In ‘Astounding’ Exchange Rare for Corporate Media, Peter Beinart Calls on US Lawmakers to Witness Firsthand the Plight of Palestinians — Common Dreams org

“The first time I went to spend time with Palestinians in the West Bank, it was a shattering experience…People need to go and see for themselves.”   by Julia Conley, staff writer Palestinians cross Qalandiya checkpoint to perform the first Friday Prayer of Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Ramallah, West Bank…

UN report: Occupation is the main cause of humanitarian needs in the occupied Palestinian territory — (OCHA) | Maps, Videos

As the 50th anniversary of Israeli occupation approaches, OCHA’s 2016 Annual Report for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), released today, underscores that occupation policies and practices remain the key cause of humanitarian needs in the oPt. The internal Palestinian political divide is also a serious contributing factor. https://www.ochaopt.org/content/fragmented-lives-humanitarian-overview-2016 Click here to read the full report….

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…

Palestinians urge Oscar nominees to reject Israel junket — IINA News org| Israel has over 50 racist laws that directly discriminate against its indigenous Palestinian citizens

Image from google Jerusalem, (IINA) – Palestinians are calling on Oscar nominees to reject a travel voucher supplied by the Israeli government as part of the gift bag they will be given during the Academy Awards, The Electronic Intifada (EI) reported. The Israeli tourism ministry said it was behind the vouchers, which are good for…

"The Settlers": New Film Reveals History & Consequences of Israeli Settlements on Palestinian Land —Democracy Now interview with Director Shimon Dotan

Democracy Now! Published on 28 Jan 2016 http://democracynow.org – As Israel faces international condemnation over its plan to build 153 new settlement homes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the watchdog group Peace Now reports Israel’s defense minister has approved the construction of the new Jewish-only homes last week. The plan sparked swift criticism from U.N….

Overcoming Jewish America’s Israel fantasy — By Lisa Goldman on +972 Mag com

The idea of Israel has long been an integral part of Jewish-American identity. But with a generational change among American Jews and increasingly stark political differences with Israel’s leadership, could this be the dawn of a new era? (…) Last summer Michael Oren, who served as Israel’s ambassador to the United States from 2009-13, blithely…