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

Since March 30, Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip – including families, women, children – have gathered along the Israeli border to highlight their dispossession in 1948 and protest the growing humanitarian catastrophe. Israeli forces have killed about 241 and injured over 25,000 protesters, including women, children, disabled individuals, medics, and journalists, since the beginning of the Great Return March on Palestinian Land. Demonstrators are asking for the lifting of an 11-year siege and the fulfilling of their basic human rights.

FBI refuses to discuss detention of American Iranian TV anchor Marzieh Hashemi

The US has jailed prominent Press TV journalist Marzieh Hashemi, an American citizen, apparently as a “material witness”– ‘a charge authorities use when they need a reason to arrest somebody but don’t have one.’ She was visiting family & filming a documentary on Black Lives Matter when she was detained at the St. Louis airport, handcuffed and shackled.

Ha’aretz: Could the FBI Hold 15,000 Israelis Criminally Responsible Over Binary Options?

The FBI, apparently escalating its campaign against the binary options swindle, has arrested four Israeli women. Until 2017, Israel was considered a binary options powerhouse, with some 150-200 companies taking in as much as $5 billion a day. The Israeli firms were known for stinging customers around the world.

A Palestinian musician describes her ordeal at Ben Gurion Airport

Palestinian flutist, composer & singer: I shall go on resisting Israel’s racism and apartheid with my music, and one day I may make a difference in my people’s struggle for liberation. The airport guard, however, will continue to search Palestinians’ underwear, to lie about our laptops, and to be an insignificant tool of a system of racist oppression…

In Three Years, Israeli Military Courts Have Fined Palestinians $16 Million

Israeli military courts not only have a 99% conviction rate when it comes to Palestinian prisoners, but in many cases they also impose exorbitant fines and unreasonable prison sentences. Last month, one Palestinian was convicted of throwing a stone at security forces from an unknown distance. The stone did not hit anyone and caused no damage. He was sentenced to six months and a day in prison and fined 2,000 shekels (about $500).

Pro-Israel, Pro-War Neocons ally with “Progressives” to Destroy Donald Trump

Israelist Neocons have moved back & forth between the left and the right… currently they’re working with progressives, funded by Pierre Omidyar, featured as “pundits” from Fox News to Rachel Maddow, & promoting anti-Russian conspiracie

Activist and scholar Angela Davis is articulate and compelling as she speaks with Amy Goodman about injustice in Palestine and the injustice of those groups trying to shut down dialogue. She is gratified that the outcome of her controversial loss of the Shuttlesworth Award includes a robust conversation about justice for Palestinians; she also notes the fact that many groups, including some Jewish groups, support her.  

House passes bill to force Trump to nominate “anti-semitism” head who would monitor criticism of Israel

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 411-1 for a bill that would force President Trump to nominate an anti-Semitism envoy, a position that has been vacant since he took office. The definition of anti-Semitism the position uses includes certain criticisms of Israel.

Opinion: Americans Need a Congress that Represents Americans

Paul Craig Roberts: US Senator Marco Rubio poses as a representative of Florida Republicans, but in truth he represents the interests of Israel. He is sponsor of legislation that punishes Americans who boycott Israel as their way of protesting Israel’s genocide of the Palestinian people. That Rubio is doing his best to dismantle what little is left of the First Amendment doesn’t seem to bother the media, who are no longer protective of the First Amendment.

Senate Democrats again block pro-Israel S.1 from going to vote during government shutdown

Senate Republicans again failed to obtain the 60 votes necessary to move the bill to a quick vote, as Democratic leaders complained of what they say is Republican intransigence in ending the government shutdown. Rubio says the bill was crafted to help Israel, says he opposes Trump troop withdrawal from Syria because it would hurt Israel…

The pro-Israel billionaires & neocons behind Marco Rubio

Rubio’s career has been funded from the beginning by multi-billionaire Israel partisans such as Normal Braman, Paul Singer, Sheldon Adelson, and Larry Ellison. Rubio has close ties to the pro-Israel neocons who pushed the U.S. into the disastrous Iraq war, and he advocates positions that would likely lead to still more war and violence…

Ten years after the first war on Gaza, Israel still plans endless brute force

Operation Cast Lead (winter 2008-9) is emblematic of everything that is wrong with Israel’s approach to Gaza. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a political conflict to which there is no military solution. Yet Israel persists in shunning diplomacy and relying on brute military force – and not as a last resort but as a first resort.

Operation Cast Lead, the first of several incursions by Israel, killed 1,417 Palestinians and just 13 Israelis. Chillingly, the generals call their repeated bombardments ‘mowing the lawn’

Israel spraying herbicides inside Gaza violates int’l law, rights groups say

For 3 years, Israel has been spraying dangerous herbicides into Gaza to destroy foliage and enable clear viewing of land near the border. (Think Agent Orange.) The destruction of crops and the health risks to farmers infringe on human rights and violate international law. Human rights groups are trying to end this practice.