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

Israeli forces have killed 205 Gazans and injured 22,000 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 Friday they killed 7 more, including a 12-year-old and two teens….

Israel’s assault on Palestinian universities is a threat to human rights and a tragedy for this generation of students

The UK Independent reports that Palestine has had to contend with Israel’s systematic obstruction of education: from enforced closures, campus raids, and the oppression of individual students and teachers, including arbitrary arrests and detention without trial

For Justice, Not Apartheid, in Palestine

The Nation magazine reports that a quarter-century after the Oslo agreement, Israel is consolidating its domination by cruel and illegal means—but the global resistance movement is growing.

Israel advocates are the 2 largest donors in lead-up to U.S. midterm elections

Israel partisans Sheldon Adelson and Michael Bloomberg are the top campaign donors leading up to midterm elections. Adelson, an American billionaire who has said he wished he’d served in the Israeli military instead of the US one, is donating tens of millions of dollars to Republicans. Bloomberg, a billionaire who twice flew to Israel to demonstrate his support of Israel during its massacres of Gazans, is giving tens of millions to Democrats….

A leaked clip from a censored documentary indicates that a pro-Israel, anti-Arab protest was manufactured with help from staff and students from the Hoover Institution, located at Stanford University. In the clip, a student says they were forced to participate. A student laughs that they sold out for $50,000 and benefits.

Los Angeles Jewish Community Foundation funded shadowy group that targets students

The Los Angeles Jewish Community Foundation has admitted that it funded the Israeli charity that appears to run Canary Mission, the online blacklist of American students that the Israeli government has used to interrogate and detain U.S. citizens.

IDF Awards Israeli Soldiers for Deadly Crackdown on Gaza Protests

As the man-made crisis in Gaza is nearing a dangerous climax, Israel’s military has awarded the Gaza Division with a “certificate of appreciation” for its role in suppressing Palestinian protests. Described in the media as “clashes,” these protests involve Israeli snipers firing into crowds of unarmed young Palestinians. The award was given as the number of unarmed protesters wounded since March 30 surpassed 22,000 and the killings reached 198.

My grandfather Nelson Mandela fought apartheid. I see the parallels with Israel

While my country has long been free from racist minority rule, the world is not yet free of the crime of apartheid. I see the eerie similarities between Israel’s racial laws and policies towards Palestinians, and the architecture of apartheid in South Africa. We South Africans know apartheid when we see it. In fact, many recognise that, in some respects, Israel’s regime of oppression is even worse.

Mondoweiss: New York Times staff writer praises AIPAC for its work supporting Israel

Phil Weiss reports on a talk by Ronen Bergman, who lavished praise on AIPAC for ‘having Israel’s back’…  Weiss notes that 4 New York Times writers have had sons in the Israeli military; current Times columnists Roger Cohen, Bret Stephens and David Brooks are proudly Zionist; opinion editor Bari Weiss comes out of a career as an Israel advocate, and her father is a stalwart at AIPAC…

Breaking the Silence about Israel’s occupation of Hebron

Jonathan Cook reports on Israeli soldiers breaking the silence on what they’ve done. “Whatever a soldier believes when they begin their military service, there is no way to behave ethically in the occupied territories,” Ido Even-Paz, a former Israeli soldier says. “It’s a system in which Palestinians are always treated as inferior… Every day the job is to inflict collective punishment…”