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Israel Warns It May Reduce Gaza Fishing Zone Even Further (VIDEOS)

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Israeli media revealed on Friday an Israeli plan to reduce Gazas fishing zone as a 'punitive measure' in retaliation for the seaborne protests aiming to break the 12-year Israeli siege


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fly bird (26)
Sunday September 16, 2018, 10:32 pm
Israel Warns It May Reduce Gaza Fishing Zone even Further (VIDEOS)

Israeli media revealed on Friday an Israeli plan to reduce Gaza’s fishing zone as a “punitive measure” in retaliation for the seaborne protests aiming to break the 12-year Israeli siege imposed on the coastal enclave, Quds Press has reported.

A security official told Israeli Channel 24 TV:

“In spite of Israel’s expansion of the fishing zone off the Gaza coast from six to nine [nautical] miles, Hamas has intensified breaking the siege flotillas so that friction with the Israeli navy has increased.”

Territorial waters are, by convention, set at 22 nautical miles, although fishing vessels are normally allowed to work in international waters. In any case, the Israeli navy often attacks Palestinian fishermen even within the very restrictive zone that the siege imposes.

The National Committee for Breaking the Siege responded:

“We will continue seaborne demonstrations until we break the siege and end the suffering of the Palestinian people … The Israeli occupation authorities impose strict restrictions on the work of the Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza coast.”

A spokesman called on the whole world to stand against the Israeli measures.

During the past few months, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have launched several seaborne protests aiming to attract international attention to the 12-year Israeli siege imposed on over 2 million people in the territory.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Freya H (345)
Monday September 17, 2018, 6:19 am
Slime! This is ethnic cleansing, plain and simple. They want to starve everybody in the Gaza Strip down to the bones. Is this really so different from what the Nazi scum did?

fly bird (26)
Monday September 17, 2018, 10:07 am
Censored film reveals The Israel Project’s secret Facebook campaign.
13 September 2018

The Israel Project, a major advocacy group based in Washington, is running a secret influence campaign on Facebook.

This is revealed in The Lobby – USA, an undercover Al Jazeera documentary that has never been broadcast due to censorship by Qatar following pressure from pro-Israel organizations.

The video above, exclusive to The Electronic Intifada, shows the latest excerpts to leak from the documentary.

Earlier leaked footage published by The Electronic Intifada and the Grayzone Project has already revealed underhanded tactics by anti-Palestinian groups planned and executed in collusion with the Israeli government.

In the newest clips, David Hazony, the managing director of The Israel Project, is heard telling Al Jazeera’s undercover reporter: “There are also things that we do that are completely off the radar. We work together with a lot of other organizations.”

“We produce content that they then publish with their own name on it,” Hazony adds.

A major part of the operation is the creation of a network of Facebook “communities” focused on history, the environment, world affairs and feminism that appear to have no connection to pro-Israel advocacy, but are used by The Israel Project to spread pro-Israel messaging.

“Secretive thing”

The Cup of Jane Facebook page claims to be about “Sugar, spice and everything nice.” It is run by The Israel Project as part of a “secretive” influence campaign.

In a conversation also revealed in the leaked video excerpts, Jordan Schachtel, who worked for The Israel Project at the time, tells the undercover Al Jazeera reporter about the logic and extent of the covert Facebook operation.

The undercover reporter, known as “Tony,” was posing as an intern at The Israel Project.

“We’re putting together a lot of pro-Israel media through various social media channels that aren’t The Israel Project’s channels,” Schachtel states. “So we have a lot of side projects that we are trying to influence the public debate with.”

“That’s why it’s a secretive thing,” Schachtel adds. “Because we don’t want people to know that these side projects are associated with The Israel Project.”

Tony asks if the idea of “all the rest of the non-Israel stuff is to allow the Israel stuff to pass better.”

“It’s just that we want to like blend in everything,” Schachtel explains.

One of these Facebook pages, Cup of Jane, has almost half a million followers.

Cup of Jane’s “About” page describes it as being about “Sugar, spice and everything nice.”

But there is no disclosure that this is a page run for the purpose of promoting Israel.

The “About” page does identify Cup of Jane as being “a community launched by TIP’s Future Media Project in DC.”

There is however no direct and explicit mention of Israel or indication that “TIP” stands for The Israel Project.

The Electronic Intifada understands that even this vague acknowledgment of who is behind the page was only added after The Israel Project learned about the existence of the Al Jazeera undercover documentary and presumably anticipated being exposed.

The Israel Project also added an acknowledgment on its own website that it runs the Facebook pages. However its website is not linked from the Facebook pages themselves.

There is no evidence in the Internet Archive of the page existing before May 2017 – months after “Tony’s” cover was blown.

According to Schachtel, The Israel Project is putting considerable resources into producing Cup of Jane and a network of similar pages.

“We have a team of like 13 people. We are working on a lot of videos, explainers,” he tells Tony in Al Jazeera’s documentary. “A lot of it is just random topics and then maybe like 25 percent of it would be like Israel or Jewish-based.”

Al Jazeera states in the documentary that it “approached all those featured in this program. None of the pro-Israel advocacy organizations or individuals working for them responded to our allegations.”

Fake progressives

Cup of Jane tries to establish progressive credibility by posting pictures and quotations from such Black female icons as Maya Angelou and Ida B. Wells, whom the page honored on her birthday as a “revolutionary thinker, writer and activist.”

There are also posts about groundbreaking environmentalist Rachel Carson and Emma Gonzalez, who along with classmates launched a national campaign for gun control after surviving the February 2018 high school massacre in Parkland, Florida.

Woven into the stream of progressive-flavored fluff are attacks on actual progressive movements, such as Chicago’s Dyke March, whose organizers faced an Israel lobby smear campaign after asking pro-Israel provocateurs to leave their march in 2017.

Amid a continuous stream of innocuous posts, The Israel Project’s “Cup of Jane” Facebook page markets Israeli militarism as cute and feminist.

And a posting in October 2016, soon after the Cup of Jane page was launched, attempted to portray Israeli militarism as cute and empowering for women.

“The Israeli Airforce has painted fighters pink in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. How cool is that?” the post states, accompanied by a photo of an Israeli fighter jet. “This is fierce. Women, by the way, need an air force all their own,” Cup of Jane adds, along with a smiley face.

Other pages identified by the censored Al Jazeera documentary as run by The Israel Project include Soul Mama, History Bites, We Have Only One Earth and This Explains That.

Some have hundreds of thousands of followers.

History Bites does not reveal its affiliation with The Israel Project, not even with the vague formula used by Cup of Jane and the other pages.

History Bites simply describes itself as conveying “The awesome of History in bite-sized chewable pieces!”

That page re-posted Cup of Jane posts presenting Golda Meir, the Israeli prime minister who implemented racist and violent policies against indigenous Palestinians, and viewed Palestinian women giving birth as an existential threat, as a feminist hero.

A 2016 This Explains That video spreads false Israeli claims that the UN cultural agency UNESCO “erased” Jewish and Christian reverence for holy sites in Jerusalem.

History Bites reposted the video last December stating that it “seems to support President Trump’s declaration today that Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish state of Israel.”

The video has received almost five million views.

Another video posted by History Bites attempts to justify Israel’s June 1967 surprise attack on Egypt, launching the war in which Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and Syria’s Golan Heights.

The video describes Israel’s military occupation of East Jerusalem as the city being “reunified” and “liberated.”

Israel’s toxic brand

The Israel Project’s resort to a spoonful of proverbial sugar to try to make pro-Israel messages go down more easily is an acknowledgment of what a tough sell an apartheid state can be.

As Ali Abunimah, one of the authors of this article, states in the Al Jazeera documentary, “The Israel brand is increasingly toxic, so you can’t sell Israel directly. You have to have other hip stuff that’s just very innocuous, fun and then from time to time you’re going to slip something about Israel in.”

The Israel Project’s attempts to co-opt progressive sensibilities in the service of Israel, even though its own policies are on the hard right, fit into a wider Israeli strategy, which seeks to divide the left and weaken Palestine solidarity.

Run by Josh Block, a former Clinton administration official and former senior strategist at the Israel lobby powerhouse AIPAC, one of The Israel Project’s top goals was to scupper the international nuclear deal with Iran.

The Israel Project’s covert Facebook campaign is manipulative on its face, but is even more cynical given that its mastermind is Gary Rosen.

For years Rosen ran a virulently homophobic and Islamophobic Twitter account called @ArikSharon – the nickname of the late Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who was responsible for Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon and the massacres at the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila that same year.

In transcripts of a recording made by Al Jazeera’s undercover reporter seen by The Electronic Intifada, Rosen acknowledges operating @ArikSharon as a “secret account.”

Rosen was employed at the global advertising firm Saatchi & Saatchi, but in November 2013 joined The Israel Project, where he is responsible for digital strategy.

Rosen deleted many of the most offensive tweets from the @ArikSharon Twitter feed after he was exposed in 2013 by one of the authors of this article as the person running the account.

But while operating covert Facebook pages attempting to normalize support for Israel among progressive audiences, Rosen continues to use the @ArikSharon Twitter account to spread right-wing, pro-Israel messaging.

Anonymous ads exposed

This is not the only covert effort by the Israel lobby to use Facebook to achieve its goals.

A joint report by The Forward and ProPublica reveals that the Israel on Campus Coalition ran anonymous Facebook ads smearing Remi Kanazi, a Palestinian American poet, in advance of his appearances on US campuses.

The Electronic Intifada was the first to report the Al Jazeera film’s revelations about how the Israel on Campus Coalition’s efforts to smear and harass Palestine solidarity activists are covertly coordinated with the Israeli government.

A Facebook spokesperson told The Forward and ProPublica that the Israel on Campus Coalition ads targeting Kanazi “violate our policies against misrepresentation and they have been removed.”

In 2012, The Electronic Intifada exposed a scheme by Israel’s government-backed national student union to pay students to spread pro-Israel propaganda on Facebook. However the current covert effort run by The Israel Project appears to be far more sophisticated.

Since the 2016 US presidential election, Facebook has been accused of allowing its platform to be used for manipulative Russian-sponsored propaganda aimed at influencing politics and public opinion.

Despite the hype, these allegations have been grossly overblown or unsubstantiated.

Nevertheless, Facebook has partnered with the Atlantic Council in an effort to ostensibly crack down on “fake accounts” and “disinformation.”

The Atlantic Council is a Washington think tank that has been funded by NATO, the US military, the brutally repressive governments of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, European Union governments, and a who’s who of investment firms, oil companies, arms makers and other war profiteers.

As the apparent result of this partnership, a number of completely innocuous social media accounts with few or no followers were recently taken down.

More worryingly, pages run by leftist news outlets focusing on countries targeted by the US government, such as Venezuela Analysis and teleSUR, were suspended, though later restored.

Now with solid evidence of The Israel Project’s well-resourced and extensive influence campaign on Facebook, it remains to be seen if the social media giant will act to ensure that unwitting users are aware that what they are being exposed to is propaganda designed to boost and whitewash the Israeli state.

In response to a request for comment, a Facebook spokesperson told The Electronic Intifada the company would look into the matter.

Paola S (10)
Monday September 17, 2018, 12:58 pm
Thank you for posting

fly bird (26)
Monday September 17, 2018, 3:00 pm
VIDEO (1:34:31) Sara Roy – Gaza: Cast Backwards, A Way Forward

Published on Apr 21, 2016
Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Sara Roy (Ed.D. Harvard University) is a senior research scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies specializing in the Palestinian economy, Palestinian Islamism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dr. Roy is also co-chair of the Middle East Seminar, jointly sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and co-chair of the Middle East Forum at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Dr. Roy began her research in the Gaza Strip and West Bank in 1985 with a focus on the economic, social and political development of the Gaza Strip and on U.S. foreign assistance to the region. Since then she has written extensively on the Palestinian economy, particularly in Gaza, and on Gaza’s de-development, a concept she originated. Dr. Roy is the author of The Gaza Strip: The Political Economy of De-development (Institute for Palestine Studies, 1995, 2001, third edition forthcoming); The Gaza Strip Survey (The West Bank Data Base Project, 1986); Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict (Pluto Press, 2007); and editor, The Economics of Middle East Peace: A Reassessment, Research in Middle East Economics, Volume 3 (Middle East Economic Association and JAI Press, 1999). Her most recent book, Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza: Engaging the Islamist Social Sector (Princeton University Press, 2011), was a winner of a 2012 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize in Middle Eastern Studies. It was also chosen one of Choice‘s Outstanding Academic Titles and one of the Top 25 Academic Books for 2012. The research for this book was funded by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Dr. Roy also has authored over 100 publications dealing with Palestinian issues and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has lectured widely in the United States, Europe, The Middle East, and Australia among other international venues.In addition to her academic work, she serves on the Advisory Council of American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), and has served as a consultant to international organizations, the U.S. government, human rights organizations, private voluntary organizations, and private business groups working in the Middle East.

fly bird (26)
Monday September 17, 2018, 3:19 pm
Oslo Turns 25, Proves BDS Critical For A Free and Just Future

September 13, 2018

As the Oslo Accords turn 25, we see that the “peace process” has served as cover for Israel to steal more Palestinian land, expel more Palestinians from their homes and commit war crimes against Palestinians without accountability. It's more important than ever to redouble our efforts to isolate Israeli apartheid and create a future where we are all free.

September 13, 2018 — Today is the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords, and life for Palestinians has only gotten worse. The Oslo “peace process” has served as cover for Israel to steal more Palestinian land, expel more Palestinians from their homes and commit war crimes against Palestinians without accountability. Israel has passed legislation formalizing its system of apartheid, using the law to systematically discriminate against indigenous Palestinians and denying us our inherent rights.

We insist on our people’s comprehensive rights, which the Oslo Accords have undermined, especially the right of our refugees to return to their homes of origin, so we continue to strengthen our popular struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

We also continue to build the BDS movement globally as the most effective solidarity strategy to cut links of complicity with Israel’s regime of oppression. After 25 years of Oslo’s entrenchment of Israeli apartheid, it is high time for justice and accountability.

As the Trump administration sides unabashedly with Israel and the European Union continues with its complicity, only paying us lip service, it’s more important than ever for people of conscience around the world to to support our peaceful, anti-racist BDS movement.

Effective solidarity with our struggle today means endorsing a military embargo against Israel’s apartheid regime, engaging in academic and cultural boycott initiatives against its complicit institutions, campaigning for divestment from companies that are complicit in its crimes, or otherwise pressuring its far-right regime.

As in the freedom struggle in South Africa, justice can prevail in Palestine with the support of justice movements around the world.

Let’s double our efforts to isolate Israeli apartheid and create a future where we are all free.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday September 19, 2018, 3:33 am
They will not cease until they have it all.....look at the Native Americans, their numbers dropped and forced onto ever smaller pieces of land. Even today, if they find minerals or want to use the land the Native people have it taken from them or used and abused against their wishes.

Like the recent pipeline going through at Standing Rock, or when they simply traded, without consent by the Indians, the Apache land, removing their sacred grounds to give them some "other" land, because minerals were found. The Greedy Heartless Ones don't want to share they want it all and under their own conditions, and so we see the same thing playing out in the ME.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday September 19, 2018, 6:28 am
This is a blog about the Palestinian fishermen. It has been originally created by ISM Gaza Strip in 2008

fly bird (26)
Wednesday September 19, 2018, 6:30 am
Sad, and disgusting, but true, Dandelion...

Free Palestine! End the siege of Gaza!

fly bird (26)
Wednesday September 19, 2018, 5:17 pm
Petition2Congress/Rally Congress.
Ask the Trump administration to end the punitive measures against the Palestinians

I am deeply concerned with the decisions that the Trump administration has taken on such strong and harsh levels. The measures taken against the people of Palestine are both disheartening and cruel policies that will have damaging implications.

The blatant disregard for Palestinian autonomy not only and obviously harms the Palestinians, but also shows that Trump’s administration does not believe in any sort of autonomy or legitimate representation of the Palestinian people.

As you are aware, following the Jerusalem declaration in December, the administration has taken the following steps that severely impact hundreds of thousands of Palestinian's.
1. Stopped all U.S. funding to U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

2. Trying to change the definition of a refugee which would cap the number to less than 1% of the refugees registered with UNRWA
*Reducing the number from over 5 million to 40,000.

3. Slashed $25 million of US assistance to the East Jerusalem Hospital Network.
*Due to many Israeli restrictions, many patients, such as those suffering from cancer, can only receive treatment in Jerusalem hospitals, as these treatment options are not available in other hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza.)

4. Rescinded $200 million in congressionally allocated humanitarian aid to Gaza and the West Bank
*By cutting these important aid programs, the Trump Administration will only exacerbate tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians, while further diminishing opportunities for lasting peace.

5. The Administration has failed to push back on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s demolitions of Palestinian communities in the West Bank, like Khan Al Ahmar, and continues to build illegal settlements.

6. The administration closed the Washington DC-base office of the PLO Mission to the U.S., the sole legitimate representative to the Palestinian people.

The actions of the administration is also hurting 600,000 American Palestinians from exercising their rights to buy and sell property, invest in Palestine to help grow the economy, and help their family members who are suffering from these deep and severe drastic measures.

Please take the appropriate actions necessary to end these punitive measures.

Please request the Congressional Research Service (CRS) investigate and report on the ramifications that such measures will cause.

We thank you in advance for reading and hope your attention will bring a positive change.


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Janet B (0)
Wednesday September 19, 2018, 8:05 pm

fly bird (26)
Tuesday September 25, 2018, 8:45 pm
9/19/18 Jeremy R. Hammond on the US as Obstacle to Peace in Palestine. (Podcast)
Scott Horton Show
Sep 23, 2018

Jeremy R Hammond from and author of Obstacle to Peace: The US Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict talks about this history of the conflict, runs through the various arguments for the creation of the state of Israel, and what the real issues are vs the spin the mainstream media provides.

I’m an independent political analyst, journalist, publisher and editor of Foreign Policy Journal, and author of several books, including Obstacle to Peace.
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