commemorate Nakba Day, when 76 years ago Palestinians were uprooted from their homes and lands in a series of violent episodes.

Protesters angry about Israel’s war on Gaza have been gathering at Sorbonne University since late last month, when the global campus Gaza encampment protests spread there.




>ICC prosecutor faces demands for action against Israel at UN Security Council
All the countries that want this to happen for real, have to commit military forces to protect the place that houses the ICC and body guards that would ensure protection for the ICC staff.


Israeli opposition leader says gov’t is losing control

Yair Lapid has said that as long as the Netanyahu government is in power, Israel will not be able to win the war in Gaza.

His comments came after Defence Minister Yoav Gallant rejected the possibility of Israeli civil or military governance of post-war Gaza.

“The government has lost control,” Lapid wrote in a post on X. “Soldiers are being killed every day in Gaza and they fight among themselves on television. The cabinet is disassembled and non-functional. Ministers protest in front of cabinet meetings.”

“One cabinet sends humanitarian aid convoys and the other burns them,” he added. “Relations with the US are collapsing, the middle class is collapsing, they have lost the north”.

“We can’t go on like this. We will not win with this government.”

Israeli settlers attack truck driver in occupied West Bank

Earlier we reported on an attack on aid trucks headed to Gaza in the occupied West Bank.

According to new information, it appears that Israeli settlers attacked commercial trucks with Palestinian drivers and not aid trucks.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoted a security source as saying the settlers thought the truck was carrying humanitarian aid. The attack took place near the Israeli settlement of Givat Assaf.


Hezbollah says it launched drones at military base west of Israel’s Tiberias

This is the deepest attack into Israeli territory since the Lebanese group and Israel began exchanging fire in parallel with the war on Gaza.

Hezbollah said it was targeting part of a surveillance system used by the Israeli air force, and that the swarm of attack drones “hit its limited targets accurately and accomplished what it wanted in this limited operation”.

The attack came a day after an Israeli attack killed a Hezbollah field commander, Hussein Mekki, in southern Lebanon.

Hezbollah said on Wednesday that its drone attack was in response to “assassinations” carried out by Israel, but did not specify that it was in retaliation for Mekki’s killing.

South Africa seeks halt to Israel’s Rafah offensive at World Court

South Africa will ask the top UN court to order a halt to the Rafah offensive as part of its case in The Hague accusing Israel of genocide in the Gaza Strip.

The hearings at the International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, come after South Africa last week asked for additional emergency measures to protect Rafah, a southern Gaza city where more than 1.5 million Palestinians had been sheltering.

On Thursday, South Africa will present its latest intervention-seeking emergency measures starting at 3pm (13:00 GMT). Israel, which has denounced South Africa’s claim that it is violating the 1949 Genocide Convention as baseless, will respond on Friday.

US-Muslim rights group to target Texas governor over Gaza

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says it is filing a legal complaint challenging Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s “unlawful executive order targeting student advocates for Palestine”.

“The order targets student advocates for Palestine and directs universities to punish students and organizations that are critical of Israel’s ongoing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza,” CAIR said in a statement.

Protesters place fake bodies at home of University of Michigan official

Pro-Palestine demonstrators wearing masks pitched tents and placed fake bloody corpses outside the home of a University of Michigan board member, raising tension with the school.

Sarah Hubbard, chair of the university’s governing board, said the 6am demonstration at her home in Okemos involved 30 people.

“They approached my home and taped a letter to my front door and proceeded to erect the tents. A variety of other things were left in the front yard,” Hubbard said. “They started chanting with their bullhorn and pounding on a drum in my otherwise quiet neighbourhood.”

She and her husband stayed inside. The protesters left 45 minutes later when police arrived. No arrests were made.

Fighting erupts during pro-Palestinian march to Israeli embassy in Greece

Greek police have clashed with protesters during a pro-Palestinian march to the Israeli embassy in Athens.

More than 2,500 people marched through the streets of Greece’s capital to the embassy carrying Palestinian flags and chanting, “Free Palestine!”

A group of protesters broke off from the march, which was largely peaceful, and hurled stones at police who had formed a security cordon outside the embassy. Police fired tear gas to disperse them. Three people were detained during the brief clashes, a police official said.

Earlier this month, violence broke out during a pro-Palestinian rally in central Athens, a day after the Israeli military launched a ground assault on Rafah in the Gaza Strip.



Jewish Biden appointee who resigned says US president has ‘blood on his hands’
Shihab Rattansi
Reporting from Washington, DC, United States

Lily Greenberg Call is the first “Biden appointee” to resign as a result of Joe Biden’s complete acquiescence to Israel’s slaughter in Gaza.

Actually, another Jewish member of the US administration did resign – a career military officer in the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Greenberg Call talks in her resignation letter about how she was a true believer in the Biden administration having worked on Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.

However, she writes that she can no longer, in good conscience, continue to represent this administration amidst President Biden’s disastrous, continued support for Israel’s genocide in Gaza.

She actually goes on to say that President Biden has the blood of innocent people on his hands.

And she particularly centres her opposition on being Jewish. In particular, she is very triggered by President Biden’s consistent conflation of Jewishness and supporting what Israel is doing in Gaza.

Biden, she writes, is making Jews the face of the American war machine – and that is so deeply wrong. And she says that both Biden and Israel are making Jews less safe around the world.

Israel carried out 80 attacks on aid in Gaza since January

The research group Forensic Architecture said it has identified at least 80 separate attacks by Israeli forces targeting humanitarian aid in Gaza since January.

The attacks include at least 37 against civilians seeking aid, all near the Israeli-controlled checkpoints on Salah al-Din Street and al-Rashid Street in northern Gaza.

“The frequency and widespread nature of these attacks suggests that Israel is systematically targeting aid,” the group said.

Italian chef Gabriele Rubini says he was attacked by ‘Zionists’

Prominent Italian chef Gabriele Rubini, better known as Chef Rubio, has said that he was ambushed by a group of “Zionists” outside his home in Italy.

The television personality – who has labelled Israel a “fascist” state, was arrested for his pro-Palestine activism and had been accused of anti-Semitism – posted a video on X showing his bloodied face and swollen eye after the attack.

“Terrorists. These are the Zionist Jews. Six of them waited for me outside the house and cut the gate wires to massacre me,” he wrote.

Other posts on the celebrity chef’s social media page showed the inside of a vehicle strewn with glasses from broken windows and him later in hospital with a bandage on a head wound and flashing a V sign for “victory” with the fingers of his right hand.



>Israeli opposition leader says gov’t is losing control
>Yair Lapid has said that as long as the Netanyahu government is in power, Israel will not be able to win the war in Gaza.
>His comments came after Defence Minister Yoav Gallant rejected the possibility of Israeli civil or military governance of post-war Gaza.
>“The government has lost control,” Lapid wrote in a post on X. “Soldiers are being killed every day in Gaza and they fight among themselves on television. The cabinet is disassembled and non-functional. Ministers protest in front of cabinet meetings.”
>“One cabinet sends humanitarian aid convoys and the other burns them,” he added. “Relations with the US are collapsing, the middle class is collapsing, they have lost the north”.
>“We can’t go on like this. We will not win with this government.”

well Fascism turns out to be a shit show again
what a surprise
who could have possibly seen that coming


>And she particularly centres her opposition on being Jewish. In particular, she is very triggered by President Biden’s consistent conflation of Jewishness and supporting what Israel is doing in Gaza.
>Biden, she writes, is making Jews the face of the American war machine – and that is so deeply wrong. And she says that both Biden and Israel are making Jews less safe around the world.

Can we update the definition of antisemitism to include conflating Jewishness with Zionism


LIVE NOW: LIVE: ICJ hears South Africa's demand to halt Israel’s Rafah offensive

‘We cannot leave case halfway,’ says South African minister on new ICJ appeal

South Africa’s minister of social development says the country is returning to the ICJ, where it will today request additional measures to end Israel’s Rafah invasion because it cannot leave its job undone as Israeli attacks intensify in the enclave’s last refuge.

South Africa went to the ICJ in January to try to “halt this genocide, but unfortunately, this has not happened”, Lindiwe Zulu told Al Jazeera.

“There’s been absolutely no respect for the action that we took … no respect for the ICJ,” she said, adding that Israel has only “escalated” its attacks on Gaza since the court’s ruling in January. “We believe we cannot leave it halfway.”

Zulu said South Africa’s latest appeal calls for Israel to urgently halt its attacks in Rafah, where hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians reside, and ensure civilians receive aid.

Beyond that, the case is meant to add momentum to the global pro-Palestinian solidarity movement, boosted by student protesters, and press the international community to take further action.

Swedish city proposes ban on purchases from Israel

Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter is reporting that the governing body of the country’s second-largest city, Gothenburg, wants to stop buying goods from Israel.

A coalition that includes the Swedish Social Democratic Party, Left Party and the Green Party, who have a majority in the municipality’s governing committee, has proposed that the city phase out all purchases of goods originating in states that illegally occupy other states.

“Israel is conducting an illegal occupation of the West Bank that has only worsened in the shadow of the widespread killing of civilians in Gaza,” Jonas Attenius, chairman of the municipal board in Gothenburg, said in a press release. “Our tax money should not go to financially support occupation forces.”

The proposal would also affect purchases from Russia and Morocco.



What to expect at the ICJ hearing today

As we’ve been reporting, the ICJ will hold at 13:00 GMT a public hearing over the extra emergency measures sought by South Africa against Israel’s attacks on Rafah during its war on Gaza.

We’ve spoken to William Schabas, a professor of international law at Middlesex University whose work focuses on human rights and international criminal law, to unpack the case. Here’s what he said:

This will be the fourth request by South Africa for provisional measures. At the end of January, they were successful in getting an order and they again obtained an additional order late in March.
They will be presenting before the court this afternoon in The Hague that the circumstances have developed and evolved now where they are essentially claiming that this is the end of Gaza and with the threatened destruction of Rafah that this is sort of the final stage.
So they are asking for a renewed order and, in particular, they are focusing on a requirement of a ceasefire, that the military activities stop altogether.
The court has clearly indicated the urgency of the matter. The application was filed on Friday of last week and they’ve set a hearing for today, five days later.
This is extremely unusual; they haven’t responded with the same kind of urgency before so it shows that the court is taking this as a very serious matter.
Note: You will be able to follow the proceedings at the ICJ in our separate live coverage starting in a few hours. Stay tuned for details.

Israeli jets continue bombardment in Jabalia

Israeli air strikes have continued to pound northern Gaza’s Jabalia, where Israeli soldiers have engaged in fierce gun battles with Palestinian fighters.

A video posted on Instagram by Palestinian activist Mohamed Ahmed, and verified by Al Jazeera, shows smoke rising over targeted buildings in central Jabalia on Thursday morning.

Yesterday, Israeli tanks and troops pushed deep into densely populated neighbourhoods of Jabalia, encountering fierce resistance, as Israeli jets frequently raided parts of the city.

One Israeli strike hit a family home, killing at least four people in addition to causing injuries, according to Wafa news agency.

WFP suspends food distribution in Rafah

The UN’s food agency says it has run out of stocks in southern Rafah and has suspended food aid distributions there since May 11.

Food deliveries are still ongoing in Khan Younis and Deir el-Balah, it said, but in a limited capacity.

Earlier, we brought you an update from the WFP, which said its food and fuel stocks in all of Gaza are set to run out within a matter of days. This is due to the Israeli seizure and closure of the Rafah-Egypt border crossing and the limited entry of supplies through the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing from Israel into Gaza.

Israel launches investigation into soldiers killed by ‘friendly fire’

We now have more information on news of Israeli “friendly fire” that killed five of its soldiers in northern Gaza on Wednesday.

“Five soldiers of the 202nd Paratrooper Battalion were killed last night in a mass casualty incident as a result of fire by our forces,” the Israeli military said in a statement, adding that seven other troops were wounded.

According to a preliminary investigation, two Israeli tanks in the area opened fire on a house used by the Israeli battalion’s deputy commander, the military said.

“The shooting consisted of two tank shells,” it said. “From the initial investigation … it appears that the tank fighters identified a gun barrel coming out of one of the windows in the building, and directed each other to shoot at the building.”

The latest fatalities take to 278 the number of Israeli troops killed in the Gaza military campaign since the start of the ground offensive on October 27.

Israeli ‘clearing’ operations in Jabalia target of mounting Palestinian attacks: Monitors

Palestinian fighters say they have carried out the largest number of attacks per day on Israeli forces operating in the Jabalia refugee camp since the start of the Gaza ground invasion, war monitors report.

Palestinian armed groups reported carrying out 34 attacks on Wednesday against Israeli forces who re-entered the northern Gaza camp on Saturday in a renewed push to “clear” resistance from northern parts of the Palestinian territory.

With Palestinian attacks average 30 daily, “this marks the highest rate of claimed attacks per day in Jabalia since the war began”, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and the Critical Threats Project (CTP) said in their latest battlefield report.

In southern Rafah city, Israeli forces discovered a Hamas facility containing “models of Israeli Merkava tanks and armoured personnel carriers”, which were used in the training of Palestinian fighters, the US-based think tanks report.

The report also notes that Israeli Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi has likened Israel’s “clearing” operations in Gaza to an unachievable, “Sisyphean task”.

Israeli soldiers attack Palestinian farmers near Bethlehem

Israeli forces have attacked a number of Palestinian farmers south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, Wafa news agency is reporting.

Jaafar Assi, 55, said Israeli forces attacked him and a number of other farmers while they were working on their land with grape vines in Wadi al-Diyar, adjacent to the illegal Israeli settlement of Efrat, located on the lands of the town of al-Khader.

He said Israeli forces threatened them with arrest and confiscation of vehicles and equipment if they returned to working on their land, adding that this is the third time Israeli forces have attacked them during the grape season this year.

Assi said these lands constitute about 80 percent of al-Khader’s agricultural lands, and that Israeli authorities were trying to empty them.

More than 15,000 children killed in Gaza: Red Crescent

The Palestine Red Crescent Society has reported that more than 15,000 children have been killed in Gaza.

Since October 7, more than 35,000 people have been killed by Israeli attacks on the besieged enclave. About 500 Palestinians have also been killed in attacks by Israeli forces and settlers across the occupied West Bank.

Arrests as US police storm pro-Palestine campus protests

Police in the US arrested students at an encampment set up at the University of California, Irvine in support of a ceasefire in Gaza. This comes after hundreds of students closed off a lecture hall on the campus on Wednesday.

The university is one of many across the country where protesters have been demanding that institutions divest from Israeli companies.

Students at the University of Florida in Gainesville have also been demonstrating against the war in Gaza, ignoring the university’s orders not to do so.

Hezbollah carries out its deepest strike in Israel
Zeina Khodr
Reporting from Beirut, Lebanon

In the past 24 hours, Hezbollah has carried out its deepest strike in Israel using what the Israeli army said were two armed drones.

One was downed by Israel’s air defences and the other hit a “sensitive military facility near the Golani Junction, west of Tiberias” some 35km (22 miles) from the Lebanon border.

Hezbollah says the attack was a response to recent Israeli strikes in southern Lebanon that killed its members.

Israel responded to the Golani Junction strike by carrying out at least 15 strikes overnight in Baalbek region, eastern Lebanon. According to the army, a weapons manufacturing plant used to build guided munitions and a drone was among the targets.

CENTCOM announces Gaza floating aid pier has been anchored

The US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) has announced that a new US-built, temporary humanitarian aid pier was anchored to the beach in Gaza this morning.

It said trucks carrying humanitarian assistance are expected to “begin moving ashore in the coming days”, with the aid set to be received and distributed by the UN.

Relief groups have warned that the plan – which aims to boost aid deliveries to the besieged enclave – faces the same challenges that they do, namely a lack of safety and fuel.

Danger, uncertainty lie ahead for US effort to bring in aid through floating pier
The US is aiming to have a floating pier off the coast of Gaza operational within the coming days, but relief groups are warning that the plan – which aims to boost aid deliveries – faces the same challenges that they do, namely a lack of safety and fuel.

“Once you get food or supplies into the Gaza Strip, whether it’s from the pier or [border] crossing points, there is no security and … there’s no fuel,” Bob Kitchen, the International Rescue Committee’s vice president for emergencies, told the Reuters news agency.

And because land crossings could bring in all the needed aid if Israeli officials allowed, the US-built pier and sea route “is a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist”, said Scott Paul, an associate director of the Oxfam humanitarian organisation.

“Like all of the land crossings, it comes down to the consent of the government of Israel” on allowing aid through its screening process and ensuring aid teams are safe to distribute it within Gaza, Paul told The Associated Press news agency.



>This will be the fourth request by South Africa for provisional measures.
>So they are asking for a renewed order and, in particular, they are focusing on a requirement of a ceasefire, that the military activities stop altogether.
>The court has clearly indicated the urgency of the matter. The application was filed on Friday of last week and they’ve set a hearing for today, five days later.
>This is extremely unusual; they haven’t responded with the same kind of urgency before so it shows that the court is taking this as a very serious matter.

South Africa is in some ways trying to protect Israel from it self.
I think the politics of the entire region are at a turning point, if the Zionists complete the Gaza genocide by clearing out Rafah, that will set off the geo-political motion of Israel getting squeezed out, slowly and methodically.


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Israeli soldiers view evacuation areas as ‘extermination zones’: Lawyer

A lawyer for South Africa at the genocide case at the World Court says there has been one child killed or wounded in Gaza every 10 minutes since Israeli’s military attacks began.

Blinne Ni Gralaigh also quoted an Israeli reservist active in Gaza as saying soldiers treat Israel-ordered evacuation areas as “extermination zones”.

“The evidence before the court indicates that the extent of the carnage in Gaza is of a much-greater magnitude than that pertained to Ukraine and Russia. Indeed, the carnage in Gaza is in an order which exceeds by far the necessities of war and the limits imposed by the laws of war,” said Gralaigh.

Arab League calls for peacekeepers in occupied Palestinian territory

The Arab League called for a United Nations peacekeeping force in the occupied Palestinian territory at a summit dominated by the war on Gaza.

The “Manama Declaration” issued by the 22-member bloc called for “international protection and peacekeeping forces of the United Nations in the occupied Palestinian territories” until a two-state solution is implemented.

The meeting is the first time the bloc has come together since an extraordinary summit in Riyadh, capital of neighbouring Saudi Arabia, in November that also involved leaders from the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

At that meeting, leaders condemned Israeli forces for their “barbaric” actions in Gaza.

Israeli military chief meets northern commanders as Hezbollah clashes surge

Israel’s military chief of staff, Major-General Herzi Halevi, met with army leaders of the Northern Command as fighting with Hezbollah along its northern border with Lebanon continues.

“We have trained the people, they are familiar with the operations,” Halevi is quoted as saying in an army post on X.

Hezbollah earlier said it launched “more than 60” rockets at Israeli military positions in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights in retaliation for overnight attacks that killed a Hezbollah member who Israel said was a field commander.

Israel and Hamas ally Hezbollah have exchanged near-daily fire since the Palestinian group’s October 7 attack on southern Israel that preceded Israel’s latest war on Gaza, now in its eighth month.

More than 100 academics killed by Israeli assault: Gaza media office

The Government Media Ofice has published a list of the names of scholars, academics, university professors and researchers killed since Israel began its war on Gaza last October.

“In addition, the occupation completely destroyed more than 103 universities and schools, in addition to partially destroying 311 universities and schools,” a statement from the office adds.

The statement calls on “All universities and educational sectors in all countries of the world to condemn this crime, which comes within the framework of the crime of genocide”.

Israeli military confirms US floating pier ‘successfully connected’

The Israeli military confirmed the announcement by the US military that the much-criticised floating pier it built off Gaza for aid has been connected.

“In the upcoming days, trucks will begin entering,” said the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) that is tasked with organising aid.

International aid groups and experts cautioned the only viable way to get humanitarian aid to besieged Palestinians is through land crossings – which have been consistently closed or severely hampered by the Israeli military since the start of the war.

UN chief calls for Arab unity in summit address

“There is no better moment for the Arab region to come together,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in remarks to Arab leaders in Bahrain.

“Unity and solidarity throughout the Arab world would amplify the vital voice of the region and further boost your influence on the global stage,” he continued.

Guterres also reiterated his strong position in favor of a ceasefire in Gaza, saying that the death and destruction currently being meted out on the enclave must come to an end.

It can help this region find peace, make the most of its enormous potential, and further contribute to the global good.

“Entire families wiped out. Children traumatized and injured for life. People denied access to the very basics for human survival. A looming famine … It is time for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and unimpeded access for humanitarian assistance throughout Gaza,” he said to the Arab League summit.

Houthi chief says any ship heading to Israel will be attacked

In a televised speech, Abdulmalik al-Houthi announced the planned escalation by the Yemeni group, saying attacks on commercial shipping would extend to any area its military capabilities could reach and will no longer be limited to the Red Sea.

Since the early days of Israel’s war on Gaza, the Houthis have been targeting commercial ships they say are linked to Israel and military ships belonging to an international coalition meant to defend them. They say the attacks are being carried out in sympathy with Palestinians in Gaza.

The Houthis say the attacks will end when a ceasefire is achieved.

Catholic patriarch of Jerusalem visits Gaza

A statement from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem says that Cardinal Pizzaballa, the current patriarch, entered Gaza and visited the parish of the Holy Family for a pastoral visit today.

“On May 16th, 2024, His Beatitude, Pierbattista Cardinal Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem entered Gaza and reached the parish of the Holy Family for a pastoral visit,” according to the statement.

He and a delegation “met the suffering population to encourage them and to deliver a message of hope, solidarity, and support”, the statement says.

Pizzaballa also delivered mass inside the parish church with local community members.

The statement added that this visit represents the beginning of a humanitarian mission aimed at delivering “life-saving food and medical help to the population in Gaza”.

Netherlands coalition plans to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem

The future right-wing coalition in the Netherlands plans to move the country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The coalition agreement, which right-wing populist Geert Wilders has presented together with three other right-wing parties in The Hague, states that the date of such a move should be investigated. The decision should take into account diplomatic interests and a possible solution to the Middle East conflict, it says.

Crowd chants ‘Free Palestine’ during football match in Dublin

The Palestine women’s national football team played a friendly match in Dublin yesterday against local Irish club the Bohemians Women.

Held on Nakba Day, the match was meant to express Ireland’s longstanding solidarity with Palestine and raise funds for Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank.

During the packed match, loud chants of “Free Palestine” were heard from the crowd.



Palestinian fighters claim attacks on Israeli forces in Gaza’s Jabalia

Palestinian fighters are claiming dozens of new attacks on Israeli troops and armoured vehicles every day as the Israeli military is advancing on the Jabalia refugee camp in the north.

In Jabalia on Thursday afternoon so far, Hamas and other groups, including the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, have claimed to:

Target an Israeli artillery emplacement with mortar shells
Destroy a command headquarters for ground troops with heavy-calibre mortar shells
Attack multiple Merkava tanks with Yassin-105 shells
Hit an observation site east of Jabalia with mortar shells
Destroy tanks with planted explosive devices
Use anti-armour shells to incapacitate D9 military bulldozers

Hezbollah records first combat use of rocket-armed drone against Israel

The armed Lebanese group, for the first time, released footage of an attack using air-to-ground rockets fired from a drone.

It said it inflicted casualties when two of its S-5 rockets were successfully fired and hit Israeli troops and vehicles at the Metula base.

The S-5 is a Russian-made rocket about 1.4 metres (4.6 feet) long and weighing 5kg (11 pounds).

Hezbollah claimed 13 attacks on Israeli positions on Thursday.

Hezbollah says it hits Israeli missile-detecting blimp in drone strike

The armed Lebanese group has released videos showing how it has monitored an Israeli Sky Dew blimp deployed in northern Israel to detect incoming missiles.

Hezbollah said it launched an explosive-laden drone at the aircraft and achieved a direct hit. The Israeli military confirmed the drone struck “a balloon that was on the ground” at a military base in northern Israel.

Israeli military spokesman Daniel Hagari said there were no casualties and the military has suffered no hits to its ability to image the area by air.

Spain denies port call for ship carrying arms to Israel

Spain has refused permission for an Israel-bound ship carrying arms to call at the southeastern port of Cartagena, Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares says.

Albares confirmed reports the Marianne Danica vessel is carrying a cargo of arms to Israel and requested permission to dock at Cartagena on May 21. He said refusing permission was consistent with Spain’s policy to ban the exports of all arms to Israel since the outbreak of the war in Gaza in October.

“We have detected this ship, we have refused to allow it to dock, and I can tell you that this will be a consistent policy with any ship carrying Israeli arms and arms cargo that wants to dock in Spanish ports,” Albares told reporters in Brussels.

Marianne Danica is carrying nearly 27 tonnes of explosive material from Madras, India, the El Pais newspaper reported.

Israeli army confirms deaths of two Thai nationals missing since October 7

Israeli army spokesperson Daniel Hagari, during his daily media briefing, said that the army informed the families of two Thai citizens who were suspected to have been taken captive on October 7 that they were, in fact, killed that day during the Hamas attacks on Israeli territory.

Hagari named the Thai citizens as Sontia Ok’Krasari and Sontisek Rintalk, and said that they were working in agriculture on farms near Kibbutz Bari. He also claimed that Hamas has held their bodies since October 7.

CAIR sues Texas governor for ‘unlawful’ order on student protests

The Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR) civil rights group has sued Texas Governor Greg Abbott for issuing an “unlawful executive order” that impacts pro-Palestine students protesting at universities.

Abbott this month reiterated his unwavering support for Israel and said he has seen a “sharp rise” in anti-Semitism.

He ordered the state’s public colleges and universities to revise their free speech policies and blamed pro-Palestinian student groups for unrest and the rise in anti-Semitism.

US House passes symbolic bill forcing Biden to send arms to Israel

The US House of Representatives passed legislation aimed at forcing the administration of US President Joe Biden to reverse his decision to halt a shipment of bombs to Israel amid its invasion of Rafah.

The bill proposes slashing budgets for the offices of the defence secretary, secretary of state and the National Security Council unless Biden chooses to send the 3,500 heavy-duty bombs in the delayed shipment.

The measure passed 224-187, with 16 Democrats joining Republicans in supporting it and three Republicans voting against the bill.

But the bill is believed to be largely symbolic and an attempt to display bipartisan anger with the decision to hold the bombs. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says he does not plan to allow a vote on the bill, and Biden has pledged to veto it.

The Biden administration has stressed it is not altogether stopping weapons exports to Israel and is reportedly preparing to send another shipment worth over $1bn to Israel that includes tank ammunition.

‘Gaza largely wiped off the map’: South Africa

South Africa told the United Nations’s top court the situation in Gaza has reached “a new and horrific stage” as it sought emergency measures to halt Israel’s military operation in Rafah.

It was the third time the International Court of Justice held hearings on the conflict in Gaza since South Africa filed proceedings at The Hague-based court in December accusing Israel of genocide.

“Seven months ago, South Africa could not have imagined that Gaza would be largely wiped off the map,” the country’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Vusimuzi Madonsela, told the panel of 15 international judges.

South Africa argues Israeli attacks have far surpassed self-defence. “Israel’s actions in Rafah are part of the end game. This is the last step in the destruction of Gaza,” lawyer Vaughan Lowe said.

According to the latest request, the previous preliminary orders by The Hague-based court were not sufficient to address “a brutal military attack on the sole remaining refuge for the people of Gaza”. Israel will be allowed to answer the accusations on Friday.

Israel to abolish free trade deal with Turkey in retaliatory move

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich says Israel will abolish its free trade agreement with Turkey and also impose a 100 percent tariff on other imports in retaliation for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to halt exports to Israel.

The plan, he said, would be submitted to the cabinet for approval.

Earlier this month, Turkey said it was stopping exports to Israel during the duration of Israel’s war on Gaza citing a “worsening humanitarian tragedy” in the Palestinian territory.

US aid pier: ‘A floating dock far from where needs are most acute’

While the US military says a pier has been completed off Gaza to deliver aid to starving Palestinians, many questions about its effectiveness remain.

Farhan Haq, a spokesperson for UN chief Antonio Guterres, reiterated the UN’s preference for land routes, saying “getting aid to people in need into and across Gaza cannot and should not depend on a floating dock far from where needs are most acute”.

He added negotiations are continuing about how the aid would be distributed after the US ruled out any involvement by its troops in the distribution process.

Israel has been widely criticised for restricting crucial humanitarian relief via land routes with hospitals running out of fuel and people desperate for food and water.



That podcast has an interesting discussion on how Israel lost the war because they are loosing on military attrition.


Malaysia welcomes South Africa’s latest request to ICJ over Israel’s war on Gaza

Malaysia has said it “strongly supports and commends South Africa for her resolute effort to stop the genocide against the Palestinians in Gaza” and welcomes its latest request to the International Court of Justice to stop Israel’s attack on Rafah.

“Israel’s offensives in Rafah, a 64-square-kilometre area crowded with over 1.4 million Palestinians seeking refuge, will result in a massive humanitarian catastrophe,” Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“The international community has a collective responsibility to demand that Israel cease its military operations,” it said.

“Malaysia reiterates its unwavering support for the establishment of an independent and sovereign State of Palestine, based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, as well as the admission of Palestine as a full member of the United Nations,” the ministry added.

Israeli extremists carry out another truck attack in the West Bank

A group of Israeli extremists have blocked another truck and attacked its driver in the occupied West Bank, the Wafa news agency reports.

The driver sustained minor injuries and the truck was set on fire in the attack, which occurred near the Kochav Hashahar Israeli settlement, east of Ramallah, Wafa reports.

This is the latest of several attacks carried out on trucks by Israeli extremists, who say they are blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza until all Israeli captives are returned.

Israeli extremists have, however, also perpetrated attacks and looted several trucks not carrying humanitarian aid.

Israeli extremists injure Israeli soldiers in latest Gaza aid truck violence

Israel’s military said three soldiers were “slightly injured” in a confrontation with dozens of Israelis who had set fire to a truck and injured its driver in the vicinity of the Kochav Hashahar Israeli settlement, east of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.

The attack on the truck and soldiers appeared to be the latest incident of violence by Israeli extremists who have ambushed several trucks transporting humanitarian aid supplies destined for the people of war-torn Gaza.

According to the military, soldiers “arrived on the scene, and acted to separate the Israeli citizens from the driver and provide the driver with medical treatment”.

“Dozens of Israeli citizens reacted violently towards the force. As a result, two [military] officers and another soldier were slightly injured and treated on the spot,” the military said.

Though the military condemned the violence, and said it would respond “to the fullest extent of the law”, it did not mention any arrests of attackers or suspects.



What does it mean for the situation if Israeli citizens and Israeli soldiers aren't in agreement?


>Israeli extremists injure Israeli soldiers in latest Gaza aid truck violence
>What does it mean for the situation if Israeli citizens and Israeli soldiers aren't in agreement?
Zionism beginning to eat it self, means less violence directed against their victims.



Zionist hypocrisy is off the charts


Palestinian rights group calls for investigation into Meta’s data leaks to Israeli military

The Sada Social online rights group says US tech giant Meta must be investigated for helping the so-called Lavender AI-assisted targeting system of the Israeli military used to kill Palestinians in Gaza through leaking users’ Whatsapp data.

“Since the onset of the genocidal war on October 7, the enforcement of surveillance and violation of users’ privacy through WhatsApp has escalated, with more than 670 numbers of Palestinian users being banned, over 78 percent of whom are journalists and users in the Gaza Strip, directly impacting their lives,” said the group, which is based in the occupied West Bank.

“Sada Social calls upon Meta management to adhere to responsibility and transparency across its various platforms, and to release transparency reports that have been withheld since the onset of the genocidal war.”


Thousands expected to rally in Washington, DC, for Palestinian rights

Thousands of protesters are expected to turn out for a rally at the National Mall in the nation’s capital in support of Palestinian rights and an immediate end to the Israeli war on Gaza.

The event also commemorates the 76th anniversary of the Nakba.

Rally organisers didn’t apply for any permits from the National Park Service, which oversees the National Mall.

In January, pro-Palestine activists flooded the National Mall in one of the larger protests in recent memory in the District of Columbia.

Yemen’s Houthis hit oil tanker with a ballistic missile in Red Sea

US Central Command (CENTCOM) says the Houthi group in Yemen launched an antiship ballistic missile into the Red Sea that hit MT Wind, a Panamanian-flagged, Greek-owned and operated oil tanker.

“MT Wind most recently docked in Russia and was bound for China,” it said.

The impact of the missile resulted in a loss of propulsion and steering, but the vessel’s crew managed to restore the functions without assistance, and there were no casualties, CENTCOM said.

The Houthis have launched attacks for months on commercial vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Eden in an attempt to pressure Israel to end its devastating war on Gaza.

Qassam Brigades claims attacks on Israeli troops

Hamas’s armed wing says on its Telegram channel that its fighters:

shot an Israeli soldier with sniper fire east of Jabalia
attacked a group of 15 soldiers with anti-personnel devices and then used light weapons and hand grenades while they were inside a house in al-Tanour neighbourhood, east of Rafah
targeted a Merkava tank with a Yassin-105 rocket in the same neighbourhood
shelled Rafah crossing
targeted an “Apache” Israeli military helicopter with an anti-aircraft surface-to-air missile (SAM-7)
blew up an Israeli military bulldozer east of Rafah

6 Penn students arrested during attempt to occupy building

Authorities say a half-dozen University of Pennsylvania students are among 19 pro-Palestinian protesters arrested during an attempt to occupy a building on campus.

University police say seven remained in custody Saturday awaiting felony charges from Friday’s incident, including one person who allegedly assaulted an officer.

A dozen were issued citations for failing to disperse and follow police commands. They have been released from custody.

The arrests came as other colleges across the country, anxious to prepare for commencement season, either negotiated agreements with students or called in police to dismantle protest camps.

Body of another captive found Gaza, Israeli army says

The Israeli army says troops retrieved the body of hostage Ron Benjamin after he was “murdered” during the October 7 offensive by Hamas.

Military spokesperson Rear-Admiral Daniel Hagari said Benjamin’s body was found during the same operation that saw troops recover the remains of three other hostages, which was announced on Friday.

The bodies of the other captives were also recovered in a tunnel in Gaza, according to the Israeli military.

’14th major march in London since October’
Harry Fawcett
Reporting from London

The demonstration is taking place in White Hall, the heart of the British government, very close to Downing Street, the home and office of the prime minister.

It’s really seizable. There’s a real crush here.

The organisers are claiming some 250,000 people [are attending]. It’s hard to corroborate those figures, but certainly, it’s a very sizable turnout.

It’s associated with the Nakba, or the “catastrophe”, as Palestinians call it.

We’ve seen people carrying keys symbolising the right of return to their homes, and we’ve also heard those calls for an end to arms sales from Britain to Israel as this war continues, and repeated calls for an end to the war.

This has been a very diverse crowd by age, race and parts of the UK.

Demonstrators take to the streets in Israel

Videos shared online show thousands of people marching in the city of Haifa to demand an end to the attack on Gaza and early elections.

Protesters held banners reading, “We want to stop the war” and “We want to have elections now”.

Israel’s Gantz demands Gaza plan by June 8; threatens to quit cabinet

Israeli war cabinet minister Benny Gantz demanded Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commit to an agreed vision for the Gaza conflict that would include stipulating who might rule the territory after the war with Hamas.

In a news conference, Gantz said he wanted the war cabinet to form a six-point plan by June 8. If his expectations are not met, Gantz said, he would withdraw his centrist party from the conservative prime minister’s emergency government.

Israeli military claims over 130 Palestinian fighters killed in east Rafah

The Israeli military has provided a combat report from its 162nd Division that is currently invading eastern Rafah in southern Gaza.

It claims soldiers with the Givati Infantry Brigade killed “more than 80 terror operatives”, located dozens of rifles, grenades and ammunition, and located tunnel networks.

The Israeli military said its 401st Armored Brigade has also been raiding sites in the area and engaging in gun battles with Palestinian fighters.

It claimed its tank forces have killed more than 50 fighters and demolished dozens of sites, including rocket launchers and tunnel shafts.

Israeli military claims to expose Palestinian minors as ‘Hamas informants’

The Israeli military has released names and information of a number of Palestinian children, claiming that they are informing on Hamas.

Palestinian children arbitrarily arrested and detained by the Israeli army are often coerced into becoming collaborators or informants, according to Francesca Albanese, UN special rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories.

The practice dates back to before October 7, but the expert said the situation has grown considerably worse and “risks to grow even worse if we do not use our power to stop it”.



>The Sada Social online rights group says US tech giant Meta must be investigated for helping the so-called Lavender AI-assisted targeting system of the Israeli military used to kill Palestinians in Gaza through leaking users’ Whatsapp data.
>“Since the onset of the genocidal war on October 7, the enforcement of surveillance and violation of users’ privacy through WhatsApp has escalated, with more than 670 numbers of Palestinian users being banned, over 78 percent of whom are journalists and users in the Gaza Strip, directly impacting their lives,” said the group, which is based in the occupied West Bank.
>“Sada Social calls upon Meta management to adhere to responsibility and transparency across its various platforms, and to release transparency reports that have been withheld since the onset of the genocidal war.”

Data is getting used to kill people.
That means no more arguments against maximal privacy.


>US Central Command (CENTCOM) says the Houthi group in Yemen launched an antiship ballistic missile into the Red Sea that hit MT Wind, a Panamanian-flagged, Greek-owned and operated oil tanker.
>“MT Wind most recently docked in Russia and was bound for China,” it said.
Is there a way to get independent confirmation that this was a Houthi missile ?
I'm not implying anything, it's just that the US has a greater interest to knock out an oil shipment from Russia to China than the Houthis do and that makes US CENTCOM perhaps not the best source of information in this case.


>The Israeli military has released names and information of a number of Palestinian children, claiming that they are informing on Hamas.
Can murdering civilians be justified by calling them "human shields" ?NO!
Can murdering children be justified by calling them "informants" ? ALSO NO!


Good point. I didn't even catch that lol


Israeli air strikes hit Gaza’s Khan Younis, Nuseirat, Jabalia

Israeli air attacks have hit several areas across the Gaza Strip tonight, including multiple sites in Khan Younis, in the south of the Gaza Strip, Wafa is reporting.

Israeli air attacks also hit the Nuseirat refugee camp and the town of az-Zawayda in the central Gaza Strip, as well as the Jabalia refugee camp in the north, Wafa reports.

No immediate details on the number of people killed and injured in the attacks were available.

Hospitals and other emergency services that usually report on deaths and injuries have been struggling to continue operations after Israel last week blocked land routes used to deliver fuel to run generators, months after cutting off all electricity supply.

Israeli soldiers supported settlers who attacked West Bank village of Yatma: Report

A Palestinian official told the Wafa agency that the Israeli settlers who set fire to farmland and a scrapyard in the West Bank village of Yatma did so “under the protection of Israeli occupation forces”.

Ahmed Sanobar, the head of the Yatma village council, also told Wafa that hundreds of settlers were involved in the attack and that Palestinians confronted the assailants and managed to extinguish the fires.

“Confrontations ensued between the residents and the attacking colonists, supported by Israeli soldiers who fired live ammunition and tear gas canisters at the former,” Wafa reported.

The agency said there were no reported injuries from the attack.

An Israeli attack in north Gaza killed 26 members of one family
Urooba Jamal

In Gaza’s north, two roads run between the city of Jabalia and the Jabalia refugee camp. Running parallel to as-Sikka Street is the smaller Assalia Street, named after the large family that inhabits the neighbourhood.

Late last week, 26 members of the Assalia family were killed and six houses on that street were reduced to rubble by an Israeli attack, according to witness testimony. The street is now barely a dirt track, as seen from images following the event’s aftermath, which Al Jazeera reviewed.

Ibrahim Assalia, 46, a media lecturer originally from Gaza who has been living in the United Kingdom since 2006, was on the phone with his brother as the attack on Jabalia and his family took place.

“Pray for me, they are heavily shelling the area,” Assalia recalled his brother as saying on May 11.

Freed Palestinian detainee Farouk al-Khatib dies

Dozens of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank have taken part in a funeral for 30-year-old Farouk al-Khatib, who died from cancer on Monday, months after his release from Israeli prison, according to media reports.

The Wafa news agency said al-Khatib was subjected to medical negligence while being held in Israeli administrative detention for four months last year.

Al-Khatib lost 25kg (55 pounds) during his time in detention, his family told the Middle East Eye, and was diagnosed with stage-five stomach cancer shortly before his release in December last year.

New encampment at Drexel University in Philadelphia

Pro-Palestinian protesters in the US have set up a new encampment at Drexel University in the city of Philadelphia, a day after authorities thwarted an attempted occupation of a school building at the neighbouring University of Pennsylvania campus.

Up to 60 protesters were at the encampment on the campus’s Korman Quad on Sunday, Drexel President John Fry said in a statement, adding that the university was speaking with demonstrators to end the protest.

Morehouse community showed solidarity with Palestinians: CAIR

Here’s more on US President Joe Biden’s speech at Morehouse College.

The civil rights group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) praised staff and students for standing in solidarity with the people of Gaza.

CAIR’s Edward Ahmed Mitchell said he was “very proud of students and faculty who respectfully protested President Biden and expressed the Black American community’s solidarity with Palestinians facing genocide in Gaza.”

Mitchell said that Biden should listen to students, including Morehouse valedictorian DeAngelo Jeremiah Fletcher, who called for “an immediate and a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza strip” in his speech.



Iran’s president and his foreign minister have been confirmed dead after the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in a mountainous region during bad weather.

Another burning of Reichstag or is iϟϟreal so desper8 for another escalation? Ah, who the fuck am I kidding.


Probably the latter…


The ICC appears to be issuing arrest warrants for Netanyahu, Yoav Gallant, and 3 Hamas leaders.


whats the chances of the US' Hague Act coming into play?


Should be zilch since the US doesn't officially acknowledge responsibility for what Israel is doing. Should be.


US rights group calls ICC arrest warrant request a ‘milestone’ that took too long

Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN) also urges the US to suspend all arms transfers to Israel, “given the ICC’s conclusion that Israeli officials at the highest levels are engaging in war crimes for which the court is seeking their arrest”.

“US officials involved in approving and sending additional weapons to Israel may find themselves next in line facing ICC arrest warrants,” said Raed Jarrar, Dawn’s advocacy director.

After Khan’s application for the arrest warrants, a panel of pre-trial judges will determine whether the evidence supports issuing them.

Sarah Leah Whitson, DAWN’s executive director, also called for warrants to indict Israeli officials for Israeli settlements, which, she said, are also war crimes under the Rome Statute.

“Any effort to ‘balance’ warrants against Israeli officials with an equal number of warrants against Palestinian officials would be an embarrassing concession to political calculations,” she said.

ICC has ‘various different routes’ to move forward

Michael Mansfield, an international law expert, says the issue of jurisdiction is “very important” because Israel and the US have not signed up to the ICC.

“However, that does not prevent the court from having jurisdiction if the issues that arise vis-a-vis Israel are referred by the Security Council,” he told Al Jazeera.

“There are various different routes which may make Israel and members of Hamas as well subject to the ICC,” he said.

Mansfield also noted that Israel has a history of ignoring institutions that have accused it of crimes, referring to the ICJ’s advisory opinion that deemed Israel’s separation wall illegal.

The decision in 2004 found the wall violates international law and called for its dismantlement. It also ruled that Israel should pay reparations for any damage caused.

“It is important that international lawyers should put pressure on the court to remain independent and not be bulldozed and bullied into withdrawing. The fear I have is the Americans might withdraw funding. They are not members of the ICC, but there are all sorts of pressure that they can bring about,” Mansfield said.

Mixed reaction from Gaza media office to ICC arrest warrant request

As could have been reasonably expected, the Government Media Office in Gaza is celebrating a request by the International Criminal Court prosecutor for arrest warrants against Israeli officials, and decrying requests made for warrants against Hamas officials.

“We appreciate the decision of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to issue arrest warrants for two Zionist war criminals”, a statement from the office begins.

“We see the issuance of these memorandums as a legal step in the right direction, despite the fact that they came late”, it continues.

On the other hand, the office says that “We also deplore the fact that this step was accompanied by the issuance of similar decisions against some of the leaders of our people, in a scene in which the court equated the victim with the executioner”, referring to requests for arrest warrants against several Hamas officials.

More from Hamas on ICC arrest warrants

The group has also called on the ICC prosecutor to issue arrest warrants “for all the Israeli officials who gave orders and the soldiers who carried out crimes, in accordance with the Rome Statute”.

“The prosecutor is acting in violation of all norms that allow for people under occupation, including Palestinians, to resist their occupier,” Hamas’s statement said.

Hamas demands ICC arrest warrant request against leaders be cancelled

Hamas has issued a statement denouncing the ICC prosecutor’s decision to seek arrest warrants against its leaders, accusing Karim Khan of trying to “equate the victim with the executioner”.

The group said it demanded the cancellation of the request, adding that Khan’s application for arrest warrants against Netanyahu and Gallant had come “seven months too late”.

‘World increasingly telling Israel enough is enough’

Israeli columnist and author Gideon Levy calls the ICC prosecutor’s decision to seek arrest warrants “just” but said he expected Israeli officials to double down.

“Israel will again protect itself with this wall of ‘the whole world is anti-Semite and the whole world is against us,’ and it will unite again the Israelis in an even more nationalistic wave,” he told Al Jazeera. “Everyone will feel so just and such a victim by this evil decision.”

Levy noted, however, that the impact of the possible arrest warrants could not be underestimated.

“The fact that an Israeli prime minister will or might become wanted in all kinds of corners of the world and will be prevented from travelling must have an effect,” he said.

“It’s unprecedented. It was never the case – for sure not in a country that is supposed to be a democracy, which considers itself as a democracy,” Levy added.

“You have to see the overall picture. It’s not one case. It’s an overall picture in which the entire world more and more so, more loudly and more clearly, tells Israel, ‘Enough is enough. We have had enough with you.'”

UN special rapporteur welcomes ICC prosecutor’s arrest warrant requests

The UN special rapporteur on the right to housing has welcomed Khan’s arrest warrant requests.

“On the request by the ICC Prosecutor for warrants: against Hamas, the charges of hostage taking and killing likely to stand but not others,” Balakrishnan Rajagopal posted on X.

“Against Israeli leaders, all charges likely to stick. And missing charges include attacks against various civilian objects including homes!”

War crime arrest warrants sought. What’s next?

The ICC prosecutor must request the warrants from a pre-trial panel of three judges who take on average two months to consider the evidence and determine if the proceedings may move forward.

Israel is not a member of The Hague-based court, and even if the arrest warrants are issued, Netanyahu and Gallant do not face any immediate risk of prosecution.

But Khan’s announcement deepens Israel’s isolation as it presses ahead with its devastating war on Gaza. The threat of arrest could make it difficult for the Israeli leaders to travel abroad.

Of the three Hamas leaders who face arrest warrants, two – Yahya Sinwar and Mohammed Deif – are in Gaza. But Ismail Haniyeh, the political head of Hamas, is based in Qatar and frequently travels across the region.

Belgium backs ICC prosecutor’s move to seek arrest warrants

Belgian Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib says crimes committed in Gaza must be prosecuted at the highest level regardless of the perpetrators after the ICC prosecutor announced he is seeking arrest warrants against top Israeli and Hamas officials.

“The request submitted by the Court’s prosecutor, Karim Khan, for arrest warrants against both Hamas and Israeli officials is an important step in the investigation of the situation in Palestine,” she posted on X.

“Belgium will continue to support the essential work of international justice to ensure that those responsible for all crimes are held accountable,” the minister added.

Ireland’s top diplomat says ‘independence and impartiality’ of ICC must be respected

In a post on X, Michael Martin condemned “recent threats against the ICC and its officials”, without identifying the specific threats.

“It is vital that we respect the independence and impartiality of the ICC,” he wrote.

He added the court’s “role in ending impunity is essential”.


‘If ICC has any credibility, it should be going after those committing genocide’

Diana Buttu, a lawyer and former spokesperson for the PLO, says the ICC’s Khan is doing “a lot of bothsidesism”.

“He’s looking and seeing that there is a genocide that Israel is perpetrating – a genocide that Israel has been very open about perpetrating with over 35,000 Palestinians killed, mass starvation, 15,000 children killed, and in order to balance it out, he has to make it seem as though he’s addressing both sides,” Buttu told Al Jazeera.

“But if we want to be honest, we should be looking at what it is that the Israeli government has been doing and the orders that it has issued to its soldiers,” she said.

“If this court is to have any credibility, it should be going out after the people who are committing genocide rather than just simply trying to play this game of bothsidesism,” Buttu added.

South Africa has accused Israel at the ICJ of carrying out a genocide in Gaza, an allegation Israel has denied.

US lawmakers issue threats against ICC

Anthony D’Esposito, a Republican congressman from New York, says the ICC is “playing with fire, putting any international legitimacy at risk”.

“There will be serious consequences if they proceed,” he said.

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, also a Republican, called the move an “outrageous decision” that is “a slap in the face to the independent judiciary in Israel, which is renowned for their independence”.

Graham said he will work with Republicans and Democrats in both chambers of Congress to “levy damning sanctions against the ICC”.

A Republican congressman from Florida, Brian Mast, said in a post on X: “America doesn’t recognise the International Criminal Court, but the court sure as hell will recognize what happens when you target our allies.”

UK calls ICC arrest warrant request ‘unhelpful’

A spokesperson for UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has denounced requests from the ICC prosecutor for arrest warrants for Netanyahu, Gallant and three Hamas leaders.

“This action is not helpful in relation to reaching a pause in the fighting, getting hostages out or getting humanitarian aid in,” the spokesperson said.

Israeli president slams ICC prosecutor’s move

Isaac Herzog has called Khan’s announcement “beyond outrageous” and argued that it shows “the extent to which the international judicial system is in danger of collapsing”.

The Israeli president alleged the ICC prosecutor had acted in “bad faith” and his decision violated “all the basic rules of the court according to the principle of complementarity and other legal norms”.

Smotrich likens ICC prosecutor’s move to Nazi propaganda

Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich has likened the announcement by the ICC prosecutor on seeking arrest warrants for top Israeli officials to Nazi propaganda.

“We haven’t seen such a show of hypocrisy and hatred of Jews like that of the Hague Tribunal since Nazi propaganda,” Smotrich said on X.

He also said all Israelis should feel as though there are arrest warrants against them after the announcement by Khan, who said he will apply for arrest warrants for Netanyahu and Gallant.

HRW calls members to protect ICC’s independence amid expected pressure

Balkees Jarrah, associate international justice director at Human Rights Watch (HRW), says Khan’s decision to seek arrest warrants “reaffirms the crucial role” of the ICC.

“Victims of serious abuses in Israel and Palestine have faced a wall of impunity for decades. This principled first step by the prosecutor opens the door to those responsible for the atrocities committed in recent months to answer for their actions at a fair trial,” Jarrah said in a statement.

“ICC member countries should stand ready to resolutely protect the ICC’s independence as hostile pressure is likely to increase while the ICC judges consider Khan’s request.”

ICC investigation ‘helpful warning’ to ongoing violations taking place

William Schabas, a professor of international law at Middlesex University in London, says the ICC’s investigation acts as a “helpful warning” and potential “deterrent” to violations taking place in the occupied Palestinian territories.

He told Al Jazeera the argument Israel is likely to make to fight the ICC probe and the arrest warrants is that “Palestine is not a proper member of the court”.

Many believe that ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan has “taken too long to get to this point”, but Schabas said it was recently revealed that he went through “an unusual consultation process”, which included the input of a group of experts and “recognised authorities” in international law.

Among the challenges the court will face in collecting evidence is the fact that the assault is “ongoing”, Schabas said.

Israel has repeatedly barred ICC teams from entering Gaza, which will add to the challenge for investigators.

However, they will be able to collect evidence through “people in the justice system in Gaza”, Schabas said.

There is also “a great deal of open source information, there are witnesses who testify, who make recordings from the territory,” he added.

ICC vs ICJ cases

As we’ve been reporting, the ICC’s chief prosecutor earlier today said he is seeking arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defence Minister Yoav Gallant and three Hamas leaders.

Unlike the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the ICC is not part of the United Nations system. The court, which is also based in The Hague, has jurisdiction over individuals, prosecuting them for serious crimes in accordance with the Rome Statute. While the ICJ is a civil tribunal, the ICC is a criminal tribunal.

Like Russia and the United States, Israel is not a member of the ICC. However, the ICC has jurisdiction over Gaza, occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank after Palestinian leaders formally agreed to be bound by the court’s founding principles in 2015.

The ICC announcement on Monday is separate from the case that is currently being heard by the the ICJ over an accusation from South Africa that Israel was in breach of its obligations under the Genocide Convention in its war on Gaza.

The ICJ held its first hearing on the case in January and then proceeded to order a number of provisional measures that Israel has, so far, largely ignored.

In May, the ICJ heard arguments for a request by South Africa once again seeking additional emergency measures over Israel’s offensive on Rafah, a city in southern Gaza where more than one million displaced Palestinians sought shelter from Israel’s war.

Both Israel and South Africa are signatories to the United Nations Genocide Convention, which gives the ICJ – the highest UN legal body – jurisdiction to rule on disputes over the treaty.

All states that signed the convention are obliged to not commit genocide and also to prevent and punish it. The treaty defines genocide as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group”.

Gaza death toll increases

At least 35,562 Palestinians have been killed and 79,652 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7, the Health Ministry in the besieged and bombarded territory has announced.

The ministry said 106 people were killed and 176 wounded in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

Demonstrators call for elections, removal of Netanyahu government

Local Israeli platforms and media outlets have shared videos online showing a demonstration in the vicinity of the Israeli parliament, called the Knesset, in Jerusalem, demanding elections and the removal of the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Large demonstration in Peshawar in support of Gaza

Thousands of protesters marched in the Pakistani city of Peshawar late on Sunday in support of the people of Gaza, demanding an end to Israel’s war on the enclave.

The march was led by supporters of Pakistan’s Jamaat-e-Islami party and people chanted slogans in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

The demonstrators were led by the party’s leader, Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman.

No reason to suspend Israel from Paralympics, says IPC head

Andrew Parsons, the head of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), said on Monday that wars and conflicts should not influence participation in the Paralympic Games, paving way for Israel’s participation in the Games.

The statement from Parsons, the IPC head, comes amid global calls for Israel’s suspension for its brutal war on Gaza.

The IPC said in March that Russian and Belarusian athletes joining the Paris 2024 Paralympics would not be part of their opening ceremony.

Russian and Belarusian athletes cannot take part in team competitions at this year’s Olympics and Paralympics but are allowed to participate as neutrals – without flags or anthems being played.

Israel has killed more than 35,000 Palestinians and destroyed more than 70 percent of houses in Gaza since it launched its offensive on October 7.

“The Russian and Belarusian Paralympic Committees were suspended because both organisations have breached the (Olympic) constitution,” Parsons told Reuters. “They used the Olympic movement to promote the war and the invasion of Ukraine.”

“In the case of Israel, the Paralympic Committee and even the Palestine Paralympic Committee have not done anything of that nature, so we don’t have any process in place when it comes to suspending those national Paralympic committees,” Parsons said.

Hezbollah mourns ‘protector’ Raisi after death of Iranian leader

Lebanon’s Hezbollah group has said it mourns the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and other officials in a helicopter crash, praising him as a “protector” of allied groups in the region.

“Hezbollah in Lebanon extends its deepest condolences,” the group said in a statement, adding that they knew Raisi “closely for a long time” and that he was “a strong supporter, and a staunch defender of our causes… and a protector of the resistance movements”.

Hamas expresses ‘full solidarity’ with Iran after Raisi’s death

Hamas, earlier in the morning, expressed its condolences over the death of Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash, mourning in a statement an “honourable supporter” of the Palestinian group.

It said it appreciated Raisi’s “support for the Palestinian resistance, and tireless efforts in solidarity” with Palestinians since the start of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

Al-Quds Brigades says it attacked Israeli soldiers in Jabalia

Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group, has said its fighters clashed with Israeli troops accompanied by a military vehicle in the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza.

The group said on Telegram the incident took place near the Imad Aql Mosque, claiming that it had killed and wounded Israeli soldiers.

Israel has been carrying out an operation around the camp.

What’s the situation at al-Awda Hospital?

Here’s what you need to know about the ongoing Israeli siege at al-Awda Hospital, one of the last functional hospitals in northern Gaza.

The Wafa news agency, citing medical sources, said Israeli forces fired artillery shells at the hospital before surrounding the facility on Sunday.
The agency said Israeli forces also bulldozed areas in the vicinity of the hospital.
It added that the ongoing siege is preventing civilians and medical staff from entering or leaving the facility.
MSF said the hospital is treating at least 34 people who were wounded in an Israeli strike on the nearby Jabalia refugee camp on Saturday, and that it has now run out of drinking water.

Timeline of major Israeli attacks on Gaza’s hospitals

The ongoing siege on Gaza’s al-Awda Hospital is the latest in a series of Israeli attacks on health services in the Palestinian territory.

The World Health Organization has documented 445 Israeli attacks on Gaza’s medical sector that affected 101 health facilities, including 32 hospitals.

These include:

October 2023 – a missile hits the car park of al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City, killing hundreds of people.
November 2023 – Israeli forces enter Gaza’s biggest hospital, al-Shifa, after a siege of several days. They also launch an attack on al-Awda, killing at least three doctors.
December 2023 – Israeli forces take control of al-Awda after a 12-day siege, during which snipers kill two members of the medical staff at the facility.
January 2024 – Israeli forces order the evacuation of Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis and raid the facility.
March 2024 – Israeli attack on al-Aqsa Hospital kills many civilians sheltering in the hospital. The same month, the military also launches a new assault on al-Shifa, leaving it in ruins.



>whats the chances of the US' Hague Act coming into play?

Think of this as a way to ban Netanyahu from traveling to countries that signed and ratified the Rome Statute. (Giving the ICC jurisdiction)

The US did sign initially, but then they didn't ratify and later they withdrew their signature too.

The Hague invasion act is also retarded. Lets say hypothetically a US official somehow got arrested and "taken prisoner" by the ICC. If the US tried to do a military extraction operation they could just shoot the guy before the extraction team gets to him, and then blame it on the extraction operation. This is not a realistic scenario, the ICC has so far only managed to convict war criminals from Africa, the point is that threatening to invade the Hague does not represent any kind of leverage.

Netanyahu probably has to be careful where he travels anyway because the risk of him getting assassinated are likely very high.


Palestinian official welcomes ICC decision

Mustafa Barghouti, secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, has said that this step affirms “that no one is immune from international law”.

In a statement, Barghouti added: “We consider this to be the first step towards condemning the crimes of genocide committed by the rulers and army of Israel against the Palestinian people in Gaza and holding them accountable for committing these crimes according to international law and international humanitarian law.”

ICC prosecutor’s move against close US ally virtually unheard of
Step Vaessen
Reporting from The Hague, Netherlands

This is one of the most high-profile cases that the ICC has taken. We know of course that in 2023, the ICC also issued an arrest warrant against President Vladimir Putin from Russia.

But now this is a case against an ally, a very close ally to one of the most powerful nations on the planet – the United States. This is very unheard of.

There was a lot of pressure from both sides on the ICC. There were protesters demanding that Prosecutor Karim Kahn act more swiftly and request these arrest warrants.

There was also pressure from senators from the US to not issue arrest warrants. They have been threatening repercussions.

So it will be a very politically sensitive case.

Effort to prosecute Israeli leaders for starvation ‘watershed moment’: Expert

Catriona Murdoch, a director of Global Rights Compliance’s Starvation and Humanitarian Crisis Division and leading international law expert, has said that the effort to prosecute Israel’s Netanyahu and Gallant for the war crime of starvation is particularly significant.

The move represents the first time an ICC prosecutor has sought an arrest warrant for civilian starvation, according to Global Rights Compliance. The two officials could become the first individuals ever to stand trial for the crime, if the application is approved.

“This is a watershed moment in addressing this egregious crime, which has long been viewed solely as a collateral or incidental effect of armed conflict, rather than a deliberate and calculated strategy,” Murdoch said in a statement.

“This method of warfare has been championed by Gallant and other senior Israeli military and government officials including through the repeated use of dehumanising language, a blatant and publicly stated disregard for the rules of proportionality and necessity, describing a fight ‘against human animals,’ among several similar sentiments,” she said.

If US decries ICC warrants, it would ‘further undermine its standing in the world’

It would be “reckless on the part of Washington” if it were to denounce the International Criminal Court (ICC) for issuing warrants against some of its allies, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst Marwan Bishara said.

It will “further undermine its standing in the world, and compromise its position about human rights and international law,” he said, and will also “send the wrong message to the rest of the world … that international law does not count”.

Once international law is “compromised” by a world superpower, “you can kiss international law goodbye”, Bishara said.

The ICC warrants against Israeli officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signal the “beginning of the end”, Bishara said.

Netanyahu has been an “utter disgrace” and “failure”, he said, adding “The future doesn’t look good for him.”

‘Outrageous’: Biden slams ICC arrest warrant application against Israeli leaders

In a brief statement released by the White House, US President Joe Biden has for the first time responded to ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan’s application for arrest warrants for Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and Yoav Gallant.

“The ICC prosecutor’s application for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders is outrageous,” he said.

“And let me be clear: Whatever this prosecutor might imply, there is no equivalence – none – between Israel and Hamas. We will always stand with Israel against threats to its security.”

The Biden administration has repeatedly maintained its “ironclad” support for Israel amid the war, even as it has increasingly voiced concerns over the high civilian death toll in Gaza and barriers to access to humanitarian aid.

Blinken says ‘shameful’ ICC case on Israel puts truce talks at risk

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has denounced as “shameful” a bid by the ICC prosecutor to arrest Israeli leaders, rejecting the court’s authority and saying the move put ceasefire efforts at risk.

“We reject the prosecutor’s equivalence of Israel with Hamas. It is shameful,” Blinken said in a statement over the bids to arrest Israeli leaders including PM Netanyahu as well as Hamas chiefs.

NYC mayor defends police after videos show officers punching pro-Palestine protesters

Mayor Eric Adams has defended the New York Police Department’s response to a pro-Palestinian street demonstration in Brooklyn over the weekend, calling video of officers repeatedly punching men lying prone on the ground an “isolated incident”.

Adams complained that protesters who marched through Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge section had blocked traffic, spit at officers and climbed on top of a moving city bus.

Footage shot by bystanders and independent journalists shows police intercepting a march in the street, shoving participants towards the sidewalk and then grabbing some people in the crowd and dragging them down.

Officers can be seen repeatedly punching at least three protesters, in separate incidents, as they lay pinned on the ground.


University of California academic workers strike for pro-Palestine protesters

Graduate students at the University of California in Santa Cruz have walked off their jobs.

Academic workers at UC Santa Cruz are the first to strike as part of a systemwide protest against a public university they say has violated the free speech rights of pro-Palestinian protesters.

United Auto Workers Local 4811 represents 48,000 graduate students who work as teaching assistants, tutors and researchers across the University of California’s 10 campuses.

The union says arrests of protesters at the University of California at Los Angeles and elsewhere constitute an unfair labour practice. University officials say the work stoppages violate the bargaining agreement.

Two Palestinians shot to death at Gaza checkpoint

Al Jazeera’s correspondent reports that two people were killed when Israeli forces opened fire on a crowd near a checkpoint on the Netzarim axis in the Gaza Strip.

The Netzarim axis is a line set up by the Israeli army separating north Gaza from south Gaza, across which the majority of civilians have not been allowed to cross. The return of internally displaced residents to their homes in north Gaza has long been a demand of Hamas in its negotiations with Israel for a ceasefire and the return of Israeli captives held in the Strip.

Video verified by Al Jazeera and posted on Instagram by a Palestinian journalist shows the arrival of the bodies of the two people killed at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir el-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip.

Pro-Palestine protesters at Drexel refuse to disperse

Pro-Palestine protesters have sidelined a request by Drexel University’s president to disband their encampment as arrests linked to campus demonstrations against the Israeli war on Gaza surpass the 3,000 mark nationwide.

Drexel’s campus in Philadelphia remained on lockdown Monday, with classes being held virtually as police kept watch over the demonstration. Many Drexel employees were told to work from home.

Drexel President John Fry called the encampment “intolerably disruptive.”

The encampment at Drexel, which has about 22,000 students, was set up after several hundred demonstrators marched from Philadelphia’s City Hall to west Philadelphia on Saturday.

Nearby, on the University of Pennsylvania campus, university and city police arrested 19 demonstrators Friday night, including six Penn students.



Biden administration paused Guantanamo transfers as Gaza war began: Report

US President Joe Biden has repeatedly vowed to wind down operations, and eventually close, the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. The Cuba-based facility has long been emblematic of the US “global war on terror” and the practice of holding hundreds of people in indefinite detention without charges.

But Biden paused the transfer of 11 detainees from the facility in the wake of the October 7 Hamas attack on southern Israel, according to a report by NBC News. That was over concerns about the “political optics” of moving the detainees to countries in the Middle East, according to the broadcaster.

The date for the transfer of the men, who officials told NBC were either Yemeni or had ties to Yemen, has not been rescheduled. Thirty men remain in detention at Guantanamo.

Top Israeli diplomat asks AIPAC to push for ‘dramatic steps’ against ICC

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz says he has met with representatives of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), an influential pro-Israel lobbying group.

“I asked them to work with the [US] administration and Congress to take dramatic steps against the decision by the Prosecutor of the ICC to demand arrest warrants for PM Netanyahu and the Defense Minister,” Katz said on X.

He did not specify the steps. Several staunchly pro-Israel US lawmakers renewed calls to impose sanctions, including travel bans, on ICC officials, earlier in the day.

Republicans in the US House of Representatives and Senate had previously introduced legislation seeking to impose penalties on ICC Prosecutor Khan.



AIPAC is becoming rather visible, which probably doesn't bode well for a lobby-group with such exceptionally unpopular goals.
And they also seem to be picking fights with an increasing amount of organizations.


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‘Law must be applied equally’: South African president welcomes ICC move

President Cyril Ramaphosa welcomes ICC Prosecutor Khan’s applications for arrest warrants for both Israel and Hamas leaders.

“The law must be applied equally to all in order to uphold the international rule of law, ensure accountability for those that commit heinous crimes and protect the rights of victims,” Ramaphosa said in a statement.

South Africa has brought a genocide case against Israel at another court in The Hague, the International Court of Justice.

Swiss envoy to UN calls for ICC independence to be respected

Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting on Rafah, Pascale Baeriswyl said Switzerland was “concerned about possible war crimes and recalls the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court”.

She added Switzerland “fully supports the court and stresses the importance of respecting its independence”.

France says supports ICC mandate, ‘fight against impunity’

France says it has long warned of the consequences of violating international humanitarian law, particularly in regards to the “unacceptable” number of civilians killed in Gaza, as well as “insufficient humanitarian access”.

The French Foreign Ministry said in a statement it supported the ICC, “its independence, and the fight against impunity in all situations”.

But the statement fell short of explicitly saying that France supported ICC prosecutor Khan for seeking arrest warrants for both Israeli and Hamas leaders.

The statement added that France supports a “lasting political solution in the region”, saying it is the only way that will “put an end to the suffering of Israelis and Palestinians alike”.

Palestinian UN envoy: Israel will only be deterred by ‘resolute action’

Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting on Rafah, Riyad Mansour said there is “only one conclusion to draw” from Israel’s actions in Gaza.

“[Israel] is deliberately destroying life in Gaza and it will not be deterred by the rules of international law or positions adopted by state or international bodies,” he said.

“It will only be deterred by resolute action, holding it accountable for its decisions and forcing it to change course.”

Israeli military says intercepted launches from east, Syria

The military said it had intercepted two aerial targets approaching Israel from the east. It said the launches did not enter Israeli territory.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of Iran-backed armed groups in the country, said it had launched two drones towards the southern city of Eilat.

The Israeli military also said it intercepted a launch from Syrian territory.

EU foreign policy chief releases statement on ICC decision

Josep Borrell has said in a statement: “I take note of the decision of the ICC Prosecutor to apply for warrants of arrest before Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Deif, Ismail Haniyeh, Benjamin Netanyahu and Yoav Gallant.”

“The mandate of the ICC, as an independent international institution, is to prosecute the most serious crimes under international law. All states that have ratified the ICC statutes are bound to execute the court’s decisions,” he said in a post on X, without elaborating.

Israel is not a state party to the court.

Italy latest western country to condemn ICC prosecutor

Speaking during a TV interview, Antonio Tajani condemned ICC prosecutor Khan for seeking arrest warrants for both Israeli leaders and leaders of Hamas.

“It seems to me truly singular, I would say unacceptable, to equate a government legitimately elected by the people in a democracy with a terrorist organisation that is the cause of everything that is happening in the Middle East,” Tajani said.

The statement echoes similar condemnations made by the US, UK and Germany earlier today.

Germany says it respects ICC but Israel has ‘right to defend itself’

Germany’s Federal Foreign Office says Berlin respects the ICC’s independence and procedures like all other international courts.

But, it said, the simultaneous application for arrest warrants against Hamas leaders and Israeli officials has created a false impression of an equivalency.

It added that Israel has a right to defend itself so long as international humanitarian law and its obligations apply.

Sanders says ICC ‘right’ as top Dem condemns prosecutor

Divisions within the Democratic party and its progressive flank over ICC prosecutor Khan’s request for arrest warrants for Netanyahu and Gallant have been on full display.

Speaking on the Senate floor today, Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the chamber, called Khan’s move “profoundly unfair” and “reprehensible”.

He accused the ICC of harbouring “deep biases” against Israel.

Meanwhile, progressive Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent who caucuses with Democrats, said Khan was “right to take these actions”.

“Without these standards of decency and morality, this planet may rapidly descend into anarchy, never-ending wars, and barbarism,” he said in a statement.



UN official says no aid delivered from US-built pier for two days: Report

A United Nations warehouse in Gaza has not received food aid from the newly-opened US-built aid pier for two days, an unnamed UN official has told the Reuters news agency.

Ten truckloads of food aid were transported on Friday from the pier to a World Food Programme warehouse in Deir el-Balah in central Gaza. But only five made it to the warehouse on Saturday, after 11 others were emptied by people as the trucks passed through an area that has been hard to access with humanitarian aid, the official told Reuters.

The UN did not receive any aid from the pier on Sunday or Monday, with the official saying, “they’ve not seen trucks for a while”.

“We need to make sure that the necessary security and logistical arrangements are in place before we proceed,” the official said.

The US has said that the pier, which is estimated to have cost $320 million to construct, will initially handle 90 trucks a day, but that number could rise to 150.

US president ‘moving closer to Israel’ after ICC seeks arrest warrants for Netanyahu, Gallant
Heidi Zhou-Castro
Reporting from Washington, DC

Joe Biden actually just spoke about this from the White House and it comes at a time when tension between the US and Israel has really been growing over the US’s ignored warning for Israel not to invade Rafah.

But now, with this International Criminal Court move to seek arrest warrants for Netanyahu, it seems that Biden is moving closer to Israel.

As far as what can the US do about this effort to seek an ICC arrest warrant, well, it can make strong statements in support of Israel. There are also the Republican senators who issued a letter warning that they could try to seek sanctions against ICC staff members.

The biggest leverage the US may have, given that it is not a member of the ICC itself, is that it could pressure its allies – most European nations that are signatories [to the ICC] – to not take action to arrest these people if the arrest warrants were to be granted.

There certainly would be a lot of pressure and a lot of tension that those European allies of the US would be under in trying to navigate that potential conflict of interest.

‘We are the victims’: Palestinians in Gaza react to ICC prosecutor’s decision

Even as the ICC prosecutor seeks arrest warrants for Israeli leaders, Palestinians in the war-battered coastal enclave are facing daily death and displacement, and the announcement brings little comfort.

Local man Sami Abu Zeid emphasised that civilians were continuing to suffer.

“We’re the victims, although we have nothing to do with Israel or Hamas. We are not Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad,” he told Al Jazeera from Deir el-Balah.

“We’re civilians… What is my guilt or my children’s guilt? What’s my guilt or my siblings’ guilt? What is my guilt or my neighbour’s guilt? Why was I displaced and why do I have to suffer every day?”

Another Gaza resident, Majdi Sleim, criticised the ICC prosecutor’s decision to seek warrants for the leaders of Hamas alongside Netanyahu and Gallant.

“We tell the prosecutor that the cards are being shuffled because there’s equivalence between the victims and the oppressed,” Sleim said.

“How is it possible to equalise between those who defend their country and freedom – and the ICC say they value everything in accordance with humanitarian standards – and between those who target children, women and elderly people? Those who destroy homes and infrastructure and humanitarian sectors in the Gaza Strip?”

Most envoys to UN tight-lipped about ICC prosecutor’s decision
Gabriel Elizondo
Reporting from UN Headquarters, New York City, US

Here at the United Nations headquarters, most ambassadors did not want to comment about the ICC chief prosecutor’s decision to submit an application for arrest warrants.

As one said, it’s like a hot potato that nobody wants to touch right now. We spent all day, trying to talk to ambassadors, asking them questions as they went in and out of Security Council meetings, but in almost all instances, our questions were ignored.

Most countries clearly want to let the judicial process play out before commenting. And that was the sentiment articulated by Malta’s ambassador to the UN, a security council member.

There is a sense here of US double standards, and people point to March of last year, when the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin for alleged war crimes in Ukraine.

At the time, the US and other Western countries mostly applauded that decision by the ICC. But now, when the ICC closes in on a possible arrest warrant for Israeli officials, the US calls it outrageous.

UN expert on Palestine says ICC prosecutor’s decision is historic

Francesca Albanese, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, says she understands that for the people of war-torn Gaza, the ICC prosecutor’s move to seek arrest warrants for Netanyahu and Gallant may appear too little too late.

But “for me, it’s a historical, historical day,” Albanese told Al Jazeera.

“It’s not a small thing that the ICC prosecutor [is seeking] arrest warrants for two Israeli leaders and it’s not just for war crimes… it’s for crimes that have been committed intentionally and wilfully – the all-state policy that has animated this campaign against the population in Gaza is put into question,” she said.

“Without condoning or justifying the crimes that have been committed by Hamas, these crimes should have been investigated, and prosecuted. It shouldn’t have given leeway to Israel to start a war which has turned into a genocidal war against the entire Palestinian population.”

She added, “Palestine was a litmus test for the credibility of the court and this prosecutor in particular. And after October 7, after October 8, he was compelled to act.”

Yale students stage walkout at graduation ceremony

Dozens of pro-Palestine students staged a walkout during commencement events at Yale University on Monday.

At least 150 students stood up and left as Yale President Peter Salovey started the presentation of candidates for degrees on the grounds of Yale’s Old Campus.

Students at the Ivy League school have been protesting Israel’s war in Gaza, Yale’s financial ties to Israel and weapon makers, and the institution’s response to pro-Palestine demonstrations held on its campus.

The protesters wore red gloves to symbolise bloodied hands and carried placards with slogans including “Divest from war” and “Drop the charges”, in reference to the 45 people arrested in and around Yale’s New Haven campus last month.

Yale is one of dozens of US colleges that have seen large student-led protests in recent weeks, as demonstrators call for academic institutions to divest from Israel over its war on Gaza.

Backlash in Israel as ICC prosecutor seeks arrest of PM Netanyahu, defence minister
Mohammed Jamjoom
Reporting from Amman, Jordan, because Israel's gov't has banned Al Jazeera

Outrage across the Israeli political spectrum at the announcement that International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan is seeking arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant as well as three Hamas leaders.

Israeli prime minister Netanyahu declaring that he rejects with disgust the comparison between Israel and Hamas.

At a time of such deep political polarisation in Israeli. At a time when there are so many divisions across the political landscape, what we heard throughout the day – after the announcement from the ICC – was very much a common refrain, very much echoing what we also heard from Netanyahu.

We also saw a lot of quotes from unnamed Israeli political officials throughout the Israeli media landscape throughout the day, calling the announcement from the ICC hypocritical, saying that it was embarrassing on an international level. That it was disgraceful. That is was insolent.

What we know is there are top legal scholars in Israel, as well as member of the national security council, and the foreign ministry that are all meeting.

They have set up a war room to try to figure out how to deal with all of this going forward.

Video captures Palestinian truck driver’s refusal to stop for Israeli settlers blocking Gaza aid

As hardline and ultra-right-wing Israeli settlers ambush and destroy humanitarian aid shipments transported by road to war-torn Gaza, our colleagues at Al Jazeera Arabic have shared video footage of one Palestinian truck driver who refused to be stopped.

In the brief video clip, the driver can be seen blasting his horn and moving forward despite the Israeli settlers using their bodies to try and stop the truck on a motorway.

The protesters eventually jump clear of the truck as it proceeds on its journey.




Israel ramps up attacks as families hit without warning
Tareq Abu Azzoum
Reporting from Deir al-Balah, Gaza

It was a really sad morning for Palestinians across Gaza. The Israeli military ramped up its attacks across the Strip.

Since midnight, at least eight Palestinians have been killed in Rafah after a residential building was destroyed. Three others were killed in Beit Hannon, northern Gaza, where Palestinians were trapped during the expansion of the fighting to the Jabalia refugee camp.

The camp is isolated in that corner of the city without any water and food supplies. And now the people trapped there are being killed by Israeli fire.

A couple of minutes ago, three injured people, including children, arrived at Al-Aqsa Hospital, where we are right now. They were wounded after a group of Palestinians were targeted by Israeli fighter jets.

In the last 24 hours, at least 106 Palestinians have been killed.

There is a great sense and deal of sadness and frustration among Palestinian families who are being attacked without any prior warning.

Palestinian rights groups welcome ‘landmark’ ICC decision, call for additional genocide charge

The rights organisations Al-Haq, Al Mezan, and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said that ICC prosecutor Karim Khan’s decision to file an application for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders is “a crucial step” towards ending impunity in Israel’s war on Gaza.

In a statement, the three organisations said the ICC announcement follows after “tireless efforts by Palestinian and international civil society organisations demanding the issuance of arrest warrants” for members of Israel’s war cabinet.

“While we welcome the issuing of charges for crimes against humanity, there is also a public catalogue of genocidal statements of intent to destroy Palestinians in Gaza, including through the intentional denial of aid,” the organisations said.

“For these reasons, genocide as an additional crime should be included in an amendment to the charges,” they added.

Australia urged to end arms exports to Israel after ICC arrest requests

More from Australia on the ICC prosecutor’s move.

The Australian Center for International Justice (ACIJ) is calling on Albanese’s government to support Karim Khan’s efforts and reminding it that it is duty-bound to comply and execute any arrest warrants issued by the court.

Rawan Arraf, the executive director at ACIJ, said the requests for arrest warrants by ICC prosecutor put the government “on further notice that they may be assisting the commission of international crimes” and called for an end to all Australian arms exports – including parts and components – to Israel.

Arraf said the government must also urgently investigate Australians who have served and are serving in Israel’s military.

Israel’s army says it killed Hezbollah commander

The Israeli military has said it killed a commander of the Hezbollah group in an air raid in Lebanon’s Tyre region.

An Israeli military statement posted on X referred to Qassim Saqlawi as “the commander of the rocket and missile unit in the coastal division” of the group.

It also claimed he was responsible for planning and carrying out rocket and antitank missile attacks on Israel from the coastal region in Lebanon.

Hezbollah announced his death following the attack, without referring to his position.


+ Analysis of recent events by Dimitri Lascaris and Laith Marouf.


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>Italy latest western country to condemn ICC prosecutor Khan
how i pictured this


<Dimitri Lascaris discusses with Lebanon-based geopolitical analyst, Laith Marouf, the question of whether Israel might have brought down the helicopter in some manner.

So they think that Israel might have assassinated the Iranian president, as revenge for sort-of losing the tit for tat exchange that involved a Israel destroying a Iranian embassy, and Iran launching a successful missile strike as retaliation. They point out that there was a lot of mainstream media attention on the Iranian president, and they are not wrong that this can be a sign of an impending assassination.

Their political reasoning is sound, but how would the Israeli make that helicopter crash in the middle of nowhere ?
They think that in this case Iran would not accuse Israel but instead do some kind of covert retaliation thing. Does that mean a spy war ?


Norway first European country to say it will arrest Netanyahu should a warrant be issued

Norway’s Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide says that if the arrest warrant against Israel’s prime minister becomes a reality, Norway is obliged to arrest him.

Yesterday, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court asked the court to issue arrest warrants against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, as well three Hamas officials including Yahya Sinwar.

“If he or one of the Hamas leaders who are also indicted should appear in Norway, then we are obliged by international law to do so. The same applies to all countries in Europe with the exception of Turkey,” Eide told Norweigan broadcaster TV 2.

China hopes ICC will be ‘objective’ after warrants sought for Israeli, Hamas leaders

China says it hopes the ICC will uphold an “objective” position after its chief prosecutor requested arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders.

“It is hoped that the ICC will uphold its objective and impartial position and exercise its powers in accordance with the law,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, calling for an end to the “collective punishment of the Palestinian people”.

On Monday, ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan said he had requested arrest warrants for PM Netanyahu, defence chief Gallant and three Hamas leaders, including its chief Sinwar, over the alleged crimes committed in the October 7 attack and Israel’s war on Gaza.

Protesters assail Antony Blinken over US Gaza policy

Demonstrators interrupted the US secretary of state as he began testimony before the Democratic Party-controlled Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

There were shouts that he has “blood on his hands”, and Blinken flinched from a protester who approached him from behind waving a sign that said “criminal” before security officers carried her out of the room.

Demonstrations over Israel’s war on Gaza have been a feature during congressional appearances by Biden administration officials. When Blinken and defence chief Lloyd Austin testified on October 31, 2023, about Biden’s request for security assistance for Ukraine and Israel, they were repeatedly interrupted by protesters.

Protests have intensified across the United States since then, including on college campuses where there have been thousands of arrests.

US is asking Israel to reverse action against Associated Press

The United States is engaging directly with Israel to ask that its action confiscating Associated Press camera equipment be reversed, a White House spokesperson said.

Earlier, Israeli officials seized a camera and broadcasting equipment belonging to The Associated Press in southern Israel, accusing the news organisation of violating a new media law by providing images to Al Jazeera.

CPJ ‘deeply disturbed’ by Israel’s seizure of Associated Press equipment

Press watchdog the Committee to Project Journalists (CPJ) says in a statement that “Israeli authorities must return the equipment they confiscated from The Associated Press in southern Israel and stop harassing and censoring journalists covering the war”.

Earlier today, officials seized a camera and broadcasting equipment belonging to The Associated Press (AP) by officials in southern Israel. The AP was accused of violating a new media law by providing images to Al Jazeera.

“CPJ is deeply disturbed by Israeli authority’s seizure of broadcasting equipment used by The Associated Press, an international news outlet providing crucial coverage of the ongoing Israel-Gaza war,” said CPJ Program Director Carlos Martinez de la Serna in a statement.

“Israel started its media silencing campaign by banning Al Jazeera and is now using that as an excuse to obstruct AP. Israel must end this censorship campaign, return AP’s equipment, and allow all international media outlets — including Al Jazeera — to operate freely in the country.”

Israeli officials used the foreign broadcaster law to close down the offices of Al Jazeera on May 5, as well as confiscating the channel’s equipment, banning its broadcasts, and blocking its websites.

‘Visible act of criminality’: ICC arrest warrants likely to be approved
Mat Nashed

Alonso Gurmendi, an international law scholar at King’s College London, says arrest warrant requests at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have been denied in the past – although it is uncommon.

He said he expects the indictments for Israeli and Hamas leaders will be approved by judges at the ICC.

The pre-trial chamber needs to establish there are “reasonable grounds” that the people in question have committed a crime within the ICC’s jurisdiction.

What’s happening in Gaza “is such a visible act of criminality. What is being described [by ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan] is what we’re seeing… I just don’t see a mismatch between the conduct of the accused and the warrant itself,” Gurmendi told Al Jazeera.

France, Belgium and Slovenia say they support ICC move

France, Belgium and Slovenia released statements supporting the world’s top criminal court and its chief prosecutor’s request for arrest warrants for leaders of Israel and Hamas.

“France supports the International Criminal Court, its independence, and the fight against impunity in all situations,” its Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Belgium Minister of Foreign Affairs Hadja Lahbib posted on X, “Crimes committed in Gaza must be prosecuted at the highest level, regardless of the perpetrators,” along with a statement.

“War crimes and crimes against humanity committed on the territory of Israel and Palestine from at least October 7 must be prosecuted independently and impartially regardless of the perpetrators,” Slovenia’s Foreign Ministry said on X.

More on UNRWA suspending food distribution in Rafah

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees has said in a statement on X that only seven out of its 24 health centres are operational.

It also said that it had not received any medical supplies in the past 10 days due to “closures/disruptions” at the Rafah and Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossings into Gaza.

Israel mounted a new push in central Gaza, bombarding towns in the north of the Palestinian enclave and saying it intended to broaden operations in Rafah despite US warnings of the risk of mass casualties in the southern city.

“Accountability is crucial to prevent atrocities and to guarantee peace,” the ministry said.

Americans more likely to vote for Biden if he changes Gaza policy: Poll

One in five Democrats and independents in the US battleground states of Wisconsin, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota say the US president’s handling of the Israeli war on Gaza is making it less likely that they will vote for him in November, according to a new poll.

Two in five of those same respondents said an immediate and permanent ceasefire, conditioning of aid to Israel, and ensuring full entry of humanitarian aid into the besieged coastal enclave would make them more likely to vote for Joe Biden.

The poll, conducted by the polling firm YouGov, was commissioned by a lobbying group called Americans for Justice in Palestine Action.

Around three-quarters of respondents identified as Biden supporters, while one-quarter said they supported either Republican Donald Trump or a third party or write-in candidate.

According to the poll, some 30-40 percent of non-Biden voters in each state said a ceasefire and conditioning of aid would make them more likely to vote for the incumbent.

AP criticises Israel for cutting Gaza live feed, seizing equipment

Israeli officials seized a camera and broadcasting equipment belonging to The Associated Press (AP) in southern Israel, accusing the news organisation of violating a new media law by providing images to Al Jazeera.

The Qatari satellite channel is among thousands of clients that receive live video feeds from the AP and other news organisations.

“The Associated Press decries in the strongest terms the actions of the Israeli government to shut down our longstanding live feed showing a view into Gaza and seize AP equipment,” the news agency says in a statement.

Officials from the Communications Ministry arrived at the AP location in the southern town of Sderot this afternoon and seized the equipment. They handed the AP a piece of paper, signed by Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi, alleging it was violating the country’s foreign broadcaster law.

“We urge the Israeli authorities to return our equipment and enable us to reinstate our live feed immediately so we can continue to provide this important visual journalism to thousands of media outlets around the world.”

The seizure followed a verbal order on Thursday to cease the live transmission – which the news organisation refused to do.

“In accordance with the government decision and the instruction of the communications minister, the communications ministry will continue to take whatever enforcement action is required to limit broadcasts that harm the security of the state,” the ministry said in a statement.

Israeli officials used the foreign broadcaster law to close down the offices of Al Jazeera on May 5 as well as confiscating the channel’s equipment, banning its broadcasts, and blocking its websites.

Drone attack kills three children in southern Gaza: Sources

Medical sources have told Al Jazeera that a drone attack has targeted a group of people in the Yibna refugee camp in Rafah in southern Gaza, killing at least three children.

Footage obtained by Al Jazeera showed the first moments after the strike with the bodies of children lying on the ground.

The children were transferred by medical staff to the Kuwaiti Specialty Hospital in Rafah, sources say.

Trump’s foreign policy advisers meet Netanyahu: Report

Reuters is reporting that three former US foreign policy officials in Donald Trump’s administration met Prime Minister Netanyahu and other public figures in Israel on Monday.

The news agency quoted a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

The delegation comprised Robert O’Brien, who served as Trump’s fourth and final national security adviser, as well as former ambassador to the UAE John Rakolta and former ambassador to Switzerland Ed McMullen, the report said.

One of the main goals of their trip, which comes amid strains between Israel and the Biden administration over Israel’s conduct of the war in Gaza, was to obtain a better understanding of Israel’s complex domestic political situation, Reuters said.

US police break up pro-Palestine encampment at University of Michigan

A video posted online on Tuesday by TV stations in Detroit, Michigan in the US showed police moving people from the camp and, at times, using an apparent irritant to spray people and disperse them, AP news agency reported.

Protesters have demanded that the school’s endowment stop investing in companies with ties to Israel. The university says it has no direct investments and less than $15m placed with funds that might include companies in Israel.

Students and others have set up tent encampments on campuses around the country to press colleges to cut financial ties with Israel. Tensions over Israel’s war on Gaza have been high on US campuses since the fall, but demonstrations spread quickly following an April 18 police crackdown on an encampment at Columbia University.

Arrests at campuses have surpassed the 3,000 mark nationwide.

Ben-Gvir promotes future Gaza settlements: ‘I would love to live in Gaza’

Israel’s far-right national security minister has again advocated for a full military takeover of Gaza after the war, even saying Israel should push Palestinians to “voluntarily” leave to make way for settlements.

“Israel should be the one that controls the Gaza Strip, unequivocally, and no one else,” said Itamar Ben-Gvir in comments carried by Israel’s Maariv news site.

Most important, he said, is “encouraging voluntary emigration of Palestinians” from the enclave, adding that Israel could then facilitate the return of settlements.

“I would love to live in Gaza if possible”, said Ben-Gvir.



>Their political reasoning is sound, but how would the Israeli make that helicopter crash in the middle of nowhere ?
There are a few ways. Could be sabotage, that would be my first guess. It's also a region near the Azerbaijan border, so it wouldn't be totally impossible that someone could potentially shoot it down from the ground.


Those explanations seem somewhat plausible with caveats.

The presidential helicopter likely is well guarded, and a spy trying to sabotage it could get caught, with enormous political fallout.

A mobile sam installation that can shoot long range anti aircraft missiles would be detectable. A dude with a infantry missile launcher, could evade detection, but those tiny shoulder launched missiles only have 3miles/5km range. It would take a bunch to cover enough area.


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Israeli security forces tipping off groups that attack Gaza aid convoys: Report

Israeli soldiers and police are tipping off settlers and hardline activists to the location of aid trucks delivering humanitarian aid to the besieged coastal enclave, enabling the groups to block and vandalise the convoys, UK newspaper The Guardian reports, citing multiple sources.

The claim of collusion by members of the security forces is supported by messages from internal internet chat groups reviewed by the Guardian, as well as accounts from several witnesses and human rights activists.

Videos last week showed aid convoys blocked and vandalised by Israeli settlers at the Tarqumiyah checkpoint, west of Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The incident, in which activists threw boxes of supplies to the ground, sparked outrage, with the White House condemning the attack as “completely and utterly unacceptable behaviour”.

Pentagon: No aid from US-built peer has reached Gaza people

None of the 569 tonnes of humanitarian assistance that arrived at a US-built pier in Gaza has been distributed to those in need.

While some of the aid coming off the pier has made it to warehouses, trucks have also reportedly been intercepted by crowds of desperate Palestinians after leaving the loading area.

Pentagon spokesman Major-General Pat Ryder told reporters he did not believe any humanitarian relief has yet reached hungry Palestinians.

“We fully appreciate and recognise that land routes are the optimal way to get aid. It’s also important to remember that this is a combat zone and that it is a complex operation,” he said.

Israeli troops in Jenin opened fire ‘at any moving body in the street’

A major Israeli military operation involving dozens of vehicles has continued into the night at the Jenin camp in the occupied West Bank.

As night fell, the occasional sound of firing and explosions could still be heard as military vehicles moved in the darkened refugee camp adjacent to the city, but the intensity of the fighting has gone down, witnesses said.

“Undercover forces raided the area suddenly and they were firing at any moving body in the street,” said ambulance driver Hazim Masarwa. “They were targeting anything moving.”

Authorities said a teacher and a doctor, both of whom were on their way to work in the city, as well as a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old, were among seven people killed.

Ireland to announce recognition of Palestinian state on Wednesday: Report

The Irish government will announce the recognition of a Palestinian state on Wednesday, Reuters news agency reports, citing a “source familiar with the matter”.

The Irish government on Tuesday evening said the prime minister and foreign minister would speak to the media on Wednesday morning, but did not say what the topic would be.

European Union members Ireland, Spain, Slovenia and Malta have indicated in recent weeks they plan to make the recognition, arguing a two-state solution is essential for lasting peace in the Middle East.



Ireland will recognise Palestinian state: Irish PM

Ireland’s Prime Minister Simon Harris says that Ireland, Norway and Spain will recognise the state of Palestine today.

“Each of us will now undertake whatever national steps are necessary to give effect to that decision,” he told a news conference.

“I’m confident that further countries will join us in taking this important step in the coming weeks.”

More from Spain’s Sanchez

Speaking in the Spanish parliament, Pedro Sanchez has said that his Israeli counterpart, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is putting the two-state solution in “danger” with his policy of “pain and destruction” in Gaza.

“Next Tuesday, May 28, Spain’s cabinet will approve the recognition of the Palestinian state,” the Spanish prime minister said.

Norway will recognise Palestinian statehood on May 28

More from the Norwegian prime minister.

Store, speaking in Oslo, said Norway’s recognition of Palestine as a state will take place on May 28. “There cannot be peace in the Middle East if there is no recognition,” he said.

Norway recognition of Palestine state a ‘momentous occasion’
Imran Khan
Reporting from Amman, Jordan, because Israel's gov't has banned Al Jazeera

This is a major statement.

We are expecting this to be followed by Ireland a little bit later. Malta, Slovenia and Spain are also publicly saying that they are going to look at recognising the state of Palestine.

This is a momentous occasion for the Palestinians.

It’s perhaps unsurprising that Norway has taken the lead on this because they were behind the Oslo Accords – the agreement in 1993 that really did two things: it recognised the Palestine Liberation Organization, the PLO, as the legitimate representatives of the Palestinian people; and it also put into place the Palestinian Authority (PA), which had limited powers within the occupied West Bank.

This is going to be a boost for the PA.

It’s going to come as somewhat of a problem for the Israelis though, because they have already said that they want a moderate force within Gaza for the “day after”. But they are not really looking at the PA.

‘Some reflection’ among European countries on whether to recognise Palestine: Norway’s PM

Store responded in English to a reporter’s question about whether other countries also plan to recognise Palestine.

He said he expected several European countries to make announcements today.

“My impression is that there is reflection going on in some more countries, but I will not go into detail on that. I think they will make their position known when they are ready to do so,” he said.

“The United States have responded to us that they are not in a position or not ready to make that … recommendation. But they have understood, and they respect the decision we have taken,” he added.

PLO thanks countries who recognise Palestinian statehood

Hussein al-Sheikh, the secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), has posted a response on X to Spain, Ireland, and Norway’s announcements that they will recognise Palestinian statehood.

“Historical moments in which the free world triumphs for truth and justice after long decades of Palestinian national struggle, suffering, pain, occupation, racism, murder, oppression, abuse and destruction to which the people of Palestine were subjected”, he said.

“We thank the countries of the world that have recognized and will recognize the independent State of Palestine,” al-Sheikh said.

The Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) is an umbrella organisation comprising several political parties that claim to represent Palestinians worldwide.

Israel recalls envoys to Norway, Ireland for ‘urgent consultations’

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz is recalling his country’s ambassadors to Norway and Ireland over the two governments’ expected moves to formally recognise a Palestinian state.

“Today, I am sending a sharp message to Ireland and Norway: Israel will not go over this in silence,” Katz said in a statement.

“I have just ordered the return of the Israeli ambassadors from Dublin and Oslo to Israel for further consultations in Jerusalem,” he added.

UK charges pro-Palestine protester behind divisive ‘coconut’ placard
Aina Khan

London – Marieha Hussain, 37, has been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence after mocking Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and ex-Home Secretary Suella Braverman.

Hussain joined thousands of pro-Palestine protesters in London to call for an end to Israel’s war in Gaza. During the rally, she raised her placard depicting the faces of Sunak and Braverman alongside coconuts under a tree on a beach.

Coconut is a divisive term which, as it is brown outside and white inside, suggests a Black or brown individual is akin to a traitor who has betrayed their heritage by indulging white opinion.

Days later, the Metropolitan Police posted a photograph of Hussain and her placard on X, announcing she was being sought in relation to a hate crime. The post went viral.

US House leader to invite Netanyahu to address Congress despite ICC warrant request

Mike Johnson, the Republican Speaker of the US House of Representatives, has said he is moving ahead with an invitation to the Israeli prime minister to address US lawmakers.

The comments came a day after the ICC chief prosecutor requested an arrest warrant for Netanyahu on allegations of committing war crimes in Gaza.

Johnson said the invitation has not yet been sent because he was waiting for the Democratic leader of the Senate, Chuck Schumer, to sign a letter of invitation to a joint session.

If Schumer does not do so by Tuesday, “we’re going to proceed and invite Netanyahu just to the House”, Johnson said.

Addresses to joint meetings of Congress by foreign leaders are a rare honour generally reserved for the closest US allies, or major world figures. Netanyahu has already given three such addresses, most recently in 2015.

Aid system for Gaza – ‘seems it was designed not to work’

The American Friends Service Committee says the failure of the US-built pier to get food to starving Gaza people so far shows it’s more imperative than ever to reopen the three established land crossings.

“The pier itself can only bring in 90 trucks a day. We need 500 minimum, more like 1,500, to meet the vast humanitarian need that exists in Gaza,” said Kerri Kennedy from the organisation, which has worked in Gaza for 75 years.

“We are on the brink of a famine that is unprecedented in Gaza. There are 600,000 children on the edge of death. To think that we are playing around with building a pier… it is not [a] serious aid [effort].”

She told Al Jazeera the aid pier is a distraction from the much more effective land crossings that Israel continues to block.

“They’ve been there for decades. They have the infrastructure, the security mechanisms. This is a system that is not working – and it seems it was designed not to work.”

WHO, Japan sign $10m deal to support Gaza health response

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the government of Japan have signed a $10m agreement to bolster the emergency health response in Gaza, according to a statement.

The WHO said only 30 percent of Gaza’s hospitals were partially operational and the funding from Japan “will play a critical role in maintaining the functionality of health facilities by supplying essential medicines, medical equipment, and supplies”.

How many countries recognise an independent Palestinian state?

We have been reporting that, according to media reports, Norway is likely to recognise Palestine as an independent state today.

Ireland and Spain are also likely to announce plans for the recognition of a Palestinian state.

So far, 143 of the 193 UN member states have recognised Palestine.

Currently, just eight of the 27 EU members – Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Sweden, and Cyprus – recognise Palestine as a state. Of those, only Sweden recognised Palestine as a sovereign state in 2014.

The EU does not recognise Palestine as a state despite multiple diplomatic efforts within the bloc.

All African states – excluding Cameroon and Eritrea – recognise Palestine as a state.

In mid-April, the US blocked a resolution at the UN Security Council that would have paved the way for full Palestinian membership of the world body.

More than 1,400 Israeli academics sign petition calling for end to Gaza war

Academics and administrators from higher education institutions across Israel have signed a petition calling on the Israeli government to end its war on Gaza and secure the return of captives held in the Palestinian enclave.

The petition, titled “A Call on the Israeli Government to End the War and Ensure the Return of the Hostages”, states that the end of the war and the return of captives are “moral imperatives that align with Israel’s interests”.

The signatories add that while it supports Israel’s right to self-defence, “this initial purpose has been exhausted” and the government does not have the right to “wage a war without a realistic end or one aimed at the political survival of the leadership”.

Hamas’s Haniyeh attends Raisi’s funeral in Tehran

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has paid tribute to the late Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at his funeral at the Tehran University.

“I come in the name of the Palestinian people, in the name of the resistance factions of Gaza … to express our condolences,” Haniyeh told those gathered.

He recounted meeting Raisi in Tehran during Ramadan, the holy Muslim fasting month, and heard the president say the Palestinian issue remains the key one of the Muslim world.

The Muslim world “must fulfil their obligations to the Palestinians to liberate their land”, Haniyeh said, recounting Raisi’s words. He also described Raisi calling Hamas’s October 7 attack in southern Israel an “earthquake in the heart of the Zionist entity”.

US pressured Israel to reverse block on AP video feed of Gaza
Alan Fisher
Reporting from Washington DC, United States

The Associated Press [AP] is one of the biggest names in American journalism.

The White House moved in and used the diplomatic levers and the strength of its support for Israel to try and get that decision reversed as soon as it could. And that video feed is now up and running, and the pictures are back, being beamed around the world to clients around the world, including Al Jazeera.

The White House had also expressed concern about the Israelis getting in the way of journalists doing their job. They said something similar when Al Jazeera was blocked from broadcasting in Israel about four weeks ago. But they didn’t put any pressure on the Israelis.

This time they did. And they said they wanted the Israelis to consider reversing that decision as quickly as possible. And here we are, a few hours later, and that’s exactly what’s happened.

Under the foreign press law, what the Israelis argued was that the shot of Gaza that was being used, the picture that was being broadcast, could perhaps give information away. Yet, it was a very broad, wide shot. And most of the time, it was essentially a pall of smoke over northern Gaza. You couldn’t see troop movements, you couldn’t make out that sort of detail.

So there was great concern that this was the Israelis pushing that law a bit too far. And certainly, that was the view expressed by freedom of speech and journalism advocates in the US.



>UK charges pro-Palestine protester behind divisive ‘coconut’ placard
>London – Marieha Hussain, 37, has been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence after mocking Prime Minister Rishi Sunak
>she raised her placard depicting the faces of Sunak and Braverman alongside coconuts
Yeah that it is indeed pretty unfair to coconuts


Netanyahu will use Norway, Ireland, Spain’s decisions to push ‘victimhood’ narrative

Akiva Eldar, a political columnist at Israeli publication Haaretz, has told Al Jazeera that the recognition of the Palestinian state by Norway, Spain and Ireland goes against “Netanyahu and the majority of the Israeli Knesset’s philosophy never to agree to a Palestinian state, especially not unilaterally”.

“Just a few months ago, the majority of the Knesset passed a very weird resolution against any unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state,” he said.

Eldar added that he believes that Netanyahu will frame the recognition “as another demonstration of anti-Semitism, victimhood” and use it in his narrative “that the world is against us”.

Recognition of Palestinian state a ‘blow’ to Netanyahu’s ‘extremist’ government

Longtime Palestinian politician Mustafa Barghouti said recognition of the Palestinian state by Ireland, Spain and Norway was a “powerful political and symbolically-significant step” that moved the achievement of “freedom and justice” closer for the Palestinian people.

“It is a very important step in determining the rights of the Palestinian people – our people – for self-determination,” Barghouti told Al Jazeera.

“Also, it blows away a lot of the defacto effects that Israel has created through settlement building on the ground – by confirming that Palestine today is a state under occupation,” Barghouti said.

“So, any efforts of the occupying power to change facts on the ground is meaningless and will not have an impact in the long run,” he said.

“This is also a blow to Netanyahu and his extreme government, and to the fascists in his government… It means the acts of fascism and extremism in the Israeli government has no future,” he added.

ICC move ignores Israeli crimes against detainees: Palestinian rights group

Addameer says that while the decision made by the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to hold Israeli officials accountable for alleged war crimes in Gaza marks a significant step, it still lacks substantial efforts to achieve comprehensive justice for all Palestinians, including prisoners.

“Despite the importance of this decision, the prosecutor completely neglected the crimes committed against Palestinian prisoners. He did not address at all the violations committed against Palestinian prisoners for many years, which have significantly escalated after October 7,” the rights group said in a statement.

Addameer said for decades, it has extensively documented crimes committed against Palestinian detainees, “all of which fall under the crimes listed by the prosecutor such as starvation, willfully causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or health, or cruel treatment, and especially persecution as a crime against humanity”.

It also documented an increase in the acts of torture and mistreatment of Palestinian detainees since the beginning of the war, including being subjected to beatings multiple times a day, sometimes until loss of consciousness, forced to stay in stress positions, threatened, including with death, sexual violence, or threats on their families, and regularly strip-searched.

The group has also “recently documented outrages upon personal dignity against Palestinian detainees, in particular humiliating and degrading treatments against detainees from Gaza, forcing them to bark, to curse themselves, and guards scooping food with their hands before giving it to prisoners”.

Israelis demand return of captives in protest

Video verified by Al Jazeera shows a crowd of Israelis protesting their government’s failure to secure a deal with Hamas that would see the safe return of the captives currently held in Gaza.

The crowd gathered outside the Israeli Ministry of Defence in Tel Aviv, and held banners demanding the return of the captives, even at the cost of ending the Gaza war.


Sixteen-year-old Palestinian shot during Jenin raids has died

The director of Jenin Hospital has confirmed the death, after the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) had said earlier today that the teenager had been shot multiple times during Israeli raids in the refugee camp.

According to a statement from the Gaza Health Ministry, his name was Mahmoud Fares Qarini.

His death brings the total number of Palestinians killed in the occupied West Bank since October 7 to 516 people, including 129 minors.

ICC indictments against ‘Western’ leaders a first in 21-year history

Analysts note International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan’s request for arrest warrants for Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defence Minister Yoav Gallant marks the first time in its history that “Western” leaders have been targeted with war crimes allegations.

“This is a watershed event in the history of international justice,” human rights lawyer Reed Brody, who has gone after leaders including Augusto Pinochet of Chile and former Chad strongman Hissène Habré, said.

“The ICC has never, in over 21 years of existence, indicted a Western official. Indeed, no international tribunal since Nuremberg has done so.”

Tom Ginsburg, a professor of international law at the University of Chicago Law School, said Khan’s decision to consult a panel of top legal experts before seeking warrants sought to provide some “cover” for the move.

“By including Amal Clooney, he will ensure a lot of attention; by including Theodore Meron, a former legal adviser to the foreign ministry in Israel and prominent former judge of international criminal tribunals, he seeks to insulate himself from the charge of bias,” said Ginsburg.

Among the charges Khan wants instated against Netanyahu and Gallant is the war crime of “starvation as a weapon of warfare”. That’s a first, too, in international courts.

“This is a watershed moment in addressing this egregious crime, which has long been viewed solely as a collateral or incidental effect of armed conflict, rather than a deliberate and calculated strategy,” said Catriona Murdoch of rights group Global Rights Compliance.

UCLA police chief reassigned after pro-Palestine encampment violence

School administrators cited security shortcomings for the action against the California public university’s police chief John Thomas, according to the Los Angeles Times.

He had faced criticism after a pro-Palestine encampment on the campus was attacked by what the university described as a “group of instigators”.

It took at least three hours for police to respond to the violence at the encampment, which came as similar camps were set up in solidarity with Gaza at universities across the US.

The newspaper reported, citing three sources, that Thomas had failed to submit a written safety contingency plan for various scenarios related to the encampment.

Israel dumping goods at crossing with Gaza: Rights group

Gisha, an Israeli human rights organisation, accuses Israeli authorities of dumping goods on the Israeli side of the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing with Gaza. Those goods cannot be accessed without their approval.

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) is the Israeli military unit responsible for ensuring that goods enter the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israel has been “mocking international organisations that can’t reach the goods because of lack of coordination during a humanitarian catastrophe”, Tania Hary, Gisha’s executive director, charged.

Initiative by UN members seeks to bolster support for UNRWA

At least 16 countries have put forth a “statement of shared commitments” in support of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees that will be circulated to UN members today.

The effort seeks to bolster UNRWA, which has long been considered a lifeline for people in Gaza but has been embattled by Israeli allegations that some of its staff members took part in the October 7 attacks.

An independent investigation last month said Israel has yet to provide evidence of its allegations that a “significant number” of UNRWA employees are “members of terrorist organisations”. The UN’s internal oversight body said last month that it’s still investigating 14 employees Israel claimed took part in the October 7 attacks but had suspended the probe into five others, citing a lack of proof.

Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the UN, called the initiative a “significant step” in rebuilding political support for the agency.

Following pro-Palestine efforts, University of Melbourne says will disclose investments

The university has agreed to a full disclosure of all its financial ties to weapons manufacturers, UM4P, a grassroots coalition of students, staff and alumni for Palestine, has said.

“After eight months of ongoing campaigning and meetings with [the university’s] management regarding their weapons ties, the University of Melbourne finally agreed to one of our demands: Full disclosure of its ties to all weapons manufacturers, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, BAE Systems and more,” the coalition said.

“This is a major win for our campaign but it’s only one demand. Our priority remains full divestment from all weapons manufacturers.”

Student protests in support of Palestine, and demanding that educational institutions divest from Israel and disclose investments in companies tied to Israel and its war on Gaza, have spread to campuses world wide in recent months.

For a roundup of how various universities have dealt with student demands, read our story here.

Palestinian state recognition based on 1967 borders: Irish foreign minister

Micheal Martin says the country plans to formally recognise the Palestinian state on May 28 based on its 1967 borders.

This refers to the borders that existed before the war that year in which Israel occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

“When we recognise a state, we don’t recognise the government of the day; we recognise the state in terms of a permanent population of people in terms of defined borders, and in this case, it’s the 1967 borders,” the Irish foreign minister told RTE radio.

That is “a defined territory involving Gaza, the West Bank and … a capital of both an Israeli state and a Palestinian state in Jerusalem”, Martin said.

Legal group submits war crimes complaint to Scotland Yard

The International Centre of Justice for Palestinians (ICJP), a London-based legal group, has submitted a complaint to Scotland Yard’s War Crimes Team accusing Israel of using “‘starvation as a weapon of war” and “willfully causing great suffering to Palestinians during its war on Gaza”.

The complaint builds on an initial complaint submitted in January that is still being considered by Scotland Yard, which named four British government ministers for “alleged complicity and criminal responsibility in Israeli war crimes”.

The latest submission now includes a fifth senior government minister as an alleged perpetrator, ICJP said in a statement.

“The alleged criminal acts are prosecutable in the United Kingdom and will now be considered by Scotland Yard’s War Crimes Investigation Team before a decision is made by them whether to open a formal criminal investigation, which could see alleged perpetrators questioned, arrested and prosecuted,” it said.

It added that the 60-page complaint is comprehensive, with 800 pages of evidence “collected from first hand eyewitnesses, expert reports and expert evidence from nineteen medical professionals who have worked in Gaza since October”.




Colombia to open embassy in Ramallah: Minister

Speaking to reporters, Foreign Minister Luis Gilberto Murillo says the Latin American country’s President Gustavo Petro has ordered the opening of an embassy in Ramallah.

The move comes weeks after Petro, Colombia’s first leftist leader, cut diplomatic ties with Israel over the war in Gaza.

“President Petro has given the order that we open the Colombian embassy in Ramallah, the representation of Colombia in Ramallah, that is the next step we are going to take,” Murillo said.

Petro has heavily criticised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and requested to join South Africa’s case accusing Israel of genocide at the International Court of Justice.



>Eldar added that he believes that Netanyahu will frame the recognition “as another demonstration of anti-Semitism, victimhood” and use it in his narrative “that the world is against us”.
The Zionists are going to wear out antisemitism accusations, by abusing it as a political weapon. And when there is a case of actual antisemitism we no longuer have a word to describe it.


Pro-Palestine protesters at Berlin university given deadline to leave

Pro-Palestine demonstrators, who have been occupying rooms at a Berlin university, have been told that they will only be allowed to stay until 6pm (16:00 GMT) on Thursday.

About 50 protesters have occupied several rooms at the Institute of Social Sciences at Humboldt University in support of Palestinians since Wednesday afternoon, the police and Germany’s dpa news agency estimated.

A further 250 to 300 young people demonstrated on the street outside.

In a statement, the Student Coalition Berlin group accused Israel of “genocide” and “ongoing mass murders”, saying the protest was about “unconditional solidarity with the Palestinian people”.

The protesters had called on the university to accept their occupation and presence and to ban a police operation.

Hungary says ICC warrant against Netanyahu ‘unacceptable’

Hungary’s PM Viktor Orban’s chief of staff says the ICC prosecutor’s request for an arrest warrant against Netanyahu is “unacceptable” and could not be enforced in Hungary.

Gergely Gulyas told a news briefing that although Hungary, a staunch ally of Israel, ratified the Rome Statute of the ICC, it “was never made part of Hungarian law”, meaning that no measure of the court can be carried out within Hungary.

ICC prosecutor Karim Khan said on Monday he had requested arrest warrants for Israel’s PM, his defence chief and three Hamas leaders over alleged war crimes.

“This decision … is not a legal but a political decision, it is unacceptable and it discredits the International Criminal Court,” Gulyas said.

All 27 European Union countries are ICC members, and EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell noted that they “are bound to execute the court’s decisions”.

ICJ to rule on Friday on measures over Israel’s Rafah offensive

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) says it will rule on South Africa’s request to order a halt to Israel’s offensive on Rafah tomorrow afternoon.

Rafah is where more than one million displaced Palestinians have sought shelter from Israeli attacks on other parts of the enclave.

In hearings last week, South Africa asked the ICJ to order a halt to Israel’s offensive in Gaza, and in Rafah in particular, to ensure the survival of the Palestinian people.

The demand for such an emergency measure is part of a larger case brought by South Africa accusing Israel of genocide.

After initial hearings in January, the ICJ issued several provisional measures, ordering Israel to take action to limit humanitarian suffering in Gaza.

ICC prosecutor urged to address Israeli torture of Palestinian detainees

More from the Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor:

The group, which published a new report with testimony from 100 freed Palestinian detainees from Gaza, criticised ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan for disregarding “the widespread and systematic torture” committed by Israeli forces against Palestinians when he applied for an arrest warrant for Netanyahu and Gallant.

The charges Khan levied against the two Israeli leaders include deliberately starving civilians, murder and extermination, but “not torture, even though there is ample evidence to support such allegations,” the group noted.

The court must take action in “submitting specialised reports about the crimes which Palestinian prisoners and detainees have been exposed to in Israeli prisons and detention centres since October 7” and issue arrest warrants for all those responsible for these crimes, it added.

Red Crescent staff death toll rises to 29

The killing of a Palestine Red Crescent Society mental health volunteer brings to 29 the total number of PRCS staff members killed by Israeli forces since October 7.

In a post on X, PRCS said it mourned the killing of Najm Tabassi and his wife in an Israeli attack on their home in southern Gaza’s Rafah city.

The PRCS added that 17 of the 29 staff members killed had died in “targeted” attacks by the Israeli military “while performing their humanitarian duties”.

Israeli forces withdraw from Jenin refugee camp

The Israeli military has reportedly withdrawn from the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

Twelve Palestinians were killed, including at least four children, a doctor and a teacher, in the siege which started on Tuesday.

The Israeli military claimed it was carrying out a “counterterrorism” operation in the city, but witnesses have described Israeli forces shooting at people indiscriminately in the streets.

Video clips from the raid show an Israeli soldier kicking one of several Palestinian detainees, who were forced to kneel on a road in their underwear.

Israeli soldiers also fired at an Al Jazeera crew in Jenin as one of our correspondents was preparing to go live, wounding a staff member at a nearby hotel.

New report details ‘horrific’ torture of Palestinian detainees in Gaza

The Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor has gathered testimonies from 100 Palestinians who were arrested in Gaza, saying Israeli forces routinely subjected them to “horrific crimes”, including enforced disappearance, murder, torture, inhuman treatment and sexual violence.

The testimonies confirm the Israeli use of physical and psychological torture against Palestinian civilian detainees, including “beatings with the intent to kill, sexual violence, electrocution, blindfolding, and long-term hand and foot shackles”, the Geneva-based group said.

“Israel also denied them access to food and medical care, including critical and life-saving care, spat and urinated on detainees, and committed other cruel and degrading acts,” it said.

All EU donors have resumed UNRWA funding: Borrell

The EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, has lauded an initiative by the Slovenian Permanent Mission to the UN to support UNRWA‘s vital role in providing assistance to generations of Palestinian refugees.

In a post on X, he also stated that all EU donors have now resumed funding of the UN agency.



^Some more graphic (but not the absolute worst) footage of children, who Twitter sez were killed recently in Rafah.


>Netanyahu will use Norway, Ireland, Spain’s decisions to push ‘victimhood’ narrative
So he's going for maximize cringe.


More than 100 rights groups call on Biden to support ICC

The civil and human rights groups have signed a letter to the US president urging him to support the independence of the International Criminal Court and ignore calls from some US lawmakers to sanction the court.

The calls came after the court’s prosecutor applied for arrest warrants against Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, as well as three Hamas leaders.

“Acting on these calls would do grave harm to the interests of all victims globally and to the U.S. government’s ability to champion human rights and the cause of justice, which are stated priorities of your administration,” the letter reads.

Kenya presser: Biden avoids question on Israel ‘using starvation’ as war tool
Kimberly Halkett
Reporting from the White House

US President Joe Biden completely dodged a question about the International Criminal Court arrest warrants for Israeli leaders over the war on Gaza. It was the very first question by one of the American reporters who asked, “Is Israel using starvation as a weapon of war?”

The president tried to avoid it, so the reporter asked it again. He didn’t answer that part of the question. What he did say was the White House believes the ICC doesn’t have jurisdiction, and Hamas doesn’t have “any equivalence” to Israel’s leaders.

The president ruffled through his notes like he wasn’t prepared for this kind of question. He didn’t respond about Israel using starvation as a weapon of war, and I think that is going to be focused on by the American media.

MSF sounds alarm on situation at al-Awda Hospital in northern Gaza

Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, says al-Awda Hospital “is being forced to close”.

“This follows a terrifying 4-day siege – the latest in a series of systematic attacks on health care by Israeli forces. Staff & patients were forced to leave one of the only hospitals still functioning in the north of Gaza,” it said on X.

Al-Awda Hospital came under siege by Israeli forces on Sunday and since then has come under direct attack by the Israeli army several times.

Israeli authorities giving priority to private sector trucks: UNRWA chief

Philippe Lazzarini says when it comes to the Israeli-controlled Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) land crossing into Gaza, “the private sector for the time being is being prioritised”.

At the inspection process, private sector cargo vehicles are inspected “before any other trucks” carrying aid to the desperate people of Gaza, a development that’s occurred over the past two weeks, he said.

While private goods are “welcome in the Gaza Strip”, most Gazans are starving after seven months of war and cannot afford goods at the current market prices.

“We need a combination of both humanitarian aid and market,” said Lazzarini, head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

The number of aid trucks entering Gaza through the southern crossings of Rafah and Karem Abu Salem has fallen dramatically in recent weeks, aid agencies say. The Israeli military takeover of the vital Rafah crossing into Gaza has compounded the problem.

Ambassadors from Norway, Spain, Ireland scolded by Israel

Israel’s foreign ministry reprimanded the ambassadors of Norway, Spain and the Republic of Ireland for their governments’ decisions to recognise a Palestinian state.

The ambassadors were summoned to the ministry and shown a video of Hamas fighters capturing five female soldiers during the October 7 attack that triggered the war on Gaza.

“The twisted decision by your governments is a prize to Hamas,” the ministry quoted its director general, Yaakov Blitshtein, as saying to them. “Hamas congratulates you.”

Blitshtein also warned that there would be additional repercussions for diplomatic relations with the three European countries.



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Israeli settlers attack flour truck near Nablus

Wafa news agency reports, citing local sources, that a truck loaded with flour near the town of Beira, south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, was attacked by a mob of illegal Israeli settlers.

The sources said, according to Wafa, that a mob intercepted the truck and sabotaged part of the shipment.

Israeli extremists have been attacking trucks, some containing aid bound for the Gaza Strip and some simply commercial trucks, for several weeks.

It is not clear at this time whether the truck that was just attacked was hauling humanitarian aid.

Hezbollah says it destroys Israeli tank

The Lebanese group says in a statement that it has observed, ambushed and destroyed an Israeli army Merkava tank in the Shtoula Forest.

It said it observed the tank firing on villages in southern Lebanon before attacking it with a guided anti-tank missile, leaving its crew “dead and wounded”.

Earlier, an Israeli army drone strike killed Muhammad Nasser, a Hezbollah commander, in the Nabtieh area in southern Lebanon. Israel confirmed it carried out the attack, and Hezbollah confirmed the death of the commander.

Qassam Brigades says Israeli commander captured on October 7

Hamas’s armed wing announced in a video message that it captured Asaf Hamami, commander of the Israeli army’s Southern Brigade in the Gaza Strip, during its attacks on Israel on October 7, 2023.

According to Israeli media, Hamami was thought to have been killed on October 7 fighting in the Nirim kibbutz.

‘Extreme violence and hostility’ as UK police target Oxford student protesters

British police arrested a dozen University of Oxford students and scuffled with some during a pro-Palestinian sit-in at the university premises.

The Oxford Action for Palestine group (OA4P) said university authorities called in police after students began their protest at administration offices, as has been happening on campuses in the UK, US and elsewhere during Israel’s devastating war on Gaza.

Footage posted on social media by OA4P showed altercations between officers and students sitting in the road blockading a police van it said held detainees. “Let them go,” demonstrators chanted.

Protesters have called for the university to divest from companies with ties to Israel. “It is evident the administration would rather arrest, silence, and physically assault its own students than confront its enabling of Israel’s genocide in Gaza,” the group said.

Student Kendall Gardner accused police of “extreme violence and hostility”.

Hezbollah says it targeted an Israeli brigade with dozens of missiles

Hezbollah said its fighters fired dozens of rockets fighters at the Beit Hillel base in northern Israel.

We just reported the Israeli military saying that 30 rockets were fired across the border from Lebanon.

Earlier, Hezbollah announced that one of its members, Muhammad Nasser, was killed in an Israeli drone attack. Israeli forces struck a vehicle in the southern Lebanese town of Kfar Dajjal, near Nabatieh, where Nasser was from.

Gaza National Security Forces assistant commander killed in Israeli strike: Interior Ministry

The Interior Ministry in Gaza says in a statement published on its official Telegram channel that Major General Diaa ad-Din ash-Shurafa was killed “as a result of an assassination carried out by Israeli occupation aircraft”.

The statement says he was on a tour of as-Saraya area of central Gaza City in the northern Strip this morning when he was killed, and that four other officers were injured in the attack.

The National Security Forces operate in the occupied West Bank, where it is under the command of the Palestinian Authority, and the Gaza Strip, where it reports to the Hamas-led government. Its function is to support governmental security forces.

Pro-Palestine union members disrupt US VP’s speech

Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have disrupted the US Vice President Kamala Harris’s speech at a trade union conference in Philidelphia.

The protesters shouted “Free Palestine” and held Palestinian flags aloft in the middle of her address to the conference.

The union members denounced Harris and President Joe Biden’s Democratic Party and what they said is its complicity in ongoing genocide perpetrated by Israel in Gaza, and called on their union, which represents nearly 1.9 million workers across the US and Canada, not to endorse Biden in the upcoming presidential election in November.

Israel must investigate reports of torture of Palestinian detainees: UN expert

The UN special rapporteur on torture, Alice Jill Edwards, has called on Israel to investigate multiple allegations of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of Palestinian detainees since October 7.

Edwards said in a statement that she had received allegations of people being beaten up, kept blindfolded in cells and handcuffed for long periods.

She also received reports of some detainees being deprived of sleep, threatened with physical and sexual violence, insulted and exposed to humiliating acts, including “being photographed and filmed in degrading poses”.

“I am particularly concerned that this emerging pattern of violations, coupled with an absence of accountability and transparency, is creating a permissive environment for further abusive and humiliating treatment of Palestinians,” Edwards said.

“Those responsible at all levels, including commanders, must be held accountable, while victims have a right to reparation and compensation.”

Three US troops suffer non-combat injuries during pier operation

US Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, deputy commander of US Central Command, told reporters two of the injuries included a sprained ankle and a minor back injury.

He declined to offer details on the third. The $320m floating pier, built for delivering aid, is attached to Gaza’s shore.

Aid groups have criticised the pier as a costly and ineffective distraction from the fact that land deliveries – currently blocked and heavily restricted by Israel – are the most efficient way to help the wounded and starving people of Gaza.

Israeli PM Netanyahu boasts of ‘surprising plan’ for Hezbollah

While shouldering heavy criticism over Israel’s Gaza escalation, defiant leader Benjamin Netanyahu says there are also military plans in the works for southern Lebanon.

“We are constantly operating on the northern front. So far, we have killed hundreds of Hezbollah members, and we are still continuing to this day,” said Netanyahu.

“We have a clear, detailed, important and even surprising plan. But I will not share this plan with the enemy, which is prepared to achieve two things: The first is to restore safety to the north, and the second is to return the population to their homes safely. And we are determined to achieve both things together.”

Tens of thousands of civilians on both sides of the border have fled daily fighting since October 7, after Hezbollah began launching attacks into northern Israel in support of Hamas in Gaza.



The Zionists are mad that nobody cares about October 7 anymore. Everybody thinks they are the villain and not the victim. They have dehumanized the Palestinians so much that they don't understand that the mega death they unleashed in Gaza completely overshadows oct7.


Netanyahu will soon address joint session of US Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will soon address a joint session of Congress in the US, Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson said on Thursday.

“Tonight I’m happy to announce something else to you. We will soon be hosting Prime Minister Netanyahu at the Capitol for a joint session of Congress,” Johnson said to applause at the Israeli embassy’s annual Independence Day reception in Washington, D.C.

The invitation to speak comes amid growing tensions with US President Joe Biden over Netanyahu’s handling of Israel’s war on Gaza.


+ Kyle Cucklinski catches some interesting details, including video of apparent Israeli bodysnatching.


>Israeli settlers attack flour truck
The madness that this can be a headline.

I used to read a lot of historic trivia and wondered about all the retarded shit people used to do in the past, and now i realize, somebody in the future will read about our time and think the exact same thing.


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US soldier in ‘critical condition’ due to non-combat injury sustained on Gaza aid pier

An American soldier is in “critical condition” after suffering a non-combat injury while working on a US-constructed aid pier off the coast of Gaza, the Reuters news agency reports, citing an anonymous US defence official.

Earlier we reported that deputy commander of US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM), Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, told reporters that two other American troops had also suffered “very minor, routine injuries” while working on the pier.

The third soldier was injured on a ship at sea and medically evacuated to an Israeli hospital, the anonymous source said, without specifying the nature of the injury.

Some 1,000 US service members were involved in the construction of the pier, which went into operation last week, while it is estimated it will cost $320 million for the first 90 days to operate.

Israeli tanks reach western Rafah where ‘congested mass of people’ live: Aid worker

Reuters news agency reports that Israel’s military is continuing its attacks in three eastern suburbs of Rafah while Israeli tanks are advancing on Rafah’s southeast and have reached the city’s densely-populated western district of Yibna.

“The occupation is trying to move farther to the west. They are on the edge of Yibna, which is densely populated. They didn’t invade it yet,” one Rafah resident told the news agency.

“We hear explosions, and we see black smoke coming up from the areas where the army has invaded. It was another very difficult night,” he said via a chat app.

The Norwegian Refugee Council’s emergency response leader in Gaza, Suze van Meegen, said many civilians were still stuck in the Rafah warzone.

“The city of Rafah is now comprised of three entirely different worlds: the east is an archetypal war zone, the middle is a ghost town, and the west is a congested mass of people living in deplorable conditions,” she said in a statement.

“People have no choice but to put their faith in so-called ‘humanitarian safe zones’ designated by the forces that have killed their family members and destroyed their homes,” she added.

Israeli rights group exposes violent settler ‘take over’ of Palestinian pastureland

B’Tselem, a leading Israeli human rights group, has released video footage documenting how Israeli settlers “take over” land belonging to Palestinian shepherds as “part of a state policy to drive out pastoral communities”.

The rights organisation said it had documented some 20 incidents where settlers and Israeli soldiers “drove Palestinian shepherds out of pastureland” in the occupied West Bank’s South Hebron Hills.

“The State of Israel is working to drive Palestinian pastoral communities out of their homes in the West Bank in order to take over their areas of habitation, including farmland and pastureland,” the rights organisation said.

Since the October 7 attack on Israel, settlers involved in “violent acts” of land expulsion are part of Israeli “territorial defence” units and have been issued military weapons and uniforms.

“This makes it impossible to distinguish when they are operating under military orders and when they are acting independently while in uniform,” B’Tselem said.

US comedian Dave Chappelle calls out Israel’s ‘genocide’ in Gaza at UAE show

Chappelle’s reference to the “genocide” striking the Gaza Strip received loud cheers and applause during his performance in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, The Associated Press reports.

Even before coming on stage, the full crowd of thousands on Thursday night at Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Arena cheered as DJ Trauma, who accompanied Chappelle on the trip, played the song “My Blood is Palestinian” by the Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf.

About halfway through his set, Chappelle said the Gaza Strip faces a “genocide”. He also said that making Jews safer in America amid rising cases of anti-Semitism would make them realise they do not need Israel as an ultimate protector.

When touching on the upcoming US presidential election, Chappelle’s mention of President Joe Biden – Israel’s staunched supporter in its war on Gaza – drew widespread boos throughout the arena.

Hundreds of Harvard students walk out of commencement, chant ‘Free, free Palestine’

Hundreds of students in graduation robes walked out of the Harvard commencement chanting “Free, free Palestine”, a day after the school announced that 13 students who participated in a Gaza solidarity encampment would not graduate alongside their classmates.

To cheers and applause, student commencement speaker Shruthi Kumar went off script from her speech to blast the university, saying that “freedom of speech” and “expressions of solidarity” had been made “punishable” by Harvard.

“I am deeply disappointed by the intolerance for freedom of speech and their right to civil disobedience on campus,” Kumar said. “The students have spoken. The faculty have spoken. Harvard, do you hear us?”

More than 1,500 students had petitioned, and nearly 500 staff and faculty had spoken out against sanctioning the student protesters, she said.

Those in the encampment had called for a ceasefire in Gaza and for Harvard to divest from companies that support the war.



‘Israel must immediately halt its military offensive’: ICJ

“Israel must immediately halt its military offensive or any other action in the Rafah governorate which may inflict on the Palestinian group in Gaza conditions of life that could bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part,” Salam says.

UN Security Council adopts resolution on protection of humanitarian workers

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling for the protection of humanitarian workers and UN personnel in conflicts.

From the 15 members of the council, 14 voted in favour with Russia abstaining.

The Swiss-sponsored resolution doesn’t single out any conflict, but comes as humanitarian workers are being killed in military attacks in Gaza, Ukraine, Sudan and other places.

According to the UN, more than 190 of its staff have been killed by the Israeli army in Gaza since October 7, the highest number in the organisation’s nearly 80-year history.

ICJ rules Israel must stop Rafah operation, what’s next?
Justin Salhani and Mat Nashed

International Court of Justice orders are legally binding. However, the court’s ruling will now be discussed at the UN Security Council where states can decide to take united action to enforce the court’s rulings.

However, the US has a veto, which it has historically used to shield Israel from the consequences of violating international law.

But the new World Court order compounds the pressure on Western states that arm Israel. “How can you justify selling weapons for Israel to use in Rafah? I don’t think you can. I think it is legally impossible,” said Alonso Gurmendi, an international law scholar at King’s College, London.

Israel must comply with World Court ruling immediately: Amnesty

The UK-based human rights organisation says the ICJ order makes it “crystal clear” that Israel must halt the attack on Rafah.

“The Israeli authorities must completely halt military operations in Rafah, as any ongoing military action could constitute an underlying act of genocide,” said Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, in a statement.

“Unequivocally, the ground incursion and the associated mass forced displacement it has caused, pose further irreparable risk to the rights of the Palestinian people protected under the Genocide Convention and further threaten their physical destruction in whole or in part.”

UCLA police arrest man for alleged assault on pro-Palestine encampment

Nearly a month after counterprotesters attacked a pro-Palestinian camp at the University of California, Los Angeles, police have made their first arrest, detaining an 18-year-old who is not a student or affiliated with the school in any way.

“During that violence, one individual was seen on video assaulting encampment occupants with a wooden pole, causing serious injuries to at least one victim,” the university said in its statement, adding the suspect was booked at the UCLA Police Department for felony assault with a deadly weapon.

Counter-demonstrators threw traffic cones, fired pepper spray, and threw live mice into the encampment, setting off fighting that went on for hours before police stepped in. Police said at least 15 people were injured though the pro-Palestinian supporters put the number closer to 25.

UCLA officials have said the attack involved “a group of instigators”.

Hezbollah claims attack on Israeli military base

The armed Lebanese group says it used rockets and missiles to target the headquarters of the Sahel Battalion of the 769th Brigade of the Israeli military in Beit Hilel, achieving a direct hit.

It is the 11th attack claimed by Hezbollah today with earlier attacks targeting gatherings of Israeli soldiers and equipment.

Air raid sirens have also sounded in areas in northern Israel over the past few hours.

Qassam Brigades says it hits Israeli forces in northern Gaza

Hamas’s armed wing says its fighters have targeted two Merkava tanks and an Israeli military bulldozer with Yassin-105 rockets during fighting in the Beit Lahiya area.

Palestinian fighters continue to confront Israeli military operations in northern Gaza, where attacks have targeted the Jabalia refugee camp and surrounding areas.

In January, the Israeli army announced it was scaling down its operations in northern Gaza after it “dismantled” Hamas in the area. In early May, however, it again launched ground attacks, saying Palestinian fighters had regrouped in the north.

Israeli military claims assassination of Hamas national security official

The Israeli military says it was behind the assassination of Diaa al-Din al-Sharafa, identified as the deputy commander of Hamas’s national security department.

He was responsible for “managing the mechanism that secures the borders of the Gaza Strip”.

“During the war, this mechanism prevented the population from evacuating from combat zones,” it said in a statement, without elaborating.

Gaza’s interior ministry reported on Thursday that al-Sharafa was killed by an Israeli air raid while on a tour of the Saraya area of central Gaza City in the northern part of the enclave.

US military confirms Houthi attack, reports no injuries or damage

The US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) says the Houthis launched two antiship ballistic missiles into the Red Sea.

“There were no injuries or damage reported by US, coalition, or commercial ships.”

This comes hours after the Iran-aligned Yemeni group’s military reported attacks on three vessels, including two “Israeli ships” and a Greek vessel, without citing a timeline.

The group said its attack on the Essex took place in the Mediterranean Sea, marking the first time the Houthis claimed an attack there during military operations in opposition to the war on Gaza.

Shipping data show the Liberia-flagged Essex liquified petroleum gas tanker was anchored off the coast of Egypt’s Alexandria port in the Mediterranean on Friday.

The vessel is managed by Zodiac Maritime, which is controlled by Israeli magnate Eyal Ofer. The Portugal-flagged MSC Aries container ship that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized on April 13 is also associated with the London-based company.

Ireland condemns Israel’s ‘reprimand’ of envoy

Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister Michael Martin called Israel’s “reprimand” of its ambassador “totally unacceptable” after its move to recognise a Palestinian state.

Ireland, Norway and Spain said on Wednesday they will formally recognise statehood on May 28 and Israel immediately promised counter-measures.

Irish Ambassador Sonya McGuinness and her Norwegian and Spanish counterparts were summoned on Thursday. Israel’s foreign ministry said it showed them a video of the kidnapping of five female soldiers during the October 7 attack by Hamas that set off the Gaza war.

Martin, who is also Ireland’s foreign minister, told reporters, “I find that totally unacceptable and no way to treat diplomats, and is outside the norm by which diplomats are treated in any country.”

Showing the ambassador the video in front of Israeli media was something they had not “witnessed before in other countries or jurisdictions”, he added.

“Most people would accept internationally that that’s not within the parameters of acceptable norms in terms of how people engage with diplomats.”

South Africa’s president welcomes ICJ ruling on halting Rafah attack

However, President Cyril Ramaphosa says he remains concerned the United Nations Security Council has not succeeded in reducing human suffering in Gaza.

South Africa’s lawyers asked the International Court of Justice in The Hague last week to impose emergency measures, saying Israel’s attacks on Rafah must be stopped to ensure the survival of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian people trapped there.

Israel insists Rafah operation does not risk ‘destruction of Palestinians’

“Israel has not and will not carry out military operations in the Rafah area that create living conditions that could cause the destruction of the Palestinian civilian population, in whole or in part,” National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi said in a statement.

Earlier, judges at the top United Nations court ordered Israel to halt its offensive in Rafah and withdraw from the enclave, citing “immense risk” to the Palestinian population.

Nearly 800,000 Palestinians have been displaced from Rafah since Israel launched its offensive against the southern Gaza city earlier this month. Hundreds of thousands more remain trapped inside the city as Israeli forces push deeper towards them.

‘Biden administration stands alone in full support for Gaza genocide’: CAIR

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) “applauds” the rulings by the ICJ demanding an end to Israel’s attacks on Rafah.

“While the Biden administration stands alone in continuing to offer full support for Israel’s genocide in Gaza, the international community is increasingly pushing back against the slaughter, forced starvation and ethnic cleansing Israel’s far-right government is inflicting on the Palestinian people,” CAIR said in a statement.

“Israel is clearly attempting to make Gaza uninhabitable. It must be stopped from completing this monstrous goal. President Biden must honor this important ruling by immediately ending all military assistance to Israel’s genocide.”



Yeah, this is absolutely some "history book" insanity. The rhetoric and propaganda reminds me a lot of stuff which was employed against American Indians in that genocide.


Palestinian PM calls out book-burning Israeli soldiers

The social media account of the Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Mustafa has shared an image of an Israeli soldier reading a book in a library at Gaza’s Al-Aqsa University while a shelf of books burns in the background.

The prime minister said the soldier had shared the image of himself “posing in front” of the burning books at the library, “which they had set on fire”.

“Israel has targeted all universities in the Strip, with some being completely destroyed,” the post on the prime minister’s X account adds.

Hamas using ‘fighting compounds’ as ‘most violent’ battle for Jabalia rages: Monitors

Palestinian fighters in Gaza’s northern Jabalia refugee camp have established “fighting compounds” which allow them to rapidly and safely move through buildings rather than on the streets where they would be exposed to Israeli attack, war monitors report.

Israeli forces battling in Jabalia since May 11 have described the Palestinian resistance fighters in the camp area as “bolder” that in other parts of Gaza and the fighting as being the “most violent” of the war so far, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and the Critical Threats Project (CTP) report.

The US-based defence think tanks said the two-week-long battle for control of Jabalia demonstrates that Hamas is “conducting a deliberate defence of the area” and their “unusually high rate of attacks” on Israeli forces proves that Hamas can remain “combat effective”, despite the loss of their Jabalia battalion commander in October.

“Hamas has organized its military wing like a conventional military and has developed a deep bench of experienced military commanders to run it,” the ISW/CTP said

“Hamas uses this conventional military structure to continue fighting, despite intense Israeli military pressure.”

UN chief expects Israel to comply with ICJ order: Spokesperson

A spokesman for Antonio Guterres said the UN’s secretary-general “trusts” that Israel will comply with the International Court of Justice’s orders and end its attack on Rafah, open Gaza’s border crossings to allow entry of humanitarian aid, and allow access to Gaza for war crimes investigators.

Guterres also expects that the other “parties” – a reference to Palestinian armed groups – will implement the ICJ’s repeated call for the immediate release of Israeli captives held in Gaza, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

UN member states have a duty to follow Security Council decisions and court orders, he said.

“The secretary-general has no crystal ball,” Dujarric told reporters. “Whether or not they choose to do so is a question you need to ask them.”

In accordance with the ICJ statute, Dujarric said the secretary-general will now transmit the ICJ’s provisional measures regarding Israel to the UN Security Council.

Guterres later posted on social media the message that “protecting civilians is not negotiable”.

“Wars have rules that everyone must respect,” he wrote.

Former Italian MP hangs Palestinian flag from Italian parliament

Former Italian Member of Parliament Stefano Apuzzo has been filmed hanging a Palestinian flag from the Italian parliament in Rome in protest of Israel’s war on Gaza.

In footage of the incident, Apuzzo can be seen climbing out of a window at the Palazzo Montecitorio, home to the lower house of the Italian Parliament, and onto a balcony, where he unfurls a Palestinian flag.

“Enough with the use of Italian weapons in genocide in Gaza. There are 35,000 dead in Gaza,” Apuzzo shouts from the balcony.

US Senator Bernie Sanders says US ignores crimes in Gaza at its peril

Sanders warned the US that if it ignored the “crimes against humanity” being committed in Gaza, it would not have any credibility to criticise “the actions of any country, no matter how terrible those actions may be”.

In a post on social media accompanied by a video of the Vermont senator making a speech, Sanders said the US “claims to be the leader of the free world”.

“At our best, we try to mobilise countries to uphold international law and prevent crimes against humanity,” he said.

“How will the United States be able to criticise any country in the world? Whether it is Russia, China, Saudi Arabia or anyone else, any other country in the world, if we pretend [about] that what is happening in Gaza. If we actually believe what Netanyahu is saying,” he said.




>US military confirms Houthi attack, reports no injuries or damage
Video from the Yemeni announcement if you're interested.


Part of US-built Gaza pier swept into sea, then recovered: Report

Israel’s Channel 12 reports that strong waves caused part of the dock to break off and drift into the sea before a US Navy crew secured it and brought it back ashore.

The US-built pier, located southwest of Gaza City, has delivered 97 truckloads of aid since it opened May 17, according to the United Nations, as key land crossings to the enclave remain shuttered.

While welcoming any aid entry, humanitarian groups have said the pier is a far less effective way to bring in aid than the land crossings Israel has blocked.

Two Hezbollah members killed in Syria by Israeli strikes: Report

Israeli drone strikes have hit several vehicles travelling near the western Syrian city of Qusayr, killing two Hezbollah members and injuring other people, reports the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

The vehicles, which caught on fire after being struck, were on their way to Syria’s Dabaa military airfield near the Lebanese border, according to SOHR.

Israel has not commented on the alleged attack.

So far in 2024, Israel has waged 41 strikes on Syrian territory, killing a total of 153 people, including 12 civilians, according to SOHR.

ICJ orders are binding and have to be implemented: EU’s Borrell

EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has called on Israel to implement ICJ’s ruling.

In a post on X, he reminded of the elements of the ruling and said: “ICJ orders are binding on the Parties and they have to be fully and effectively implemented.”

The ICJ on Friday urged Israel to stop its offensive in Rafah, open the Rafah border crossing for aid deliveries and allow international investigators into the enclave.



>US Senator Bernie Sanders says US ignores crimes in Gaza at its peril
>Sanders warned the US that if it ignored the “crimes against humanity” being committed in Gaza, it would not have any credibility to criticise “the actions of any country, no matter how terrible those actions may be”.

Sanders: once a again i urge you to behave like reasonable human beings

Zionists: REEEEEEEEE woob woob woob woob woob


>The social media account of the Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Mustafa has shared an image of an Israeli soldier reading a book in a library at Gaza’s Al-Aqsa University while a shelf of books burns in the background.

>The prime minister said the soldier had shared the image of himself “posing in front” of the burning books at the library, “which they had set on fire”.

There are a lot of WW2 pictures of Nazis in front of burning book piles, that they took of them selves.
A year ago, give or take there also were Azov battalion members with swastika flag who posted photos of them selves burning old Soviet books.
And now there's Zionists snapping selfies of burning Palestinian books.

I'm beginning to see a pattern, fascists like to destroy books or perhaps more general archived knowledge. And they think that it's something worth bragging about.


Time to impose sanctions as Israel ignores international law: Palestinian official

Mustafa Barghouti, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, says he’s not surprised that Israel has ignored the world court’s order to immediately cease its assault on Rafah city.

“Israel for decades has considered itself above international law. But what’s changing now is its impunity is gone. Not only the ICJ but also the ICC are intervening. This is a new situation, but Israel is not listening,” Barghouti told Al Jazeera.

Israel killed at least 46 people, mostly children and women, on Saturday, he noted, adding, “so Netanyahu is proceeding”.

“The main country that can restrain Israel and stop it immediately is the United States of America. I believe now is the time to impose sanctions on Israel. It’s either support international law or support Israel,” said Barghouti.

Qassam Brigades claims to capture Israeli soldiers in Gaza ambush

Abu Obeida, the spokesman for the armed wing of Hamas, says in a recorded audio message the Palestinian group has taken Israeli soldiers captive during an operation in Gaza.

Qassam Brigades fighters “lured a Zionist force” into a tunnel in the Jabalia camp in northern Gaza and engaged them in close-quarters combat, he said.

The Israeli soldiers, whose numbers Abu Obeida did not specify, were all killed, wounded or captured. The group also released a short video that appeared to show an Israeli soldier being dragged away by Palestinian fighters inside a Hamas tunnel.

More from Qassam Brigades’s Abu Obeida on Gaza fighting, captives

In the four-minute audio message where the spokesman of the armed wing of Hamas in Gaza announced the ambush of Israeli soldiers, he also commented on intense ongoing fighting across the enclave and the discovery of several Israeli captives’ bodies. Here is some of what he said:

The Israeli government continues its blind and absurd policy of revenge and destruction and moves from failure to failure – the latest chapter being failed military operations in Jabalia and Rafah.
Palestinian forces have carried out dozens of attacks against Israeli forces in more than two weeks of Israel’s ground invasions of Rafah and Beit Hanoon.
Israeli forces are digging up the remains of captives in Gaza for Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal machinations.
Israel is trying to portray the discovery of the remains of its captives as a military and moral achievement.

Israel’s army denies soldiers captured during Hamas operation

Israel’s military immediately denied a statement from Hamas that fighters captured an unidentified number of Israeli soldiers in Jabalia, northern Gaza.

“The [Israeli army] clarifies there is no incident of kidnapping a soldier,” the army said in a post on X.

A Qassam Brigades spokesman said earlier that fighters ambushed Israeli troops and “killed, wounded, and captured” some of them.

Israeli army says remains of three captives uncovered in ‘complex’ operation

The Israeli military released footage from the night raid that recovered the remains of three captives held in Gaza.

It said the “complex” operation was conducted in a tunnel in Jabalia in northern Gaza, the same area where bodies of another four captives were recovered a week earlier.

‘You are responsible for our terrible failure – take responsibility’
Sara Khairat
Reporting from Amman, Jordan

Al Jazeera is reporting from outside Israel because it has been banned by the Israeli government

These protests have gotten louder and louder and bigger and bigger week on week.

Thousands of Israeli demonstrators have gathered in Tel Aviv outside the defence ministry. There have also been antigovernment protests across the country in the past few hours, in the north in Haifa and outside the prime minister’s residency as well.

They’re calling for an immediate end to the war and the captives back as part of a deal, but also criticising the prime minister, telling him he needs to resign as soon as possible.

To give you a sense of the anger, one father – whose daughter was killed on October 7 – talking directly to Netanyahu said, “You are responsible for our terrible failure. Take responsibility.”

Hezbollah says launched eight attacks on Israeli positions

The latest of eight attacks by the armed Lebanese group was against soldiers with unspecified weapons.

Hezbollah also said it hit a building used by Israeli troops in al-Manara, and “spy equipment” in the occupied Kfarchouba hills.

The group released multiple videos of attacks on Israeli positions during the past few days, with one showing an antitank guided missile used to directly hit an armoured troop carrier.

Hezbollah confirmed the deaths of two of its fighters in Israeli strikes as well.

Vessels supporting US-built Gaza aid pier washed away in heavy seas

Waves swept away navy vessels supporting the United States-built pier installed to transfer aid to Gaza.

During the transportation of humanitarian aid, the floating dock was disconnected from a small boat tugging it and the vessels broke free from their moorings, CENTCOM said.

Part of the dock later drifted towards Israel’s Ashdod shore, while the third and fourth vessels beached on the coast of Israel near Ashkelon. No injuries have been reported so far and efforts to recover the vessels are under way.



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Thousands of Israelis demand return of captives after bodies recovered

Israeli police fired water cannon and forcibly removed demonstrators in downtown Tel Aviv as thousands rallied to demand urgent government action to bring home captives from Gaza.

Protesters observed a minute’s silence in Tel Aviv’s Hostages Square in honour of the captives whose bodies were recovered by Israeli troops this month. Another protest, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and an early election, was held nearby.

Palestinian fighters on October 7 took 252 hostages, 121 of whom remain in Gaza, including 37 the army says are dead.

Qassam Brigades reports series of attacks on Israeli forces

The armed wing of Hamas says one if its fighters hit an Israeli Merkava tank with a Yassin-105 anti-armour rocket in the vicinity of Salah al-Din Gate, south of the city of Rafah in southern Gaza.

It is the sixth attack claimed by the Qassam Brigades today with earlier attacks on Israeli troops and armoured vehicles in northern Gaza.

The group also released a video of an attack in which a tank and a bulldozer were hit at close range in the Jabalia camp in the north – seemingly by the same Palestinian fighter.


‘Children were playing’ when Jabalia school attacked: witness

Victims of an Israeli attack on a school near Jabalia refugee camp have poured into al-Ahli Hospital, according to footage reviewed by Al Jazeera’s Sanad verification agency.

The attack is now reported to have killed at least 10 people and injured another 17, including children.

“The children were playing in the schoolyard, and suddenly we were bombed,” said one displaced woman whose daughter was injured in the attack. “We lived something unnatural.”

Gaza’s death toll rises

At least 35,903 Palestinians have been killed and 80,420 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7, its Health Ministry says.

Report: Israeli army chief grilled by minister over October 7 attack

Israel’s transportation minister reportedly questioned the army chief to “explain to us where was the army on October 7” – the day of the deadly Hamas attack.

Israel’s military had warnings of a potential attack, Transportation Minister Miri Regev said in an apparently heated cabinet meeting on Thursday, according to The Times of Israel.

“If the Military Intelligence Directorate were so disturbed, why did you allow army-wide vacations in October? Why didn’t you do more?” Regev asked army Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi.

Helvi responded, “All matters regarding the warning we gave about October 7 are being dealt with in internal investigations. If you meant in your question that we knew and ignored or that we wanted such a thing to happen – that’s not even worthy of a response.”

The Times cited leaked transcripts aired on Channel 12 as the source of the comments.

Lapid says ‘seditious’ videos of Israeli soldiers are dangerous

A video is circulating online showing an Israeli soldier making threats against Israeli war cabinet ministers who are pushing for a deal with Hamas.

“We want decisive victory,” the masked soldier says while standing in the apparent ruins of a Gaza home. “Those who harmed the nation of Israel … we want to annihilate them.”

The soldier criticised Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, and said if he and others fail to deliver on the victory, reservist soldiers will follow Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Yair Lapid, the Israeli opposition leader, says in a post on X that such “seditious” videos are dangerous, regardless of whether they are real or staged.

“This madness must be stopped. This government needs to be removed from our lives before it destroys everything that is dear and sacred to this country.”


Israel’s war on Gaza is ‘real genocide’: Spanish defence minister

Margarita Robles, the defence minister of Spain, has said the war on Gaza, “which is a real genocide”, cannot be ignored.

“This is not against anyone, this is not against the Israeli state, this is not against the Israelis, who are people we respect,” she told TVE state television about Spain’s decision earlier this week to recognise Palestine as a sovereign state.

The move is aimed at ending the violence in Gaza, the minister added.

Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Yolanda Diaz had also described the war as a genocide earlier this week.



>ICJ orders are binding and have to be implemented: EU’s Borrell
So we have a stern reminder
>Time to impose sanctions as Israel ignores international law: Palestinian official
And demand for sanctions

The diplomatic pressure is having an effect, but the Zionists probably won't stop the slaughter until they get threatened with an international peacekeeper force


… Or their weapons supplies are cut off. Preferably both just to be sure.


Thousands of anti-war activists gather in Michigan for Palestine conference


GDF piece on the USS Liberty incident.
A really interesting bit is the section in the middle where he's quoting the reaction of the US congress at the time. Genuinely uncanny, they were saying the same kind of insane bullshit congress says today, they were not only credulously taking Israel's word that they fired on an American-flagged ship "by accident," but were actually going as far as to praise Israel in the same statements.


Poll: Arab American Voters Pick Jill Stein Over Biden & Trump


Qassam Brigades says it attacked Tel Aviv, warning sirens sounded

The Israeli military has sounded sirens in Tel Aviv in central Israel warning of possible incoming rockets.

Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, said in a statement on Telegram that its fighters bombarded the Israeli city with a missile barrage in what it said “in response to the Zionist massacres against civilians”.

Fifteen explosions were heard in the Tel Aviv area, according to local media.

Qassam Brigades claims it destroyed Israeli forces in Jabalia

Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, says it “destroyed a group of enemy forces penetrating the al-Qasaaseeb neighbourhood” in the Jabalia refugee camp with heavy calibre mortar fire.

The Israeli army continues with its operation in Jabalia in northern Gaza that started earlier in the month, causing mass displacement of the Palestinians there towards other areas.

Rocket attack on Tel Aviv raises question marks about Israeli military operation
Hani Mahmoud
Reporting from Deir el-Balah, central Gaza

We could see the trails of smoke from a distance here as these rockets were fired.

Some of the pictures that were attached to the Hamas announcement [about the attack] showed that some of the rockets were fired from the eastern part of the Rafah city, very close to the vicinity of the border crossing which has been under the Israeli military for the past 18 days.

The Israeli military and its occupation forces on the ground has been operating aggressively in the area and they made it clear that they are in control and they have pretty much cleared the area from the presence of any fighters on the ground or Hamas associates.

But all of a sudden we see now a barrage of rockets fired from that particular area, putting a huge question mark on the [Israeli] statements …

Reports suggest Israel’s military operations in Gaza ‘not going well’

Mohamad Elmasry, a professor at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, citing a report in Politico, says “70 percent of Hamas’s fighting force remains intact on fighting in Gaza” and that Hamas has been able to recruit thousands of new members.

The report, he said, also indicated Hamas’s extensive tunnel network under the Gaza Strip remains largely intact.

Elmasry said there had also been reports that Hamas has been able to repurpose unexploded Israeli bombs, so the Palestinian group no longer has a weapons supply issue.

“I think Israel is clearly getting all it can handle on the battlefield right now,” he concluded.

Due to fuel shortage, only one-eighth of water distributed: MSF

Christopher Lockyear, secretary-general of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), says his team is “seeing a further strangulation of the Gaza Strip” since Israeli forces closed the Rafah crossing as well as “a further collective punishment to the people of Gaza”.

Due to the “critical” supply of fuel, they have had to close certain hospitals and transfer patients to other hospitals, he told Al Jazeera.

“It’s becoming increasingly complicated there as we’re finding the supply of water critical; we ourselves are unable to distribute as much water as we have been able to,” he said.

Last week they distributed 400,000 litres of water; this week they distributed 50,000 litres, “one-eighth of what we’ve been able to do because of the fuel shortages”.

Famine in Gaza should be officially declared: Joint statement

More than 70 international organisations are calling on all authorities and international institutions to officially declare a famine in Gaza, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor has said in a statement.

Food security levels have significantly declined due to the Israeli army’s ground operation in Rafah which began on May 7, the organisation said.

“The entire population in the Gaza Strip, including the governorates of Deir al-Balah, Khan Yunis, and Rafah, are experiencing high levels of acute food insecurity, with half of them in … the disaster/famine stage,” the statement said.

Israeli army attacks areas in southern Lebanon: Report

Israeli drones have attacked the town of Naqoura near the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), according to the official National News agency.

Artillery fire from the Israeli army hit areas on the outskirts of the towns of Chihine and Majdal Zoun in the Tyre region in southern Lebanon, the agency said.

Israeli artillery also bombed the areas of Wadi Hamul and Wadi Hassan in southern Lebanon, it added.

Israel and Hezbollah have exchanged near-daily fire since the Palestinian group’s October 7 attack on southern Israel that preceded Israel’s latest war on Gaza.

Gantz seeks inquiry into October 7 attacks, war on Gaza: Reports

Israel’s war cabinet member Benny Gantz has submitted a proposal to the Israeli cabinet secretary to establish a commission of inquiry into October 7 and the war on Gaza, according to various Israeli media outlets.

Last week, Gantz threatened to quit Israel’s coalition government if Netanyahu didn’t come up with a plan for Gaza’s post-war governance within three weeks.

A leading figure in the opposition before joining the war cabinet, Gantz is currently viewed as Netanyahu’s main political rival in Israel.

Rocket attack on Israel could be used by Israeli PM as ‘justification’ for military expansion in Rafah

Israeli political analyst Akiva Eldar told Al Jazeera that the latest rocket attack on Israel, reported to have been launched from Rafah, will encourage Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “play the victim”.

Eldar said it would also allow the PM to argue against the ICJ ruling to halt military operations in Rafah by saying that they are needed to ensure the safety of Israeli civilians in the face of such attacks.

Eldar said this attack could make Netanyahu believe he has the “justification” to go “deeper into Rafah until, as he has promised, the total victory.”

Watch: Man claiming to be an Israeli soldier arrested for anti-Muslim abuse in the UK

A man who described himself as a soldier with the Israeli army was arrested for “racially aggravated assault” in London, UK.



With 'allies' like that you don't need enemies.

Tho I'm puzzled as to why shit like this hasn't generated a strong push-back, Israel is completely dependent on the US.


>Hamas has been able to repurpose unexploded Israeli bombs, so the Palestinian group no longer has a weapons supply issue.



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In the deadliest response to the International Court of Justice's decision, the Israeli army targeted a group of displaced persons' tents in Rafah, killing approximately 60 innocent civilians so far.


Israel bombed Rafah over 60 times in 48 hours after ICJ orders

The Israeli military carried out more than 60 air raids on Rafah in the 48 hours after the World Court ordered it on Friday to halt military operations in the southern Gaza city, according to a rights monitor.

Amid an Israeli ground invasion of the area, dozens of artillery shells and constant gunfire were also directed toward Palestinians in Rafah in that period, according to the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor.

“Thirteen Palestinians were killed in the 48 hours following the Court’s ruling, including six members of the Qishta family, an elderly mother and three of her children – two girls and one boy – and an adult son and his two children,” the Geneva-based organisation said.

They were reportedly killed on Saturday in Khirbet al-Adas, an area north of Rafah that was not included in the Israeli evacuation orders.

Gaza office: Israel targeting displaced shelters with 2,000-pound bombs

The Government Media Office in Gaza says in a statement that the Israeli military has targeted at least 10 displacement centres affiliated with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA) in the past 24 hours.

It says shelters housing tens of thousands of Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been hit in Jabalia, Nuseirat, Gaza City and Rafah. With the latest strikes on Rafah, the death toll of the attacks stands at over 190, according to the office.

It added that a recent attack on Rafah was carried out using seven 2,000-pound (one-tonne) bombs, which killed at least 30, with the fatalities expected to rise due to the severity of the air strikes.

The office regarded the attacks as a “clear message” from Israel and the United States government to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the global community that “the massacres against displaced persons and children will continue, and that breaking international law will not stop”.

Rafah attack death toll climbs to 35

The Ministry of Health in Gaza says in a statement that at least 35 Palestinians were killed and dozens more were injured as a result of the air attacks on Rafah.

Most of the victims were displaced women and children who were targeted with “mass killing tools”, while already being deprived of water, food, medicine, electricity and fuel, according to the ministry.

(anon's note: this is now out of date, it's risen since this was posted)

‘They burned people alive’

Survivors of the Israeli attack on the displacement camp in Rafah have spoken to Al Jazeera.

“I was walking and looking at my phone when the area was struck,” one survivor said.

“I did not realise what had happened. I had no idea what had become my family. My mother was with me and my brother was injured at the camp. I fell to the ground and saw that my leg had been split open.”

Another survivor said the air raid “burned an entire block”.

“They burned people alive,” he said.

Hamas, PIJ condemn Rafah ‘massacre’, US role in Gaza killings

The two Palestinian groups fighting against Israeli forces in Gaza say in separate statements that the mass killing of displaced civilians in western Rafah is especially “heinous” since the Israeli military had declared the area a safe zone.

“We hold the American administration and President Biden in particular fully responsible for this massacre,” said Hamas, adding that the air strikes come “in complete defiance and disregard for” the orders of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to halt Rafah military operations.

The statement by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) said the attacks on Rafah show “the depths of the military failure” that Israel is trying to compensate in blood.

“The continuation of the enemy’s crimes in the Gaza Strip is a result of the cover provided by the US administration, the positions of some European governments, and the weak stances of Arab regimes,” it said.

‘Rise up and march’ against Israeli ‘massacre’ in Rafah: Hamas

“In light of the horrific Zionist massacre this evening committed by the criminal occupation army against the tents of the displaced… we call on the masses of our people in the West Bank, Jerusalem, the occupied territories, and abroad to rise up and march angrily against the ongoing Zionist massacre against our people in the sector,” the armed group said in a statement.

Earlier, the Israeli army bombed a displacement camp in northwest Rafah, killing at least 35 Palestinians, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry.

Israel committing genocide in Gaza: Human Rights Watch founder

Aryeh Neier, a long-standing Jewish human rights activist whose family fled from Nazi Germany to the United States in 1939 when he was two years old, says he has been convinced that the Israeli military is committing “genocide” in Gaza.

“Over a period of time, Israel has obstructed the delivery of humanitarian assistance to Gaza and those who have been most severely victimised are not members of Hamas,” the co-founder of Human Rights Watch told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in an interview.

Neier said men with guns often find a way to get fed, while it is vulnerable children who are severely malnourished across the enclave.

“I thought that severe obstruction in the delivery of humanitarian assistance amounted to genocide.”

The humanitarian activist added that the amount of food, water, medicine and fuel that the Israeli military has allowed into Gaza since the start of the war has been “entirely inadequate”, also pointing out that the World Food Programme has said famine is under way in the Palestinian territory.

Israeli military says acted according to international law in attacks on Rafah displaced

EU ‘credibility at risk’ on Israeli disregard of ICJ orders: Borrell

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell writes in a blog post that the bloc is endangered by the Israeli disregard for orders issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to stop military operations in Rafah.

“Introducing caveats, objections or exceptions based on non-legal grounds damages the rule-based order, damages our values and will damage our international standing and weaken our position on other issues including Ukraine,” he said.

“If one of the parties is not satisfied by the decision of the Court it can of course address a specific request for interpretation but not disregard it.”

As the EU Foreign Affairs Council prepares to host Arab leaders on Monday to discuss the dire situation in Gaza, Borrell wrote that the EU needs to do more.

“It is time for the EU to take its responsibilities in front of a catastrophic situation of an unprecedented magnitude. We have to act. Our moral and political credibility is at risk.”

Israeli military dismisses reservist who called for mutiny in Gaza video

An Israeli reservist who called for mutiny in a video recorded from Gaza was interrogated by military police today and has been dismissed from service, according to the military.

Pro-Palestine protesters shout down top German diplomat

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators angry at the German government’s handling of Israel’s war in Gaza have disrupted a citizens’ forum featuring Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.

Several demonstrators began shouting at Baerbock, accusing the German government of one-sidedness in the war and demanding that Berlin halt arms deliveries to Israel. Some held banners reading “Stop the genocide”.

Baerbock responded calmly at first, saying Germany was working to ensure that both Israelis and Palestinians could live in peace.

But she clearly grew frustrated as the tumult in the theatre increased. “There are no threats here!” she shouted at one participant.

One protester who identified herself as an “anti-Zionist Jew” said that, when it came to the war, freedom of expression was being restricted in Germany. With Germany’s help, she said, Gaza was being reduced to “rubble and ashes”.

No more than 100 trucks of aid came through floating pier: Gaza government

Gaza’s Government Media Office says the food security crisis is worsening in the enclave’s central and southern parts.

“The amount of aid that came through the sea pier did not exceed 100 trucks,” it said in a statement, referring to the temporary floating pier set up by the United States.

“We demand the withdrawal of [Israeli forces] from the Rafah crossing. Land crossings are the most feasible and effective in bringing aid into the Gaza Strip.”



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"Gaza is being annihilated… How can you live a normal life?"

Massive pro-Gaza protest unfolds in Cape Town, with thousands demanding an end to Israel’s genocide.


Really interesting speculation in the last bit of this about the recent tunnel ambush which may or may not have resulted in Hamas taking more IDF soldiers hostage.


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Like it or not anon, "genocide" is a word with a very specific meaning. It isn't "when lotsa folks die".


The civilian death toll in Russia-Ukraine is actually lower than in Gaza. Insane to include it, but only marginally more delusional than thinking this is a serious "point" at all.

Also, there are well-established genocides like the Bosnian genocide which resulted in fewer civilian deaths than Gaza:

There were also WWII-era Fascist genocides of explicit extermination (IE intent, something which can be established by quotes from leaders saying the enemy are "animals," or comparing the enemy to "Amalek" for instance) with lower total death tolls than in Vietnam or Syria:

The Armenian Genocide, another archetypal example of genocide, had fewer than 1,600,000 deaths.

The Namibian genocide, perpetrated by the Germans prior to WWI, killed around 110,000.

For comparison, WWI killed at least 15,000,000 people if you're just going by people killed in the fighting. Astute observers will note that this death toll is more than twice that of the European Jews during the Nazi Holocaust. In fact, even including other groups methodically exterminated by the Nazis (gypsies, Poles, gay men, the disabled, Bolsheviks, etc.), conservative estimates for the total death toll of the Holocaust would only come to around 10 million. Since a conservative estimate of WWI deaths is higher than a conservative estimate of total combined deaths of various groups in the Holocaust, the Holocaust must not have been a genocide. That seems like an odd metric!

Also, there are plenty of folks who do count the American war in Vietnam as a genocide, although intent might be tougher to prove since American leaders weren't going around saying "we're going to kill all of the Vietnamese and their children and take their land and starve them" like Israel's leaders do. If you have any proof to the contrary from the administrations of LBJ or Nixon, you're welcome to make a thread about their genocidal statements.


This is like when NeoNazis try to deny the holocaust by saying that in WW2 more Germans died than Jews.


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Israeli military exercises operations ‘in the depths of Lebanon’

The Israeli military says its 146th Division and an armoured brigade have held more exercises to simulate military operations inside Lebanon.

Soldiers drilled field combat scenarios and learned about the potential challenges of invading the neighbouring country, according to the military, which said the aim was to closely simulate “fighting in the depths of Lebanon”.

The Israeli military also claimed new air strikes against Hezbollah positions, claiming to hit launchers that had directed an attack on Malkiya earlier on Monday.

It also confirmed that an Israeli drone crashed inside Lebanese territory this morning, saying an investigation has been launched to determine the cause.

Turkey will ‘do everything possible’ to hold Israel to account over Rafah strikes: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country would do “everything possible” to hold “barbaric” Netanyahu to account over deadly strikes in Rafah.

“We will do everything possible to hold these barbarians and murderers accountable who have nothing to do with humanity,” Erdogan said.

Rafah casualties rises to 45, as Gaza death toll pushes above 36,000

The Health Ministry in Gaza says 45 people have been killed in the Israeli attack on the displaced in Rafah, including 23 women, children and elderly, with 249 wounded.

The ministry added that at least 36,050 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the war and 81,026 have been injured.

Spain to ask EU partners to back ICJ over Israel

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said on Monday that he will ask the other 26 European Union member states to issue official backing to the International Court of Justice and take steps to ensure Israel respects its decisions.

“I am going to ask the other 26 partners to declare the backing of the International Court of Justice and its decision, and also, if Israel continues to pursue against that opinion of the court, we would try to take the right measures to enforce that decision,” he told reporters in Brussels during a joint news conference with his Irish and Norwegian counterparts.

‘Genocide must end’ after Rafah massacre: Jewish Voice for Peace

The US-based Jewish advocacy group says attention must now be directed towards the overnight “massacre” committed in Rafah by the Israeli military.

“We will never forget the images emerging from Rafah tonight. Human beings, including babies, were burned alive and torn apart. This genocide must end, it must end now,” Jewish Voice for Peace said in a statement.

“We hold the US government, in addition to the Israeli government, responsible for the slaughter of over 36,000 Palestinians, for the siege and starvation of Palestinians in Gaza, and for mass destruction of infrastructure and land. We demand an end to all US funding to the Israeli military now. People of conscience throughout the world are calling for an end to genocide.”

Israel restricts Spanish embassy’s services in occupied West Bank

Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz says in a post on X that he has instructed the Foreign Ministry to send a diplomatic note to the Spanish embassy in Israel.

The note states that the Spanish consulate in Jerusalem is prohibited “from conducting consular activities or providing consular services to residents of the Palestinian Authority”.


‘Heinous massacre’: Israel’s attack on Rafah tent camp widely condemned

Several countries and global organisations have condemned the Israeli air attack on tents housing displaced people in Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah that killed at least 40 Palestinians, including many children.

The Palestinian presidency on Monday accused Israel of deliberately targeting civilians, joining a chorus of worldwide condemnation following the attack.

In a statement on X, the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) said the images from Rafah are yet another testament that Gaza is “hell on earth”.



Reporters Without Borders files third Gaza complaint at ICC

The media rights group, also known as RSF, says its new petition at the International Criminal Court (ICC) details eight new cases of Palestinian journalists killed “in the course of their work” between December 20 and May 20, and one case of a journalist who was wounded.

These include journalists Mustapha Thuraya and Hamza al-Dahdouh, who were killed in an Israeli drone attack on their vehicle on January 7, the group said.

The RSF has called on the ICC prosecutor to investigate the killing of more than 100 journalists by Israel since October.

Antoine Bernard, RSF’s advocacy and assistance director, said the organisation would continue to work to hold those responsible for killing journalists accountable “in solidarity with Gaza’s reporters”.

Anger, sorrow at images of decapitated child, charred bodies from Rafah attack

Politicians, journalists and doctors are taking to X to express their outrage and grief at Israel’s latest attack on a tent camp for displaced people in Rafah.

The attack ripped victims, including a child, to shreds and caused a huge blaze, burning people alive in their tents, according to witnesses and videos posted online.

Here’s some of the reaction:

Humza Yousaf, the former first minister of Scotland, wrote: “Days after the ICJ orders Israel to halt its military offensive in Rafah, the Israeli Government bombs displaced people living in tents. Innocent men, women & children dismembered and burnt alive. Bear witness to the images and ask yourself, are you on the right side of history?”

Jagmeet Singh, a Canadian legislator and leader of the New Democratic Party, wrote: “Images of the IDFs airstrike hitting a camp for displaced Palestinians in Rafah are horrifying. Images so terrible I won’t share them. The world is failing the people of Gaza. Canada is failing the people of Gaza.”

Mehdi Hassan, a US journalist, wrote: “There are videos coming out of Rafah today of beheaded babies. Actual beheaded babies that you can see for yourselves – not the beheaded babies that the Israeli authorities invented to justify their genocidal assault, or the ones that Biden falsely claimed to have seen pix of.”

Yipeng Ge, a Canadian doctor, wrote: “There is seriously something dystopian about this moment when Rafah is on fire being massacred and Palestinian healthcare is beyond overwhelmed after systematic and targeted sieges on hospitals […] While medical institutions in Canada are still seriously talking about how watermelons are considered offensive.”

Israeli forces deploy live fire, tear gas in new West Bank raids

Israeli troops continued raiding areas across the West Bank overnight, blowing up several vehicles in the village of Kafr Dan, northwest of the city of Jenin, the Wafa news agency reported.

The soldiers also fought with Palestinians and fired live bullets, tear gas and sound bombs, Wafa said, citing local sources.

There was no immediate report of casualties.

Wafa also reported confrontations between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in the town of Qusra, south of Nablus, and a raid on a mosque in the village of Husan, west of Bethlehem. A Palestinian official in Husan told Wafa that Israeli officials laid siege to the mosque and fired tear gas at worshippers inside, causing several people to suffocate.

Palestinian teen shot by Israel dies of wounds

A 14-year-old Palestinian boy who was shot by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank has died of critical wounds sustained during the attack, according to the Wafa news agency.

Majd Shaher Arameen was shot near the town of Sa’ir, northeast of Hebron, on Sunday evening, Wafa reported.

The agency, citing security sources, said Israeli soldiers prevented Palestinian ambulance crews from reaching the boy and left him bleeding on the ground after shooting him.

Israeli legislator says Netanyahu’s government trampling on ICJ orders

Aida Touma-Sliman, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and a legislator in the Israeli Knesset, has denounced the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for its “madness and vindictiveness” in the wake of the latest attack on Rafah.

“Hundreds killed and wounded in the last hour in Rafah. This time the bombings fell in a dense area of displaced residents that Israel declared a safe area. We were warned that entering Rafah would lead to another heavy humanitarian disaster,” she said in a post on X.

“The clear demands of the International Criminal Court of Justice that [Israel] stop any attacks that would harm an innocent civilian population is being trampled on,” she added. “This bloody government refuses to obey all orders of the tribunal, and is taking the madness and vindictiveness to a new criminal level.”

Palestinian Authority slams Israel’s ‘heinous massacre’ in Tal as-Sultan

A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the Israeli attack on Tal as-Sultan as a “massacre that exceeds all boundaries”, according to the Wafa news agency.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh “stressed the urgent need for an intervention to stop the crimes committed against the Palestinian people immediately” and said the “heinous massacre” is a challenge to international orders, including “the lucid and candid ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordering Israel to cease its military offensive against the city of Rafah and provide protection to the Palestinian people”.

Abu Rudeineh said he held the administration of US President Biden responsible for Israeli crimes and demanded that Washington “compel Israel to stop the madness and genocide it is committing in Gaza”.

Amnesty calls for war crimes probe into three Israeli attacks on Gaza

Amnesty International is urging the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate three Israeli attacks that killed 44 Palestinian civilians, including 32 children, in the Gaza Strip in April.

The attacks included a strike that killed children playing foosball at the Maghazi refugee camp on April 16, and two strikes on residential buildings in Rafah on April 19 and 20, the rights group said.

In all three cases, there was no evidence of military targets in or around the affected locations and no indication of prior warning, it said.

“Our findings offer crucial evidence of unlawful attacks by the Israeli military as the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court applies for arrest warrants for senior Israeli and Hamas officials, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As the Israeli military continues to escalate its ground incursion in Rafah, these cases also illustrate the urgent need for an immediate ceasefire,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty International’s senior director for research, advocacy, policy and campaigns.

“The cases documented here illustrate a clear pattern of attacks over the past seven months in which the Israeli military has flouted international law, killing Palestinian civilians with total impunity and displaying a callous disregard for human lives.”

No surprise that Israel would target an area near an UNRWA facility
Gabriel Elizondo
Reporting from New York City, US

We’ve heard from our reporters in Gaza that a lot of the displaced people went and sheltered close to this UNRWA facility in this makeshift tent area because they thought they would be safe.

Under normal circumstances, civilians are safe under the UN flag. But these are not normal circumstances and Israel is not acting as a normal state.

We’ve seen repeated attacks, verbal attacks from the Israeli envoy to the UN, as well as high ranking officials in Israel, calling UNRWA a front for Hamas. And it has had a huge effect on UNRWA. Many UNRWA schools, health facilities, shelter locations have been bombed by Israel.

Not to mention that 193 UN humanitarian staff have been killed under Israeli bombardment. And the vast majority of those have been UNRWA Palestinian employees in Gaza.

So the fact that Israel would target an area near an UNRWA facility is sadly not surprising.



>The Israeli military says its 146th Division and an armoured brigade have held more exercises to simulate military operations inside Lebanon.
Seems like overconfidence, a war between Hezbolla and Isreal would likely be fought in Israeli territory.


Based effort post btfo-ed Zionist hasbara


Belgium’s deputy PM calls for sanctions on Israel

In a one-sentence post on X, Petra De Sutter says: “The time for sanctions is now”.

The deputy PM’s post shared an announcement about an upcoming meeting of EU and Israeli officials to discuss whether Israel is fulfilling its obligations to respect human rights as enumerated in an agreement on trade between the two parties.

Israeli bombardment of Rafah ongoing

We earlier reported on an Israeli raid targeting a residential building at the Za’roub Roundabout, in the west of the city.

Our Al Jazeera Arabic colleagues are now reporting that Israeli artillery shelling has hit homes in the Saudi neighbourhood, also situated west of Rafah.

We will bring you more on this as more information comes in.

Algeria requests UNSC meeting on Rafah massacre

Algeria has requested an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to discuss the situation in Rafah, one day after Israeli strikes on a displacement camp there killed at least 45 people.

The meeting is expected to take place tomorrow at 19:00 GMT and will be a closed consultation, during which no resolutions can be voted on, only tabled and then voted on later.

The UNSC will also be briefed by Juliette Touma, director of communications for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

EU foreign ministers to meet Israel on human rights obligations: Report

European Union foreign ministers have agreed to hold a meeting of the EU-Israel Association Council to assess Israel’s compliance with the association agreement’s human rights obligations, DPA news agency is reporting.

The bloc’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, announced the move in Brussels, stepping up pressure on Israel to comply with a ruling from the International Court of Justice to halt an offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

The ICJ ruling cited “immense risk” to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians taking shelter in Rafah, the southernmost part of Gaza.

Counter to the ICJ ruling, Israel has carried out “an increase on the military activities, an increase in the bombing” that has led to an increase in civilian deaths, Borrell said.

The EU foreign policy chief said EU foreign ministers asked him “to propose further concrete measures” to ensure Israel’s compliance with the ICJ ruling.

Turkey defends Erdogan against Israeli minister’s remarks

The Turkish foreign ministry has slammed comments by Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz earlier today, calling his tone towards President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “disrespectful”.

“Unfounded accusations towards our President are a useless effort to change the agenda regarding the crimes committed by Israel in Palestine,” the ministry said in a statement.

“It is the Netanyahu Government that has killed nearly forty thousand Palestinians since October and barbarically massacred dozens of innocent Palestinians in an attack on a tent camp last night. Anyone who is complicit in these crimes will be tried in international courts.”

Canada does not support Israeli operation in Rafah: Minister

Canada is “horrified” by an Israeli air strike that hit a tent camp in Rafah, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said, calling for an “immediate ceasefire”.

“Canada does not support an Israeli military operation in Rafah. This level of human suffering must come to an end,” Joly said in a post on X.

Houthis claim attacks on three ships, two US destroyers in nearby seas

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis say they have launched attacks on three ships in the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea and two US destroyers in the Red Sea.

There has been no statement confirming these attacks from the United States Army at this time.

The Houthis, who describe their attacks on ships as acts of solidarity with Palestinians in Israel’s war in Gaza, named three of the ships as the Larego Desert and the MSC Mechela in the Indian Ocean, and the Minerva Lisa in the Red Sea.

US says drone shot down over Red Sea

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) says it has destroyed one uncrewed aerial system (UAS) launched from an area controlled by Yemen’s Houthi group.

“It was determined the UAS presented an imminent threat to merchant vessels in the region,” it said in a post on X.

Houthi forces in Yemen have been waging a months-long campaign to target shipping vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden which the Houthis say have links to Israeli firms or ports. Houthi leaders say their attacks on shipping will end when Israel ends its war on Gaza.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah says it fires rockets at northern Israel

The Iran-aligned Lebanese group says it has launched a barrage of rockets at northern Israel in response to a deadly Israeli strike outside a south Lebanon hospital earlier in the day.

Hezbollah fighters fired “dozens of Katyusha rockets” at northern Israel “in response to the Israeli enemy attack that targeted the Martyr Salah Ghandour Hospital in Bint Jbeil”, the group said in a statement.

Rafah hospital out of service: Official

The Kuwaiti Hospital in the southern Gaza city has been rendered non-operational, according to its director, due to intentional attacks by Israeli forces on the hospital’s staff and the surrounding area.

“Due to the enemy’s expansion of the military operation in Rafah Governorate and the repeated and deliberate attacks on the hospital’s surroundings, the most recent of which was targeting the hospital gate, which led to the death of two staff working in the hospital, as well as the injury of 5 medical staff in a previous targeting, we announce that the Kuwait Specialized Hospital will be out of service,” Dr Suhaib al-Hams said in a statement.

“The working medical teams were transferred to the field hospital, which is being prepared in the al-Mawasi area” on Gaza’s coast, he added.

Pro-Palestine supporters rally in Israeli city

Footage online shows a protest in Haifa has taken place, calling for an end to the Israeli war on Gaza, and condemning Sunday’s Rafah attack.

The videos, verified by Al Jazeera’s fact-checking unit Sanad, shows dozens of demonstrators at the site, holding signs saying “Palestine Lives Matter” and “Hands off Rafah”.

Israeli police were present at the scene, seen detaining some of the protesters.

‘Audacious, outrageous’: Gaza protesters slam Greek deportation order

Nine people from the United Kingdom and the European Union member states are facing deportation from Greece days after they took part in a protest in solidarity with Palestine at a Greek university.

A total of 28 people were arrested by Greek police during the protest and encampment at the Athens Law School on May 14 on charges including disturbing the peace, damaging property, trespass as well as violations of the laws on weapons and flares, all of which they deny.

Ottawa pledges visas for 5,000 Palestinians in Gaza related to Canadians

That figure is an increase from the 1,000 temporary resident visas allotted under a special programme for Gaza announced in December, the immigration ministry says in a statement, adding that many people have expressed interest.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has faced growing domestic pressure to secure a lasting ceasefire to end the Israeli offensive. However, that pressure has translated into limited, largely symbolic action.



Israeli military talking to Egypt after ‘shooting incident’ at border

The Israeli military has put out a short statement that confirms a “shooting incident on the Egyptian border” took place earlier in the day.

It says the issue is being investigated and “a dialogue is taking place with the Egyptian side”.

Reports from Israeli media earlier suggested that one Egyptian soldier was killed and others wounded at the Rafah border crossing but no harm came to Israeli soldiers.

More on deadly cross-border fire between Israeli, Egyptian soldiers
Sara Khairat

An Egyptian military spokesman’s statement says Egyptian forces are carrying out an investigation into a shooting on the Rafah border that led to one soldier killed.

It was initially reported by Israeli media that there had been cross-border fire that was started from the Egyptian side towards Israeli soldiers, who responded. Then, that information was retracted through an order by the Israeli military but was then again allowed to be reported.

This could further complicate the situation.

Are we going to see this escalate further militarily? Highly doubtful, but diplomatically, this could complicate things because Egypt is also a mediator in ceasefire talks.

EU ministers give green light to Rafah border missions: Borrell

The European Union’s foreign ministers have approved the reactivation of an EU border mission at Rafah, according to the bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

“I have a green light from EU ministers to reactivate the Rafah border mission,” he said, adding that such a mission would need the support of Egypt, Israel and Palestinians.

Israel demolishes Palestinian homes in West Bank’s Hizma and Tubas: UN

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is reporting new demolitions of Palestinian homes in Hizma and Tubas in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli forces have demolished at least 10,769 structures in the occupied West Bank since 2009, displacing at least 16,332 people, according to UN data.

“Demolitions are typically carried out due to lack of Israeli-issued permits, which are nearly impossible to obtain, but in some cases the circumstances are different, including punitive demolitions and demolitions carried out as part of military activities,” OCHA said.

Israeli strike on Rafah shows ‘contempt’ for ICJ ruling: African Union

The Israeli air strike on Rafah that Hamas officials say killed 45 people in a displacement camp reflects “contempt” for a recent ruling by the top UN court, according to the head of the African Union Commission.

Israel “continues to violate international law with impunity and in contempt of an ICJ [International Court of Justice] ruling two days ago ordering an end to its military action in Rafah”, Moussa Faki Mahamat said on X.

Israel must be condemned internationally for Rafah attack: Iran

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman says in a post on X that the Israeli attack on northwest Rafah deserves “strong condemnation and a practical response” from the international community.

“This barbaric crime is a clear example of a war crime and an obvious violation of the interim orders issued by the International Court of Justice,” Nasser Kanaani wrote.

“Whenever the child-killing Zionist regime suffers humiliating defeats in the field, it commits such insane war crimes against Palestinian civilians,” he said.



Colombian president says ‘powerful democracies’ compromised, unable to oppose Israel

Gustavo Petro said in a post on social media that “so-called powerful” democratic countries were unable to oppose Israel’s war on Gaza because “many owners of banks and capital funds belong to people who support the massacre”.

Petro said the inaction of such states “endangers not only the existence of the Palestinian people but the very existence of democracy and humanity”.

“Power in geopolitics today is nothing more than accumulated money and war planes,” he said, “hopefully tomorrow, it will be accumulated life”.

Colombia’s leader has been an outspoken critic of Israel and its war on Gaza, ordering last week that a Colombian embassy be opened in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank following the announcement that Bogota would sever diplomatic ties with Israel.

Bodies of father, child killed in Rafah attack ‘burned and charred’, could not be separated

Javed Ali, the director of emergency response in Gaza for International Medical Corps, described the horrific scenes as the dying and wounded were brought for treatment following the Israeli attack on a tent camp for civilians sheltering in Rafah that killed 45 people.

“With this loud air strike that we heard, we just rushed to the hospital and in about five minutes or so after arrival we started seeing ambulances coming in. I think in total we had about 75 patients. Out of those 75, 25 were really critical,” Ali said in a video interview.

“I saw the dead body of a father who was basically holding his child perhaps around three years of age. They were burned and charred. We couldn’t separate them. So we had to put both of them together in a body bag,” he said.

“That was very, very hard.”

UN aid chief slams Netanyahu’s claim of mistake in Rafah

Martin Griffiths has responded to Netanyahu’s claim that Israel’s deadly attack on displaced Palestinians in Rafah was the result of a “tragic mistake”.

“Whether the attack was a war crime or a ‘tragic mistake’, for the people of Gaza, there is no debate. What happened last night was the latest – and possibly most cruel – abomination,” Griffiths said in a statement.

“To call it ‘a mistake’ is a message that means nothing for those killed, those grieving, and those trying to save lives.”

EU ministers discuss sanctions if Israel ignores ICJ’s Rafah withdrawal order: Report

The European Union has for the first time discussed placing sanctions on Israel over its war on Gaza, Ireland’s Foreign Minister Micheal Martin said.

Martin said the imposition of EU sanctions was discussed as a possible measure to be taken if Israel does not comply with the ICJ’s ruling to halt its attack on Rafah, according to a report by Irish public broadcaster RTE.

Ireland would support sanctions, Martin suggested, according to the RTE.

“Certainly, if compliance isn’t forthcoming, then we have to consider all options,” Martin said, adding that it was the first time he had witnessed EU ministers hold “a significant discussion on sanctions”.

“Mr Martin said a number of foreign ministers had also raised the prospect of sanctions against Israeli officials who were aiding and abetting violent West Bank settlers,” RTE also reported.

EU foreign ministers meet Arab counterparts to discuss Palestinian statehood

Foreign ministers from the European Union met with their counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar as part of talks concerning a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel.

The EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said after the informal talks in Brussels on Monday that the parties are discussing the possibility of hosting a joint conference on how to implement a two-state solution.

Last week, Ireland, Spain and Norway announced they would be formally recognising the state of Palestine from May 28.

Japan tells Israel ICJ order to halt Rafah attack ‘legally binding’, must be observed

Japan’s Foreign Minister Kamikawa Yoko told her Israeli counterpart that Tokyo wants to see an “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza and that rulings by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) are binding under international law and must “be observed in good faith”.

In a phone call with Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz, Yoko also said that “humanitarian assistance activities” in Gaza “should not be impeded” and that Tokyo wants to see a “conducive environment for humanitarian assistance”, including “making use of the Rafah crossing”.

“Both sides concurred to continue close communication,” Japan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement following the call on Monday.

The ICJ last week ordered Israel to halt its offensive in Rafah in a case brought by South Africa accusing Israel of genocide, and warning of “immense risk” to the Palestinian population from the ground invasion of the city in southern Gaza, which was earlier declared a “safe zone” by Israeli forces.

Rafah camp attack shows US has no ‘red line’ for Israel’s slaughter in Gaza

Mouin Rabbani, a non-resident fellow at the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies in Doha, Qatar, said that in contrast with previous attacks by Israeli forces on Palestinian civilians, Israel claims now that it is investigating the Rafah camp attack that killed 45 people.

“Quite clearly, what’s called the ‘diplomatic tsunami’ – the recent ruling by the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court’s applications for arrest warrants and so on – are gradually beginning to have an effect,” Rabbani told Al Jazeera.

“At the same time, when we look at the broader international situation, what we’ve learned is that US President Joe Biden’s “red line” [in Gaza] is actually a river of Palestinian blood. And senior US officials are quite happy to swim in it.

“As far as the Europeans are concerned, we’ve seen quite extensive condemnation of this attack,” he added.

“But eight months into this brutal, genocidal campaign, I think simply making statements becomes entirely meaningless when this is not paired with concrete actions to bring such acts – that are taking place on an almost daily basis – to a definitive end.”

“I think one objective of this attack was to demonstrate that the US actually does not have a red line.”



As fighting escalates on the Lebanon-Israel border, Dimitri Lascaris returns to Beirut
Analysis from Dimitri Lascaris.

OIC tells UNSC to ‘assume responsibilities’ after Rafah ‘massacre’

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has described Israel’s deadly attack on a tent camp for displaced people in Rafah as a “heinous massacre”, which it considers an act of “state-organised terrorism”.

The OIC – the world’s second largest intergovernmental body after the UN – said those responsible for the “war crime” attack on the camp in Rafah must be held to account and face international criminal law.

“The Secretary-General held the Israeli occupation accountable for the consequences of its crimes, terrorist practices, and brutal attacks against the Palestinian people, which are inconsistent with all human values,” OIC, representing 57 member states, said in a statement.

“The OIC renewed its call on the international community, especially the UN Security Council, to assume its responsibilities in compelling Israel, to implement the orders of the International Court of Justice to stop this Israeli aggression immediately,” it said.

Trump says he will deport student protesters if re-elected president

Former President Donald Trump has said he will expel pro-Palestine student demonstrators from the United States if he is re-elected in November, The Washington Post reports.

Speaking to a room full of campaign donors, the Republican presidential hopeful promised to crush pro-Palestine protests that have sprung up on college campuses across the US in recent weeks.

“One thing I do is, any student that protests, I throw them out of the country. You know, there are a lot of foreign students. As soon as they hear that, they’re going to behave,” Trump said at the event on May 14, according to people present who requested anonymity.

“If you get me elected, and you should really be doing this, if you get me re-elected, we’re going to set that movement back 25 or 30 years,” he reportedly added.



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Today in NYC (I think)


Israeli tanks reach Rafah city centre: Report

Israeli tanks have reached Rafah city centre, Reuters news agency reported citing witnesses on the ground.

The Israeli army has been carrying out a large operation in the southern city of Gaza, despite international warnings and an ICJ ruling for it to stop the offensive.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced as a result of the operation.

Israeli tanks advance in central Rafah: Report

Israeli tanks and other army vehicles are advancing in central Rafah, according to witnesses speaking to Reuters.

The tanks were spotted near al-Awda mosque, a central Rafah landmark, the witnesses told Reuters.

Residents said in Tal as-Sultan in western Rafah, the scene of Sunday’s deadly strike that killed about 45 people, was still being heavily bombarded.

“Tank shells are falling everywhere in [Tal as-Sultan]. Many families have fled their houses in western Rafah under fire throughout the night,” one resident told Reuters over a chat app.

WHO says 723 Gaza health workers killed during war

Israel’s military has waged at least 450 attacks on Gaza’s healthcare facilities during the war, killing 723 health workers and injuring 924, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The attacks have crippled the enclave’s health system with none of its hospitals now operating at full capacity, the UN agency said.

At the same time, communicable diseases are spreading faster than ever in Gaza due to overcrowding and a lack of sanitation. During the war, the WHO has recorded nearly 1.5 million infections, including chickenpox and hepatitis, it said.

Video shows destruction of Gaza City

A Palestinian activist has shared a video on Instagram showing the extensive destruction of Gaza City.

“If we look at our street right and north, we find great destruction. This is what happened in our area after the entry of the [Israeli] army,” the activist says in the video.

“But if we look at this house and how it was arranged and planted with trees after stones accumulated on it as a result of the shelling, we will find a sophisticated view.”

“This family decided to spread hope again, plant trees and decorate the house despite everything in a civilised manner. We the people of Gaza love life. We don’t like death.”


Gaza’s death toll rises

At least 36,096 Palestinians have been killed and 81,136 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7, its Health Ministry says.

The ministry added that 46 people were killed and 110 injured in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

Israeli weapons firm sees boost in profit

Elbit Systems, one of Israel’s biggest defence contractors, has tracked an 11.5 percent increase in first-quarter revenue year-on-year as Israel’s military demands more products for its war on Gaza.



Revealed: Israeli spy chief ‘threatened’ ICC prosecutor over war crimes inquiry

According to accounts shared with ICC officials, he is alleged to have told her: “You should help us and let us take care of you. You don’t want to be getting into things that could compromise your security or that of your family.”

One individual briefed on Cohen’s activities said he had used “despicable tactics” against Bensouda as part of an ultimately unsuccessful effort to intimidate and influence her. They likened his behaviour to “stalking”.

The Mossad also took a keen interest in Bensouda’s family members and obtained transcripts of secret recordings of her husband, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the situation. Israeli officials then attempted to use the material to discredit the prosecutor.

The revelations about Cohen’s operation form part of a forthcoming investigation by the Guardian, the Israeli-Palestinian publication +972 Magazine and the Hebrew-language outlet Local Call, revealing how multiple Israel intelligence agencies ran a covert “war” against the ICC for almost a decade.

Contacted by the Guardian, a spokesperson for Israel’s prime minister’s office said: “The questions forwarded to us are replete with many false and unfounded allegations meant to hurt the state of Israel.” Cohen did not respond to a request for comment. Bensouda declined to comment.

In the Mossad’s efforts to influence Bensouda, Israel received support from an unlikely ally: Joseph Kabila, the former president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who played a supporting role in the plot.

Revelations about the Mossad’s efforts to influence Bensouda come as the current chief prosecutor, Khan, warned in recent days that he would not hesitate to prosecute “attempts to impede, intimidate or improperly influence” ICC officials.

According to legal experts and former ICC officials, efforts by the Mossad to threaten or put pressure on Bensouda could amount to offences against the administration of justice under article 70 of the Rome statute, the treaty that established the court.

According to two sources, there were even suspicions among senior ICC officials that Israel had cultivated sources within the court’s prosecution division, known as the office of the prosecutor. Another later recalled that although the Mossad “didn’t leave its signature”, it was an assumption the agency was behind some of the activity officials had been made aware of.

Cohen’s first interaction with Bensouda appears to have taken place at the Munich security conference in 2017, when the Mossad director introduced himself to the prosecutor in a brief exchange. After this encounter, Cohen subsequently “ambushed” Bensouda in a bizarre episode in a Manhattan hotel suite, according to multiple sources familiar with the incident.

Bensouda was in New York in 2018 on an official visit, and was meeting Kabila, then the president of the DRC, at his hotel. The pair had met several times before in relation to the ICC’s ongoing investigation into alleged crimes committed in his country.

The meeting, however, appears to have been a setup. At a certain point, after Bensouda’s staff were asked to leave the room, Cohen entered, according to three sources familiar with the meeting. The surprise appearance, they said, caused alarm to Bensouda and a group of ICC officials travelling with her.

Why Kabila helped Cohen is unclear, but ties between the two men were revealed in 2022 by the Israeli publication TheMarker, which reported on a series of secretive trips the Mossad director made to the DRC throughout 2019.

According to the publication, Cohen’s trips, during which he sought Kabila’s advice “on an issue of interest to Israel”, and which were almost certainly approved by Netanyahu, were highly unusual and had astonished senior figures within the intelligence community.

Reporting on the DRC meetings in 2022, the Israeli broadcaster Kan 11 said Cohen’s trips related to an “extremely controversial plan” and cited official sources who described it as “one of Israel’s most sensitive secrets”.

Multiple sources have confirmed to the Guardian the trips were partly related to the ICC operation, and Kabila, who left office in January 2019, played an important supporting role in the Mossad’s plot against Bensouda. Kabila did not respond to a request for comment.

After the surprise meeting with Kabila and Bensouda in New York, Cohen repeatedly phoned the chief prosecutor and sought meetings with her, three sources recalled. According to two people familiar with the situation, at one stage Bensouda asked Cohen how he had obtained her phone number, to which he replied: “Did you forget what I do for a living?”

Initially, the sources explained, the intelligence chief “tried to build a relationship” with the prosecutor and played “good cop” in an attempt to charm her. The initial objective, they said, appeared to have been to enlist Bensouda into cooperating with Israel.

Over time, however, the tone of Cohen’s contact changed and he began to use a range of tactics, including “threats and manipulation”, an individual briefed on the meetings said. This prompted Bensouda to inform a small group of senior ICC officials about his behaviour.

In December 2019, the prosecutor announced that she had grounds to open a full criminal investigation into allegations of war crimes in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. However, she held off launching it, deciding first to request a ruling from the ICC’s pre-trial chamber to confirm the court did indeed have jurisdiction over Palestine.

Multiple sources said it was at this stage, as the judges considered the case, that Cohen escalated his attempts to persuade Bensouda not to pursue a full investigation in the event the judges gave her the green light.

Between late 2019 and early 2021, the sources said, there were at least three encounters between Cohen and Bensouda, all initiated by the spy chief. His behaviour is said to have become increasingly concerning to ICC officials.

A source familiar with Bensouda’s accounts of the final two meetings with Cohen said he had raised questions about her security, and that of her family, in a manner that led her to believe he was threatening her.

On one occasion, Cohen is said to have shown Bensouda copies of photographs of her husband, which were taken covertly when the couple were visiting London. On another, according to sources, Cohen suggested to the prosecutor that a decision to open a full investigation would be detrimental to her career.

Four sources familiar with the situation said it was around the same time that Bensouda and other ICC officials discovered that information was circulating among diplomatic channels relating to her husband, who worked as an international affairs consultant.

Between 2019 and 2020, the Mossad had been actively seeking compromising information on the prosecutor and took an interest in her family members.

The spy agency obtained a cache of material, including transcripts of an apparent sting operation against her husband.

It is unclear who conducted the operation, or precisely what he is alleged to have said in the recordings. One possibility is that he had been targeted by the intelligence agency or by private actors of another country that wanted leverage over the ICC. Another possibility is the information was fabricated.

Once in the possession of Israel, however, the material was used by its diplomats in an unsuccessful attempt to undermine the chief prosecutor. But according to multiple sources, Israel failed to convince its allies of the significance of the material.

Three sources briefed on the information shared by Israel at a diplomatic level described the efforts as part of an unsuccessful “smear campaign” against Bensouda. “They went after Fatou,” one source said, but it had “no impact” on the prosecutor’s work.

The diplomatic efforts were part of a coordinated effort by the governments of Netanyahu and Donald Trump in the US to place public and private pressure on the prosecutor and her staff.

Between 2019 and 2020, in an unprecedented decision, the Trump administration imposed visa restrictions and sanctions on the chief prosecutor. The move was in retaliation to Bensouda’s pursuit of a separate investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan, allegedly committed by the Taliban and both Afghan and US military personnel.

However, Mike Pompeo, then US secretary of state, linked the sanctions package to the Palestine case. “It’s clear the ICC is only putting Israel in [its] crosshairs for nakedly political purposes,” he said.

Months later, he accused Bensouda, without citing any evidence, of having “engaged in corrupt acts for her personal benefit”.


Spain formally recognises Palestinian state: Government spokesperson

Spain has formally recognised the State of Palestine in a decision approved by its cabinet, a government spokesperson says.

Pilar Alegria said the cabinet had “adopted an important decision to recognise a Palestinian state”, which had “one objective: to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve peace”.

Norway formally recognises Palestinian state, Ireland next : Report

AFP news agency is reporting that Norway’s government has also formally recognised a Palestinian state, with Ireland due to follow suit later.

“Norway has been one of the most fervent defenders of a Palestinian state for more than 30 years,” said the Norwegian foreign minister Espen Barth Eide as the move went into effect.

As we’ve reported, Spain has already formally recognised Palestinian statehood today, and Ireland is expected to do the same soon, joining 143 other countries worldwide that have already done so.

Ireland officially recognises Palestinian state

Ireland has officially recognised a Palestinian state, the government has said in a statement, defying Israel which had condemned the plan.

The government approved the recognition in a cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning, the statement said.

“The Government recognises Palestine as a sovereign and independent state and agreed to establish full diplomatic relations between Dublin and Ramallah,” it said.

“An Ambassador of Ireland to the State of Palestine will be appointed along with a full Embassy of Ireland in Ramallah.”



BREAKING: The people blockade the only entrance into Elbit’s Shenstone factory, forcing the Israeli weapons maker SHUT.

Whilst the companies profiting from genocide operate in our towns and cities, it’s OUR duty to kick them out #ShutElbitDown

BREAKING: Palestine Action cut Leonardo’s Edinburgh factory’s internet cables, disrupting the producers of targeting systems for Israel’s F-35 fighter jets.


Video shows bloody aftermath of new attack on Rafah tent camp

Footage verified by Al Jazeera’s Sanad fact-checking agency shows a large number of people, including women, killed and injured from the latest attack on a tent camp near Rafah.

Residents are seen frantically attending to the bloodied victims and covering the bodies of those killed with blankets.

The Israeli attack occurred in a designated humanitarian zone in Mawasi, west of Rafah, reports Reuters news agency, citing medics and residents.

Al-Quds Brigades says fighters bomb Israeli forces in Jabalia camp

Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad group, says it has bombed Israeli soldiers and vehicles in the Jabalia refugee camp.

The attack in northern Gaza was carried out jointly with the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, a statement on Telegram said.

Al-Quds Brigades also said its fighters shot down an Israeli quadcopter in the camp.

Israel started a military operation in the camp this month, forcing the vast majority of the population there to move to other areas of Gaza.

Missile attack damages ship in the Red Sea near previous Houthi assaults

A missile attack has damaged a ship in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen, with a private security firm saying radio traffic suggested the vessel took on water after being struck.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, but suspicion immediately fell on Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who have launched a number of attacks targeting ships over Israel’s war on Gaza.

The attack happened off the port city of Hodeidah in the southern Red Sea, near the Bab al-Mandeb Strait that links it to the Gulf of Aden, according to the British military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) centre.

The vessel “sustained damage” in the assault the UKMTO said. “The crew are reported safe and the vessel is proceeding to its next port of call,” the centre said.

The private security firm Ambrey said the vessel reported by radio of having “sustained damage to the cargo hold and was taking on water”.

Hamas calls on UN to stop ‘indiscriminate barbaric’ bombing of Rafah

Hamas has called on the international community and the UN Security Council to take “practical and immediate measures” to stop the Israeli aggression and the invasion of Rafah city.

“[Rafah] is being subjected to indiscriminate barbaric Zionist bombing, affecting homes and tents of displaced people in various parts of the city,” an official statement said, stressing that the Israeli attacks affect civil defence teams and all aspects of life.

Hamas also said the death of innocent civilians, most of whom are women and children, and waves of displacement continue, due to the escalating Israeli attacks.

“The UN Security Council is required to fulfill its legal and moral responsibilities in the face of the criminal Zionist entity’s disregard for the decision of the International Court of Justice, which ordered an immediate halt to the aggression against the city.”

Israeli economists warn policies on ultra-orthodox are pushing country to ‘abyss’

A group of 130 Israeli economists, including the former director-general of Israel’s finance ministry, have penned a letter to PM Netanyahu warning that lenient policies towards the ultra-orthodox community could push the economy into a “spiral of collapse”, reports Israel’s Channel 12.

The letter says that exempting ultra-orthodox Israelis from military service and allocating special government funding to their schools puts an undue strain on the rest of Israel’s tax-paying population. As a result, Israel could see the most “educated and productive” segments of its population leave the country, while the ultra-orthodox community, whose members devote their lives to Torah studies, grows, it adds.

The government’s policies are thus “leading the country towards an abyss” and “seriously endangering the Israeli economy and society”, according to the letter cited by Channel 12.

Israel has for months been deadlocked over efforts to pass a new law regarding ultra-orthodox military service, from which they have traditionally been exempt.

Denmark university to halt investment in companies operating in Israeli settlements

The University of Copenhagen has said it would divest of companies that do business in the occupied West Bank amid student protests pressuring the campus to cut financial and institutional ties with Israel.

Hundreds of students began campus protests in early May to express their opposition to Israel’s war on Gaza. The students have demanded that the university cut academic ties with Israel and divest from companies operating in occupied Palestinian territory.

The university will, as of May 29, divest its holdings worth a total of about $145,810 in Airbnb, Booking.com and eDreams, it said in a post on X.

Danish Parliament rejects proposal to recognise Palestinian state

Denmark’s Parliament has voted down a bill to recognise a Palestinian state after its foreign minister said the necessary conditions for an independent country are lacking.

The Danish bill was first proposed in late February by four left-wing parties.

“We cannot support this resolution, but we wish that there will come a day where we can,” added Rasmussen, who was not present at the vote on Tuesday.

The vote followed Ireland’s, Spain’s and Norway’s formal recognition of a Palestinian state.

Iraq’s influential cleric Sadr demands closure of US embassy after Israel’s Rafah strike

Moqtada Sadr has renewed his calls to close the US embassy in Baghdad after an Israeli air strike killed dozens of Palestinian civilians in a camp for the displaced in Gaza.

The Sunday night strike killed at least 45 Palestinians in a displaced persons’ camp in Rafah, the south Gaza city where Israel launched an offensive earlier this month.

Sadr condemned the Israeli strike and Washington’s “shameless” support for the genocide he said was under way in Gaza.

“I reiterate my demand to expel” the US ambassador and “close the embassy through diplomatic means without bloodshed”, he said in a statement on X.

He said that would be a more effective deterrent than the use of force and would mean US officials “don’t have an excuse to destabilise Iraq”.



>Revealed: Israeli spy chief ‘threatened’ ICC prosecutor over war crimes inquiry
>According to accounts shared with ICC officials, he is alleged to have told her: “You should help us and let us take care of you. You don’t want to be getting into things that could compromise your security or that of your family.”
Blumenthal was right Zionist ideology makes people stupid, this is a low level mobster play.

>The Mossad also took a keen interest in Bensouda’s family members and obtained transcripts of secret recordings of her husband, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the situation. Israeli officials then attempted to use the material to discredit the prosecutor.

>The revelations about Cohen’s operation form part of a forthcoming investigation by the Guardian, the Israeli-Palestinian publication +972 Magazine and the Hebrew-language outlet Local Call, revealing how multiple Israel intelligence agencies ran a covert “war” against the ICC for almost a decade.
Remember when they told us we can't have privacy for the sake of counter-terrorism, maybe that was all a lie, and they're using it for political power-games to fuck with the UN and whatnot.

>Revelations about the Mossad’s efforts to influence Bensouda come as the current chief prosecutor, Khan, warned in recent days that he would not hesitate to prosecute “attempts to impede, intimidate or improperly influence” ICC officials.

Lol the Mossad nudged Khan to go through with the war-crimes prosecution for Netanyahu and Gallant


>Spain formally recognises Palestinian state
>Norway formally recognises Palestinian state
>Ireland officially recognises Palestinian state

triple based


>warning that lenient policies towards the ultra-orthodox community could push the economy into a “spiral of collapse”
>The letter says that exempting ultra-orthodox Israelis from military service
Reading between the lines, this says the IDF has a lot of casualties and they want to collect more bodies for cannon fodder from the orthodox jews.


Do you think europe is becoming more polarized and alliances are starting to form? Or is this just political theater?


I think Ireland sees its past-self in Palestine, especially that part where a more powerful neighbor tried to starve them. Spain sees in present day Israel parallels to Spain's past with fascism. I don't know what motivates Norway. German politicians uphold Israel because they are motivated by fears that any criticism of Israel will get them canceled as Nazis, but i think that will play it self out relatively soon.

EU foreign policy has been to make deals with Iran to gain influence in the region. Iran is the rational bet, they controle more trade-routes, have more resources, a much bigger economy and the superior geographic position. Israel is an ex-British-empire project as such it holds no prestige for Europe, and it is currently burning so many bridges in the world that it will reinforce the geopolitical dynamic of being the less advantageous bet. Never mind the short term political cacophony.


It's difficult to say just what the IDF casualties are, but at this point I'm leaning softly towards "the Israeli gov't is downplaying human losses," yeah. The persistence with which sections have been pushing for even more conscription is suspicious.
> I don't know what motivates Norway.
I assume they're just generally kind of progressive and passionate about this issue, but it's fun to speculate cultural-psychological reasons for this. Maybe they're afraid of being led by Quislings to a genocidal state again. It's even funner to speculate that they saw some of the Israeli battalion insignia at some point and it creeped them out even more for this same reason.


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US, UK warplanes hit targets in western Yemen province: Report

Houthi-affiliated media Al Masirah says aircraft launched two raids on the al-Jabanah area, west of Hodeidah.

The United States and United Kingdom have targeted Houthi positions in Yemen since the rebels started attacking vessels in the Red Sea in opposition to Israel’s war on Gaza.

Earlier, a missile attack damaged a ship in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen. The attack happened off the port city of Hodeidah, near the Bab al-Mandeb Strait, according to the British military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations centre.

The vessel “sustained damage” in the assault and later reported an “impact in the water in close proximity to the vessel,” the UKMTO said. “The crew are reported safe and the vessel is proceeding to its next port of call.”

Israel targets western Rafah as forces expand ground operation

Shelling hit Rafah’s western Tal as-Sultan district, killing at least 16 people, the Palestinian civil defence and the Palestine Red Crescent Society say.

Seven of the dead were in tents next to a United Nations facility about 200 metres (656 feet) from the site of Sunday night’s air strikes and deadly fire.

“It was a night of horror,” said Abdel-Rahman Abu Ismail, a Palestinian from Gaza City who has been sheltering in Tal as-Sultan since December. He said he heard “constant sounds” of explosions overnight and into Tuesday, with fighter jets and drones flying over the area.

Abu Ismail said it reminded him of the Israeli invasion of his neighbourhood of Shujayea in Gaza City, where Israel launched a heavy bombing campaign before sending in ground forces in late 2023. “We saw this before,” he said.

Video released by Islamic Jihad allegedly shows Israeli captive

The armed group released a video appearing to show Alexander Trufanov, 28, an Israeli citizen who was taken on October 7.

Trufanov’s mother said it made her happy to see her son, but “it was heartbreaking” that he had been a captive for so long.

“The proof of life from Alexsander [Sasha] Trufanov is additional evidence that the Israeli government must give a significant mandate to the negotiating team,” said a statement from the Hostages Families Forum.

California academic workers strike in support of pro-Palestinian protests

fbi.gov from last month’s violent mob attack on pro-Palestinian students and activists encamped at the University of California, Los Angeles, flared again as academic workers staged a protest strike on campus against UCLA’s response to the incident.

Unionised academic researchers, graduate teaching assistants and post-doctoral scholars at UCLA walked off the job over the university’s handling of pro-Palestinian demonstrations, organisers said.

The strike was organised by the United Auto Workers union Local 4811. The expanding work stoppage marks the first union-backed protest in solidarity with the recent wave of student-led demonstrations on dozens of US campuses against Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip.

Algeria to propose UN action to ‘stop killing in Rafah’

Algeria will propose a draft United Nations Security Council resolution to “stop the killing in Rafah”, Algeria’s UN Ambassador Amar Bendjama told reporters.

The comments come after a closed-door meeting of the 15-member body on Israel’s devastating eight-month war on the Gaza Strip.

“Algeria will circulate this afternoon a draft resolution on Rafah,” Bendjama said. “It will be a short text, a decisive text, to stop the killing in Rafah.”

‘As much an American genocide as it is an Israeli genocide’

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has condemned the US government for continuing to stand by Israel after the attack on displaced Palestinians in Rafah killed at least 45 people.

“Day after day, massacre after massacre, and the Biden administration continues to ship the bombs to the far-right, openly genocidal Israeli government that it uses to slaughter Palestinian children, women, medical personnel, journalists, international aid workers, and the sick and elderly, and continues to shield Israel from international accountability,” said Nihad Awad, CAIR’s national executive director.

“This genocidal brutality, which is being exposed daily by piles of charred and dismembered Palestinian civilians, must stop. Sadly, because of President Biden’s insistence on sending more bombs to enable Netanyahu’s war crimes in Rafah, this is now as much an American genocide as it is an Israeli genocide.”

White House opposes sanctions against ICC over Israel warrant request

The White House says it opposes imposing sanctions against International Criminal Court officials over the prosecutor’s request for arrest warrants for Israeli leaders for their role in the Gaza war.

“We don’t believe that sanctions against the ICC is the right approach here,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters, after Republicans in Congress said they would push for measures against the Hague-based war crimes court.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken told US senators last week that he would be willing to work with them on sanctioning the court.

French lawmaker suspended for waving Palestinian flag

France’s parliament suspended a left-wing lawmaker for two weeks after he held up a Palestinian flag during a heated debate over whether France should recognise Palestinian statehood.

Italian lawmakers wave Palestinian flag in parliament

Several legislators from Italy’s opposition Five Star Movement brandished Palestinian flags in parliament during a discussion on the Israeli war on Gaza.

They raised five flags and a peace flag in the lower Chamber of Deputies as their colleague Riccardo Ricciardi was speaking, calling on Italy to recognise the state of Palestine.

“We must never be afraid to recognise a community’s chance to rally around a flag,” Ricciardi said.

He condemned the “double standards” of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s hard-right government for expressing support for a two-state solution for the Palestinians and Israelis, but abstaining on a UN resolution earlier this month on full Palestinian membership.

The Chamber’s presiding officer reminded members of parliament that partisan symbols are not allowed inside, and the Five Star lawmakers handed over the flags to parliamentary officials after a few seconds.

College in Detroit, US suspends in-person classes over pro-Palestinian camp

Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in the United States has encouraged staff to work remotely to avoid any issues with a pro-Palestinian encampment that sprouted last week.

“All on-campus events are canceled until further notice,” the school said in a statement. Wayne State spokesman Matt Lockwood said there have been “public safety concerns”, especially about access to certain areas.

US to suspend Gaza aid deliveries after pier suffers weather damage: Report

The United States military has suspended aid deliveries to the Gaza Strip by sea after bad weather damaged the temporary pier it had set up on the enclave’s coast, NBC News has reported, citing unnamed officials.

The US military is expected to make the announcement later on Tuesday, NBC said in its report, which cited a United Nations official, a US official and an Israeli official.

Aid groups have criticised the $320m floating pier as a costly and ineffective distraction from the fact that land deliveries are the most efficient way to help Gaza. The US has failed to pressure Israel into opening the land crossings, however.

US expresses deep concern to Israel Rafah tent camp attack



US pier to be temporarily removed from Gaza coast for repairs

The Pentagon says the military pier off the coast of Gaza is being removed for repairs and will be returned once it is fixed.

Pentagon spokesperson Sabrina Singh said the pier will take over a week to put back together and will be done at the Israeli port of Ashdod.

Construction of the $320m floating pier was completed in mid-May to provide aid to the Gaza Strip.

It has been criticised as a complicated and costly alternative that tries to deflect attention from demanding a much simpler solution – for Israel to fully open all land crossings to Gaza and to secure aid trucks going in.



Mexico seeks to join South Africa’s genocide case against Israel

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) says Mexico has filed an application with the world tribunal to intervene in South Africa’s genocide case against Israel.

In its declaration, Mexico stated that it “seeks to intervene, in order to provide its view on the potential construction of the content of the provisions of the Convention relevant to this case”, the court said.

Three other countries have also asked the ICJ for intervention in support of the South African case against Israel.

They are Colombia, Nicaragua and Libya.

Belgium, Egypt, Ireland, Maldives and Turkey have also stated their intention to join the case, while Germany said it will intervene in support of Israel.

Cargo vessel hit by 3 missiles in Red Sea as US reports destroying Houthi drones

A Greek-owned bulk cargo ship was hit by three missiles in the Red Sea but was able to continue on its journey and there were no reports of casualties, the US military said.

The attack on the ship, the M/V Laax, was reported as Yemen’s Houthi fighters launched five antiship ballistic missiles towards the Red Sea on Tuesday, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a post on social media.

Three of those missiles hit the ship, CENTCOM said.

Israeli soldiers beat two Gaza detainees to death: Report

Israel’s Haaretz newspaper is reporting that an internal military probe found Israeli soldiers beat two Palestinian detainees from Gaza to death.

The detainees were beaten on their way to the Sde Teiman detention facility in the Naqab desert (commonly known in English as the Negev) and died later, Haaretz reported, citing two unnamed sources.

“While several soldiers were questioned about the incident, no one has been arrested on suspicion of causing their deaths,” the news outlet reported.

Haaretz has previously reported that at least 27 detainees from Gaza have died in Israeli military custody at Sde Teiman and other bases.

Pro-Palestine protesters occupy train station in Italy

A large crowd of pro-Palestinian protesters have occupied a train station in the Italian city of Bologna to campaign against the war in Gaza.

Footage from the protest shows large crowds on the platform and standing on the tracks, chanting as they wave Palestinian flags.


Australia’s parliament votes against recognising Palestinian state

Australia’s federal parliament has voted against recognising Palestine as an independent state.

Here’s how the House of Representatives voted on the motion put forward by the Greens:

Yes: 5. The Australian Greens and Independent Andrew Wilkie.
No: 80. Representatives from the Labor government, as well as the Liberal and National parties.
Australia was one of 143 countries that voted in support of Palestine’s becoming a full UN member in the UN General Assembly earlier this month.



Dozens arrested at pro-Palestinian demonstration in London

The Metropolitan Police Service – which serves the greater London area – says it has arrested 40 people after protesters refused to disperse following a demonstration in London over Israel’s war on Gaza.

The Met, as the force is widely known, said the individuals were arrested late on Tuesday for offences including breaching public order conditions, obstructing roads and assaulting emergency workers.

It said two officers sustained minor injuries after being assaulted, while a third, who was struck by a bottle thrown from within the crowd, suffered a “serious facial injury”.

The Met said an investigation was under way to identify who threw the bottle.

Police had approved plans for the early evening protest – organised by a coalition including the Palestine Solidarity Campaign – outside the gates of Downing Street in central London.

But it imposed conditions, including that the rally ended by 8pm (19:00 GMT).

Up to 10,000 people attended, and the “vast majority” had left by the required time, according to police, but a group of about 500 remained to continue protesting.

US-made weapons used in Rafah tent camp strike: Report

Munitions made in the US were deployed by Israel during their deadly attack on a tented camp in Rafah which killed 45 displaced Palestinians, CNN reports, citing analysis of footage from the scene.

The Israeli military claims that it bombed a compound housing Hamas fighters, causing an explosion that triggered a fire that rapidly spread to nearby tents. The encampment in the Tal as-Sultan area of Rafah was razed, killing at least 45 people and injuring some 200 more.

CNN based its findings on footage taken at the scene of Sunday’s strike, saying that the geolocated video showed the tail of a “US-made GBU-39 small diameter bomb” – a finding verified by four explosive weapons experts.

CNN added that serial numbers seen on the remnants of the munitions matched a California-based manufacturer of GBU-39 parts.

Israeli forces, Palestinian fighters clash in the occupied West Bank

There have been confrontations between Palestinian fighters and Israeli forces in the town of Tammun, about 5km (3 miles) south of Tubas city in the occupied West Bank.

Other armed confrontations took place this morning in Turmus Aya village, north of Ramallah, after Palestinian fighters targeted a nearby Israeli military base.

Israeli forces raided the villages of Khirbet Abu Falah, Kafr Malek and Turmus Aya in search of the shooters.

Israeli forces also raided Palestinian homes in Qalqilya city and arrested several people.

One of the homes that was stormed had been raided 14 times in the last few days.

Other raids took place across the occupied West Bank. During these raids, the Israeli forces arrested 25 Palestinians, including two women and a journalist.

Israelis storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

More than a dozen Israelis stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam’s third-holiest site, on Wednesday morning.

In a video published on Telegram by a local media network and verified by Al Jazeera, Israeli police officers are seen walking beside the individuals who entered the compound.

The storming of the compound is a regular occurrence even though entering any part of it is forbidden for Jews due to the sacred nature of the site, according to Jewish law.

Israeli authorities have also repeatedly barred Palestinians from entering the site for Friday prayers since October 7, forcing many to pray on the streets near the Old City.

In previous years, Israeli forces have also attacked Palestinian worshippers inside the mosque.

Another US official resigns over Israel’s war on Gaza: Report

The Washington Post is reporting that another US official has resigned, citing disagreements over a recent State Department report that claimed Israel was not impeding humanitarian assistance to Gaza.

The Post, quoting two sources with knowledge of the matter, identified the official as Stacey Gilbert, who served in the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.

The report that Gilbert is said to have objected to was published earlier this month and stated the US does not “currently assess that the Israeli government is prohibiting or otherwise restricting the transport or delivery of US humanitarian assistance”.

The findings contravene assessments by the UN and aid groups.

Algeria’s UNSC resolution calls on Israel to halt Rafah offensive immediately: Report

More on the Algerian draft resolution at the UN Security Council (UNSC):

The Reuters news agency said the draft text demands a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, the release of all captives held by Hamas and essentially orders Israel to cease its military operations in Rafah.

The text uses the strongest UNSC language and says it “decides that Israel, the occupying Power, shall immediately halt its military offensive, and any other action in Rafah”, Reuters reports.

Diplomats told Reuters the security council could vote on the draft resolution within days.

A UNSC resolution needs at least nine votes in favour and no vetoes by permanent member – the US, the United Kingdom, France, Russia or China – to pass.

The US has already shielded Israel by vetoing three draft council resolutions on the war in Gaza.

Israel using West Bank-style strategy to divide Gaza

Israel’s military is attempting to divide Gaza into small, disconnected pockets, weakening it in much the same way it has the occupied West Bank, says Omar Ashour, professor of security and military studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.

It will do this by creating three separate corridors in the enclave, he told Al Jazeera:

the Netzarim Corridor, which splits Gaza into north and south
a separate east-west division
a 1km (0.6 mile) buffer zone along the Israeli border
Israel’s military, Ashour predicts, will then use these zones as bases from which to launch regular raids into Gaza, in a strategy that avoids full-on military occupation but continues to cause high civilian casualties.

“I think they [Israel’s military] will be based there for the long term and do these heavy raids, similar to the one you’re seeing in Jabalia right now,” Ashour told Al Jazeera. “They go there, undermine the capabilities of whatever they see as a threat, with a lot of civilian casualties because of the population density, and they will keep repeating that.”

Israel is unlikely to forgo this strategy unless the United States withholds extensive weaponry or delivers “serious condemnation”, Ashour said, adding that both scenarios are unlikely.

Netherlands feared ‘great suffering’ in Gaza after UNRWA snub, memo reveals
John Power

Days after the Netherlands suspended funding to the United Nations aid agency for Palestinian refugees, Dutch officials expressed fears that pausing support for too long could lead to “great human suffering” and regional destabilisation, newly released documents reveal.

In a memo written after the Netherlands joined more than a dozen countries in pausing funding to the UNRWA following Israeli claims of links to Hamas, foreign ministry officials stressed the need for the UN agency to continue its work.

“Humanitarian assistance and basic services provided by UNRWA to Gaza and the wider region must be maintained at this stage of the conflict,” officials in the ministry’s human rights department wrote in the memo to Foreign Minister Hanke Bruins Slot on February 2. “Other organisations are not adequately equipped for this purpose, including logistical capacities.”


Clashes as protesters rally outside Israel’s embassy in Mexico

The AFP news agency is reporting clashes between police and protesters outside the Israeli embassy in Mexico’s capital, after some people in the crowd threw stones and tried to take down barriers blocking their path to the diplomatic mission.

Police used tear gas and threw back some of the stones hurled at them by protesters as they sought to disperse the crowds, AFP reported.

An estimated 200 people attended the protest at the embassy in Mexico City’s Lomas de Chapultepec neighbourhood, rallying against the Israeli attack on Sunday night that killed 45 displaced Palestinians in Rafah, it added.



Gaza’s death toll rises

At least 36,171 Palestinians have been killed and 81,420 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7, its Health Ministry says.

Iran provided sea-launched ballistic missiles to Houthis: Report

Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reports that Tehran has provided Yemen’s Houthis with Ghadr, a type of sea-launched medium-range ballistic missile.

The news agency says the missiles have presented serious challenges to the US and Israel’s interests in the region.

Israel’s war strategy questioned after death of 3 more soldiers
Imran Khan
Reporting from Amman, Jordan

Al Jazeera is reporting from outside Israel because it has been banned by the Israeli government

The Israeli army has named the soldiers killed in Gaza. They are Staff Sergeant Amir Galilove, 20 years old, Staff Sergeant Uri Bar Or, 21, and Staff Sergeant Ido Appel, 21 as well.

They were killed by an explosive device that was set off in Rafah. Three other soldiers were also wounded in the incident. Also, in separate incidents this morning, two soldiers were severely wounded in northern Gaza and another soldier was injured in southern Gaza.

This just goes to show you how tough the fighting is on the ground. Every time there is the death of a soldier, people put pressure on the Israeli government to try to come up with some type of ceasefire, some type of agreement to get the hostages out.

There is significant support for this war within mainstream Israeli society, but even hardline supporters of the government are beginning to question every time incidents like this occur: What is the end game of this war?

What bomb was used on Rafah’s tent encampment?

An Israeli air attack on a tent encampment north of Rafah on Sunday night killed at least 45 Palestinians, many women and children, in a massive inferno. But what were the weapons that caused such devastation?

Images of fragments of weaponry believed to be used in this attack obtained by Al Jazeera’s Sanad Verification Agency show a GBU-39/B small-diameter bomb made by US manufacturer Boeing.

This tracks with findings by US news outlet CNN, which cites a geolocated video showing the tail of a “US-made GBU-39 small diameter bomb”, a finding it verified with four explosive weapons experts.

‘We expect Gantz to resign from the government’: Israeli opposition leaders

Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid has met with Avigdor Lieberman, the leader of the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party, and National Unity Party member Gideon Saar.

In a post on X, Lapid said the three had agreed on “an action plan to replace the government for the future of the State of Israel”.

He said they expected Israel’s war cabinet member, Benny Gantz, to resign and join their plans to form a new government.

Earlier in the month, Gantz threatened to quit the government if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t provide a clear plan for what happens after the war on Gaza.

Erdogan: ‘The spirit of the United Nations is dead in Gaza’

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unleashed criticism at Western leaders over their “silence” on the Gaza war, accusing them of being complicit in Israel’s “barbarism”.

“European heads of state and government, you have become complicit in Israel’s vampirism due to your silence,” he said, adding that the US’s hands are especially “stained with blood”.

Erdogan, in fiery remarks to Turkish lawmakers, also took aim at the UN, asking what good the grouping is if it cannot even stop “genocide” in the 21st century.

“The UN cannot even protect its own staff. What are you waiting for to act? The spirit of the United Nations is dead in Gaza,” said Erdogan.





based on the numbers in that video Israel "donated" between 900 and 1200 tonnes of explosive material via dud munitions to the guerilla resistance operations in gaza

That's like 22 to 30 large semi trucks worth off kablooie sauce. This is enough for 45000 to 60000 anti tank mines.


Wow! Who could have thought bombing them more than 45,000 times in 8 months could backfire!


Includes video of pieces of the 'Biden pier' drifting to the shore.


Houthis claim six attacks on ships

A spokesperson for the Yemeni group’s armed forces, Yahya Saree, says its drone and missile unit participated in an “extensive operation” that saw attacks carried against ships in the Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea.

Saree said that this operation was part of the Houthis’ announced expansion of attacks against ships, which it says is in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.

Fighting in Gaza will continue for at least 7 months: Israeli official

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s national security adviser, Tzachi Hanegbi, says that he expects fighting in Gaza to continue throughout 2024 at least.

He also told Israel’s public broadcaster Kan that the Israeli military was in control of 75 percent of the Philadelphi Corridor, a buffer zone between Gaza and Egypt.

Eisenkot: Gaza military operations will continue for years

Israeli Army Radio has quoted war cabinet minister Gadi Eisenkot as saying that it will take “three to five years for a significant stabilisation” in the Gaza Strip, and then “many more” to form a new government there.

“Whoever says that we will disband a few battalions in Rafah and then return the abductees is sowing a false illusion – this is a much more complex event”, Eisenkot was quoted as saying.

World Council of Churches condemns Israel’s conduct in Gaza

The Rev Jerry Pillay, secretary-general of the group that represents 352 churches worldwide, says it “condemns all violations of international humanitarian law and norms related to the protection of civilians by Israeli forces”.

In a statement, Pillay called for “an immediate cessation of this deadly violence” in Gaza and appealed for an end to “attacks on civilians and to urgently stop the escalation of the conflict”.

“Strikes that kill civilians – especially innocent children – can never provide a path to sustainable peace or justice, but rather perpetuate the cycle of violence,” he added while calling for an immediate ceasefire.

Analysis shows Gaza is shrinking due to Israeli buffer zone

An analysis conducted by Sanad, Al Jazeera’s fact-checking unit, found that the area of the Gaza Strip has shrunk by nearly 32 percent due to a buffer zone that the Israeli army is creating around the perimeter of the territory.

The Israeli army expanded the areas of the buffer zone to be established on the country’s border with the Gaza Strip, while continuing to blow up and demolish residential neighbourhoods near the border, the effects of which were monitored until this month.

The results of the analysis and monitoring of the destroyed areas via satellite images show the erosion of the total area of the Gaza Strip by approximately 120sq km (about 46sq miles).

Students arrested as Israeli forces storm school near Nablus

Local Palestinian sources are reporting that soldiers have raided a school in the occupied West Bank town of Sarra, west of the city of Nablus, and arrested four students.

The students’ names were given as Majid Muhammad Majid Asthma, Asim Zidane Tawfiq Ghanem, Yacoub Mahmoud Yacoub Ghanem and Moatasem Ali Mahmoud Turabi.



>Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reports that Tehran has provided Yemen’s Houthis with Ghadr, a type of sea-launched medium-range ballistic missile.
That seems like a pretty big fuck-you, is this retaliation for something ?


Israeli military says two killed in car ramming near Nablus

The vehicle attack occurred near an illegal Israeli settlement outside of the occupied West Bank city.

The military later told the AFP news agency that “two Israeli citizens were killed”. A manhunt is under way after the attacker escaped the scene.

Syria state news agency says child killed in ‘Israeli aggression’

Syrian Arab New Agency (SANA) said Israel attacks targeted a site in the country’s central region and a residential building in the Mediterranean coastal city of Baniyas.

One girl was killed in Baniyas and 10 others were injured, according to SANA. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group, also reported the death.

It said Israel had attacked Syrian territory at least 42 times since the beginning of the year.

US destroys two missile launchers in Houthi-controlled Yemen

The strikes took place at 8:40pm local time (17:40 GMT) on Tuesday, according to US Central Command.

Earlier today, US forces also “successfully destroyed two uncrewed aerial systems [UAS] over the Red Sea launched from a Houthi-controlled area of Yemen”, CENTCOM said.

Houthis claim downing of US Reaper drone

Another US MQ-9 Reaper drone has gone down in Yemen as the Houthi rebels continue attacks on shipping in the Red Sea over Israel’s war on Gaza.

The Houthis downed the American drone in Yemen’s southeastern province of Maareb, the group’s military spokesman Yahya Sarea said in a televised speech.

It’s the third such unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) downed in Yemen this month. Sarea said the drone “is the sixth UAV that has been shot down so far”.

Images published online and analyzed by The Associated Press showed the MQ-9 on its belly in the desert, its tail assembly disconnected from their rest of its body.

At least one hatch on the drone appeared to have been opened after it landed there although the drone remained broadly intact without any clear blast damage. One image included Wednesday’s date. The drone did not appear to carry any markings on it.

Canadian lawyers, professors urge Trudeau to enforce possible ICC arrest warrants

Hundreds of lawyers, professors, civil society leaders and former diplomats are urging Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to commit to enforcing any arrest warrants that may be issued by the International Criminal Court.

The ICC’s chief prosecutor last week requested arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, as well as three senior Hamas leaders, on war crimes allegations.

In their letter to Trudeau, the experts asked the prime minister “to issue a public statement unequivocally affirming the prosecutorial and judicial independence of the Court as the investigations and proceedings advance in the situation in Palestine”.

That should include, they said, “a clear statement that any arrest warrants issued by the Court against leaders of the Israeli government and senior Hamas officials will be enforced should any suspects arrive on Canadian territory”.

Two paramedics killed in Israeli bombing of ambulance in Rafah: PRCS

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has now confirmed that two paramedics were killed in the attack in Rafah’s Tal as-Sultan area.

The PRCS said Israeli forces carried out a “direct bombing” of the ambulance, killing paramedics Haitham Tubasi and Suhail Hassouna.

Israel claims ‘operational control’ of Philadelphi Corridor

The Israeli military has claimed “operational control” of the Philadelphi Corridor, which separates Gaza from Egypt.

Gaza war could spark Middle East conflagration: UN envoy

Tor Wennesland told the UN Security Council the occupied West Bank “remains a pressure cooker of negative trends,” and there are continuing exchanges of fire between Israel and Hezbollah, as well as between Syria and Israel around the Golan Heights.

The risk of “a regional conflagration” is mounting every day as the seven-month war on Gaza continues, the UN’s Middle East envoy warned.

“In addition to the deeply concerning escalation between Israel and Iran witnessed last month, aerial attacks toward Israel from militants in the region and Houthi attacks against international shipping in the Red Sea persisted. This is a combustible mix.”

Wennesland said nearly two million Palestinians in Gaza have been displaced, many of them multiple times, and some 100,000 Israelis have been displaced in the country’s north and south.

“Agreement on a deal to achieve a ceasefire and secure the release of hostages is blocked, and as Israel rolls out a significant ground operation in and around Rafah the devastation is only intensifying. This trajectory must change if we are to avoid further catastrophe.”

UN says aid to Gaza has dropped 67 percent since Israel’s Rafah attack began

Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN chief, says the decline has occurred since May 7, citing numbers from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Police use tear gas at pro-Palestine protest in Paris

Video posted on social media shows police in riot gear pushing into protesters.

The clashes came as protesters marched down the Rue de la Pepiniere in the northwest of the city.

Protesters had also taken to the streets of Paris yesterday in response to the recent Israeli attack on Rafah that killed civilians.

Demonstrators demanding return of captives block road in Tel Aviv

Israeli media reports and social media posts show the crowd of people entering blocking a highway, demanding progress from the Israeli government on a deal with Hamas to bring back Israeli captives held in Gaza.

Negotiations have been stalled for months as Hamas and Israeli officials trade blame for a deal failing to materialise. Israeli media reports said that talks were to begin again in Cairo today, however, a Hamas official said that “we do not need new negotiations,” adding that the group has already agreed to a ceasefire proposal that Israel rejected.

The footage shows protesters blocking a road and holding up a huge banner that reads: “Kidnapped alive are left to die”.


More US lawmakers urge Biden to end support for Israel’s Gaza war

US President Joe Biden faces growing pressure domestically, including from members of his own Democratic Party, to stop providing unconditional backing for Israel as the country launches deadly attacks on Rafah and other parts of Gaza.

Democratic Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman is the latest to join a chorus of calls from Congress members to end US support for Israel’s war.

“We are way past the red line,” she said on X. “We cannot continue supporting this. Nobody is safer because of this.”

EU’s foreign policy chief assures UNRWA head of full support

Josep Borrell says on X that he met today with Philippe Lazzarini of the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA), assuring him of the EU’s continued financial support to the agency, which was hit hard after donor states suspended funding to it earlier this year when Israel accused several of its staff members of participating in the October 7 Hamas attacks on Israel.

Brazil withdraws ambassador to Israel over war on Gaza

Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva withdrew the country’s ambassador to Israel in the latest back-and-forth over the war on Gaza.

The move was announced in Brazil’s official gazette, although Israel’s foreign ministry said no official message has yet been received, according to The Associated Press.

Lula earlier this year compared Israel’s war to the Holocaust. In response, Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz summoned Brazil’s envoy for a public reprimand at the national Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.

More than 30 countries call for greater scrutiny of Israel’s role in destroying Gaza health system

The countries are backing a proposal at the World Health Organization’s annual assembly in Geneva that would require the agency to boost documentation of the “catastrophic humanitarian crisis” in Gaza and possible “starvation”, according to the Reuters news agency.

They also condemned ongoing Israeli attacks on hospitals in Gaza and appealed for more scrutiny of Israel’s role in the enclave’s health crisis. The WHO has recorded hundreds of attacks on health facilities in the occupied Palestinian territory since the beginning of the conflict began, but does not attribute blame.

Palestinian Ambassador Ibrahim Khraishi urged countries to support the motion, saying: “We cannot allow Israel to destroy everything, to destroy health care facilities and to allow this to happen.”

A vote on the proposal is expected later today.

World Central Kitchen stops work in Rafah after Israeli attacks

The World Central Kitchen charity halted its food-distribution operations in Gaza’s southern city of Rafah because of attacks in the area.

“In the face of Israeli operations in Rafah, countless families are being forced to flee once again,” the US-based charity said on X. “Ongoing attacks have forced us to pause work at our main kitchen in Rafah and relocate many of our community kitchens further north.”

The charity recently resumed its work in Gaza after suspending operations in April following the killing of seven of its workers in three air strikes by an Israeli drone. The deaths of an Australian, three Britons, a North American, a Palestinian and a Pole triggered global outrage over Israel’s military operations.



UK’s Labour blocks politician from elections for liking tweet critical of Israel

Faiza Shaheen said the Labour Party has blocked her from standing in the upcoming elections in the United Kingdom, over a series of posts she liked on X, including ones that were critical of Israel and detailed her own experiences of Islamophobia.

The tweet on Israel referenced a sketch by the American comedian Jon Stewart and said:

“Every time you say something even mildly critical of Israel, you’re immediately assailed by scores of hysterical people who explain to you why you’re completely wrong, how you’re biased against Israel. Moreover, you can’t easily ignore them because those are not just random people. They tend to be friends or people who move in the same circles as you. Those people are mobilised by professional organisations.”

Shaheen told BBC Newsnight that she does not remember liking the post, and said she was told the line about professional organisations plays into anti-Semitic tropes.

Shaheen, a former Labour candidate in the north London constituency of Chingford & Woodford Green, said she was still in a state of shock over the Labour Party’s move.

Fire breaks out at Ramallah market amid Israeli raids

Emergency workers in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah extinguished a fire at a central vegetable market caused by Israeli munitions, according to Al Jazeera Arabic and the Wafa news agency.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Wafa also reported clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the city, with soldiers firing live bullets, stun grenades and tear gas.

At least one Palestinian was wounded by the live fire, the news agency said.

The Israeli attack on Ramallah was part of a wave of military night raids across the occupied West Bank, according to Wafa.


Israel killed 66 Palestinians in four days of attacks on Rafah ‘safe zones’, aid group says

Save the Children said the attacks come less than a week after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Israel to immediately halt its offensive in Rafah.

The aid group said the 66 victims included many children and women and called for urgent action to protect civilians in Rafah and across the Gaza Strip.

“What more evidence do leaders need to show there is absolutely nowhere safe for children and families in Gaza?” said Xavier Joubert, Save the Children’s country director in the occupied Palestinian territory.

“They are permanently, constantly, fleeing for their lives, from one danger zone to another. And they’re not fleeing randomly – they’re going to the areas that Israel directed them to go to ‘for their own safety’. Then they are being attacked,” Joubert said.

Xi reiterates Chinese support for Palestine UN membership, commits $3m to UNRWA

President Xi Jinping has signalled China’s desire for closer ties with the Arab world in a speech to the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum in Beijing.

Speaking a little earlier today, Xi addressed Bahrain, Egypt, the UAE and Tunisia’s heads of state, as well as foreign ministers from other Arab League nations.

Among other proposals were several pledges to the Palestinian cause, including a donation of $3m to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) and a promise of Chinese support in the reconstruction of Gaza, the Reuters news agency reports.

Xi also reiterated Chinese backing for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and full membership of the United Nations. He added that Israel’s war on Gaza cannot continue indefinitely and the “two-state solution” cannot be wavered.

Belgian police crackdown on pro-Palestine protest in front of Israel’s embassy

Police in Belgium have fired tear gas and water cannon for a second day to disperse a pro-Palestine protest in front of the Israeli embassy in the country’s capital, Brussels, according to videos posted online.

The live footage, broadcast by the European Palestinian Media Centre (EPMC) and verified by Al Jazeera’s Sanad agency, showed dozens of young people chanting “Intifada” as police in riot gear blocked their path towards the Israeli diplomatic mission.

Over 50 UN experts demand sanctions, arms embargo on Israel

The group of experts issued the call for “decisive international action” after expressing outrage at the Israeli attack that killed at least 45 Palestinians sheltering in a makeshift tent camp in Rafah.

“Harrowing images of destruction, displacement and death have emerged from Rafah, including infants torn apart and people burnt alive,” the UN experts said.

“Reports emerging from the ground indicate that the strikes were indiscriminate and disproportionate, with people trapped inside burning plastic tents, leading to a horrific casualty toll.”

These “barbaric” attacks constitute a grave breach of the laws of war, the experts said, expressing deep frustration at the international community’s failure to stop Israel’s assault on Gaza.

The experts called for an independent probe into the attack on Rafah, as well as immediate sanctions and an arms embargo against Israel.

“The agony of Gaza’s people must end now,” they said.

UNRWA instructed to vacate Jerusalem premises within 30 days: Report

The Israel Land Authority has instructed the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) to vacate its headquarters in the Ma’alot Dafna area of occupied East Jerusalem within 30 days, the Times of Israel reports.

The eviction order follows a request from Israel’s Housing Minister Yitzhak Goldknopf to remove UNRWA from any Israeli-controlled land it is occupying, as pressure from Israeli authorities mounts on the UN agency.

In a letter to UNRWA, the Israel Land Authority also claimed that the UN agency owes them 27,125,280 shekels (about $7.3m) for operating on Israeli land without permission for seven years.

Israel accused several UNRWA staff members of participating in the October 7 attacks in southern Israel – a claim it provided no solid evidence to support and which was dismissed by an independent review of the allegations.

The UNRWA headquarters in Jerusalem has suffered repeated attacks in recent months by Israelis, including arson and vandalism.

US nurse fired for calling Israel’s war on Gaza a genocide during award speech

A Palestinian American nurse in New York City has been fired after calling Israel’s war on Gaza a “genocide”.

Hesen Jabr made the remarks during a speech after she was honoured by NYU Langone Health for her compassion in caring for mothers who had lost babies.

Jabr, who said that Palestinian mothers are experiencing unimaginable loss “during the current genocide in Gaza” in the May 7 speech, was fired when she reported for her next work shift.

She was told by NYU Langone Health officials that she had “‘put others at risk’ and ‘ruined the ceremony’ and ‘offended people’”, according to an Instagram post from Jabr.

An NYU Langone spokesperson said that Jabr had been previously warned about raising the “divisive and charged issue” at work.



My assumption would be they were already doing it, but maybe it's a more recent development, yeah.


Dimitri Lascaris - Lebanese resistance bombards Israel's Metula military base

Nine killed in attack on family home in Beit Hanoon

Our colleagues at Al Jazeera Arabic are reporting yet another Israeli attack on northern Gaza, this one killing at least nine people.

The attack, on a family home in Beit Hanoon, also injured a number of people, according to the report.

Earlier, we reported several strikes in northern Gaza that caused casualties, including one on a home in Shati camp, west of Gaza City, and another on a shelter for displaced Palesitnians.

Israeli minister Smotrich to West Bank cities: ‘We will turn you into ruins’

The far-right Israeli security minister, Bezalel Smotrich, has threatened that Israel will destroy cities and towns in the occupied West Bank in the same way it has in Gaza.

Addressing residents of the Palestinian areas of Tulkarem, Nur Shams, Qalqilya and Shuweika, Smotrich wrote on X: “We will turn you into ruins like in the Gaza Strip if the terror you are perpetrating on the settlements continues.”

As we’ve been reporting, Israeli forces have carried out violent, near daily raids throughout these West Bank areas and others since October 7, regularly storming into homes, rounding up Palestinians en masse and bulldozing roads. During these raids, at least 519 Palestinians have been killed and more than 5,000 injured.

Gantz’s party submits bill to hold early elections in Israel: Report

Israeli news outlet Haaretz has just reported that the political party founded by Israeli parliament member and former Israeli army general Benny Gantz, has submitted a bill to dissolve the Israeli parliament, called the Knesset, and hold early elections in the country.

Demonstrators in Israel have been packing the streets of major cities calling for just this, saying that the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has mismanaged the Gaza war and not done enough to engage with Hamas on a deal to get Israeli captives held in Gaza home safely.

We will bring you more on this breaking story as information comes in.

Discord brewing within Netanyahu’s war cabinet
Imran Khan
Reporting from Amman, Jordan

Al Jazeera is reporting from outside Israel because it has been banned by the Israeli government.

Within Netanyahu’s war cabinet, there are divisions. Benny Gantz, who is a war minister, and the defence minister, Yoav Gallant, have publicly accused the prime minister of not having a plan for the day after.

Netanyahu has even got senior opposition members convening to try to build another coalition against him and call for early elections. According to a lot of Israeli media reports we’re hearing, Gantz is interested in at least hearing them out. If Gantz leaves [Netanyahu’s coalition], that could well mean the end of the coalition and early elections.

However, the prime minister does have a secret weapon – that is the openly racist far-right ministers Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir, who continue to support him. As long as that happens, he [Netanyahu] does remain in power.

Death of Israeli soldiers a growing ‘political problem’ for Netanyahu
Imran Khan
Reporting from Amman, Jordan

Al Jazeera is reporting from outside Israel because it has been banned by the Israeli government.

According to an initial Israeli army investigation, the two Israeli soldiers [who were killed earlier in a car ramming near Nablus] were examining another car when the perpetrator rammed his car into them. Soldiers nearby did not open fire, which is standard practice for Israeli soldiers in that situation because they simply didn’t know what was happening, according to the Israeli army. That allowed the attacker to get away.

According to security sources speaking to Israeli media, the man handed himself into Palestinian authorities Wednesday night, but the Palestinian Authority (PA) haven’t handed him over to the Israelis.

In the northern Gaza Strip, another soldier was killed. That brings the total number of Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza since October 7 to about 640. Just over 3,300 have been injured. Each one of those represents a very big political problem for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that political problem is getting bigger.

Gaza sea aid route from Cyprus will be kept offshore until pier fixed: Cypriot official

According to a Cypriot government official, humanitarian aid for Gaza is continuing to depart Cyprus by sea and will be kept in floating storage off the enclave until a US-built military pier undergoes repairs.

As we reported earlier, the US military has announced that the jetty it anchored off Gaza’s coast to receive aid by sea was being temporarily removed after part of the structure broke off two weeks after it started operating.

Pro-Palestinian protests outside Canadian security conference

Pro-Palestinian protesters have blocked roads in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, over the city’s hosting of the CANSEC exhibition, where representatives from the Israeli army are reported to be in attendance.

Footage shared on social media and verified by Al Jazeera shows large numbers of participants blocking roads leading to the exhibition.

Some protesters lay on the ground in clothes stained with symbolic blood, others held banners denouncing Canada’s support of Israel.

CANSEC’s website says the event “showcases leading-edge technology, products and services for land-based, naval, aerospace and joint forces military units”.

#Never Biden: What’s the campaign against the US approach to Israel about?
Dwayne Oxford

In the run-up to the 2016 United States presidential election, a set of mainstream Republicans worried about the rise of Donald Trump kicked off what came to be known as the “Never Trump” movement.

In essence, they were making clear that they were so fundamentally opposed to what Trump – a property baron-turned-TV personality – stood for, that they would never vote for him.

Now, a new “Never Biden” movement is starting to erupt in the US as the country heads towards the 2024 election, shaped in good measure by President Joe Biden’s response to Israel’s war on Gaza.

On social media, it has taken the form of a hashtag – #NeverBiden. But with some donors signalling unhappiness with Biden’s approach to the war on Gaza, this campaign could have real-world implications for the incumbent president’s bid for re-election at a time when he is already trailing former President Trump in key swing states.



Democracy Now! Analysis from Kenneth Roth on Israel's threats against/spying on the ICC

Qassam Brigades claims attacks in northern Beit Lahiya, southern Rafah

The armed wing of Hamas reported a string of attacks on invading Israeli ground forces across Gaza in the past few hours.

In Rafah, in the south, Qassam Brigades said its fighters hit three Merkava tanks of the Israeli army with Yassin-105 rockets in Yibna, and used mortar rounds to target advancing troops in Tal Zorob.

In Beit Lahiya, in the north, the group claimed two attacks on Israeli tanks using anti-armour shells, and said its fighters “confronted” a helicopter and also fired mortars at soldiers.

Earlier, Hamas said it launched a rocket volley at Kibbutz Nirim in the northwestern Negev desert in Israel.

Slovenian government approves recognition of Palestine, but needs parliament’s approval

Prime Minister Robert Golob says his government has approved a decision to recognise an independent Palestinian state, following in the steps of Spain, Ireland and Norway.

“Today the government has decided to recognise Palestine as an independent and sovereign state,” he said at a news conference in Ljubljana.

The parliament of the European Union member country must also approve the government’s decision in coming days.

Golob also called for the immediate cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and the release of all hostages.

“This is the message of peace,” he said.

Riot police dismantle pro-Palestinian camp at university in Detroit

Police have broken up a pro-Palestinian encampment at Wayne State University in Detroit and arrested at least 12 people after organizers turned down offers to meet with school officials and refused to leave.

Video shows Wayne State and Detroit police in riot gear tearing down fencing and breaking down tents erected on May 23 on green space near the undergraduate library.

The protesters chanted: “There’s no riot here. Why are you in riot gear?”

‘Benny Gantz can declare whatever he wants – it’s quite meaningless’

Gideon Levy, a columnist at Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, says those excited by the push from Gantz’s party for new elections should temper their expectations that Netanyahu is soon on his way out.

He noted Netanyahu’s coalition would still have 64 seats out of 120 if Gantz pulls out over the handling of the war on Gaza.

“I suggest not to get too excited and those who want to see Netanyahu stepping down should wait before opening the champagne bottles because this government without Benny Gantz still has a solid majority,” Levy told Al Jazeera. “Benny Gantz can declare whatever he wants – it’s quite meaningless.”

Levy said he’s not surprised by the cohesion of the coalition because “their careers will be over once the war is over, and they know it.”

“Therefore, we’re doomed to continue with this bloody war. A majority of Israelis support the continuation of the war. A very tiny minority is disturbed by the horrible scenes in Gaza.”

Israel’s Mossad alleges Iran is behind attacks on embassies in Europe

The Israeli spy agency says in a rare statement that Iran is behind attacks on Israeli embassies in Europe as the fallout of the war on Gaza continues to expand.

It referenced two criminal groups called Foxtrot and Rumba, which are allegedly funded and used by Iran, accusing them of being “directly responsible for violent activity and promotion of terrorism in Sweden and throughout Europe”.



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>Kenneth Roth on Israel's threats against/spying on the ICC


PIJ releases video of captive held in Gaza

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) has released a roughly three-minute video that shows Israeli-Russian captive Alexander Trufanov criticising Israeli officials for failing to bring back those still held in Gaza.

Sitting on a chair in front of a green screen, he can be seen saying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others prefer to bring back the captives as “corpses” as this option would be easier than striking an exchange agreement.

Trufanov also briefly refers to the closure of Al Jazeera offices inside Israel, indicating that the footage was filmed within the last month.

The PIJ had earlier this week released a shorter version of the clip. Palestinian groups have released many such videos since the start of the war to pressure Israel into agreeing to a ceasefire and prisoner exchange agreement.

Hamas informs mediators of readiness to reach ‘full agreement’ with Israel

“We informed the mediators today of our clear position that if the occupation stops its war and aggression against our people in Gaza, we are ready to reach a full agreement that includes a comprehensive exchange deal”, a statement from the group, published on its Telegram channel, reads.

Hamas has long maintained that Israel ending its war on the Gaza Strip is a necessary condition for any further negotiation on an exchange of Israeli captives held in Gaza for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

“We showed flexibility and positivity with the efforts of the mediators over the previous rounds of negotiations, leading to the announcement of the approval of the mediators’ proposal on May 6,” the statement continues, referring to when, earlier this month, Hamas announced that it had agreed to a ceasefire proposal put forward by mediators Qatar and Egypt.

Israel promptly rejected this advance from Hamas, and then on May 7 began its long-feared offensive on the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

Israel “responded to our positive position by invading the city of Rafah and occupying the crossing, and provided remarks leading to the disruption of the mediators’ efforts”, Hamas alleges in its statement.

Iran-aligned Iraq group claims drone attack on Israel

The Saraya Awliya al-Dam, a Shia military group that is part of the Islamic Resistance in Iraq umbrella group of US and Israel-opposed factions, has released a video in which it claims an attack on Israel.

Masked fighters can be seen in the video moving through underground facilities and preparing drones that the group claimed were launched at “two vital targets in the port of Haifa” in the early hours of Thursday.

The fighters can be seen trampling a flag of Israel as they enter the tunnels, and assemble the drones in a room where pictures of Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and late Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi are on the wall.

This appears to be the first operation against Israel during the war on Gaza claimed by Saraya Awliya al-Dam – or the Guardians of Blood Brigades.

UNRWA has ‘not received’ letter from Israel to vacate East Jerusalem

A UN spokesperson says a letter allegedly sent by Israel to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees to vacate its headquarters in occupied East Jerusalem has yet to be received.

“Well, we’ve seen the media reports. I spoke to my colleagues at UNRWA who have not received anything, any official written communication. And I can tell you that they see this as the ongoing pattern of harassment of UNRWA, its workers and its facilities,” Stephane Dujarric told reporters.

He said nothing has been received “as of a half an hour ago”. His remarks came after the Israel Land Authority ordered UNRWA to evacuate its headquarters within 30 days.

According to The Times of Israel, the authority said the UN agency owes it “$7,326,711.19 for operating on land belonging to Israel without consent for the last seven years”.



Casualties after US, UK militaries launch 13 attacks on Yemen

The US military confirmed 13 air strikes on “Iranian-backed Houthi terrorist-controlled areas of Yemen in self-defence”.

CENTCOM said combined forces destroyed eight drones the Houthis were potentially preparing for attacks on ships in the Red Sea in a stated effort to oppose Israel’s war on Gaza.

The Houthis remained defiant stating earlier they will continue and strengthen military operations against Western cargo vessels.

Local news reports indicated the strikes hit areas in the capital Sanaa and the Hodeidah governorate. Two people were killed and 10 wounded.

Palestinians hurl stones at attacking Israeli vehicles in West Bank

Video shows one of the many raids Israeli forces carried out in the occupied West Bank with this one taking place in the southern region.


‘Unrelenting nightmare’: 18,500 pregnant women flee Israeli attacks on Rafah

The United Nations Population Fund says about 18,500 pregnant Palestinian women are among hundreds of thousands of Palestinians forced to flee the expanding Israeli military invasion of Rafah in southern Gaza.

“They’re exhausted, traumatised, dehydrated and malnourished,” the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency said.

More on recent state department official quitting in protest of US’s Gaza policy

Stacy Gilbert, a US State Department official with more than 20 years of experience around the world, quit her position in protest of the Biden administration’s “patently, demonstrably, quantifiably false” claim that Israel is not deliberately blocking humanitarian aid from Gaza.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Gilbert said a report on Israeli conduct in Gaza released by the State Department earlier this month “is not informed by reality or context or the informed opinions of subject matter experts”.

That report found Israel has likely used US-provided weapons in a manner “inconsistent” with international law in Gaza and stopped short of identifying violations that would put an end to ongoing military aid.

Hezbollah claims attack on Israeli soldiers, confirms fighters killed

Hezbollah said it carried out six attacks with the final strike targeting a building used by Israeli soldiers near al-Manara.

The armed Lebanese group also reported two more of its fighters were killed in border clashes with Israeli forces in the town of Hula in southern Lebanon.

Israeli attacks have killed more than 350 people in Lebanon, mostly fighters with Hezbollah and allied groups. In Israel, attacks from Lebanon have killed at least 10 civilians and 12 soldiers.

Palestinians arrested as Israeli police disperse protesters in Haifa

Israeli police forcibly broke up a protest against the war on Gaza in the city of Haifa.

Multiple Palestinians were arrested and put into police vehicles.

A reporter with Israeli newspaper Haaretz at the scene filmed herself confronting a police officer who violently arrested a demonstrator, with the officer trying to slap the phone out of her hand.

Israeli forces directly hit paramedics, prevented rescue: PRCS

A paramedic with the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) described how the Israeli military targeted and killed two colleagues in Rafah.

He said emergency responders found one of their ambulances on fire when they arrived at the scene to help PRCS members Haitham Tubasi and Suhail Hassouna, who were killed.

“My colleague and I attempted to extinguish the fire, but we were heavily targeted by the shooting of the occupation. Given the gravity of the situation, we were forced to withdraw from the area.”

Paramedics eventually managed to recover the charred bodies of their colleagues after several hours.

Israeli Knesset vote to label UNRWA a ‘terrorist’ group is ‘outrageous’: MSF

The medical charity denounced Israeli lawmakers after voting for a bill to designate the UN agency for Palestinian refugees as a “terrorist organisation”.

“The Israeli Knesset’s preliminary bill to designate UNRWA as a terrorist organisation is an outrageous attack on humanitarian assistance, and an act of collective punishment against the Palestinian people,” said Christopher Lockyear, secretary general of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) International.

He called the move “the culmination of the continuous, systematic obstruction of vital humanitarian aid, including into the Strip, effectively choking Gaza”.

“Israel’s allies, which are all members of the United Nations, must stand against this move to criminalise humanitarian assistance and ensure that UNRWA can continue its essential work,” Lockyear said.

Israeli forces, settlers carry out raids across the occupied West Bank

The Ministry of Health says a 20-year-old Palestinian man died of wounds sustained by an Israeli bullet to the chest during an incursion into the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank that also left five others injured.

In a Bedouin community northwest of the West Bank city of Jericho, a local source was cited as saying by the Wafa news agency that Israeli settlers descended in vehicles to intimidate Palestinians for the second time in the past 24 hours.

Wafa also spoke to local sources west of the city of Nablus, who said a group of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles with stones, damaging several cars.

In the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of al-Issawiya, Israeli authorities reportedly forced a Palestinian to demolish his own home and displace his family of nine, claiming he lacked a permit to live there.

He was forced to carry out the demolition himself since Israeli authorities charge exorbitant fees if the municipality razes the structure, Wafa reported.

Sever trade: Houthi leader urges stronger Arab opposition to Israel

During his speech earlier – when Abdel-Malik al-Houthi promised to expand military operations to oppose the war on Gaza – the leader of the Iran-aligned group in Yemen also commented on Israel’s seizure of the Philadelphi Corridor.

The Houthi leader said Israel is committing “serious violations and posing a threat to Egyptian national security”, calling on Cairo to take more practical steps such as cutting diplomatic relations and trade with Israel.

“Egyptian ships that deliver goods to the Israeli enemy are still ahead of many countries, and this should not be.”

He also criticised unnamed Arab leaders from across the region, who, according to al-Houthi, pair any condemnation of Israel with words to appease the US.

“Palestine is the first trench and the battle the Palestinian people are facing is a battle for the entire Muslim nation.”

MSF closes another care facility, blames Israeli attacks

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says that it has been “forced” to close another primary care facility in Gaza, this one in the al-Mawasi area, blaming Israel’s offensive on the southern city of Rafah.

“This is the second health facility we have been forced to close this week and another step in Israel’s systematic dismantling of Gaza’s health system. Since February, we have treated over 33,000 patients at the health centre,” MSF announced in a post on X.



Gaza’s death toll rises

At least 36,284 Palestinians have been killed and 82,057 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7, its Health Ministry says.

The ministry added that 60 people were killed and 280 injured in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

Houthis claim missile attack on US carrier in Red Sea

The missile attack targeted the Eisenhower aircraft carrier, which is currently deployed in the Red Sea, said Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree in a televised statement.

The strike is retaliation to a series of joint US-UK strikes in three Yemeni provinces that killed at least 16 people, according to Saree.

We’ll bring you more information on the Red Sea attack as we have it.

Death toll rises from US-UK attack in Yemen: Report

The death toll from joint US-UK strikes in Yemen has risen to 16, with at least 35 wounded, according to the Houthi-affiliated Al-Masirah TV.

The strikes hit areas in Sanaa, Hodeidah and Taiz, including a building housing Hodeidah Radio, killing civilians, according to the media report.

Unnamed US officials told The Associated Press that the attacks targeted Houthi military sites, including missile launchers and command and control sites. An earlier statement by the UK’s defence ministry said the attacks were carefully designed to “minimise any risk to civilians”.

In a post on X, senior Houthi official Mohammed Abdulsalam, said the attacks amounted to “brutal aggression on Yemen”, which he said was “punishment” for their support of Palestinians in Gaza.

Israeli attack in southern Lebanon kills medic: Report

Lebanon’s National News Agency is reporting a “hostile” attack in Lebanon’s southern city of Naquora, in conjunction with air raids.

Hezbollah-linked rescuers said Israel was behind the attack which hit an ambulance, killing one medic and wounding another.

The attack comes after several drones fired from Lebanon hit the Golan Heights earlier today, causing no injuries, according to Israel’s military.

After Israeli pullback in northern Gaza, dead bodies stream into Kamal Adwan Hospital

I’m in front of Kamal Adwan Hospital, which has received dozens of dead bodies from Beit Lahiya, Tall az-Zaatar, and Sheikh Zayed.

The amount of destruction is huge, as Israeli forces destroyed all the infrastructure and sewage facilities.

Civilians are trying to reach their houses in order to find anything that is useful and civil defence crews are trying to get to the neighbourhoods in order to recover more dead bodies, but they are struggling because Israeli forces destroyed all the streets and all the infrastructure.

Sirens blare as drones fired towards northern Israel

Several explosive drones have hit the Golan Heights, after air sirens went off in the area, according to the Israeli military.

The drones, which crossed from Lebanon, landed in the Zaura area without causing injuries, said the military, adding that it is “reviewing the incident”.

The drone strikes came after an earlier projectile launched from Lebanon hit Israel’s northern Metula area, also causing no casualties, reports The Times of Israel.

Israel and Lebanese group Hezbollah have been waging regular cross-border attacks during the war, keeping border communities in each country on high alert.

People killed while sheltering in UN facilities: UNRWA

The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) agency says it has received “horrific reports” from UNRWA facilities in Jabalia, northern Gaza.

“Displaced people, including children, reportedly killed and injured sheltering in our school, besieged by [Israeli] tanks. Tents of people sheltering at our school reportedly set on fire by [the Israeli military],” the agency said in a post on X.

UNRWA also said it received reports of its office being hit and destroyed in air raids, as well bulldozed by Israeli forces.

Jabalia resident: Israeli forces ‘are testing missiles on us’

As we’ve been reporting, the Jabalia refugee camp in the north of the Gaza Strip has been largely reduced to rubble after a 20-day Israeli military incursion had been fiercely resisted by Palestinian armed groups.

Residents of Jabalia, now returning to the area after Israeli forces partially withdrew on Thursday, say the level of destruction is overwhelming, with homes and public buildings decimated and decomposing bodies left in the rubble-strewn streets to be eaten by stray animals.

“Look at the scale of destruction in Jabalia. The Israelis have destroyed us. They are actually testing their missiles on us,” one resident returning to the city told Al Jazeera.

Hamas fighters remain in Jabalia after weeks of ‘most intense’ battles of war: Monitors

One of three Israeli brigades is reported to have remained – possibly in northern and eastern parts of Jabalia – after Israel’s forces withdrew from other areas of the refugee camp in the north of the Gaza Strip on Thursday, war monitors said.

In their latest Gaza battlefield update, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and the Critical Threats Project (CTP) said Palestinian fighters continued to launch attacks on Israeli forces on Thursday amid the Jabalia withdrawal.

In what was described as some of the “most intense” fighting of the war to date, three Hamas battalions mounted a sustained defence of Jabalia in the face of a massive Israeli incursion which began on May 11.

“Hamas and other Palestinian militias will almost certainly resume their efforts to reconstitute in Jabalia as Israeli forces withdraw. There are remaining pockets around Jabalia that Israeli forces have not cleared,” the ISW and CTP said in their joint report.

“Hamas will capitalize on these remaining forces to rebuild their capabilities and networks in and around Jabalia,” the monitors said, adding that US and Israeli officials are concerned that “Hamas will survive in the Gaza Strip without a post-war plan that involves an alternative to Hamas rule”.

Egypt denies agreement with Israel to reopen Rafah border crossing: Report

An Egyptian official has denied that an agreement was reached with Israel to reopen the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip, Egyptian TV has reported.

Quoting a high-level source, Egypt’s state-affiliated al-Qahera News TV said on Friday that “there is no truth” in media reports about an Egyptian-Israeli agreement to reopen the vital crossing to Gaza – the Palestinian side of which was taken over by the Israeli military earlier this month.

“Egypt insists on a full Israeli withdrawal from the crossing as a condition to resume its work,” the source told the channel, according to Germany’s DPA news agency.

Since the capture of the Rafah border crossing by Israeli tanks, Egypt had indicated it would not coordinate aid transports through Rafah until Israeli forces withdrew and returned control of the frontier to Palestinian authorities.

Egypt was the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979.

But, Israel’s war on Gaza has fuelled anti-Israeli sentiment in Egypt and ties are strained amid fears in Cairo that Israel wants to trigger a mass exodus of desperate Palestinians from Gaza into Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

Israel will not be present at France’s annual Eurosatory arms fair

Israel will not have a stand present at this year’s annual Eurosatory arms and defence industry exhibition in France, said a spokesperson for the organisers, confirming earlier media reports.

“Following a decision by government authorities, there will not be an Israeli stand at the Eurosatory 2024 salon,” said the spokesperson via email.

“No further information will be given on this,” added the spokesperson.

Israel will ‘strictly enforce’ restrictions on Spain’s Jerusalem consulate

Israel has doubled down on planned restrictions to Spain’s Jerusalem consulate, saying they will be “strictly enforced” due to Madrid’s recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Earlier today, Spain’s foreign minister said it had sent a note to Israel rejecting the restrictions, which include a halt to consular services to Palestinians, and requested they be reversed.

But Israel will go ahead with the policy and may totally shutter Spain’s consulate if it commits “violations”, Israeli FM Israel Katz said in a post on X.

“Any connection between the Spanish consulate in Jerusalem and individuals in the Palestinian Authority poses a threat to Israel’s national security and will be completely prohibited,” said Katz.

Families of captives held in Gaza say Israeli gov’t has ‘abandoned’ them

The Hostages and Missing Families Forum, a body made up of relatives of Israeli captives in Gaza, has accused Israel’s government of “abandoning” them, saying officials are more invested in a drawn-out war than in bringing home their loved ones.

“The captives, and the entire State of Israel, have been taken hostage by those who choose political interests over their national duties,” the group said in a statement published in The Times of Israel.

The group said the government has neglected “a fundamental moral principle according to which Israel will never leave anyone behind, and prefer to continue the fighting over achieving the main goal of freeing the hostages”.

The statement comes after a fraught meeting between the captives’ families and Israeli officials on Thursday during which Israel’s National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi said the government would not end its war on Gaza in return for securing the release of all the captives.

Hanegbi also lashed out at a family member of a captive after she criticised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying she has “no place to hate and hurt like that”, according to Israel’s Haaretz newspaper.



>The United Nations Population Fund says about 18,500 pregnant Palestinian women are among hundreds of thousands of Palestinians forced to flee the expanding Israeli military invasion of Rafah in southern Gaza.
>“They’re exhausted, traumatised, dehydrated and malnourished,” the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency said.
Imagine the planet earth as a space ship like in science fiction, imagine it to have life-support systems. In order for it to function properly we may need to shove the people who fuck with it out of the airlock, or find some way to make the life-support systems invulnerable to such fuckery

>Israeli Knesset vote to label UNRWA a ‘terrorist’ group

>The medical charity denounced Israeli lawmakers after voting for a bill to designate the UN agency as a “terrorist organisation”.
If the UN is now a terrorist group, that label has lost all meaning.


Large crowds march in Yemen after deadly US, UK air strikes

In Yemen’s Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, many people protested as part of weekly demonstrations to express solidarity with Palestinians.

The latest march comes after US and UK air strikes last night killed 16 people and wounded another 35, according to Houthi media.

Translation: Crowds chant during the million-man protest in Sabeen Square in the capital Sanaa, in the march “With Gaza … escalation, regardless of the challenges.”

Police arrest 80 at UC Santa Cruz, break up encampment

University of California Santa Cruz says about 80 people demonstrating against the war on Gaza were arrested on campus as police officers in riot gear broke up their encampment and barricades.

“For weeks, encampment participants were given repeated, clear direction to remove the encampment and cease blocking access to numerous campus resources and to the campus itself,” spokesman Scott Hernandez-Jason said.

Graduate student workers at UC Santa Cruz continued a strike that began last week over the university’s treatment of the antiwar protesters, with their union saying it will expand to three more campuses next week.

At least 3,117 people have been arrested on US campuses of 63 colleges and universities in at least 84 incidents since April 18, according to The Associated Press news agency.

‘Massive destruction’: Israeli army destroyed UN shelters in Jabalia

The Israeli military engaged in wide-scale destruction of infrastructure in Jabalia during its three-week siege in northern Gaza, according to the Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor.

“In addition to the crimes of premeditated killings, arbitrary arrests, and targeting of civilians, the Israeli military operation in Jabalia has resulted in massive destruction,” the Geneva-based group said in a report.

“The attacks have destroyed entire residential blocks and impacted hundreds of homes and buildings in the camp, including shelter centres, UNRWA-affiliated medical and food centres, and UNRWA-funded water wells,” it said, referring to the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees.

“A field inspection of the conditions in the Jabalia camp after the Israeli withdrawal revealed that not a single residential building was spared from bombing, bulldozing, or burning operations.”

Hezbollah’s Nasrallah hits back at Israeli border mobilisation

The Israeli military earlier this week held exercises near the border with Lebanon to simulate attacks “deep inside” Lebanese soil.

In a speech, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said an operation carried out by fighters from the group on Tuesday was a direct response to the Israeli threats.

During one of its largest attacks on the Ramia military base along the border since the start of the war, Hezbollah said it sent its fighters “metres away” from the base.

“If our fighters wanted to go to the Ramia site, they would have done so and if they wanted to enter the site, they would have entered,” said Nasrallah.

A four-minute video documenting the attack showed Hezbollah fighters firing rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank guided missiles, and mortar rounds at the Ramia base.

US Congress invites Israel’s PM Netanyahu to address lawmakers

Democratic and Republican leaders in the US Congress invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver an address within weeks to lawmakers, House Speaker Mike Johnson says.

“We join the state of Israel in your struggle against terror, especially as Hamas continues to hold American and Israeli citizens captive and its leaders jeopardize regional stability,” said an invitation from Johnson signed by all four party leaders in the House and Senate.

Protester chains himself to goalpost delaying Scotland-Israel match

Kickoff in Scotland’s Women’s Euro 2025 qualifier with Israel in Glasgow was delayed after a demonstrator avoided security at Hampden Park and chained himself to a goalpost.

Both Friday’s fixture in Glasgow and the “return” match in Hungary on June 4 are meant to be taking place without any spectators. That decision was taken against the backdrop of the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict.

However, as pro-Palestine protests took place outside Scotland’s national stadium, somebody managed to access the arena and attach themselves to one of the goalposts at Hampden Park with a heavy-looking chain around their neck.

The protester, wearing a “Red Card For Israel” T-shirt, was eventually removed and the match kicked off.

Campaign groups, including Scottish Friends of Palestine, protested outside the stadium as they criticised the Scottish Football Association’s decision to allow the game to go ahead, saying it constituted an attempt to “sportswash” Israel.

‘This is the deal Netanyahu has already said no to’

Omar Baddar, a US-based political analyst, tells Al Jazeera the Gaza truce proposal announced by Biden appears similar to previous ones.

“This is a proposal that was effectively present from day one. Since October to this day, this is effectively the deal that was on the table, and it was Israeli rejectionism that kept us from achieving that deal where there’s an end in the war in exchange for hostages and prisoners,” Baddar said.

“President Biden understands having this war drag well past his election is not going to be something that actually works for him politically. … I think that this is why he’s putting his foot down at this point and placing enormous pressure upon Israel to accept the ceasefire deal.

“He’s presenting it as an Israeli offer, interestingly enough, but I think that’s more of a means to try to put Netanyahu in a spot where it becomes more difficult for him to say no to this. Because we know that this is the deal Netanyahu has already said no to.”

‘Genocide must end,’ American Muslim rights group says after Biden speech

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says it supports the ceasefire proposal detailed by Biden “if he is telling the truth”.

“The genocide and US support for it must end. US military aid for Israel’s occupation must end,” CAIR said in a statement.

“Israeli leaders must be held accountable at the International Criminal Court for the crimes they have committed. Gaza must be rebuilt and the Palestinian people must be able to live in peace and justice in a free and independent state.”

Hamas ready to ‘engage positively’ based on permanent ceasefire

Hamas says it’s ready to “engage positively and constructively with any proposal” based on “a permanent ceasefire”.

“Hamas looks positively on the remarks in US President Joe Biden’s speech today, and his call for a permanent ceasefire, withdrawal of occupation forces from the Gaza Strip, reconstruction and prisoner exchange,” a statement said.

Hamas added it wants the “return of the displaced to their homes throughout Gaza and completing a serious prisoner-exchange deal if the occupation [Israel] explicitly commits to that”.

“We consider this American position and the regional and international convictions of the need to put an end to the war on Gaza to be a result of the legendary steadfastness of our people and their courageous resistance,” it said.

All eyes on Netanyahu’s far-right coalition partners after Biden speech
Sara Khairat
Reporting from Amman, Jordan

Al Jazeera is reporting from outside Israel because it has been banned by the Israeli government.

What’s interesting in this speech is that Joe Biden said this proposal won’t go down well with some people in the current Israeli government.

That’s in reference to those far-right ministers, such as Itamar Ben-Gvir, the national security minister, and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich. They have made it very clear they want to resettle Gaza and stay as long as possible in terms of the war.

When it comes to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he’s also been attacked by the families of those held captive, saying he’s stopping a ceasefire deal for his own political gain and his own political interests to stay in government.

This is a person on trial for corruption from before this coalition government was formed. He needs the likes of Ben-Gvir and Smotrich to be able to stay in power.

EU ‘condemns’ any decision to label UN agency a ‘terrorist’ group

Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell says the bloc is “deeply concerned” about measures being discussed against the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

“We condemn any attempts to label a UN agency as a terrorist organisation,” he said.



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>Imagine the planet earth as a space ship like in science fiction, imagine it to have life-support systems. In order for it to function properly we may need to shove the people who fuck with it out of the airlock, or find some way to make the life-support systems invulnerable to such fuckery

>If the UN is now a terrorist group, that label has lost all meaning.

I'm Hamas! He's Hamas! She's Hamas! We're all Hamas!


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Houthis claim attacks on US navy ships

Yemen’s Houthis say they conducted six operations today, targeting a US aircraft carrier, a destroyer and three vessels in the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, according to statements made by the group’s military spokesperson Yahya Saree.

There has not yet been any confirmation of this attack by the US army’s Central Command, but we will continue to update you on this Houthi claim.

Chile backs South Africa case against Israel at ICJ

Chile will join South Africa’s case against Israel in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Chilean President Gabriel Boric announced during his presidential address.

“I have the obligation to talk about the critical situation in Gaza. We will never stop feeling outraged over the indiscriminate and disproportionate actions against innocent civilians – especially Palestinian women and children – carried out by the Israeli army,” Boric said.

“These acts demand a firm and permanent response from the international community. Besides the humanitarian aid we’ve provided Palestine, recalling our ambassador to Israel for consultations, and along with Mexico submitting a referral of the situation in Palestine to the International Criminal Court, I have decided that Chile will back the case presented by South Africa to the International Court of Justice in the Hague, within the framework of the UN Genocide Convention,” he added.

Mass protests against Netanyahu government again fill streets of Tel Aviv

Thousands of Israelis have again taken to the streets of the Israeli city, putting pressure on the government of Prime Minister Netanyahu to strike a deal with Hamas that will see the release of Israeli captives held in Gaza.

These protests have been occurring every weekend for months, with demonstrators also calling for early elections to replace Netanyahu.

Today, a large banner was carried by some members of the crowd, pleading with US President Joe Biden to “save” the captives from Netanyahu by exerting pressure on him to accept a ceasefire deal.

Violence erupts as Israeli police disperse protestors in Tel Aviv

Local activists broadcast footage showcasing the clashes between demonstrators and police.

Thousands have taken to the streets there to demand an expedited deal to return captives being held in Gaza.


Israeli army bombs deep into Lebanon

A video posted on social media – and verified by Al Jazeera – shows an Israeli attack on the town of Qaled al-Sabaa near the city of Baalbek in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.

This area is about 80km (about 50 miles) from the Israel-Lebanon border.

Israeli Army Radio reports that this air attack took place in retaliation for an Israeli drone being shot down by Hezbollah, the armed Lebanese group and political party, earlier today.


French police crack down on pro-Palestine protest

Social media video shows Paris riot police deploying tear gas against demonstrators calling for an end to Israel’s war on Gaza.

A large crowd had earlier gathered at Place de la Republique in the French capital.


Quds Brigades claim attack on Israeli soldiers in Rafah

The Al-Quds Brigades – the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement – said that it bombed Israeli soldiers and vehicles with a barrage of heavy mortar shells in the vicinity of Tal Zorob, in the west of Rafah.

Israel’s far-right ministers threaten toppling government over ceasefire deal

Israel’s far-right ministers Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich have told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu they will leave his coalition and topple the government if he accepts Biden’s ceasefire proposal, according to Axios’s political reporter, Barak Ravid.

“We will not allow the end of the war without the complete elimination of Hamas. If the prime minister implements the promiscuous deal under the conditions published today, which mean the end of the war and the renouncing of Hamas, Otzma Yehudit will dissolve the government,” Ben-Gvir said in a post on X, referring to his party.

Netanyhu accepts invite to speak at US Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accepted an invitation to address both houses of the US Congress, his office says.

“I am moved by the privilege of representing Israel before both houses of Congress, and of presenting, to the representatives of the American people and the entire world, the truth about our righteous war against those who seek our destruction,” a statement from his office quoted him as saying.

It added that he would become the first foreign leader to make four such appearances there.

The top legislators in the United States issued a formal invitation for Israeli Netanyahu to deliver a speech to Congress in the latest show of support for Israel amid its war on Gaza.

The invite by Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives on Friday came as the International Criminal Court considers issuing an arrest warrant for Netanyahu for alleged war crimes

Sanders says won’t attend Netanyahu speech in US Congress

Jewish US Senator Bernie Sanders, reacting to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s acceptance of an invitation to address both houses of the US Congress, says, “It is a very sad day for our country.”

“Netanyahu is a war criminal. I certainly will not attend,” he adds.



Pro-Palestine book faces censorship calls in South Africa

The South African Board of Jewish Deputies has called for a book on Palestinian history to be banned, saying it is an attempt to “indoctrinate” children.

The illustrated book, titled, “From the River to the Sea”, highlights the history of Palestine, including its multi-ethnic background and the 1948 Nakba, and celebrates key Palestinian figures and culture.

Its writer and publisher, Nathi Ngubane, says he has been bombarded with hate messages over the book, despite simply telling “the story of Palestine and their fight for freedom”.

The South African Jews for a Free Palestine (SAJFP) backed up the book, saying it is an important resource for understanding Palestinian history amid the “ongoing genocide”, and denounced calls for it to be censored.

“It is imperative that parents and educators have tools like this well researched and expertly produced publication to counter the persistent erasure and silencing of Palestinian voices in public discourse,” said the group.

Iran summons Swedish envoy over ‘baseless accusations’

Iran has summoned Sweden’s temporary charge d’affaires after a Swedish official made “baseless and spiteful accusations”, Iran’s Foreign Ministry has said, in a post on X.

The Swedish Security Service said on Thursday that Iran had “targeted representatives of other states, including Israel… with a view to harming Israeli and Jewish interests, targets, and activities in Sweden”, accusations that Iran’s embassy in Stockholm has already denied.

US forces foil missiles attack targeting warship in Red Sea

The US’s CENTCOM said its forces “successfully engaged” two antiship ballistic missiles fired by Yemen’s Houthis at the USS Gravely in the southern Red Sea on Saturday.

CENTCOM said the missiles’ launch did not cause any damage or injuries.

It added that its forces destroyed one Houthi drone in the southern Red Sea and observed two other drones crash into the water.

Hamas yet to receive Biden’s ceasefire proposal

Hamas spokesperson Osama Hamdan welcomed Biden’s proposal as “positive”, but said the group is yet to receive any written documents.

“We have not received anything written, and based on our experience, what is verbally said is not what is usually documented. That is why we are ready to study any documents with all the details. However, what is being broadcast in the media reflects positivity,” he told Al Jazeera.

“We can see that people are conscious that the continuous war and the killing of our people will not make us lose our steadfastness. So there are a lot of positive elements. However, we need to see it documented on a piece of paper that should be sent to us.”

Palestinians protest for release of Walid Daqqa’s body

Dozens of Palestinian citizens of Israel have rallied in the city of Nazareth, demanding that Israeli authorities release the body of the Palestinian novelist and prisoner Walid Daqqa, who died in an Israeli hospital on April 7.

The Wafa news agency reported that the protest only lasted about 20 minutes before Israeli police arrived and told protesters to disperse. Two protesters were arrested.

Daqqa had been imprisoned by Israel since 1986.

Israeli authorities refused to release him on humanitarian grounds even after he was diagnosed with advanced bone marrow cancer in December 2022.

While in jail, he wrote several books, including a children’s story.

Daqqa is among an estimated 26 Palestinian prisoners whose bodies have been held by Israeli authorities after their deaths, including 16 since October 7.

Netherlands has not transferred F-35 parts to Israel since court ruling: Minister

More from Kajsa Ollongren, who is attending the Shanghai-La Dialogue in Singapore.

The Dutch defence minister told Al Jazeera that the Netherlands has not transferred any F-35 fighter jet parts to Israel since a Dutch court ruling in February.

“The ruling says we cannot transfer parts for the F-35 from the Netherlands to Israel and since the ruling, there have been no transfers,” Ollongren said.

She added that the F-35 is an “important asset” for Israel’s air defence, “as we’ve seen when the attack happened from Iran”.

The Dutch government appealed the decision almost immediately.

“We comply, of course, by the court ruling”, Ollongren said, adding that another court is “still considering the case” and “of course, we will wait for the outcome of that court”.

Chicago students walk out after university withholds diplomas from pro-Palestinian protesters

Students have walked out of a University of Chicago graduation ceremony in protest against the war in Gaza, after the university withheld diplomas from four graduating students who participated in a pro-Palestinian encampment.

“My diploma doesn’t matter when there are people in Palestine and in Gaza that will never walk a stage again, who will never receive a diploma. What about them? Who’s going to fight for them?” Youssef Haweh, one of the four students affected, said in a statement on Saturday.



Israel Zip-Ties And Blindfolds Citizen For ‘Liking’ Pro-Palestine Social Media Post


>MR video
The Zionreich goons kidnapped that woman because of her liking a tweet ?
What backward barbarians.


Maldives bans Israeli passport holders over war on Gaza

President Mohamed Muizzu’s office announced the ban following a recommendation from the country’s cabinet.

“The Minister of Homeland Security and Technology, Ali Ihsaan, announced the decision at a news conference held at the President’s Office this afternoon,” a statement from Muizzu’s office says.

The statement also announces the appointment of a “special envoy to assess Palestinian needs”, and a fundraising campaign to support the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.

UNRWA has been the target of an Israeli campaign to brand it as a “terrorist organisation”, and was accused by Israel earlier this year of complicity in the October 7 Hamas-led attacks, which led to many of its Western donor nations halting funding to it.

A subsequent investigation led by a French official found Israel did not offer sufficient evidence to support its claims, and most funding to the agency has since resumed.

Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam returns honorary doctorate

Bangladeshi photographer and human rights activist Shahidul Alam has returned his honorary doctorate from the University of the Arts London (UAL).

In a statement, Alam said he accepted the honorary doctorate on July 8, 2022, due to the university’s commitments to academic freedom and freedom of expression.

While he was “heartened” to see UAL students protest in solidarity for Palestine and urge the university to call for a ceasefire, he was “appalled” to see how far removed the administration and Vice Chancellor James Purnell, “an avowed Zionist”, both were.

“Students [at UAL] have repeatedly pointed out how they have been ‘stifled, stereotyped, and ignored'”, he said.

Due to this, Alam said he could “no longer continue to remain associated” with UAL and has officially informed the dean of Media that he will be returning the honorary doctorate.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews block roads in Israel to protest conscription

As we reported, the Israeli High Court is hearing from the government on conscripting ultra-Orthodox Jews, who have previously been exempt.

But amid the hearing, protesters are blocking the Route 4 highway in Israel to rally against the possibility of being conscripted into the army.

Protesters are also blocking streets near the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, where the hearing is being held.


Israeli court pressed on ultra-Orthodox Jews conscription waiver

The top Israeli court has heard responses from the state on challenges against exemptions granted to ultra-Orthodox Jews from military conscription.

As the war rages on in Gaza and Israeli troops serve on the northern border with Lebanon, many Israelis resent their fellow citizens being spared their share of the risk.

“We’re not on quiet waters. We are at war, and the need [for military personnel] cries out,” one of nine justices hearing the case, Noam Solberg, told a government lawyer who argued that it was still too early for an ultra-Orthodox mass conscription.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Israelis have claimed the right to study in seminaries instead of serving in uniform for the standard three years.

The government’s lawyer, Doron Taubman, said while it placed a high priority on increasing ultra-Orthodox enlistment, it is also “mindful of the enormous difficulty the community sees in the drafting of seminary students” and the “cardinal fear of their lifestyle being compromised”.

If Hamas agrees to US truce proposal, Israel will say ‘yes’: White House

White House national security spokesperson John Kirby says if Hamas agrees to President Joe Biden’s ceasefire proposal to end the war, the US expects Israel to also accept the plan.

“This was an Israeli proposal. We have every expectation that if Hamas agrees to the proposal – as was transmitted to them, an Israeli proposal – then Israel would say yes,” Kirby said in an interview on the ABC News programme This Week.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a day earlier that its military goal had remained unchanged and that the end of the war would not occur until Hamas had been “destroyed”.



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Israeli forces destroy dialysis center at Gaza’s Indonesian Hospital

Israeli forces have attacked northern Gaza’s Indonesian Hospital and destroyed the Noura al-Kaabi specialized center for dialysis patients, according to footage obtained by Al Jazeera.

A doctor at the hospital said they had been barely recuperating after reopening the facility in recent weeks, when this latest attack on the hospital occurred.

“Despite going out of service at the beginning of Israel’s invasion of northern Gaza, they still entered the hospital and burnt the 2nd and 3rd floors severely,” the doctor said.

“The outer fence was demolished. We have even found detonators in the hospital that were intended for blowing up the hospital but fortunately, and with the grace of God, things are good.”

Netanyahu, war council approve US ceasefire proposal but war goals remain: Report

An Israeli official tells US news outlet CBS that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his war cabinet have approved US President Joe Biden’s ceasefire proposal and are awaiting Hamas’s response.

The official maintained that Netanyahu would not agree to a permanent ceasefire without fulfilling Israel’s war goals, including returning all Israeli captives held in Gaza and the “destruction” of Hamas and its capabilities.


40% of Israelis support Biden ceasefire proposal: Poll

An opinion poll conducted by the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation shows that 40 percent of Israelis support the proposal for a ceasefire in Gaza announced by the US president this week. Twenty-seven percent oppose the plan.

Additionally, 32 percent of Israelis believe that the country’s army will dismantle Hamas and 42 percent believe that it will continue to control the Gaza Strip.

Finally, 55 percent of Israelis support expanding war with Lebanon’s Hezbollah to the country’s north. Hezbollah and the Israeli army have been involved in exchanges of fire since the outbreak of Israel’s war on Gaza, which has led to the evacuation of residents of northern Israel.

Egypt reiterates Israel’s withdrawal from Rafah crossing after meeting: Report

Egypt has stuck to its position that Israel must withdraw from the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing for it to operate again after a meeting between US, Israeli and Egyptian officials concluded in Cairo, two Egyptian security sources told the Reuters news agency.

The security sources said the meeting was positive despite there being no agreement on the reopening of the crossing.

The Egyptian delegation said at the meeting that it would be open to European monitors at the border to oversee its operation by Palestinian authorities if they agreed to resume work.

Egyptian sources added that Israeli and US officials would work quickly to remove the obstacles to the crossing’s operation.

Israel seized the crossing on the Gaza side in early May during its offensive on Rafah.



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Tens of thousands to surround White House on June 8 in protest of Rafah invasion
The people of the United States challenge Biden’s complicity in the Israeli genocide in Gaza, demand Biden end aid to Israel

Tens of thousands of people will are mobilizing to surround the White House on June 8 in protest of Biden’s complicity in the Israeli genocide in Gaza, principally the brutal invasion of Rafah, which takes more and more Palestinian lives each day.

Biden had claimed in the past that the invasion of Rafah by Israel would be a red line, and even threatened to withhold weapons shipments (while actually halting some shipments of bombs) over the threat of invasion.

“I made it clear that if they go into Rafah—they haven’t gone in Rafah yet—if they go into Rafah, I’m not supplying the weapons that have been used historically to deal with Rafah, to deal with the cities—that deal with that problem,” Biden said during a CNN interview on May 8.

Nevertheless, Biden did nothing after Israel’s threats of invasion escalated into reality. The recent tent massacre horrified billions across the globe after Israel bombed forcibly displaced Palestinian families—using US-made munitions. To this day, Biden continues his unconditional support for Israel.

Despite Biden’s earlier statements, he recently claimed that the recent massacre did not cross any of his “red lines.” White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday that “as a result of this strike on Sunday, I have no policy changes to speak to.”

“The Israelis are going to investigate it. We’re going to be taking great interest in what they find in that investigation. And we’ll see where it goes from there,” Kirby said.

Ahead of the mass mobilization, Layan Fuleihan of the People’s Forum said, “Biden has blood on his hands!” She added, “Genocide is a red line! Over 13,000 children murdered by Israel, is a red line! We will march in Washington D.C. to remind him that the people of this country refuse to be complicit in these war crimes!”

The mass demonstration on June 8 has been called by a diverse range of Palestinian diaspora formations as well as anti-imperialist groups. These include the Palestinian Youth Movement, National Students for Justice in Palestine, U.S. Palestinian Community Network, the People’s Forum, Al-Awda: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, Palestinian Feminist Collective, the ANSWER Coalition, U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, International Jewish Anti Zionist Network, Writers Against the War on Gaza, Healthcare Workers for Palestine, and Palestine Popular University.

“How many more homes have to be destroyed, how many children need to be killed, until this government takes definitive action to stop Israel’s war crimes. We are tired of hearing that Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken are ‘concerned about the civilian death toll’. If they were really concerned about what Israel was doing, they would suspend all aid and tell Israel to accept one of the many ceasefire deals that is on the table. This genocide needs to end, and Biden has the power to do it,” said Celine Qussiny of the Palestinian Youth Movement.

“On June 8th, tens of thousands will show Biden that the people are his red line — we refuse to allow him to continue the genocide against the people of Gaza! Instead of a red line, Biden gave a green light to Netanyahu’s invasion of Rafah by agreeing to send more U.S. bombs and missiles. While the government that speaks in our name arms the genocidal Israeli regime to the teeth, the people want freedom for Palestine,” said Brian Becker, National Director of the ANSWER Coalition.



>Maldives bans Israeli passport holders over war on Gaza
>The Minister of Homeland Security
>announced the decision
That sounds like a reaction to something going on behind the scenes, maybe something like the Mossad threatening government officials.


>Israeli forces destroy dialysis center at Gaza’s Indonesian Hospital
I see the Zionreich is still "self defending" against hospitals.

I wonder if we don't have to rethink how we design civilization. How do you design a hospital in such a way that if somebody tries to attack it, they get really wrecked.


>I wonder if we don't have to rethink how we design civilization. How do you design a hospital in such a way that if somebody tries to attack it, they get really wrecked.
The best model is to just not give money/weapons to people who attack hospitals. Turning hospitals into giant transformers robots which blast anything that threatens them would probably be too risky for the patients.


Doubt it, but maybe.


Dimitri Lascaris on Israel/the US's attack on Lebanese trees

Casualties following Israeli air attack near Syria’s Aleppo: Report

Syrian state media report that several people have been killed in an Israeli air strike on sites in the vicinity of the northern city of Aleppo.

We will bring you more on this attack as information emerges.

Settlers set fire to West Bank area of Duma

Israeli settlers have set fire to an area called Duma, south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian news agency Wafa.

“Settlers, under the protection of the [Israeli] occupation forces, set fire to the village lands from the southern side, which led to their spread in olive fields and crops,” the head of the Duma village council, Suleiman Dawabsha, told Wafa.

Dawabsha said the fire will lead to a lot of damage and huge losses, as Israeli forces prevent the Palestinian Civil Defence from reaching the area.


Hezbollah video said to show Katyusha rocket attack on northern Israel

Our colleagues at Al Jazeera Arabic have verified and shared a video said to show Hezbollah forces in southern Lebanon firing a multiple-rocket launcher system, still referred to by the Soviet-era name Katyusha.

First built and used by Soviet forces during World War II, newer truck-mounted variants of the rocket launcher system are prized for their low cost, mobility, and ability to deliver a payload of missiles more quickly than artillery.

The rocket attack is said to have been carried out on the Kiryat Shmona settlement in northern Israel, close to the southern Lebanese border.


Israeli warplanes bomb southern Lebanon

Israeli warplanes attacked a Hezbollah rocket launcher and buildings in the areas of Naqoura, Maroun al-Ras and Khiam in southern Lebanon overnight, the Israeli military has said in a post on X.

The attack comes after Hezbollah said it destroyed an Israeli army vehicle with a precision close-range missile, and Lebanon’s National News Agency reported that two shepherds were killed in an Israeli raid on Lebanon’s Hula village, on Sunday.

Syria war monitor reports 12 killed in latest Israeli strikes near Aleppo

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) (🧂) said at least 12 pro-Iranian fighters were killed in an overnight Israeli strike that hit a factory near Aleppo in the north of Syria.

Syria’s Ministry of Defence did not confirm the death toll, stating only that “after midnight… the Israeli enemy launched an air attack from the southeast of Aleppo, targeting some positions” that had killed “several martyrs” and inflicted “material damage”.

The SOHR said Syrian and foreign fighters were killed in the attack on the town of Hayyan, located to the north of Aleppo, which set off “strong explosions in a factory”.

Israel has carried out hundreds of attacks on Syria, though it rarely admits to its military campaign against its neighbour.

Israel’s military says it intercepted missile from Red Sea

Israel’s Arrow missile defence system has shot down a surface-to-surface missile fired towards the country from the Red Sea, after sirens went off in the port city of Eliat, according to the Israeli military.

The military did not report any casualties from the attack or identify who waged it.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels, acting out in a show of solidarity with Palestinians fighting Israel in Gaza, have repeatedly carried out long-range attacks on Eliat.

Israeli military identifies body of paramedic slain during October 7 attacks

The body of Israeli paramedic Dolev Yehud has been identified after being found in the Nir Oz kibbutz in southern Israel, where he was killed while responding to the October 7 attacks by Hamas fighters, according to the Israeli military.

Yehud, who volunteered with Israel’s national emergency service, was initially believed to have been taken captive by Hamas.

However, Israel’s military found “no indications from Gaza of him being there” and, following forensic examination, determined that previously unidentified remains from the kibbutz belonged to him, The Times of Israel reports.

In a post on social media, the Israeli military said the National Institute of Forensic Medicine was involved in the identification process after which the late paramedic’s family was notified.

Hamas rebuilds forces amid Israel’s ‘raid-based model’ of war in Gaza: Monitors

Two Palestinian armed groups fired rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip on Sunday, including an attack by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine that targeted Israeli forces stationed at the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, war monitors report.

US defence think tanks, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and the Critical Threats Project (CTP), also report that Israel had intended to deploy two divisions to the ground attack on Rafah city in the south, but was deterred by US concerns over weapons sanctions and is now, they say, “moving ‘more deliberately’ in Rafah”.

However, the ISW and the CTP reiterate in their latest battlefield report that Hamas is continuing to reconstitute its forces in areas of the Palestinian territory following the withdrawal of Israeli troops, in what the war monitors characterise as a crucial weakness of Israel’s “raid-based model” of conducting war in Gaza.

Israel detains Palestinian journalist in occupied West Bank

The Wafa news agency says that Israeli forces detained one of its journalists, Rasha Hirzallah, after summoning her to a detention centre in Ariel, an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank, on Sunday night.

Hirzallah went to the detention centre with a lawyer after being summoned by Israeli intelligence, who told her she would be held for 72 hours, Wafa said. She was not told why she was being detained or what charges, if any, she was facing, Wafa added.

There are 49 Palestinian journalists in Israeli detention, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society.

At least 102 Palestinian journalists and media workers have been killed since the Israel-Gaza war began in October, according to the Committee to Protest Journalists (CPJ).

Minister Smotrich holds discussions on quitting Netanyahu gov’t: Report

Israel’s far-right Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich is reported to be in discussions with rabbis linked to his Religious Zionist Party about the circumstances under which he would abandon the Netanyahu government.

Smotrich virulently opposes any ceasefire deal on Gaza that comes before destroying Hamas, and he has threatened to quit Netanyahu’s fragile coalition government if the prime minister goes ahead with a ceasefire plan unveiled by Biden.

According to the Israeli news site Kipa, Smotrich is expected to leave the government before it strikes any ceasefire accord.

Biden’s ceasefire proposal outlines a three-stage plan to end the war, freeing Israeli captives and releasing Palestinian prisoners, and the reconstruction of Gaza.

Australia’s fair work regulator finds journalist who shared Gaza starvation report was fired

The Australian Fair Work Commission has dismissed the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s claim that journalist Antoinette Lattouf was not “terminated” from her employment following the sharing of information on Israel’s war on Gaza.

Lattouf’s short-term contract with the ABC was cut short in December after she shared a Human Rights Watch report alleging the Israeli government was deliberately starving Palestinians in Gaza.

The 50-page ruling by the commission dismissed the ABC’s claim that Lattouf’s “unlawful termination” case was not in the commission’s jurisdiction, though it did not consider the reasons Lattouf was terminated.

Her case can now proceed to the Federal Court, Lattouf’s lawyer Josh Bornstein said in a post on X.

The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), an organisation that represents Australian journalists, described the decision as “an important outcome for the right of journalists to do their jobs [without fear or favour]”.

On Sunday, Lattouf shared a post on X saying: “Palestinian children are being deliberately starved to death by Australia’s ally. I will keep saying it”.



>The best model is to just not give money/weapons to people who attack hospitals.
I see your point, but we've been trying to selectively arm only the good guys for a long time. And it doesn't appear to be working. We have to consider contingencies.

>Turning hospitals into giant transformers robots which blast anything that threatens them would probably be too risky for the patients.

Damn, surprise-motherfucker!!-battle-bot-hospitals would have been so cool.
That leaves us with underground bunker-complex hospitals. We'll need a lot of daylight bulbs.


>Dimitri Lascaris on Israel/the US's attack on Lebanese trees
Planting trees is terrorism ?
They're like a crazy cult at this point.


Israeli forces raid Nablus, settlers storm Joseph’s Tomb

Israeli forces have raided Nablus city in the occupied West Bank, reportedly accompanying dozens of Israeli settlers to the shrine known as Joseph’s Tomb, the Wafa news agency reports.

Israeli snipers were stationed on top of buildings near the shrine as an Israeli military bulldozer dug up a nearby road to create a barrier, Wafa reported.

The raid comes after dozens of Israelis again stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam’s third-holiest site, last week.

Joseph’s Tomb, also known as Yusuf’s Tomb, is a significant site to followers of the Abrahamic faiths, including Christians, Jews, Muslims and Samaritans.

Hezbollah claims deadly drone attack on northern Israel

Hezbollah says it has launched a squadron of drones towards the headquarters of the Israeli military’s Galilee formation.

In a statement, the Lebanese armed group said the operation came in response to an Israeli drone attack on a car in the Saida district of southern Lebanon that we reported about earlier.

“In the Galilee Division (Nahal Gershom, east of Dishon), [Hezbollah’s drones] targeted the command building there and the places where its officers and soldiers were stationed and settled,” the statement on Telegram said.

“They hit their targets accurately, which led to the outbreak of fire there and left the enemy soldiers dead or wounded,” the group added.

More on Israeli drone attack on car in Lebanon’s Saida district

We reported earlier that an Israeli drone has targeted a car in the town of Kaouthariyet es-Saiyad in southern Lebanon’s Saida district.

Israeli Army Radio reported that the aim of the attack was to assassinate a Hezbollah operative who was “strengthening” the Lebanese armed group.

Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA) also confirmed one death after the drone attack without naming the victim.

Israel to approve violent ‘Jerusalem Day’ parade through Old City’s Muslim Quarter

Against the backdrop of the ongoing war on Gaza, Israeli authorities are preparing to mark June 5 as Jerusalem Day, which commemorates what they refer to as the “liberation” of East Jerusalem and “reunification” of the city.

East Jerusalem remains occupied, according to almost all the international community, and international law identifies it as such.

“Permitting such a parade to pass through Damascus Gate and the Muslim Quarter while the war is raging on and Israel under increasing international pressure is inconceivable. It is liable to only inflame tensions and escalate hostilities,” the non-profit Israeli rights group Ir Amim said in a statement.

The flag parade is an extreme right-wing nationalist march that has increasingly become a hostile display of Jewish supremacy, triumphalism, and incitement against Palestinians, said Ir Amim.

The parade attracts thousands of national-religious Jews, many of them young men, who aggressively march with Israeli flags through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem and engage in acts of provocation, violence, and destruction of Palestinian property with little to no police intervention.

Israel’s Supreme Court considers petitions against closure of Al Jazeera’s office

Israel’s Supreme Court is considering petitions against the closure of Al Jazeera’s office in the country in early May, according to Israeli Army Radio.

The report quoted one of the judges as saying, “There is no doubt that there is a violation of freedom of expression here.”

“Repeal of a law cannot be based on anecdotal claims, but on things inherent in the law,” said another judge, referring to the accusations of incitement that led to the closure of Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera Media Network has condemned the Israeli government’s decision to close its operations in Israel as a “criminal act” and warned that the country’s suppression of the free press “stands in contravention of international and humanitarian law”.

‘Zionist regime gradually melts down,’ says Iran’s Supreme Leader

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Israel is melting down due to its war on Gaza.

“Today, the Zionist regime gradually melts down before eyes of the world’s people,” Khamenei said at a ceremony marking the 35th anniversary of the late leader of the county, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

In his nearly 55-minute speech, Khamenei said Israel’s response to the October 7 Hamas-led attack, which began the war, placed it in a “dead-end corridor”.

He added the war had derailed Israel’s US-backed efforts for normalisation, which he characterised as part of an Israeli plot to dominate the region.

Former Mossad chief threatens Hezbollah chief

Yossi Cohen, in an interview with Israel’s Army Radio, said Israel knows the whereabouts of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah and “if we wanted to…could take him down”.

The message comes as conflict rages along the Israel-Lebanon border, with Hezbollah and the Israeli military trading near daily strikes.

According to an opinion poll by the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, 55 percent of Israelis support expanding the war with Hezbollah to the north.

Slovenia files motion to delay vote on Palestinian recognition: Report

A spokeswoman for the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS), a conservative opposition party led by former Prime Minister Janez Jansa, tells the AFP news agency that her party has filed a proposal to hold an advisory referendum on the decree for recognition.

The parliamentary vote, which was scheduled for Tuesday, will effectively be delayed by about 30 days.

Slovenia’s delay comes after Spain, Ireland and Norway recognised Palestinian statehood last week.

Netanyahu says ‘destroying Hamas’ remains Israel’s top priority

Netanyahu says Israel’s top priority is “destroying” Hamas, which will be pursued along with the recovery of captives held in Gaza, saying that both goals are part of a plan to wind down the war approved by the war cabinet.

“This is not something that I am adding now. This is not something that I am adding because I am under pressure within the coalition. It is something we agreed on unanimously in the war cabinet,” Netanyahu said in a video statement.

An Israeli government spokesperson also quoted Netanyahu as saying Biden had published only some of the details of his ceasefire proposal.

“The war will be stopped for the purpose of returning hostages, and then we will proceed with other discussions,” David Mencer quoted Netanyahu as saying.

Israel says petrol bomb thrown at its Bucharest embassy, no damage

A petrol bomb has been thrown at the Israeli embassy in Bucharest, causing no damage or casualties, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said.

It said Romanian authorities had arrested a suspect, “apparently of Syrian origin”. He had pulled out, lit and thrown the petrol bomb while undergoing a security inspection, it said.



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>Israel to approve violent ‘Jerusalem Day’ parade through Old City’s Muslim Quarter
<The flag parade is an extreme right-wing nationalist march that has increasingly become a hostile display of Zionist supremacy, triumphalism, and incitement against Palestinians, said Ir Amim.
<The parade attracts thousands of national-religious Zionists, many of them young men, who aggressively march with Israeli flags through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem and engage in acts of provocation, violence, and destruction of Palestinian property with little to no police intervention.

Zionazi Pride Parade


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Palestinians seek to join Gaza genocide case at World Court

Palestinian officials filed an application with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to join South Africa as a party in its Gaza genocide case against Israel.

In a statement, the ICJ – also known as the World Court – said Palestinian authorities “filed … an application for permission to intervene and a declaration of intervention in the [South Africa v Israel] case”.

South Africa brought its case against Israel in January, accusing it of committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza.

Its case in The Hague argues Israel violated the 1948 Genocide Convention, established in the aftermath of the Holocaust, which mandates all countries prevent the recurrence of such crimes.

Four more Israeli captives die in Gaza: Army

The Israeli military says four more of the Israeli captives abducted by Hamas on October 7 have died and their bodies are being held.

The army identified the four men as Haim Perry, Yoram Metzger, Amiram Cooper, and Nadav Popplewell, all of whom were filmed alive previously in videos posted by Hamas.

“We estimate the four of them were killed together in the area of Khan Younis a number of months ago … at the time [military] forces were operating in Khan Younis,” army spokesman Daniel Hagari said. “We are thoroughly examining the circumstances of their deaths and checking all possibilities.”

Last month, Hamas’s armed wing the Qassam Brigades released a video announcing Popplewell’s death, saying the British-Israeli national died of wounds sustained in an Israeli air strike.

The video was released amid growing domestic pressure on the Israeli government to secure the release of the remaining captives – estimated to number more than 120.

‘Heroism of resistance’: Hamas hails two Palestinians killed in Nablus

The Palestinian group paid tribute to the men targeted earlier in the occupied West Bank, who have been identified as Adam Farraj and Moataz Nabulsi.

Hamas said the two were killed after “heroic clashes” with Israeli forces around the Balata refugee camp.

“We commend the heroism of resistance fighters in Nabuls and across the West Bank, who are dealing qualitative blows to the Israeli occupation,” a statement said.

It added “assassinations” will not stem resistance in the occupied West Bank.

Iran’s acting top diplomat dismisses US-proposed Gaza truce deal

Ali Bagheri Kani rejected a ceasefire deal proposed by US President Joe Biden and warned Israel against launching an all-out war against Lebanon.

Speaking from Beirut, on his first official visit since his predecessor died last month, Iran’s acting foreign minister said Israel will find itself in a quagmire should it launch an all-out war against Hezbollah in Lebanon – a country he described as the “cradle of resistance”.

“If the Americans are honest, then instead of proposing plans under the name of a ceasefire, they must take one step, which is end all aid to the Israeli entity,” Bagheri Kani said in a news conference at the Iranian embassy.

“Only once the aid is cut from the Israeli entity, the entity won’t have the tools and ability to commit crimes against the Palestinians and the war will end.”

‘Absolutely unanimous’: Israel is blocking aid to Gaza – US official

After serving 20 years with the US Department of State, Stacy Gilbert resigned last week after working on a report she says falsely stated Israel is not “restricting or prohibiting” crucial aid to the people of Gaza.

The report stated Israel “is not blocking humanitarian assistance and I and others know that’s not true”, Gilbert told Al Jazeera.

“I can’t recall in my many years working in the US government seeing anything so obviously wrong, and yet that is what we submitted as a report to Congress. The conclusion of the subject matter experts who work in humanitarian assistance … is absolutely unanimous that Israel is blocking humanitarian assistance, which is why there’s famine,” she said.

In response to the allegations, State Department deputy spokesman Vedant Patel said: “We are not an administration or a department that twists the facts, and allegations that we have are unfounded.”

Israeli air raid hits residential tower in central Gaza

Footage of the attack shared by Palestinian journalists, including Al Jazeera Arabic’s Anas al-Sharif, shows an Israeli bomb hitting a multistorey building in the Bureij refugee camp, causing an enormous explosion.

It’s unclear how many people were harmed in the attack. Previous Israeli strikes on Bureij have killed at least 11 Palestinians, including three children, over the past 24 hours.


Iran media say military adviser killed in Israeli strike on Syria

Iranian media report that an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) adviser was killed in an Israeli air strike on Syria’s northern city of Aleppo.

“During last night’s attack by the Zionist regime on Aleppo, Saeed Abyar, one of the IRGC advisers in Syria, was martyred,” said Iran’s Tasnim news agency.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor earlier said: “The death toll of the Israeli strike on a factory in Hayyan, in western Aleppo province, has risen to 16 pro-Iran group members, including Syrian and foreign fighters.”

Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes on its northern neighbour since the outbreak of Syria’s civil war in 2011, mainly targeting army positions and Iran-backed fighters including from Lebanon’s Hezbollah group.

In April, an Israeli air strike flattened the Iranian consulate in Damascus, killing seven IRGC members including two generals. In response, Iran launched more than 300 missiles and drones at Israel – raising fears of a wider Middle East war.

Flood of sewage forces displaced Palestinians out of tents

Displaced people in Gaza used empty plastic bottles to try to remove raw sewage from their tents after a pipeline burst in the main southern city of Khan Younis.

Residents removed sodden carpets from their makeshift shelters as they began the long process of getting rid of the filthy water as children waded through a river of sewage that cut through a main road.

The spill made it almost impossible to live in the city where piles of debris and massive concrete slabs from bombed-out buildings line the streets. Workers in Khan Younis say they lack the proper equipment to repair the pipeline properly.

Qassam Brigades claim attacks on Israeli troops in northern and southern Gaza

The armed wing of Hamas, the Qassam Brigades, has claimed blowing up a house in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, after an Israeli unit took shelter in it.

The group later said it targeted a building housing Israeli troops with an anti-personnel mortar shell in Gaza City in the north of the territory.





Zelenskyy seems to be seeing the writing on the wall about US aid to Ukraine, and he's dialing down the Zionist asskissing a bit.

Ukraine recognizes Israel and Palestine, seeks to end conflict, says Ukrainian President

Kyiv recognizes both Israel and Palestine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual Asian security summit focused on the Pacific region in Singapore, and called for an end to the conflict in Gaza, Ukrinform reported on June 2.

Ukraine is a just country that respects international law and the UN Charter.

“Ukraine said that if Hamas terrorists attacked civilians on the first day of the attack on Israeli civilians, Israel has the right to defend itself,” he said.

“And after that, when Israel was in Gaza and there was a humanitarian crisis, Ukraine said: First, we are ready to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza; second, we must respect international law; third, Ukraine recognizes two states, both Israel and Palestine, and will do everything to make Israel stop, to end this conflict, and to prevent civilians from suffering.”



>Zelenskyy seems to be seeing the writing on the wall about US aid to Ukraine, and he's dialing down the Zionist asskissing a bit.
I think Israel's rampage in Gaza is consuming US weapons supplies that Zelenskyy would like to have.


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Hezbollah attack sparks blazes in northern Israel

A rocket attack by Hezbollah has led to fires near Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that fire crews are working to put out the blazes.

Right-wing Israeli minister calls for ‘security zone’ in south Lebanon

Finance Minister Smotrich called for escalation against Hezbollah, telling Israel’s political and military leader the “time has come” to decisively deal with the Lebanese group.

Smotrich said in a social media post that a buffer zone against Hezbollah must be created inside Lebanon.

“The new concept led by the war cabinet has been going up in flames for many hours and is exploding in our faces,” he added, referring to the blazes set off by a Hezbollah rocket attack in northern Israel.

The Israeli military occupied parts of southern Lebanon between 1982 and 2000, setting up an Israeli-controlled zone that it argued was meant to protect Israel’s security. But Hezbollah regularly attacked Israeli troops inside the occupied area and launched rockets that reached Israel during that time.

Israel and Hezbollah have been engaged in clashes since the outbreak of the war on Gaza.

Yemen’s Houthis say they fired ‘Palestine’ ballistic missile at Israel

The group says it used a new missile, dubbed “Palestine”, for the first time in the attack against the southern Israeli city of Eilat, known in Arabic as Umm al-Rashrash.

“The Yemeni Armed Forces will persist their military operations in support and in solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian people until the aggression stops and the siege on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip is lifted,” the Houthis said in a statement.

Early on Monday, the Israeli military said it downed a missile over Eilat. No injuries were reported.

The Houthis have launched dozens of missiles and drones against Israel in support of Palestinians in Gaza in the past months, but most have been intercepted.

The Yemeni group has also launched attacks at Israel-linked ships in the Red Sea in what it says is a response to Israeli “aggression” against Gaza.

Arrests made after protesters occupy Israeli consulate in San Francisco

San Francisco police arrested about a dozen pro-Palestinian demonstrators who occupied the downtown building that houses the Israeli consulate in the US city.

A group of protesters entered and occupied it for several hours on Monday. The demonstrators posted signs on the front doors of the building calling for an end to the Israeli war on Gaza.

Photos and videos that the demonstrators posted on social media showed people sitting in a circle and chanting “Free, free Palestine!”

Israeli settlers steal Palestinians’ sheep in the occupied West Bank

The Palestinian news agency Wafa reports, citing a security source, that Israeli settlers stole 120 sheep belonging to a Palestinian citizen in Ein Samiya, east of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.

Settlers have been regularly attacking Palestinian farmers and shepherds in recent months. More than 500 Palestinians have been killed by soldiers and illegal settlers since October 7 in the West Bank.

White House formally rejects bill to sanction ICC officials

In a so-called statement of administration policy, the White House voiced opposition to a proposal in the US Congress that would penalise International Criminal Court (ICC) officials over pursuing war crime charges against Israeli leaders.

It described the ICC prosecutor Karim Khan’s push for arrest warrants against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defence Minister Yaov Gallant as “heedless”. But it said it rejects compelling sanctions against ICC personnel.

“There are more effective ways to defend Israel, preserve US positions on the ICC, and promote international justice and accountability, and the administration stands ready to work with the Congress on those options,” the White House said.

The bill, which has dozens of sponsors in the House of Representatives, would also enable sanctions against foreign entities and people who assist in the ICC investigation of Israel.

US legislators from both major parties are largely staunchly pro-Israel. Last week, Netanyahu accepted an invite by top US lawmakers to address a joint session of Congress.

Yair Lapid says Israeli deterrence ‘burning’ as fires rage in north

The Israeli opposition leader slammed the Netanyahu government after a Hezbollah rocket attack led to fires in northern Israel.

“The north is going up in flames and Israeli deterrence is burning with it,” Lapid wrote in a social media post.

“The government has no plan for the day-after in Gaza, no plan to return the residents to the north, no management, no strategy. A government of total lawlessness.”

Clashes between Hezbollah and the Israeli military have forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in northern Israel since the start of the war on Gaza.

Pushing ceasefire deal is about ‘Biden’s political survival’

Reporting from Washington, DC, Al Jazeera’s Shihab Rattansi says the White House is pushing the truce deal that it says would lead to a lasting ceasefire to boost Biden’s re-election chances.

“This is about Biden’s political survival now. This isn’t about the survival of the people in Rafah or the children in Gaza,” Rattansi said. “Biden needs people to start thinking about Donald Trump and not about ‘Genocide Joe’.”

Israel has sent mixed messages about the proposal. While the US stresses the plan has been approved by the Israeli government, Netanyahu’s office says the deal would allow Israel to continue the war to destroy Hamas.

Rattansi said the Biden administration appears to think it has buy-in from Israel for the deal. “But the point is: This is Netanyahu, so you never know.”


Israeli forces continue to impose closure on occupied West Bank’s Jericho

For the second consecutive day, Israeli forces have imposed a closure on the occupied West Bank city, the sole access point to the King Hussein Bridge, or Allenby Bridge, crossing into Jordan.

According to the Wafa news agency, Israeli troops set up military checkpoints as well as several other barricades at the entry points to Jericho.

Wafa also reported that soldiers have been stopping and searching Palestinians’ cars while also preventing them from leaving the city.

Israel denies Netanyahu to address US Congress on June 13

The Israeli prime minister’s office has denied US media reports that he will address the US Congress on June 13, amid mounting pressure to agree to a ceasefire with Hamas.

Netanyahu’s office told Israeli media the date of his speech to Congress had “not been finalised”, but it would not be on June 13 because it interferes with a Jewish holiday.

The date had been reported by Punchbowl News and Politico.

Speculation about the visit comes with Netanyahu facing intense criticism over the civilian death toll in the war in Gaza.

The four party leaders in the House and Senate asked Netanyahu last week to speak before a joint meeting of Congress in a letter voicing solidarity with Israel “in your struggle against terror, especially as Hamas continues to hold American and Israeli citizens captive”.



Fires burning in southern Lebanon after Israeli shelling

Forest fires ignited by Israeli shelling have caused “severe damage” in southern Lebanon, Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA) is reporting.

The fires damaged residential areas as well as olive groves and bee hives, the NNA said.

Fires have also been burning across the border in Israel, as Hezbollah and Israel continue to trade fire.

Footage shows wild fires reaching settlements in northern Israel

Footage authenticated by Al Jazeera’s Sanad verification unit shows residents of illegal Israeli settlements in the north of the country panicking as rapidly-spreading fires reach their homes.

Earlier, we reported that more than 30 firefighter teams are battling blazes in northern Israel, which were triggered by drone and missile attacks launched from Lebanon by Hezbollah.


More on fires burning in northern Israel

Firefighters have been battling blazes in northern Israel and southern Lebanon as Israel and Hezbollah continue to exchange cross-border fire amid soaring temperatures.

In Tiberias, in the Galilee region of northern Israel, temperatures reached 41 degrees Celsius (105 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday and are forecast to remain at or near 40C (104F) until Friday.

Israel’s Fire and Rescue Authority said it expected temperatures to peak on Monday and that there was no danger to citizens as firefighters battled the fires in “full force”.

Israel’s war on Gaza has led to highest number of media worker deaths on record

Journalists working in areas of armed conflict are protected under international humanitarian law just like civilians but Israel has been accused of violating those rules repeatedly during its war on Gaza.

Palestinian journalists say that Israel is trying to kill the messenger, while a new report by the Palestinian Prisoners Society says that Israeli forces are also arresting journalists to silence the story.

About 15,000 children killed in Gaza since October 7: Ministry

Most of the children killed by Israel in Gaza as well as in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem were students or were in nurseries, according to the Ministry of Education run by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah.

“Israel has destroyed schools and nurseries and targeted civilians, especially children, who have been forcibly displaced, detained or deprived from food and medical access,” the ministry said.

It added that since the war on Gaza started, 620,000 students have been prevented from going to school, while 88,000 have been denied education at the university level.

Israel believes more than a third of remaining Gaza captives are dead

Israel believes that more than a third of the remaining Gaza captives are dead, according to a government tally.

Of about 250 people taken October 7, scores were freed in a November truce. Some bodies of captives have been retrieved by Israeli troops inside the besieged Strip.

The government tally said 120 remain in captivity, 43 of whom have been declared dead in absentia by Israeli officials based on various sources of information, including intelligence tip-offs, security camera or bystander videos and forensic analysis.

Hamas has said that several captives have been killed in Israeli air strikes or succumbed to injuries due to the lack of healthcare in Gaza, as Israel continues to attack hospitals and kill medics.

Most blazes in northern Israel now under control, says fire department

Israel’s fire department says most of the fires that were raging in the country’s north are now under control.

The emergency services said in a statement that one major fire, which burned nearly 990 acres near the kibbutz of Amiad in the Galilee region of northern Israel, was extinguished after a nine-hour battle.

Earlier, we reported that more than 30 firefighter teams were battling blazes in northern Israel, which were triggered by drone and missile attacks launched from Lebanon by Hezbollah.

Forest fires have also been ignited by Israeli shelling in southern Lebanon, damaging residential areas as well as olive groves and beehives.

Sanders says won’t be attending ‘war criminal’ Netanyahu’s US Congress address

Senator Bernie Sanders has criticised US lawmakers for inviting “war criminal” Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at Congress and said he won’t be attending the Israeli prime minister’s address.

Japan’s Nagasaki holds off inviting Israel to peace ceremony

The Israeli ambassador to Japan has not yet been invited to Nagasaki’s annual peace ceremony, city officials have said. Instead, they said they sent the embassy a letter calling for a Gaza ceasefire.

The city in southern Japan this week invited dozens of countries and territories to the August 9 event on the anniversary of the US nuclear attack in 1945 that killed 74,000 people.

But “as for Israel, the situation is changing day by day … so we have put sending an invitation letter on hold,” Mayor Shiro Suzuki said.

Worries that protests could disrupt the memorial for atomic bomb victims are partly behind the decision, said Suzuki.

“Given the critical humanitarian situation in Gaza, and public opinion in the international community, there are concerns about the risk of unexpected incidents during the ceremony,” which should be “safe and smooth”.

US wants UNSC backing for Biden-backed ceasefire proposal

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield has called on members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) to back a new resolution put forward by the United States “to end the fighting in Gaza through a ceasefire and a hostage deal”.

“Numerous leaders and governments, including in the region, have endorsed this plan – and we call on the Security Council to join them,” Thomas-Greenfield said in a post on X.

Another ceasefire resolution put forward by Algeria last week, specifically calling for Israel to halt its ground invasion of Rafah, did not gain the support of the United States, with a US State Department spokesperson describing the text as “imbalanced”.



>Pushing ceasefire deal is about ‘Biden’s political survival’
>Reporting from Washington, DC, Al Jazeera’s Shihab Rattansi says the White House is pushing the truce deal that it says would lead to a lasting ceasefire to boost Biden’s re-election chances.
So would they honor the lasting part, or just make a temporary ceasefire that gets abandoned after the election ?


>Sanders says won’t be attending ‘war criminal’ Netanyahu’s US Congress address
This displays political bravery, but the fact that he can do this means that the Zionist hold on politics has lessened. It is a hopeful development.


They're sneaky… I kind of wonder if they haven't said one thing and written something completely different.

It's ridiculous that Netanyahu's being invited right now at all tbh.


>It's ridiculous that Netanyahu's being invited right now at all tbh.
I have 2 possible explanations. It's a display of defiance in the face of the ICC case against Netanyahu. Or they are intending to off Netanyahu and blame it on the protestors. They'd be getting rid of an obstinate colonial administrator and potentially discredit an inconvenient political opposition.
The former is more likely than the latter.


Woman detained by French police over Palestinian scarf

Watch the moment police detained and fined a woman wearing a traditional Palestinian scarf known as a keffiyeh, accusing her of being part of an illegal protest in Lyon.

‘Enough. For the sake of God, have a ceasefire’

Walking among the rubble, Samar al-Breim struggles to hold back tears while calling out for her missing mother.

Al-Breim knows her mother is most likely dead, her body still trapped under the mound of concrete. The Israeli air raid on Khan Younis in southern Gaza also killed al-Breim’s uncles and cousins.

“We woke up and got the news, we came running looking for my mother,” she told Al Jazeera. “We found destruction beyond human understanding. Children were asleep, they are innocent, and they were asleep. They were torn to pieces.”

The Palestinian Civil Defense has estimated that some 7,000 bodies are still trapped under the rubble of Gaza buildings destroyed by Israeli attacks.

The dead are denied a proper burial and bereaved families are denied their final goodbyes.

“It is enough. We hope to God that there will be a ceasefire, because we have lost a lot – we lost all our loved ones. We have nothing left,” Sahar al-Breim, another daughter of the missing woman, told Al Jazeera.

“Enough. For the sake of God, have a ceasefire. Enough, we are tired. We have been broken and humiliated. Enough.”

Dutch PM calls on Netanyahu to stop Rafah offensive

Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, says he has stressed to Israel’s leader that he must abide by the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ’s) order to halt the offensive on Rafah.

The ICJ, based in The Hague, delivered its ruling on May 24, but Israel has since only escalated its attacks on Gaza’s southernmost city.

During a call with Netanyahu, Rutte said he emphasised the need for an “immediate ceasefire in Gaza” and expressed support for the three-stage ceasefire plan outlined by Biden.

Iran’s acting foreign minister discusses Gaza war with Syrian counterpart

Ali Bagheri Kani, who is Iran’s acting foreign minister after the death of his predecessor, Hossein Amirabdollahian, in a helicopter crash last month, has held meetings in Damascus with Syrian President al-Assad and Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad.

Bagheri Kani told a news conference that he and his Syrian counterpart discussed the need for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and the delivery of humanitarian aid without conditions.

Kani also met Palestinian factions at the Iranian embassy during his trip, according to Reuters.

Controversial Israeli minister Ben-Gvir calls for war with Hezbollah

Israel’s far-right police and security minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, called for war with the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah.

“All Hezbollah strongholds must be burned down and destroyed. War!” Ben-Gvir demanded in a video published on X.

It is unacceptable for parts of Israel to be attacked and people evacuated while peace prevails in Lebanon, he said during a visit to Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel. The town has been particularly affected by shelling from southern Lebanon.

Ben-Gvir lamented that Hezbollah is burning large areas of Israel, a reference to several fires in the north of the country caused by rocket fire from Lebanon in recent days. He said he published the video after assessing the situation with the fire service and police in the region.

Images from Rafah depict ‘decline of humanity in our world’: Narges Mohammadi

Narges Mohammadi, the imprisoned Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner, says in a statement that “images of children burning in refugee tents in Rafah starkly depict the decline of humanity in our world”.

“To achieve long-lasting peace, this war must end immediately through a permanent ceasefire, the release of hostages and prisoners, the recognition of a two-state solution, and adherence to international law, including the rulings of the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, and United Nations bodies,” said the rights activist, who is currently held in Evin Prison in the Iranian capital, Tehran.

“This is a moment to demand respect for law and human rights norms, to recognise the need to sever ties with warmongering and interventionist countries, and to eliminate extremist and fundamentalist forces that, if they gain power, will hold their people hostage.”

Biden says ‘uncertain’ if Israel committed war crimes

We can now bring you more from Biden’s interview with Time Magazine.

Asked whether he’s seen evidence of Israeli war crimes in Gaza, the US president said, “The answer is it’s uncertain.”

“But one thing is certain,” he added. “The people in Gaza, the Palestinians have suffered greatly, for lack of food, water, medicine, etc. And a lot of innocent people have been killed.”

Biden went on to blame Hamas for contributing to Palestinians’ suffering, saying the group is fully responsible for blocking a ceasefire agreement and could “end this tomorrow”.

Earlier today, a senior Hamas official expressed frustration at the suggestion it is hampering a ceasefire, saying the White House knows that it is Israel who is not serious about reaching a deal in Gaza.



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Al-Quds Brigades claims attacks on Israeli military

The armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group has said its fighters targeted “enemy forces and vehicles stationed” near Tal Zourob, southwest of the city of Rafah in southern Gaza, with more than 100 rockets.

“We also shelled a command and control centre belonging to the Zionist enemy in the Abu Oreiban site in the Netzarim Corridor,” the al-Quds Brigades said.

Israeli forces demolish house in Masafer Yatta, near Hebron

Israeli soldiers have also assaulted the owner of the house, Mahmoud Jibreen al-Nawajaa, according to the Wafa news agency.

Nine people lived in the 200sq metres (2152sq feet) house located in Wadi al-Jawiya, east of Yatta, the report said.

Last month, three homes in Yatta were demolished by Israeli forces. The total number of destroyed homes and agricultural structures across the occupied West Bank in May was 47.

Israel’s army chief says prepared for offensive on Lebanon border

Major General Herzi Halevi says Israel is “approaching the point where a decision will have to be made”.

The Israeli military has been bombing what it describes as infrastructure used by Lebanese group Hezbollah in southern Lebanon since the Gaza war began, with Hezbollah also launching attacks across the border into northern Israel.

As we reported earlier today, Hezbollah warned that an expansion of the war on southern Lebanon will be “met with devastation, destruction and displacement in Israel”.

In a statement shared on Telegram, Halevi said Hezbollah has paid a “very, very high price” over the past months, and the Israeli military is nearing a “decision point” on next steps.

“We are prepared, following extensive training, for an offensive in the north,” he said. “We are nearing a decision point.”

‘We are ready for war’: Hezbollah

Sheikh Naim Qassem, the Lebanese group’s deputy chief, says Hezbollah had decided not to expand the scope of its operations but is ready to do so if forced.

In comments made to Al Jazeera, Qassem said it “is ready for the battle and will not allow Israel to secure any victories”.

“Any Israeli expansion of the war on Lebanon will be met with devastation, destruction and displacement in Israel,” he added.

“If Israel wants to fight an all-out war, we are ready for it.”

Israel signs acceptance letter for 25 more F-35 fighters

Israel will acquire a third squadron of Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jets, the Israeli defence ministry says, in a $3bn deal that will bring the number of such aircraft in its air force to 75.

The United States officially signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the 25 fighters, which will start to be delivered from 2028 at a rate of three to five aircraft per year, Israel’s defence ministry said.

Israel is the first country outside the United States to acquire the F-35, and remains the only nation in the Middle East to have the advanced weapon in its arsenal.

Questions remain about countries supplying offensive weaponry to Israel as it stands accused of carrying war crimes in Gaza.

Netanyahu’s biggest coalition partner backs prospective deal on captives

Netanyahu’s biggest coalition partner says it would lend “full support” for a prospective deal to free the captives even if that would entail “far-reaching steps” in the war strategy.

The statement by Shas, an ultra-orthodox Jewish party that wields 11 of parliament’s 120 seats, followed open opposition to such a deal by two far-right coalition partners.

Pro-Palestinian protest planned in Baghdad

Activists in Baghdad have called for a demonstration in the centre of the Iraqi capital later in the day to denounce Israel’s attacks against Palestinians in Gaza.

The protest is part of weekly rallies staged in several locations across Baghdad since the beginning of Israel’s war on Gaza in October.

>It is unacceptable for parts of Israel to be attacked and people evacuated while peace prevails in Lebanon,


>Woman detained by French police over Palestinian scarf
>Watch the moment police detained and fined a woman wearing a traditional Palestinian scarf known as a keffiyeh, accusing her of being part of an illegal protest in Lyon.
In a democracy it is utterly inconceivable to harass somebody over a design pattern on a scarf, let alone invent imaginary crimes like a "banned demonstration".


Leave it to the French to be Fascist in the gayest way possible.


>In comments made to Al Jazeera, Qassem said it “is ready for the battle and will not allow Israel to secure any victories”.
>“Any Israeli expansion of the war on Lebanon will be met with devastation, destruction and displacement in Israel,” he added
This is corroborated by the analysis of most armchair generals, who predict that Hezbollah forces would be able to dictate the location of the battle field in a war between Israel and Lebanon. So all of that American fire-power Israel has acquired, would end up devastating boarder regions of Israel. All the Israeli inhabitants of those regions would flee inwards, and since Israel has so many of it's troops tied up in Gaza, Hezbollah would be able to occupy border regions with great ease.

If the Zionists are dumb enough to open up another front, they'll loose territory.


They're probably betting on the US bailing them out.


How would the US bail them out ?
It would require sending ground forces, that's the only way to hold territory.

Hezbollah would obviously get weapons from Iran, but likely also from Russia. Russian soldiers faced US weapons in Ukraine, you bet they're gonna return the favor if the US deploys combat troops. Hezbollah fighters already know how to use soviet designed weapons, so they won't have a big learning curve adapting to stuff the Russians could send them.

Starting shit in Lebanon is a dumb move, on multiple levels.


Slovenia lawmakers approve recognition of Palestine as independent state

In a majority vote, the Slovenian parliament has approved the recognition of an independent Palestinian state.

“Dear people of Palestine, today’s final decision of Slovenia is a message of hope and peace,” the country’s foreign minister, Tanja Fajon, said in a post on X.

“We believe that only a two-state solution can lead to a lasting peace in the #MiddleEast. Slovenia will tirelessly continue to work on the security of both nations, Palestinians and Israelis.”

Spain, Ireland and Norway also recognised Palestine as an independent state last week.

US House votes to sanction ICC officials

The bill has passed in the House with a vote of 247 to 155, with nearly all Republicans in the chamber voting in favour. A few Democrats also joined the effort.

If passed by the full US Congress, the legislation would require the president to impose sanctions on ICC officials engaged “in any effort to investigate, arrest, detain, or prosecute any protected person of the United States and its allies”.

The measure comes after the chief prosecutor of the ICC requested arrest warrants for the Israeli prime minister and defence minister, spurring outrage among Israel’s allies in Washington, DC.

The Biden administration had called the arrest warrant requests “outrageous”, but has since said it opposes the legislation.

Israeli right-wingers disrupt conference on Palestinian statehood

Hardline lawmakers attempted to obstruct a meeting in the Knesset discussing the recognition of a Palestinian state.

The conference was initiated by Aida Touma-Sliman, a Knesset member from the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality, known as Hadash.

“Right-wing extremist lawmakers attacked the conference,” it said in a statement, sharing a video showing politicians interrupting the proceedings by shouting.

Among the Israeli lawmakers who sought to obstruct the event was Tally Gotliv, a member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud party, and Zvi Sukkot from Finance Minister Smotrich’s Religious Zionism Party.

“Despite the feeling we are living in the worst period in the region’s history, and confidence in our ability to progress towards hope and peace is at its lowest, history teaches us the most difficult wars and conflicts have ended through arduous negotiation efforts that led to political agreements,” Touma-Sliman said a speech to the conference.

“This path must also be our choice.”

Hamas fighters ambush Israeli troops with blast in Gaza City

The Qassam Brigades says it lured more than a dozen Israeli soldiers into a boob-trapped home and blew it up during battles in northern Gaza City.

“As soon as the force entered the house, it was targeted with a TBG [Thermobaric] rocket and the device detonated,” the armed wing of Hamas said in a statement on Telegram.

When reinforcements arrived in south of the al-Sabra neighbourhood, a Yasin-105 rocket-propelled grenade was fired at a Merkava tank “inflicting a direct hit”.

No casualty figures were given in the statement.

House vote on ICC sanctions ‘symbolic’ but highlights Democratic Party split
Heidi Zhou-Castro
Reporting from Washington, DC

This is really more of a symbolic move by part of the House of Representatives, at least at this moment. There’s still a long way before this would become law.

This is a Republican-drafted bill to sanction and impose visa restrictions on anyone who is a staff member or cooperates with the ICC, involving prosecutions of American citizens and allies, which of course is Israel.

What’s notable here is not only did it pass 247 to 155 in the House of Representatives, with all Republicans voting [in favour], but also 42 Democrats agreed to pass this bill in the House. That’s despite the protest of the Biden White House.

This has really threatened to split the Democratic Party and indeed, we’re seeing where that split has happened.

Inundated Al-Aqsa Hospital issues ‘urgent appeal’ for international help

With dozens of wounded people coming in, the hospital in central Deir el-Balah doesn’t have the means to treat the number of victims and desperately needs support from abroad, its spokesperson says.

“This is an urgent appeal to international health organisations across the world to save Gaza’s health system and to stop this genocidal war before it is too late,” Khalil al-Degran told a news briefing.

“We demand the Rafah and Karem Abu Salem crossings be reopened to transfer the sick and injured abroad to ease this health crisis. Medical supplies, field hospitals, fuel and staff must be allowed in to operate the hospitals and health centres.”

White House spokesman insists Israel put forward Gaza ceasefire proposal

John Kirby has reiterated the Biden administration’s line amid days of confusion over whether Israel actually agreed to the three-phase, ceasefire proposal laid out by the US president last week.

“I’m comfortable that this is in fact an accurate depiction of the proposal, the Israeli proposal. The president laid it out in stark detail. He didn’t lay out every single detail, but the big components of it – and he did so accurately,” Kirby told Al Jazeera.

“And it is an Israeli proposal.”

Biden asked if Netanyahu ‘playing politics’ with Gaza war

The US president responded: “I don’t think so.”

“He’s trying to work out a serious problem he has,” Biden said as he left a news conference at the White House.

As we reported earlier, Biden said in an interview with TIME Magazine that there is “every reason for people to draw” the conclusion that the Israeli prime minister is perpetuating the conflict for his own political ends.


After publishing an article critical of Israel, Columbia Law Review’s website is shut down by board

NEW YORK (AP) — Student editors at the Columbia Law Review say they were pressured by the journal’s board of directors to halt publication of an academic article written by a Palestinian human rights lawyer that accuses Israel of committing genocide in Gaza and upholding an apartheid regime.

When the editors refused the request and published the piece Monday morning, the board — made up of faculty and alumni from Columbia University’s law school — shut down the law review’s website entirely. It remained offline Tuesday evening, a static homepage informing visitors the domain “is under maintenance.”

The episode at one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious legal journals marks the latest flashpoint in an ongoing debate about academic speech that has deeply divided students, staff and college administrators since the start of the Israel-Hamas war.

Several editors at the Columbia Law Review described the board’s intervention as an unprecedented breach of editorial independence at the periodical, which is run by students at Columbia Law School. The board of directors oversees the nonprofit’s finances but has historically played no role in selecting pieces.

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>Starting shit in Lebanon is a dumb move, on multiple levels.
Then they'll probably try to do it.


ICC security measures: Action taken after uptick in threats

Israeli forces bulldoze farmland in Kafr Dan raid

Israel’s military bulldozed Palestinian-owned agricultural land and damaged infrastructure during a raid on the village of Kafr Dan, in the illegally occupied West Bank, the Wafa news agency is reporting.

The latest destruction comes as the World Food Programme reported in February that an estimated 600,000 Palestinians are experiencing food insecurity in the occupied West Bank, amid escalating Israeli military and settler violence, arbitrary arrests, and movement restrictions on the local population since October.

Hundreds of far-right Israelis enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

Wafa news agency reports that nearly 800 far-right Israelis have stormed the mosque’s grounds, under the protection of Israeli police, ahead of the provocative “Flag March” taking place today in occupied Jerusalem.

Sources told Wafa that sources said that one of the groups that entered the compound was accompanied by former lawmaker Moshe Feiglin.

Israel’s use of white phosphorous endangers Lebanon’s civilians: HRW

The Israeli military’s “widespread” use of white phosphorous munitions in its cross-border attacks on southern Lebanon is placing “civilians at grave risk”, and adding to the further displacement of local people, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

In a new report, the New York-based global rights group said it had documented the use of white phosphorous by Israel in attacks on at least 17 municipalities in southern Lebanon since October 2023.

The Israeli attacks included five “municipalities where airburst munitions were unlawfully used over populated residential areas”.

A wax-like, toxic substance that burns at more than 800 degrees Celsius (nearly 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit), white phosphorous is dispersed in artillery shells, aerial bombs and rockets. It burns hot enough to melt metal and is used to immolate buildings, agricultural areas and other civilian infrastructure.

“Israel’s use of airburst white phosphorus munitions in populated areas indiscriminately harms civilians and has led many to leave their homes,” said HRW’s Lebanon researcher Ramzi Kaiss.

“Israel forces should immediately stop using white phosphorus munitions in populated areas, especially when less-harmful alternatives are readily available,” Kaiss said.

Hezbollah attacks Israeli soldiers

The Lebanese group has claimed that its fighters attacked a “gathering” of soldiers near the Israeli army’s Birkat Risha site, using close-range missiles.

Tensions along the Lebanon-Israel border have ramped up in recent days as Israel is threatening to escalate its so far low-level campaign against Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.

Israel transferring prisoners out of notorious military-run detention camp

Israel’s military is winding down operations at the Sde Teiman detention camp, which has been dogged by allegations of abuse of Palestinian prisoners, according to Israeli justice officials.

State lawyers, responding to a petition filed by an Israeli rights group, said 1,200 prisoners in the camp have already been transferred out, leaving just 200 inmates there.

The reduced numbers will help officials improve conditions at the camp, whose ultimate future has yet to be decided, they say.

Inmates of Sde Teiman, located in the Negev desert, have experienced harrowing abuse, according to whistleblowers, including routine beatings, forced stress positions and amputations due to handcuff injuries.

Israeli government to call up 50,000 more reservists: Report

According to Israel’s Ynet news site, the government is expected to approve a decision to summon an additional 50,000 reservist soldiers today, increasing their total ranks to 350,000.

The move comes amid heightened tensions along Israel’s northern border with Lebanon, where Netanyahu says Israel is ready to take “extremely powerful action”.

Former Meta employee says fired after highlighting ‘misclassification’ of video by Motaz Azaiza

A former Meta engineer who is suing his employer for discrimination and wrongful termination says he was fired after trying to address irregularities in the handling of posts by Palestinian Instagram personalities, including Gaza-based photojournalist Motaz Azaiza, Reuters reports.

In one case, engineer Ferras Hamad alleges a video shared by Azaiza was “misclassified” as pornography even though it showed a destroyed building in Gaza, Reuters said.

In a complaint lodged in a California state court, Hamad said he believed he might have been fired after he noted irregularities in troubleshooting procedures where posts from Palestinian Instagram personalities were prevented from appearing in searches and feeds.

Hamad said Meta told him he was fired for violating a policy barring employees from working on issues with accounts of people they know personally, referring to Azaiza. Hamad said he had no personal connection to Azaiza.

Meta did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on Hamad’s allegations.

Bernie Sanders slams US House Speaker over Netanyahu invite to address Congress

The outspoken US senator said Palestinian children are starving in Gaza because of the Israeli prime minister’s policies, yet he has been invited by Speaker of the US House of Representatives Mike Johnson to address Congress.

“I would say to Speaker Johnson that when you attend your fundraising dinners with your billionaire friends, and you eat your fine steaks and your lobsters, and your other wonderful food, please remember these pictures from Gaza,” Sanders said on the Senate floor, where he displayed large pictures of starving Palestinian children.

“These children and thousands more are the direct result of Netanyahu’s policies,” Sanders said, adding that he would not attend the Israeli leader’s speech.

Nine Israeli soldiers injured in ammo blast in southern Israel

The Israeli military has announced that nine soldiers have been injured, two seriously, after a stockpile of ammunition exploded at a military base in southern Israel.

Two of the soldiers were moderately wounded, it said, while five more sustained minor injuries. The soldiers have been evacuated to a hospital and the incident is under investigation.

Palestinian photojournalist Motaz Azaiza wins Freedom Prize for Gaza coverage

Azaiza was awarded the Freedom Prize at a ceremony in Caen, France, on Tuesday for his work documenting the war in Gaza.

Based in Gaza during the first several months of Israel’s war on the Palestinian territory, Azaiza built a huge social media following for his daily video reports and photographs of attacks by Israeli forces and the suffering of Palestinian people.

Italian university suspends Erasmus agreements with Israeli universities

The University of Palermo in Italy has suspended its Erasmus exchange agreements with several Israeli universities, citing safety concerns.



Amount of Israeli bombs dropped on Gaza surpasses that of World War II
Israel dropped 70,000 tons of bombs on Gaza Strip since last October, exceeding World War II bombings in Dresden, Hamburg, London combined, according to rights monitor

Israel has dropped more than 70,000 tons of bombs on the Gaza Strip since last October, far surpassing the bombing of Dresden, Hamburg, and London combined during World War II.

In late April, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor estimated that approximately 70,000 tons of bombs were dropped on Gaza, covering the six-month period between Oct. 7 and April 24.

"It is estimated that Israel has dropped more than 70,000 tons of explosives on the Gaza Strip in addition to its bulldozing operations, resulting in the destruction of all buildings at a distance of up to one kilometer in the east and north of the Strip in order to create a so-called buffer zone," according to the Geneva-based human rights monitor organization.

The Germans bombed London, dropping around 18,300 tons of bombs between 1940 and 1941, according to various estimates, including archives from the New York Times.

The Allies dropped 8,500 tons of bombs on Hamburg in the summer of 1943, said Hendrik Althoff, a research fellow at the Department of History at the University of Hamburg.

The Allies also used 3,900 tons of bombs on Dresden in February 1945, according to historical records.

Israel has continued its brutal offensive on Gaza following the Oct. 7 Hamas incursion, despite a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate cease-fire.


Israel allegedly organised campaign to influence US lawmakers: Report

The New York Times reports that the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs allegedly organised a campaign on social media to influence US lawmakers to support Israel’s actions in its war on Gaza.

Citing unnamed officials and documents, the US newspaper reported that the ministry paid $2m for the campaign and hired Stoic, a political marketing firm in Tel Aviv, to carry it out.

It said the campaign started in October and is still ongoing on X. It used hundreds of fake accounts that posed as real Americans on X, Facebook and Instagram to post pro-Israel comments.

The accounts reportedly targeted US lawmakers, especially those who are Black and Democrat, with posts urging them to continue funding Israel’s military.

‘War in the north is likely’

Omar Ashour, a professor of security and military studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, says surging violence near the Israel-Lebanon border could portend a future war between Israel and Hezbollah.

“I think a war in the north is likely, but not now because Gaza is not finished yet,” Ashour told Al Jazeera, noting that Israel has for months received more rocket fire from southern Lebanon than from Gaza.

If Israel’s current government remains in place, he predicted, conflict along Israel’s northern front could seriously escalate by the end of this year.

“It’s a steadily escalating situation with a vision that the north is a threat and needs to be dealt with at some point, perhaps later this year,” said Ashour.



>Then they'll probably try to do it.
Oh bother, so what are the chances that the pentagon cockblocks this ?
The US would be caught out of position attempting to mount ground operations in Lebanon.


‘Death to Arabs’: Israelis march through Palestinian part of Jerusalem

Thousands of mostly ultranationalist Israelis are participating in the annual “Jerusalem Day” march through a dense Palestinian neighbourhood in Jerusalem, with some stoking wartime tensions and chanting “Death to Arabs.”

The annual event marks Israel’s occupation of east Jerusalem, including the Old City and its holy sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, in 1967.

The marchers also chanted anti-Muslim slogans outside of the Damascus Gate, a central gathering place for Palestinians in occupied east Jerusalem.

This year’s Israeli Flag March ‘much more violent’
Imran Khan
Reporting from Amman, Jordan because Israel's gov't has banned Al Jazeera

Imran Khan is reporting from Amman, Jordan as the Israeli government has banned Al Jazeera.

This is a much more violent Flag Day march than in previous years.

Almost as soon as the ultra-nationalist people arrived in occupied East Jerusalem, they started attacking Palestinians. Young kids were attacking older Palestinian women. We’ve seen pictures of that – they were attacking shops, running into the shops.

The police simply lost control. They asked the Palestinians to shut their shops because they couldn’t control these people.

This year, journalists have been attacked, but not just Palestinian journalists, Israeli journalists have also been attacked.

These people are in effect saying and celebrating that they’ve occupied East Jerusalem. They say, “This is our territory, but you’re not going to have any part of this; in fact we want rid of every single Palestinian.”

The police have only ever arrested the Palestinians, and they’ve done this in previous years. The police aren’t there to protect those being
attacked; they’re trying to keep control of the attackers.

Haaretz reporter attacked by Israelis in Jerusalem’s ‘Flag Day’

The daily Israeli newspaper has said that journalist Nir Hasson was attacked by a group of young Israelis taking part in Jerusalem’s Flag Parade.

According to Haaretz, several assailants knocked Hasson to the ground and kicked him, until Border Police officers intervened.

Every year, the parade attracts thousands of national-religious Jews, many of them young men, who aggressively march with Israeli flags through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem and engage in acts of provocation, violence, and destruction of Palestinian property with little police intervention.

Israeli court upholds 35-day ban on Al Jazeera operations in Israel

An Israeli court has upheld a 35-day ban on Al Jazeera operations in Israel imposed by the government on national security grounds. Communications Minister Shlomo Karh said he hoped to extend the ban for another 45 days when it runs out on Saturday.

Israeli authorities raided a Jerusalem hotel room used by Al Jazeera as its office on May 5 and said they were shutting the operation down for the duration of the Gaza war, accusing the broadcaster of encouraging hostilities against Israel.

Al Jazeera rejected the accusations as a “dangerous and ridiculous lie” that put its journalists at risk.

Wednesday’s court ruling retroactively approved a 35-day ban until June 8.

UK embassy denies it warned Lebanon of upcoming Israeli attack

The UK embassy has dismissed a Lebanese media report that it issued a warning to Lebanon that Israel is planning an extensive assault in mid-June.

“We reject reports that the UK has suggested, let alone sent diplomatic message to Lebanese authorities that Israel will conduct military operations in June,” said a UK embassy spokesperson in a statement, adding that it is not the UK’s role to “comment on Israel’s military planning”.

“The UK continues to work towards de-escalating tensions between Israel and Lebanon,” the spokesperson added. “Our engagement with both sides is focused on generating the conditions for stability and security on the Blue Line. We are clear a conflict is not in anybody’s interest”.

Israeli artillery targets southern Lebanon with incendiary bombs

An Al Jazeera correspondent reports that the Israeli army has bombed the outskirts of the town of Kfarchouba in southern Lebanon with incendiary shells.

The Lebanese News Agency also confirmed that Israeli artillery bombarded the town of Aita al-Shaab in the south of the country with firebombs, causing fires to break out in the surrounding woods.



>Former Meta employee says fired after highlighting ‘misclassification’ of video by Motaz Azaiza
>A former Meta engineer who is suing his employer for discrimination and wrongful termination says he was fired after trying to address irregularities in the handling of posts by Palestinian Instagram personalities, including Gaza-based photojournalist Motaz Azaiza, Reuters reports.
>In one case, engineer Ferras Hamad alleges a video shared by Azaiza was “misclassified” as pornography even though it showed a destroyed building in Gaza, Reuters said.
Maybe Zionists jack off to pictures of destroyed buildings.


>Israel has dropped more than 70,000 tons of bombs on the Gaza Strip since last October, far surpassing the bombing of Dresden, Hamburg, and London combined during World War II.
Their mission is to expend as much munitions as possible ?


Could be. Would explain why the US is so supportive.


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US: Protesters occupy offices of Stanford University’s president

The Stanford Daily reports a group of students barricaded themselves in the building while dozens of others linked arms outside. The California university confirmed in a statement that individuals unlawfully entered the building.

The newspaper said two hours after the incident began, law enforcement officers used a crowbar to enter the building and began making arrests.

Stanford is among colleges and universities around the United States where activists are demanding their schools separate themselves – or divest – from companies advancing Israel’s war in Gaza and in some cases from Israel itself.

Shells fired from Lebanon hit Hurfeish without activating the sirens: Army spokesperson

We have more information about the explosion in the Galilee, northern Israel.

Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz reports that 11 people have now been injured in the town of Hurfeish.

The Israeli army spokesperson said that shells were fired from Lebanon and landed in the Hurfeish area, without activating the sirens.

At least 10 injured in drone attack in Galilee: Report

Israeli media has posted videos on X showing an explosion and smoke rising as a result of a drone attack on the town of Hurfeish in the Upper Galilee in northern Israel.

According to Israel Hayom, at least 10 people have been injured, one of them seriously.

Israel secretly targeted US lawmakers with anti-Palestinian content

Israel’s government primarily targeted Black lawmakers and progressives with this content in order to sway public opinion on the war in Gaza, Haaretz newspaper reports, citing an investigation by the Fake Reporter organisation.

The daily said the operation, orchestrated by Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Ministry and run by a political campaigning firm, involved fake accounts and sites that spread pro-Israel and Islamophobic content, as well as disinformation about anti-Semitism on US campuses.

Haaretz first reported about the existence of the operation in March but Fake Reporter published more details. Fake Reporter’s Executive Director Achiya Schatz told Haaretz that “running the foreign influence campaign against American lawmakers is amateurish, irresponsible and anti-democratic”.

Islamic Jihad lambasts Arabs for ‘silence’ on Israeli ‘desecration’ of Jerusalem

The armed group says because of “this shameful silence, the Zionist entity’s gangs are daring to desecrate the nation’s sacred sites”.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad issued the statement in response to the annual “Jerusalem Day” march by thousands of Israelis through a Palestinian neighbourhood in Jerusalem, with some stoking wartime tensions and chanting “Death to Arabs.”

The march, which it said is Islamophobic and anti-Arab, has led to the closure of entrances to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and caused Palestinians to stay confined to their homes out of fear for their safety.

“The march is a blatant assault on the Muslims’ first qibla [the point toward which Muslims turn to pray] and on religious holy sites. Zionist gangs are trying to compensate for the humiliation they and their army have been subjected to in the Gaza Strip and West Bank,” Islamic Jihad said.

No peace in Middle East without a Palestinian state: Vladimir Putin

The Russian president says Moscow is ready to help resolve the crisis in Gaza, and peace cannot be achieved without the creation of an independent state of Palestine.

Putin made the comments as he met senior editors from international news agencies at Russia’s flagship annual economic forum in St Petersburg.

Israel’s answer to Hamas’s attack “looks like the total destruction of civilians”, Putin said, adding he considers the status quo a result of “the total failure of the United States”.

200 Jewish Americans lobby US lawmakers to stop arming Israel

Hundreds of members of Jewish Voice for Peace Action are calling on the United States Congress to stop arming the Israeli military and to secure a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.

In a statement, JVP Action said some of its members held more than 60 meetings with members of Congress and their representatives.

“I am a rabbi calling on my elected officials to stop arming the Israeli military as it wages a genocidal campaign in Gaza. The Jewish tradition teaches us the most holy commandment is pikuach nefesh – saving a life – and I am calling on my representatives to do all that they can to save lives now,” said Lonnie Kleinman, a rabbi based in Philadelphia.

The group said it was the largest lobby day it has ever coordinated, noting in its statement that “Over the past many months, in grief, protest, and prayer, Jewish Americans have risen up to say ‘ceasefire now’ and ‘not in our name’.”

US hoping to ‘re-anchor’ Gaza pier repaired by end of week

The US-built pier anchored on the coast was severely damaged in rough seas at the end of May just a few days after it was completed.

“We’re hoping we will be able to re-anchor the pier into Gaza at the end of the week,” US Department of Defence spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said. “As soon as the temporary pier is re-anchored to the beach in Gaza, we expect aid to flow pretty immediately.”

Aid groups have criticised the pier as a costly and ineffective distraction from the fact that land deliveries are the most efficient way to help Gaza. Israel continues to restrict humanitarian relief from entering the territory as severe hunger spreads.



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Spain to join South Africa’s genocide case against Israel

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares says his country will join South Africa’s genocide case before the International Court of Justice against Israel’s actions in Gaza.

Spain is the first European nation to join the case, which has also been joined by Chile and Mexico.

In mid-May, judges at the top United Nations court ordered Israel to halt its offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah and withdraw from the enclave, citing “immense risk” to the Palestinian population.

Israel has since pressed on with its assault on Rafah and the rest of the Gaza Strip.

Death toll from Nuseirat school strike rises to 40

There are now 40 people who have been killed in the Israeli air attack on a UN-run school in Nuseirat, the director of Gaza’s Government Media Office tells Reuters.

Dozens more people are wounded and receiving treatment at Deir el-Balah’s overcrowded Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, which is now three times over its capacity.

Gaza Health Ministry: Thousands barred from receiving treatment outside Strip

The ministry says in a statement that the number of sick and wounded Palestinians who need to leave the Gaza Strip for treatment has reached 25,000 but since May 12, about the time Israel seized the Rafah border crossing with Egypt and it closed, “no sick or wounded person has been able to leave the Gaza Strip”.

Only 4,895 people were able to leave when the Rafah crossing was open, the ministry added.

“This exposes the lives of thousands to avoidable complications and death, and these are cases that can be treated and saved if they were allowed to go to specialized centres outside the Gaza Strip,” the statement said.

Israeli forces demolish seven homes near Hebron: Report

Israeli bulldozers have razed seven homes in the town of Dhahriya, south of Hebron, according to the Wafa news agency.

The demolitions have displaced more than 50 people, said the owner of one of the homes, as the action also destroyed their solar energy infrastructure.

In 2024, Israeli forces have so far demolished more than 500 Palestinian-owned structures in the occupied West Bank, displacing at least 936 people, according to data from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Israeli judge quits ICJ panel, citing personal reasons

Aharon Barak, a former president of Israel’s Supreme Court, resigned from his role as ad hoc judge on an International Court of Justice panel weighing a genocide allegation filed over the country’s war in Gaza.

In a resignation letter dated June 4 and republished by Israeli media, Barak, 87, cited unspecified personal and family reasons for his decision.

Under the ICJ’s rules, a state that does not have a judge of its nationality already on the bench can choose an ad hoc judge to sit in on their case. It was not immediately clear who Israel might appoint to replace Barak.

In a statement thanking Barak for his service in The Hague, Israeli President Isaac Herzog said: “We will continue to stand steadfast against the evil, hypocrisy and libels cast against the State of Israel and [the Israeli army].”

Israeli gunboats bomb the coast of Rafah

Our colleagues at Al Jazeera Arabic report that Israeli gunboats have bombed the coast of the southernmost Gaza city with a number of shells.

Last month, the International Court of Justice ordered Israel to immediately halt its offensive on Rafah, which has forced one million people to flee the area, according to the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency, better known as UNRWA

Colombia calls for curbs on coal sales to Israel: Report

Colombia’s Ministry of Trade has called for restrictions on sales of coal to Israel, Bloomberg News reports, citing an internal document and an anonymous source with close knowledge of the issue.

Israeli air strike, tank fire kill 3 Palestinians ‘crossing’ Gaza fence

The Israeli military says it shot dead three Palestinians who attempted to cross the fence from the Gaza Strip into Israel, in the Rafah area.

Two men were killed in an air raid, while a third one was killed in tank fire after they fired at Israeli soldiers monitoring the border area, the Israeli military said in a post on X.

Israel has not yet provided evidence of Hamas presence in targeted UN school
Imran Khan
Reporting from Amman, Jordan

Al Jazeera is reporting from outside Israel because it has been banned by the Israeli government.

The Israeli army say they are very clear who the target was. They say Hamas fighters were in the UN school in the middle of Nuseirat refugee camp. They provided no evidence for any of this.

The army used air strikes to hit that UN school. They knew it was a UN school. They admitted it was a UN school. They know it is a place where displaced Palestinians have been staying.

Israelis are briefing local Israeli media, saying they suspected some of the people behind the October 7 attack on Israel were staying there. That’s language that we’ve heard a lot before.

Right now, we’re in this kind of “he-said, she-said”. The Israeli army is very clear, saying, “We believe that Hamas was in that school and in that refugee camp,” but not providing any single shred of evidence.

UNRWA school attack survivor: ‘The area was shelled with a belt of fire’

Al Jazeera has spoken to several people who were inside an UNRWA school in the Nuseirat refugee camp, in central Gaza, when it was bombed by Israeli forces in the early hours of this morning, killing at least 32 people.

“We were inside the school and suddenly we were bombed, people here turned to pieces on a harsh night … this building housed families and young people, and the shelling took place without warning”, said Anas al-Dahouk.

Another man, Naim al-Dadah, said the strike is “the result of the terrorism of the State of Israel … there is no terrorism except Israel, all institutions and red lines have been crossed by Israel in Gaza”.

He explained that he was displaced from Gaza City, in the Strip’s north, to Khan Younis and then to Rafah, in the far south. Everywhere he and his family went, he said, they were bombed, “and when we came to Nuseirat camp, we were bombed now”.

“We were bombed without warning and suddenly, as Israeli planes targeted the school with two missiles,” he added.

‘Shift’ in Hamas battle tactics to ambush, withdraw and regroup

Hamas is relying on hit-and-run tactics to frustrate Israel’s attempts to take control of Gaza, US and Israeli officials told Reuters.

Hamas – which US sources believe has seen its fighting force reduced to between 9,000 and 12,000 fighters, down from US estimates of 20,000-25,000 before the war – is now relying on ambushes and improvised bombs to hit Israeli forces.

The US officials, who requested anonymity, told Reuters that such tactics could sustain Hamas in their fight for months to come, aided by weapons smuggled into Gaza via tunnels and others repurposed from unexploded ordnance or captured from Israeli forces.

The Palestinian group has shown the ability to withdraw rapidly after attacks, take cover, regroup, and pop up again in areas that Israel had believed to be cleared of resistance fighters, a US administration official said.

Gaza resident Wissam Ibrahim also told Reuters that Hamas’s tactics have shifted away from firing at “Israeli troops as soon as they pushed into their territory”.

“Now, there is a notable shift in their mode of operations, they wait for them to deploy and then they start their ambushes and attacks.”

‘Many militias’ remain active in battling Israeli forces in northern Gaza: Monitors

Seven Palestinian armed groups launched rockets and mortar shells at Israeli forces and a military post located along the Netzarim Corridor – an Israeli-built road that cuts across Gaza, dividing its north and south to allow for greater military control over the Palestinian territory.

The attacks demonstrate that “many militias remain active in the northern Gaza Strip”, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and the Critical Threats Project (CTP) say in their latest battlefield assessment.

The two US-based think tanks also report that three Palestinian groups claimed attacks on Wednesday against Israeli forces operating in Gaza’s southern Rafah city, where Israeli forces report advancing into the city’s western Saudi neighbourhood, according to the ISW/CTP joint report.

Fighters with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades combined their forces on Wednesday to carry out a combined rocket attack on southern Israel, the think tanks reported.

Gantz tells mayors in northern Israel ‘be ready for tougher days’, possibly war: Report

War cabinet minister Benny Gantz has travelled to northern Israel after a spate of bloody Hezbollah rocket attacks there and warned of “tougher days” ahead, reports Israel’s Channel 12.

According to the report, Gantz met with the mayors of several northern towns close to the line of contact and told them: “Don’t complain about the present, because the future could be more problematic.”

“Get ready for tougher fights, get ready for tougher days here, it can get us to war,” Gantz said.

Yesterday, Hezbollah fired a series of drones at the Israeli town of Hurfeish, killing one soldier and injuring at least seven people. The Israeli military said it failed to sound sirens ordering people to shelters.

Large-scale attack against Hezbollah could bring ‘terrible destruction’ to Israel: Retired Israeli general

Retired Israeli Major General Itzhak Brick has written a scathing indictment of the Israeli military in an op-ed published in the Maariv newspaper on Thursday. Brick said:

While there is “tremendous pressure” from community leaders in northern Israel to attack Hezbollah, they are ignorant of the fact that the Israeli military is in a “dire situation”.
An Israeli military attack “against Hezbollah in full force could bring terrible destruction to the whole of Israel”.
Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant and military Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi are “not prepared to acknowledge the army’s weakness and impotence”.
Israel needs two years to “rebuild the army” before it’s in a position to attack Hezbollah.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Gallant and Halevy “have nothing left to lose, and are ready to gamble on the fate of the country”.

Rescue teams put out fires in southern Lebanon after Israeli bombing

Footage published by local media shows rescue teams working to extinguish raging fires in Wadi Gilo after Israeli fighter jets targeted the town in southern Lebanon.

Israeli forces launched an air raid on Wadi Gilo in the early hours of Thursday morning, striking an uninhabited house and causing fires in surrounding homes, as well as setting a warehouse alight, according to Lebanon’s National News Agency.




Houthis allegedly target Greek-owned ship in the Red Sea

The Yemen-based Houthis have targeted a Greek-owned bulk carrier in the Red Sea, according to British security firm Ambrey.

Transmissions from the ship – which was travelling from Mormugao in India to Suez in Egypt – stopped 118 nautical miles (about 218km) east of Eritrea in East Africa, the firm said, without naming the vessel. The condition of the ship and its crew is not known.

“The alleged ‘targeting’ of the vessel was aligned to the stated Houthi intent,” Ambrey said. “The Houthi language did not indicate they were claiming to have damaged the vessel. At the time of writing, the event had not been verified.”

The Houthis fired missiles and drones at three vessels in the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea on Wednesday, including the US vessel, Maersk Seletar, according to Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Saree.

Hezbollah claims it has hit Iron Dome defence system launcher

Lebanese group Hezbollah has claimed that it has struck Israel’s Iron Dome air defence system with a missile in northern Israel.

The armed group published footage reportedly showing a guided missile striking an Iron Dome launcher, which is located near the northern Israeli town of Ramot Naftali.

The Israeli military has said that it is not aware of any damage done to the launcher, The Times of Israel reports.


US nurse speaks about dismissal after expressing compassion for Palestinians

Hesen Jabr, a US nurse who was allegedly unjustly fired for expressing compassion towards Palestinians while accepting an award for compassionate care from NYU Langone Hospital in New York City, has spoken about her experience.

“NYU Langone chose to use that moment where I highlighted my Palestinian identity as the reason they deemed me no longer able to provide the care they honoured me for only moments before,” Jabr said in a news conference in New York, hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Wednesday.

“I am one of many who have been terminated for their pro-Palestinian identity and stance,” she said.

“It has to stop.”

Trump says US Jewish politician is ‘like a Palestinian’ after criticising Israeli gov’t
Former US president and convicted felon Donald Trump has said Chuck Schumer, the US Senate majority leader and top-ranking Jewish official in US history, is “becoming like a Palestinian” amid his criticism of Israel’s government.

Trump told Sean Hannity on Fox News that Israel does not “have the backing” of Democrats in the US, adding that this was a “very dangerous thing”.

“Even Schumer, he’s become like a Palestinian. Chuck Schumer. Jewish. Always strong for Israel. He’s become like a Palestinian,” he said.

Schumer made waves in March when he slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his handling of Israel’s war on Gaza, calling for him to be replaced as leader.

Don’t let the occupied West Bank ‘become another Gaza’, says UN official

Muhannad Hadi, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for the Middle East peace process, has said Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are facing increasing violence and pressure and “must be supported” in order to stop the territory from becoming “another Gaza”.

“More than 500 Palestinians have been killed across the West Bank since October and thousands have been displaced,” Hadi said in a post on social media.

“Houses have been demolished. Infrastructure has been destroyed. Health facilities attacked. People here are suffering. Women and children are being harassed. People have no access to clean water. No more access to education or health facilities,” Hadi said, though he failed to mention the role of Israeli forces and settlers in the violence against Palestinians.

“All eyes are on Gaza. But the situation in the West Bank is volatile. This must stop,” he said.

Police probe as CCTV footage shows man smashing window at Haaretz office

A police investigation has been launched after a man was filmed on CCTV smashing a window at the offices of Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Wednesday morning.

The man, wearing a tank top and pink shorts, is seen approaching Haaretz’s Tel Aviv office carrying a hammer, before smashing a glass door and walking off.

The motive for the attack is unknown. Haaretz has been highly critical of Benjamin Netanyahu’s administration and its conduct in Israel’s war on Gaza.




>Hesen Jabr, a US nurse who was allegedly unjustly fired for expressing compassion towards Palestinians while accepting an award for compassionate care from NYU Langone Hospital in New York City, has spoken about her experience.
>“NYU Langone chose to use that moment where I highlighted my Palestinian identity as the reason they deemed me no longer able to provide the care they honoured me for only moments before,” Jabr said in a news conference in New York, hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Wednesday.
>“I am one of many who have been terminated for their pro-Palestinian identity and stance,” she said.

She can probably sue for discrimination and get a decent payoff. Judges and lawyers seem to be relatively immune to Zionist hate-mongering. Maybe the advanced linguistic skills necessary for legal stuff is making them immune.


>Retired Israeli Major General Itzhak Brick has written a scathing indictment of the Israeli military in an op-ed published in the Maariv newspaper on Thursday. Brick said:
>While there is “tremendous pressure” from community leaders in northern Israel to attack Hezbollah, they are ignorant of the fact that the Israeli military is in a “dire situation”.
An Israeli military attack “against Hezbollah in full force could bring terrible destruction to the whole of Israel”.
>Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant and military Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi are “not prepared to acknowledge the army’s weakness and impotence”.
>Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Gallant and Halevy “have nothing left to lose, and are ready to gamble on the fate of the country”.

So they do have some rational people after-all.


Houthis say they launched two operations against ships at Haifa port

Yemen’s Houthi group says it has launched two joint military operations with the Iraqi Islamic Resistance against ships at Israel’s Haifa port.

“The first targeted two ships carrying military equipment in the port of Haifa, while the second targeted a ship that violated the decision to ban entry to the port,” Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Saree said in a televised statement.

Hamas official says current ceasefire proposal too ‘open-ended’: Report

Senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri has told Reuters that while the group appreciates “Biden’s ideas”, the current ceasefire proposal does not provide a firm enough commitment that the war will end.

“The Israeli documents speak of open-ended negotiation with no deadline, and it speaks of a stage during which the occupation regains its hostages and resumes the war. We had told the mediators that such a paper wasn’t acceptable to us,” said Abu Zuhri.

“The (US) document … has no mention of ending the aggression or the withdrawal,” he added.

Israel targeted UNRWA school with missiles with US guidance systems, probe finds

An investigation by Al Jazeera’s Sanad news verification agency reveals that the Israeli army targeted an UNRWA school sheltering displaced people in the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza with missiles equipped with US-made guidance systems.

At least three missiles fired from fighter jets were used in the attack on Wednesday night that killed 40 displaced people, including 14 children and nine women. Seventy-four people were injured, Gaza’s Government Media Office said.

Images of missile fragments analysed by Sanad’s field team identified components from Honeywell, an American company specialising in precision guidance systems. Similar components were used in a 2014 Israeli attack on a Palestinian home in Gaza City’s Shujayea neighbourhood.

Two pieces from the recent and old bombing bear the same manufacturer’s number and the same category number: HG1930BA06.

Oxfam: Israeli attack on UNRWA school ‘flagrant violation’ of int’l law

A spokesperson for the international NGO says that “It is a disgrace that a ceasefire is still not in place and that [International Humanitarian Law] is broken by Israel time and again with full impunity”.

In the early hours of this morning, the Isralei army attacked a school run by the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugee, which was serving a shelter for displaced people, in Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.

At least 40 people were killed in that attack, including women and children, according to Gaza’s government.

“Dozens of people – including children – were slaughtered while they slept,” an Oxfam spokesperson said of the attack.

“Civilians in Gaza must be protected and world leaders must both stop Israel from continuing this carnage and providing the political cover for them to do so,” the spokesperson continued.

Israeli writer criticises government policies leading to soldiers being ‘killed in vain’

In a speech during a demonstration against Netanyahu’s government in the Israeli city of Modi’in, Israeli philosopher and researcher Asa Kosher, author of the “IDF Code of Ethics”, has criticised Israel’s policies, calling them a “major disaster” that leads to the “absurd” death of Israeli soldiers.

Israel’s Channel 14 published a video of Kosher’s speech in which he calls for elections in order to “cleanse” the “moral filth” in the current government.

“The great catastrophe in a soldier’s life is death, and this stupid slogan that it is good to die for our country, has never had moral value, real roots,” he said.

He said Israeli military operations are extended as much as possible in order to prolong the life of the “ruling fraudulent regime”, in which case the goals and tasks are unfair, noting that soldiers are “killed in vain” to serve the personal ambitions of the prime minister.

“When they die in vain it is the great disaster that can befall them because they are not only killed, they are killed in vain, and it is difficult to say that, but we have to say it,” he said.



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‘Historic’: NAACP urges Biden to end arms transfers to Israel

The NAACP, one of the largest Black civil rights organisations in the US, has urged Biden to “indefinitely” suspend weapon transfers to Israel in a sign of growing discontent with the US president’s support for the Israeli war on Gaza.

In a statement, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said the group has a “responsibility to speak out in the face of injustice and work to hold our elected officials accountable for the promises they’ve made”.

“The Middle East conflict will only be resolved when the US government and international community take action, including limiting access to weapons used against civilians,” Johnson said.

“The NAACP calls on President Biden to draw the red line and indefinitely end the shipment of weapons and artillery to the state of Israel and other states that supply weapons to Hamas.”

US imposes sanctions on Palestinian ‘Lion’s Den’

The US State Department has imposed sanctions on the “Lion’s Den” Palestinian armed group in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

In a statement announcing the action, spokesperson Matthew Miller cited attacks by the group on Israelis, as well as Palestinians in the occupied West Bank since 2022.

The statement did not name any individuals subject to sanctions.

The emergence of the Lions’ Den comes as public support for armed resistance increases among Palestinians. While its roots go back to February 2022, the Lions’ Den formally emerged in September 2023.

Israeli military alarmed by standoff over West Bank funds, report says

The Israeli military has warned the government that its policy of cutting off funds to the Palestinian Authority could push the occupied West Bank into a third “intifada”, public broadcaster Kan Radio has reported.

The warning underlined the increasingly dire state of the West Bank economy where hundreds of thousands of workers have lost their jobs in Israel and public servants have been unpaid or on partial pay for months.

Israel has blocked Palestinian workers from entering from the occupied West Bank since October 7.

According to estimates from the Palestinian finance ministry, Israel has been holding back a total of around 6 billion shekels ($1.61bn) in tax revenues, which has resulted in growing hardship.



US seeks to block Houthi revenue in possible threat to Yemen truce: Report

The United States and its allies are increasingly seeking to block revenues to Yemen’s Houthi group, a push that could jeapordise United Nations-led efforts to end the civil war in the country.

According to a Bloomberg News report, Washington is looking to block major parts of a UN peace plan that the warring parties in Yemen adopted in December, unless the Houthis cease their attacks on international shipping lanes.

The UN roadmap includes $1.5bn in civil servant salaries from Saudi Arabia to be paid in Houthi-controlled areas, an unidentified source is quoted as saying.

Israeli forces fire at emergency responders removing bodies in Jenin: PRCS

The Palestine Red Crescent Society posted video on X showing the paramedics taking cover as they worked to put two men onto stretches and load them into two ambulances.

Palestinian health authorities said earlier at least three Palestinians were killed in the Israeli raid on the camp in the occupied West Bank.

Medics with the PRCS have repeatedly been targeted and killed by Israeli forces since the war on Gaza began. Intentionally killing medical workers is a war crime under international law.

Israeli army attacked near Rafah: Qassam Brigades

The armed wing of Hamas says fighters bombed the command-and-control headquarters of the Israeli army at the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) land crossing, east of southern Rafah city.

The group said in a statement that it used a 114mm short-range “Rajum” missile system during the attack. It didn’t say if any casualties were inflicted.

Israeli army identifies 9 fighters it says killed in UN-school attack

In news conference, spokesperson Daniel Hagari says the Israeli military is still working to identify more Palestinian fighters targeted in the attack on the UN-run school in Nuseirat refugee camp.

Israel’s military said about 30 fighters were gathering in rooms of the school when they attacked the area with “a precision strike”.

Local officials say nine women and 14 children at the school, which was housing about 6,000 internally displaced people, are among at least 40 people killed in the attack.



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