The US is withholding more than half of the $125m (£90m) it gives to the UN relief agency for the Palestinians, American officials say.
It will provide $60 million in aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency but will hold back a further $65 million “for future consideration”.
President Donald Trump said earlier the US could cut aid if Palestinians rejected peace efforts with Israel.
Continue reading US holds back $65m aid to Palestinians
- Billionaire George Soros hit back against nationalist critics in an interview with the Financial Times.
- Soros said criticism and smear campaigns would not stop his organisation the Open Society Foundation’s work promoting a liberal agenda.
- He said he believed Putin was behind many of the attacks against him.
LONDON – Billionaire investor George Soros said he would continue to fight the spread of nationalism, which has become the world’s “dominant ideology,” in an interview with the Financial Times.
Soros spoke about the recent attacks made against himself and his organisation the Open Society Foundation (OSF) by those he considers enemies to his liberal agenda, but said he has no plans to relax his efforts.
Continue reading SOROS: ‘The dominant ideology in the world now is nationalism’
16 year old Ahed Tamimi has now been indicted on five charges of assault for slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier. In the pages of outlets like Ha’aretz, +972, Mondoweiss and Al Jazeera she has been hailed as a brave rebel, courageously saying “No!” to the occupying Israeli military.
In the meantime, “pro-Israel” organizations and journalists have been hard at work painting Tamimi as a violent agent of Palestinian militancy from an infamous family of terrorists.
In this narrative, Tamimi was acting in bad faith, a puppet of her parents who intentionally tried to start a fight with an Israeli soldier just to make the IDF look bad, an agenda which was thwarted by the dignified and restrained soldiers who did not fight back against her provocation (see here, here and here).
The popular hard left magazine Jacobin shared a possibly apocryphal story a few days on Facebook bound to make the blood of many Israelis boil, which went like this:
An Israeli judge asked the Palestinian girl Ahed al-Tamimi: How did you slap our soldier? She answered: Remove the handcuffs so I can show you how.
Continue reading Who Is Ahed Tamimi? by Matthew Gindin
Lawyers for Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanayhu, tried to stop the broadcast of an embarrassing audiotape in which Netanyahu’s son Yair suggested his father helped push through a $20bn deal to the benefit of a gas tycoon.
The recording of the conversation, which took place outside a strip club, is the latest revelation to cast light on the Netanyahu family’s relationships with wealthy tycoons, which have so far spawned two corruption investigations into the prime minister’s activities.
Continue reading Netanyahu son bragged about gas deal outside strip club, tape reveals
Israel has attacked several military outposts near the Syrian capital with jets and ground-to-ground missiles in an early-morning strike, Syria’s army said.
In a statement reported by state media, the Assad regime’s forces said Israeli jets fired missiles at the al-Qutayfah area near Damascus from inside Lebanese airspace, and its air defences hit one of the planes.
Israel then fired ground-to-ground rockets from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, but the Syrian defences brought the missiles down, the Syrian army said.
Continue reading Israel attacks Syria with jets and ground-to-ground missiles, claims Syrian army
Leave, or go to prison: That’s the ultimatum Israel has proposed giving African migrants who illegally entered the country and who do not have asylum applications pending.
The Israeli government is considering giving each migrant a reported sum equivalent to $3,500 to leave, with the option of going home or to a third country. If they don’t leave in the next three months, they face potential imprisonment. The plan, however, exempts children, elderly people, and victims of slavery and human trafficking.
Continue reading Israel wants African migrants out so badly, it’s offering $3,500 to each—or prison
Acknowledging his push to broker peace in the Middle East has stalled, President Donald Trump appeared to threaten to cut off U.S. aid money to the Palestinian Authority, asking why the U.S. should make “any of these massive future payments” when the Palestinians are “no longer willing to talk peace.”
Trump, in a pair of tweets, said “we pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect.”
“They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue … peace treaty with Israel,” he wrote.
Trump infuriated Palestinians and Muslims across the Middle East when he announced late last year that the U.S. would consider Jerusalem the capital of Israel and move its embassy there, upending decades of U.S. policy and igniting protests.
Continue reading Trump warns Palestinian Authority it may lose US aid money