Israeli Government Provides Financial Safety Net for Investments In Settlements

Recently released Israeli documents show that Israel secretly funded an insurance company for settlers, in addition to planning for 20,000 new units in Ma’ale Adumim worth 3 billion shekels (over $800 million), an East Jerusalem settlement built on confiscated Palestinian land.

In addition, settlement activity in Hebron continues, and Israel is trying to have international human rights observers removed.

Other troubling new governmental actions and policies have also been adopted.

Election of 3 Israel critics to Congress is historic, but many new Dems are committed to Israel

The good news: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib are Israel-criticizing congressional newcomers. The bad news: other Dem midterm winners join the army of Israel supporters – having vowed to keep America’s commitment to Israel “as fixed and as permanent as the sky” and “make sure that we are supporting Israel into the next generation.” In addition, some key leadership positions will be filled by pro-Israel Jews. Norman Finkelstein sees this as a sign of “a growing divide between US Jews and Israeli Jews.”

Snowden: Israeli technology may have helped Saudis kill journalist

Fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden, speaking via video link to a group in Tel Aviv, lambasted Israel’s cyber-surveillance industry for the creation of “digital burglary tools that are being actively currently used to violate the human rights of dissidents, opposition figures, and activists,” possibly including Jamal Khashoggi. Ram Ben-Barak, former deputy director of the Mossad who now works in the surveillance industry, then justified the development of such software because Israel uses it to thwart “40 terror attacks a month” in Palestine/Israel.

Clips from the suppressed Al Jazeera documentary about the Israel lobby in the US; additional footage of Congress people, both Democrats and Republicans, revealing how the lobby pressures candidates to do Israel’s bidding; information about a secret fundraiser for powerful Congress people, and how lobby officials bend the law… and sometimes, it appears, break it.

FLASHBACK: Making America as ‘secure’ as Israel – Israelis train U.S. police

Every few months local police officers travel to Israel for training in “how to make America more secure.” At the same time, Israeli “experts” are hired in the U.S. to make us “more secure.” The problem is that Israeli “security experts” have perpetrated policies of such cruelty that they’ve made Israelis so insecure that many are leaving Israel…

Parts 1 and 2 (of 4) of the censored Al Jazeera documentary on the Israel lobby in the U.S. are finally available. The documentary was never broadcast by Al Jazeera due to pressure from pro-Israel groups and individuals. It was eventually leaked to some outlets, which posted a few short clips. Now the first two parts are available to the public…

Censored Al Jazeera documentary uncovers ‘rotting foundation’ of U.S. Israel lobby

A censored documentary provides a look at a lobby that continues to defend Israel’s control of Palestinian lives, despite the many Americans turning against it… Israel, often working with U.S. groups, spies on pro-Palestinian students… Zionist lobbyists want students who support Palestinian rights to be criminally prosecuted… Facebook accounts are created by Israel lobby groups, a notorious project is exposed as being funded by major pro-Israel donors in the U.S…

Best-selling author Susan Abulhawa detained by Israel [Urgent Action Alert]

Human rights activists have issued an urgent action alert calling for Israel to release prominent Palestinian author Susan Abulhawa. Abulhawa, an American citizen from Pennsylvania, was to speak at a literature festival sponsored by the British Council and Kenyon Institute…

Midterm scoreboard reveals massive pro-Israel influence on Congressional candidates

A detailed scoreboard on candidates for Congress shows that 28 pro-Israel PACs and numerous pro-Israel individuals have given candidates millions of dollars in campaign contributions. The scoreboard presents 29 bills and resolutions that were introduced on behalf of Israel. 20 passed into law or on-record statement, many by unanimous consent. The legislation has accrued a total of over 3,300 co-sponsors… Over 80 congressional challengers have also accepted donations from at least one pro-Israel PAC; most from more than one, etc. Read the full summary:

A leaked clip from a censored documentary shows an Israeli Embassy official describing how she used fake identities on Facebook. It also reveals that the official, an American citizen named Julia Reifkind, led a pro-Israel group that worked to stir up anti-Muslim, anti-Arab resentment at UC Davis with unfounded allegations of “antisemitism.”

Israel targets Gaza’s children, say witnesses

Electronic Intifada reports that every Friday 11-year-old Nasir insisted that he accompany his two older sisters to the Great March of Return. Both women are medics; Nasir would carry their first aid bags. An Israeli sniper shot him in the head. Israeli forces have killed 1,600 Gazan children since 2000… “An Israeli soldier deliberately killed Faris,” Zaqoul said. “The Israeli soldier said on a loudspeaker ‘you, with the white T-shirt, I’ll shoot you’ – pointing at Faris…”