Between religion, oil dependence and reforms: Saudi Arabia under Mohammed bin Salman — By Sabine Peschel on Qantara.de | "Saudi Arabia and Israel have a nearly identical Iranian policy." says Guido Steinberg

As Saudi Arabia and its close allies, including the United States, look for an appropriate response to drone strikes on Saudi oil facilities in early September, what expert Guido Steinberg calls a ‘Gulf cold war’ is becoming a hot war. But what are the deeper historical and religious forces that have put Saudi Arabia at…

Video: Iran’s Zarif says Israel’s ‘myth of invincibility’ has crumbled (Munich Security Conference)

Iran’s Foreign Minister said on Sunday the shooting down of an Israeli jet after it bombed an Iranian site in Syria had shattered Israel’s “so-called invincibility”, reacting to a critical speech delivered earlier by Israel’s premier Benjamin Netanyahu. “Israel uses aggression as a policy against its neighbours,” Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Munich Security Conference,…

IDF (The Israel Defense Forces) Censor redacts 1 in 5 articles it reviews for publication—- by Haggai Matar on 972 Mag com

The Israeli military censor has redacted, in full or in part, over 17,000 articles since 2011. While fewer articles have been censored in 2015 and 2016, the new IDF Censor is attempting to redact already-published information with alarming frequency. The Israeli Military Censor has outright banned the publication of 1,936 articles and redacted some information…

IDF releases conscientious objector after 67 days in prison — by Haggai Matar on 972 Mag com | She prefer to go to prison by her believe against occupation army

Omri Baranes sat in military prison for 67 days for refusing to join the Israeli army. Conscientious objector Omri Baranes. (Hila Aloni Ohayon) After spending 67 days in military prison, Israeli conscientious objector Omri Baranes was officially released from IDF service on Thursday. Baranes, from the city of Rosh HaAyin in central Israel, was recognized…

“Emigration as a political act” — By Na’aman Hirschfeld |To seek freedom from desperation young Israelis are leaving for Germany

The Israeli government has guaranteed the non-viability of a two-state solution and apartheid has already arrived. I will not sacrifice my children’s future for a hopeless struggle. By Na’aman Hirschfeld “Immigrating to Berlin was a choice to seek freedom from desperation.” Illustrative photo of Israelis boarding a plane departing Ben-Gurion Airport. (Moshe Shai/Flash90) The immigration of…

‘Israel only officially recognizes Jewish holy sites’ — By Orly Noy on +972 Mag com | Even the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is not recognize as a holy site

cThe Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is one of the most sacred places in the world for Christianity. Yet Israel does not officially recognize it as a holy site, a new report reveals. Tourists and worshipers visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City of Jerusalem. (Photo by Fat Jackey / Shutterstock.com) Last…

PEW Research: “Israel’s Religiously Divided Society” | Deep gulfs among Jews, as well as between Jews and Arabs, over political values and religion’s role in public life

Nearly 70 years after the establishment of the modern State of Israel, its Jewish population remains united behind the idea that Israel is a homeland for the Jewish people and a necessary refuge from rising anti-Semitism around the globe. But alongside these sources of unity, a major new survey by Pew Research Center also finds…

Greece to use term ‘Palestine’ on all public documents —IINA News org| Promotes independent and sovereign Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital

Pic: Anadolu Agency Athens (IINA) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who met with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday, said that all Greek public documents will use the term “Palestine” rather than the term “Palestinian Authority”, Anadolu Agency reported. Tsipras noted that Palestinians were “fighting to find justice … and whose struggle has…

Occupation of Palestine: Zochrot (remembering) the Nakba — Video

Uploaded on 11 Dec 2007 Presence of Palestinian refugees brought to Rotchild Ave. in Tel Aviv on the 29th of November 2007, to commemorate 60 years to the UN’s Partition Plan. ***** Some archives Posts on Nakba on PBSJ Blog Mass graves of Palestinians killed in 1948 Nakba discovered in Jaffa — IOA Org Palestinians…

MESA’s latest letter to PM of Israel regarding attacks by the Israel IDF against the Palestine Technical University and its students in Tulkarem, occupied West Bank — MESANA org

November 16, 2015 H.E. Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of Israel Dear Prime Minister,w On behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), I write to express MESA’s profound concern regarding repeated and ongoing attacks by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) against the Palestine Technical University…

Palestine leaders welcome EU decision to label Israeli settlement products — IINA News org|See successes stories on worldwide BDS Movements

Ramallah (IINA) – The Palestinian leadership welcomed the European Union’s decision to label products from Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, DPA reported. “We welcome this decision and consider it a significant move toward a total boycott of Israeli settlements, which are built illegally on occupied Palestinian lands,’ says Saeb Erekat, a top aide to…