Facts & latest news on Gaza Great March of Return (periodically updated)

Israeli forces have killed 172 Gazans and injured 19,139 since the weekly unarmed protests began on March 31 … Israel is using “exploding bullets” that cause devastating injuries and often require amputation… The dead include journalists, medics, children, women, and disabled individuals… On Sept 7 Israeli forces killed a teenager and wounded at least 210 others…

Israel gets far more than $38 billion under the new deal

In an unprecedented gift of our executive power to Israel, the House has passed for the very first time a law that forces the American president to give Israel a minimum of $3.8 billion per year. We have, in effect, crippled our ability to promote US interests in the Middle East. The new House version is even more generous to Israel than the Senate bill and the 2016 MOU… it amounts to $7,230 per minute to Israel, or $120 per second…

In under 24 hrs, Israeli soldiers kill 4 civilians (one a child) who posed no threat (and it’s not Friday)

Excessive force, live bullets against unarmed civilians has been an Israeli military theme in 2018. Israeli soldiers with live fire and tear gas, warplanes, and drones combined efforts to interrupt nonviolent actions near the Gaza border, resulting in 4 civilian deaths and dozens of injuries. Israel claimed that in one case, “saboteurs” approached the fence…

NGO calls for Investigation into death of man a few hours after Israeli forces abducted him

Israeli soldiers sneaked into a West Bank village, abducted a 24-year-old, beat him brutally, took him into custody, and a few hours later he was dead. Israeli authorities have not delivered his body to his family or to Palestinian authorities. This type of thing has happened before…

NYT story on billionaire Seth Klarman hid his Israel lobby role… Les Wexner also quit Republicans over concern for Israel

Mondoweiss reports: ‘Israel is at the heart of Klarman’s giving, but NYT reporter Bari Weiss hid this – she’s an Israel advocate and doesn’t want to advertise the power of the Israel lobby & the clout of pro-Israel Jews.’ Billionaire Les Wexner also quit Republicans over worry that Trump’s actions will ultimately hurt Israel…

Ha’aretz: Noahide Project seeks to create a world religion whose believers adore Israel

Ha’aretz reports that the Noahide Project, supported by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate and the Israeli government, seeks to create a world religion whose believers adore the Jewish people and the State of Israel… founded by rabbis from Israel, mainly from Chabad… the first Noahide gathering took place in Texas in 1990 and was attended by Rabbi Meir Kahane… members are told they are subservient to Jews…

Israeli Ambassador to U.S. speaks to American power brokers at exclusive event

Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. hosted Jewish leaders, diplomats, journalists and members of Congress for an exclusive Rosh Hashanah reception. Attendees included Wolf Blitzer, Jane Harman, Rep. Eliot Engel, Rep. Ted Deutch, Gabby Deutch, Rep. Brad Schneider, Rep. Lee Zeldin, Rep. David Kustoff, Ron Klein, Elliott Abrams, Jason Greenblatt, Martin Indyk, Stu Eizenstat, Leon Wieseltier, Howard Berman, Henry Waxman, Joe Kristol, etc

Pro-Israel billionaires Saban and Singer host dinner for Trump peace team to brief Jewish leaders

Haim Saban (Democratic donor) and Paul Singer (Republican donor) convened a private dinner featuring U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, Jared Kushner, and Jason Greenblatt. The kosher-catered dinner, held in a private room at New York’s Pierre Hotel, was for senior administration officials to discuss their emerging Israeli-Palestinian peace plan with powerful Jewish business and communal leaders, the latest of several private briefings for Jewish power brokers…