California passes resolution defining criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism

Last month, the California State Assembly passed a resolution urging state educational institutions to more aggressively crack down on criticism of the State of Israel on campuses, which the resolution defines as “anti-Semitism.” The anti-democratic resolution is the latest step in the broader campaign to stifle and suppress dissent on California’s increasingly volatile campuses. The California State Assembly is the lower house of the state legislature, consisting of 80 members. The resolution—H.R. 35: “Relative to anti-Semitism”—was passed by a vote of 66 to 80, including a majority of both Republicans and Democrats in the Assembly. The resolution was drafted by … Continue reading California passes resolution defining criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism

Palestinian Authority requests Oslo amendment

The Palestinian Authority has formally asked Israel for talks on changing the Paris Protocol, a key agreement governing economic ties between the two, a minister told AFP on Sunday. “I made a request to the Israeli government through the defense ministry… that the Palestinian Authority officially requests the reopening of the Paris Protocol which is not compatible with the current economic situation,” said civil affairs minister Hussein al-Sheikh. Sheikh said he had been advised by Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas to push through the request, which comes as the Palestinian Authority is struggling to handle a growing wave of social … Continue reading Palestinian Authority requests Oslo amendment

Jerusalem Foundation: occupation commits ethnic cleansing against Jerusalemites

BEIRUT, (PIC)– Jerusalem International Foundation demanded the international community to take necessary measures to stop the Israeli crimes of ethnic cleansing committed against the Palestinian citizens in the occupied city of Jerusalem. Yassin Hammoud, Director General of the Beirut based foundation, condemned in written statement the Israeli occupation’s procedures of deporting the Jerusalemite MP Ahmad Abu Tair from Jerusalem to the city of Ramallah, following his release after serving a year in administrative detention. He considered that the ongoing policy of the occupation of deporting the MPs and other Jerusalemites from their hometown represents a violation of the international laws … Continue reading Jerusalem Foundation: occupation commits ethnic cleansing against Jerusalemites

Israel tortures Palestinian children in dungeon: Analyst

Interview with Greta Berlin, co-founder of the Free Gaza Movement “I mean Gaza is its own prison and it is an enormous injustice that many of them have no charges, they are thrown into jail. You have got children now who are in jail, who are 12, 13, 14 years old. What happened to them? They threw stones.” Family members of Palestinian prisoners have protested against the treatment of prisoners held in Israel. As many as 4500 Palestinians are currently imprisoned in Israel many of whom are on the so-called administrative detention that allows Israeli prisons to hold them for … Continue reading Israel tortures Palestinian children in dungeon: Analyst

Iraq’s Sunni vice president sentenced to death

In this Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, Iraq’s Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi speaks during an interview with the Associated Press near Sulaimaniyah, 160 miles (260 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq. An Iraqi court found the nation’s Sunni vice president guilty Sunday, Sept, 2012 of running death squads against security forces and Shiites, and sentenced him to death in absentia. BAGHDAD — A Baghdad court sentenced Iraq’s fugitive Sunni vice president to death Sunday after finding him guilty of masterminding the killings of a lawyer and a government security official. Tariq al-Hashemi has denied the allegations. He fled the country after Iraq’s … Continue reading Iraq’s Sunni vice president sentenced to death

Fayyad: Protests prove PA committed to freedom of expression

PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad meets Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in Ramallah, September 9, 2012. RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The ongoing protests against rising living costs in the West Bank prove the Palestinian Authority is committed to the right to freedom of expression, PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Sunday. Fayyad made the comments while meeting with Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in Ramallah. The Palestinian Authority prime minister briefed Westerwelle on the economic situation in the West Bank and ongoing Israeli violations of the Palestinian people’s rights, above all in Area C and East Jerusalem. He urged the European Union … Continue reading Fayyad: Protests prove PA committed to freedom of expression

Ahmad Sa’adat refuses to recognize legitimacy of Israeli court, “a tool of repression against Palestinian prisoners”

  Imprisoned Palestinian national leader Ahmad Sa’adat reiterated his position that he does not recognize the authority of the Israeli occupation courts over Palestinian prisoners at the Magistrate’s Court in Jerusalem on Sunday, September 9, 2012. “I will not recognize the legitimacy of this court which is attempting to perpetuate the occupation of our Palestinian land, and is itself one of the fronts of Zionist terrorism against our Palestinian people, and a tool of repression against Palestinian prisoners,” said Sa’adat. Sa’adat was brought to the court for international proceedings in a private lawsuit filed in the United States by Shurat Ha-Din (the … Continue reading Ahmad Sa’adat refuses to recognize legitimacy of Israeli court, “a tool of repression against Palestinian prisoners”