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Journalist: To end war ------

prosecute UK, US officials

who wage(d) it illegally


October 22nd, 10:12pm (PressTV)


 


The world must finally put an end to the impunity of war


 criminals, by holding US and UK officials responsible 


for launching the illegal war on Iraq, done without


 the approval of the UN Security Council, and 


prosecuting them --- under the Nuremberg 


principles, US journalist Don DeBar said.


 


DeBar made the remarks in an interview with Press TV while


commenting on a report which has revealed that the British


military inquiries into abuse against Iraqi nationals... have


been closed without a single prosecution being brought,


even though the credibility of many "shocking and 


shameful incidents" during the war in the Middle 


Eastern country, have been confirmed.


 


British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement 


this week that the Service Police Legacy Investigations, 


which was looking at claims of abuse in Iraq, had now 


"officially closed its doors."


 


In March 2003, the US and Britain invaded Iraq in blatant


 violation of international law and under the pretext of 


finding WMDs; but no such weapons were ever 


discovered in Iraq.


 


More than one million Iraqis were killed - as the result of


 the US-led invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq


--- according to the California-based investigative 


organization, Project Censored.


 


The US war in Iraq cost US taxpayers $1.7 trillion with


 an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war
veterans, 
expenses that could grow to more than
$6 trillion over the
 next four decades counting
interest, according to a study
 called Costs of
War Project  ---  by the Watson Institute for 


International Studies at Brown University.


 


DeBar told Press TV that the Iraq war 


was illegal from the very beginning.


 


"It is illegal for a nation to make war on another nation if it 


does not have the approval of the UN Security Council, if 


any of those nations are signatories to the original UN 


Charter. And it’s been adopted - that happened with 


the US, as a charter member of the UN -- and it was 


approved by the US Senate in the 1940s.

Consequently, 
the US involvement in Iraq from
the beginning, and 
the UK involvement in Iraq
from the beginning, 
was illegal,” he said.


 


“And under the Nuremberg standards, which would then


 apply, each and every death consequent – intentional 


or not - to either US or UK military action there, or 


condoning of the US action there, by the media 


or public officials, or any act facilitating that, 


is an individual war crime. And, by the way,


 there’s a death penalty for that,” the 


journalist noted.


 


“No one will prosecute these people. That’s why I started


 with the word impunity. And we might bookend with that


 because that’s the problem. And until the world puts an


 end to that impunity, until the world sees the major 


contradiction in all international relations, is US, 


UK, and EU imperialism, then it’s going to 


continue until this eats our species,” 


he stated.


 


A damning White House memo had revealed details of the


 so-called “deal in blood” forged by former British Prime


 Minister Tony Blair and US President George W. Bush


 over the Iraq war.


 


The document, titled “Secret... Memorandum for the


 President”, was sent by then-US Secretary of State 


Colin Powell to President Bush on March 28th,
2002, 
a week before Bush’s summit with Blair
at his 
Crawford ranch in Texas.


 


The sensational memo, revealed that Blair had agreed to


 support the war a year before the invasion even started


 while publicly, the British prime minister was working
to
 find a diplomatic solution to the crisis.


 


The document also disclosed that Blair agreed to act as a


 spin doctor for Bush and convince a skeptical public that 


Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass


 Destruction, which actually did not exist.


 


In response, Bush would flatter Blair and give the 


impression that London was not Washington’s 


poodle but an equal partner in the


 “special relationship.”


 


Powell told Bush that Blair “will be with us” on the 


Iraq war, and assured the president that “"the UK 


will follow our lead in the Middle East."


 


Blair has always denied the claim that he and Bush 


signed a deal “in blood”, at Crawford, to launch a 


war against Iraq that began on March 20th, 2003, 


that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.


 


The Powell memo, however, showed how Blair and 


Bush secretly prepared the Iraq war plot behind 


closed doors at Crawford.


 


Powell told Bush: “He will present to you the strategic, 


tactical and public affairs lines, that he believes will 


strengthen global support for our common cause.”


 


Image: Free Assange human chain rocks British capital

KEEP UP THE FIGHT FOR


 ASSANGE'S FREEDOM !!! 




 Julian Assange wins High Court bid 

to appeal against extradition to US 

over spying charges

by Amy-Clare Martin

(May 21st, 3:42pm

(The Independent)

 

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has won a last-

ditch bid to appeal his extradition to the US 

to face espionage charges.

 

High Court judges on Monday granted him permission to 

appeal his removal to the US where he is being 

prosecuted over an alleged conspiracy to 

obtain and disclose national defence 

information over the publication of 

hundreds of thousands of leaked 

documents on the Afghanistan 

and Iraq wars.

 

The decision has granted the 52-year-old a reprieve in 

order for lawyers to challenge his extradition at a full 

appeal hearing at a later date.

 

It was feared he could have been put on a plane within 

days if his bid was denied. However, his legal team 

had vowed ---- to apply to the European Court of 

Human Rights for an emergency injunction to

halt his removal, if they were unsuccessful.

 

Members of Mr Assange’s legal team and family, including

 his wife Stella Assange and his father John Shipton, 

could be seen embracing after the ruling.

 

Hundreds of supporters gathered outside the Royal Courts

 of Justice for the crunch hearing on Monday, with cheers 

erupting after the judgment was handed down.

 

Addressing crowds Ms Assange accused the US of 

“fumbling through their arguments” and “trying to 

paint lipstick on a pig”, adding: “Today marks a 

turning point.”

 

“Julian must be freed. The case should be abandoned.

 He should be compensated,” she told supporters.

 

“He should be given the Nobel Prize and he should walk

 freely with the sand beneath his feet. He should be 

able to swim in the sea again. Free Assange.”

 

The victory comes after lawyers for the Australian-born 

publisher, who is being held at high security prison 

HMP Belmarsh, asked for the go-ahead to 

challenge a previous ruling over his 

extradition in a two-day hearing 

in February.

 

His team claim that he could face up to 175 years in prison 

if he is convicted of publishing hundreds of thousands 

of leaked documents and argue that the decision to

 prosecute him is “state retaliation” for his 

political views.

 

Last month Dame Victoria Sharp and Mr Justice Johnson 

dismissed most of Mr Assange’s legal arguments but 

said that unless assurances were given by the US 

he would be able to bring an appeal on 3 grounds.

 

These assurances were that Mr Assange would be

 protected by and allowed to rely on the first 

amendment – which protects freedom of 

speech in the US --- that he is not 

“prejudiced at trial” ...due to his 

nationality, and that the death 

penalty is not imposed.

 

Judges later confirmed the US had provided an 

assurance to the court, however Ms Assange 

dismissed the promises as “blatant 

weasel words”.

 

Edward Fitzgerald KC, representing Mr Assange in the

 latest hearing... accepted a promise that he would not

 face the death penalty but insisted other assurances 

provided by the US were “blatantly inadequate”.

 

On the issue of whether he would be prejudiced by reason

 of his nationality or use the first amendment as a defence

 at trial, Mr Fitzgerald said: “This isn't an assurance at all. 

It assures only that Mr Assange ‘may seek to’ raise the 

first amendment.”

 

He added: “What needs to be conclusively removed is the 

risk that he will be prevented from relying on the first 

amendment on grounds of nationality.”

 

However James Lewis KC, for the US government, insisted

 that Mr Assange’s conduct was “simply unprotected” by

 the first amendment.

 

In written submissions, Mr Lewis said: “The position of the

 US prosecutor is that no-one, neither US citizens nor

 foreign citizens, are entitled to rely on the first 

amendment in relation to publication of 

illegally obtained national defence 

information - giving the names of 

innocent sources to their grave

 and imminent risk of harm.”

 

At the hearing on Monday, the two judges granted 

Mr Assange permission to appeal --- over the 

freedom of speech and nationality points.

 

Mr Assange was not present at the hearing in London, 

with his barrister telling the court that “for health

 reasons, he has decided not” to attend.

 

In February Mark Summers and Mr Fitzgerald, for Mr

Assange, had argued ---- that the US was trying to 

suppress those who were “willing and prepared”

to hold officials to account for alleged wrong

-doing during the..... “war on terror”. 

“Mr Assange was one of those

 targets,” they said.

 

However, lawyers for the US said Mr Assange had put lives

 at imminent risk by publishing the names of those who 

had helped the country... in unredacted classified 

documents in “one of the largest compromises 

of classified information in the history of the 

United States”.

 

“These were documents that disclosed to the world the 

unredacted names of human sources who'd provided 

information to the US,” C. Dobbin KC told the court, 

adding.... that this separates Mr Assange from The 

New York Times and other news outlets ---- which 

also published information exposed by WikiLeaks.

 

Ms Assange previously warned... that the outcome of the

appeal bid ------- is life or death for her husband – whose 

health has deteriorated in prison, where he spends 22
hours a day in confinement. He has been in prison 

since he was removed from the Ecuadorian 

embassy in 2019.

 

Following the victory on Monday she said the case was

 “taking an enormous toll on Julian” and that he had 

been in Belmarsh Prison in southeast London

 for over five years.

 

She continued: “We are relieved as a family that the 

courts took the right decision today but how long 

can this go on for?”

 












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War's continuation means

------ more Israeli captives

May 28th, 9:38pm

(Al Mayadeen English)

 

Hamas senior official Bassem Naim highlights that 

Hamas' position on negotiations, alongside other 

factions, relies on the fighters' legendary 

performance on the battlefield.

 

 

Hamas senior official Bassem Naim affirmed on Tuesday 

that the continuation of the Israeli aggression "means 

more Israeli captives in the hands of  the Palestinian 

resistance in the Gaza Strip."

 

In an interview for Al Mayadeen, he responded to

 comments from Israeli Channel 12 --- regarding 

"Israel's" readiness for a long-term ceasefire, 

saying that "Israeli manipulation of words is 

unacceptable, as it must be clear from the 

beginning that a complete ceasefire 

is demanded."

 

Naim highlighted that Hamas' position on negotiations, 

alongside other factions, relies on the fighters' 

legendary performance on the battlefield.

 

He also noted the movement's previous acceptance 

of a proposal that met Palestinian aspirations.

 

The senior official confirmed that no one has contacted 

the movement recently, and no new proposals were 

made, underscoring the movement's unwillingness 

to engage in new negotiations while "Israel"

 occupies the Rafah crossing.

 

Naim added, "We are not prepared to open the door 

to discuss any new proposals, as per Benjamin 

Netanyahu's tactics which he adopted over 

recent months."

 

Furthermore, he clarified that the Resistance "will not 

accept using negotiations as a means to let the 

enemy buy more time to proceed with its plans 

against the Palestinian people," emphasizing 

that the priority for the Resistance is

 "protecting the Palestinian people 

from massacres."

 

Naim pointed out in his exclusive interview with Al 

Mayadeen that there is "an Israeli attempt to cover 

up the massacres against our people by claiming 

that there is a recent movement towards

negotiations."

 

Earlier today, a top Hamas official told Al Mayadeen 

that the Resistance movement is yet to receive any

 ceasefire proposals from the ongoing indirect 

talks with the Israeli occupation.

 

In the same context, a source in Hamas, speaking to 

Al Mayadeen, denied the return to the negotiations 

on Tuesday.... as claimed by Israeli media.

 

Earlier, a senior Palestinian Resistance source, told Al
Mayadeen that the Israeli occupation is not serious in 

its attempts to return to negotiations, emphasizing 

Hamas' insistence on stopping Israeli massacres 

against the people of Gaza.

 

The senior source emphasized that Hamas "believes that

 Israel is not serious" about reaching a deal, perceiving 

"Israel's" maneuvers as attempts to obscure and

 justify its continued perpetration of criminal 

acts against the Palestinian people.

 

This comes after conflicting reports have been handled 

by Israeli media, whose source appears to all be 

journalist Barak Ravid., who himself, in a post 

on X, denied that any negotiations are set for

 later this week ----- right after announcing 

their resumption. 

 

Negotiations expected to renew?

 

CIA Director Bill Burns met with Mossad Chief David

 Barnea in Washington and upon the latter's return, 

Israeli i24 News and Barak Ravid both noted that, 

according to Israeli officials, "Israel", the US, and 

Qatar had agreed to resume indirect negotiations 

with Hamas on the release of Israeli settlers and 

soldiers held captive in the Gaza Strip, the 

liberation... of Palestinian detainees in 

Israeli prisons, and a potential truce

 in Gaza.

 

According to reports, the upcoming round of talks, which 

the US, "Israel", and Qatar are reportedly ready to hold

 is set to be mediated by Egypt and Qatar following the 

Paris Paper put forward by CIA Director Burns,

 Mossad Chief Barnea, and Qatari Prime 

Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman 

Al Thani.

 

On that note, Ravid stressed that the mediation 

will include the "active involvement of the US."

 

Ravid, shortly after, posted that the Biden administration 

was surprised by the Israeli announcement about the 

resumption of negotiations on a captives deal.

 

Allegedly, the Israeli occupation's war cabinet has 

expanded the mandate of the Israeli negotiating

 team. Initially, it was claimed, that Israeli 

occupation PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, 

opposed this expansion, but he was 

swayed by widespread support for 

the move and the recent release 

of a video by the Palestinian 

Resistance movement 

al-Qassam Brigades.

 

 

Source: Al Mayadeen

 

 

____________________________________

 

 

 

US says --- Israeli massacres in 

Rafah not to impact aid, policy

May 28th, 9:47pm

(Al Mayadeen English)

 

The US underlines that the death, destruction, 

and despair in Rafah ----- just as elsewhere in 

Gaza, will not waiver its policy on "Israel".

 

The Biden administration....... merely expressed deep 

concern on Tuesday over a deadly Israeli airstrike in 

Rafah, Gaza, labeling it "beyond tragic." However,

 despite the death and paramount destruction -- 

officials stated that the recent massacres do 

not signify a major operation that crosses 

established red lines.

 

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, 

addressing reporters at the White House, 

reiterated the declared Israeli claim

 that the bombing of refugee tents 

in Rafah, which was said to be a 

safe area, was a "mistake."

 

"The Israelis have said... this is a tragic mistake," Kirby 

noted when asked if the weekend's events constituted 

the "death and destruction" US officials had warned

 against, completely adopting the Israeli narrative 

without the slightest bit of due diligence.

 

Kirby emphasized the absence of a specific "measuring 

stick" or quota for such incidents, but stressed the 

importance of avoiding a major ground operation 

in Rafah that could lead to extensive damage 

and significant loss of life. "We have not 

seen that yet," he said, continuing 

to ignore the civilian deaths and 

practically saying... they would 

only count --------- in light of 

an invasion.

 

When questioned about whether recent ground 

operations in Rafah... would lead to the US 

withdrawing military aid, Kirby affirmed, 

"I believe that's what I've been 

saying here."

 

Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking at a ceremonial 

event in Washington, called the Israeli airstrike on 

Sunday "beyond tragic," after it caused a fire in

 a tent camp in Rafah, killing 45 Palestinians, 

many of whom were burnt to death.

 

Kirby warned of the potential for the Israeli occupation to

 become increasingly isolated on the international stage

 due to the manner of its operations. "So this is of
concern, clearly, because it's not in Israel's 

best interest," he said.

 

"And it's not in our best interest for Israel to become 

increasingly isolated on the world stage."

 

Rafah massacre

 

On Sunday evening, the Israeli occupation forces 

committed a new massacre against dozens of 

displaced persons by bombing their tents set 

up in UNRWA warehouses in Rafah, southern

 Gaza Strip, an alleged safe zone.

 

The Government Media Office reported that the Israeli 

occupation committed a horrific massacre through 

the... concentrated and deliberate bombing of a 

centre for the forcibly displaced, established 

in UNRWA barracks, northwest of Rafah 

Governorate. The centre was bombed 

with more than seven missiles and 

large bombs, each weighing more 

than 2,000 pounds of explosives.

 

According to the Government Media Office, this violent 

bombing led to the martyrdom of dozens and caused 

numerous injuries, some of which are very serious,

 indicating a confirmed rise in the number of 

martyrs from this massacre.

 

In turn, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that 

there were a large number of martyrs and injured due 

to the occupation's airstrike on the displaced 

persons' camp in Rafah, noting that the 

search for missing persons at the site 

remains ongoing.

 

Palestinian media also reported that "a large number 

of martyrs and injured are still in the camp --- while
ambulance & civil defense teams are struggling 

to reach them," adding that "the fires are still 

burning in the camp due to the bombing."

 

The Gaza Civil Defense announced that it had 

transported at least 50 people, including 

martyrs and injured ---- as a result of the 

occupation's bombing of the displaced 

persons' camp in Rafah, revealing that

 the targeted area includes 100,000 

displaced persons.

 

 

Source: Agencies

 

 

__________________________________________

 

 

 

UN reinforces support to UNRWA 

before Israel attempts to

 discredit it

May 28th, 4:42pm 

(Prensa Latina) 

 

The UN today reiterated its support for its Palestinian 

Refugee Agency (Unrwa) in the face of Israel's 

attempts to designate it as a 

"terrorist organization."

 

Seeing a preliminary vote within the Israeli parliament 

for this purpose --- the spokesman for the Secretary 

General of the United Nations (António Guterres), 

Stéphane Dujarric, insisted on the fundamental 

role played by UNRWA.

 

The Agency, considered the main UN actor in the 

occupied territories, has been working since 

1950 with the aim of deploying aid programs 

and direct works for Palestinian refugees.

 

The UN has defended the neutrality of that entity in

 the face of the discredit campaign by the Israeli 

authorities, who for their part are pressing to

 end its operations.

 

Last January, accusations disclosed by Israel linking 

several of its members to the Hamas group, caused 

a pause in funding from major donors at a key time

 to meet needs such as food, water, shelter and 

medicine for civilians in Gaza.

 

However, most countries - except the US and UK - 

resumed support in the absence of solid evidence.

 

According to Guterres’ spokesperson, the new 

designation attempt --- could compromise the 

Agency’s essential humanitarian operations.

 

“If UNRWA can no longer operate in Gaza or the 

occupied West Bank, Israeli authorities, as the

 occupying power, will have to assume 

responsibility for many of those 

operations,” he said.

 

Dujarric expressed concern about the consequences 

of these acts after several attacks against UNRWA 

facilities in Jerusalem were also reported.

 

In early May, UNRWA Commissioner, General Philippe 

Lazzarini announced the closure of the organization’s 

headquarters in East Jerusalem after an arson attack.

 

Israeli residents set fire to the perimeter twice while

the institution’s own workers put out the flames --- 

due to the delay of the firefighters, he explained 

at the time.

 

The fire was preceded by a violent 

protest that same week.

 

According to the UNRWA chief, nearly 160 Agency 

premises have been damaged or completely 

destroyed in Gaza since the outbreak of 

hostilities on October 7 --- and at least 

400 people have died while seeking

 the protection of the UN flag.

 

 

 

_______________________________________________




 


Global echoes of recognizing 


a Palestinian state


May 28th, 2:41pm


(Al Mayadeen English)


 


The actions taken on Tuesday by Ireland, Spain, and 


Norway, announced last week, are likely to pressure 


other European nations, such as the UK, France, 


and Germany, to join them in supporting 


Palestinian self-determination.


 


The prospects for the Palestinian people achieving their 


state might seem more distant than ever amid the 


ongoing Israeli genocide in Gaza ....and the 


escalating violence against Palestinians


 in the occupied West Bank.


 


However, several European countries are moving forward 


with the formal recognition of a Palestinian state. The 


actions taken on Tuesday by Ireland, Spain, and 


Norway - announced last week - are likely to 


pressure other European nations, such as 


the UK, France, and Germany, to join 


them in supporting Palestinian


 self-determination.


 


Dive deeper


 


Most countries — approximately 139 in total — formally 


recognize a Palestinian state. On May 10, 143 out of 


193 United Nations General Assembly members 


voted in favor of a Palestinian bid for full UN 


membership, a status that is available only 


to states.


 


Currently -- Palestine holds an enhanced observer status 


at the UN, which allows them a seat but no voting rights 


in the assembly. Additionally, Palestine is recognized by 


various international organizations, including the Arab 


League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.


 


A minority of European countries already recognize a 


Palestinian state. These include Hungary, Poland, 


Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia.... and 


Bulgaria, which adopted this stance in 1988, 


as well as others like Sweden and Cyprus.


 


However, many European nations and the United States 


have stated that they will recognize a Palestinian state 


only as part of a comprehensive political resolution to 


the Middle East struggle. This approach is often 


referred to as the "two-state solution".


 


The big picture


 


European countries and the US have different views on 


when to recognize a Palestinian state. Ireland, Spain, 


and Norway are choosing to do so now to jump-start 


a political process. They believe that a lasting 


solution to the current crisis --- will only be 


possible if both sides can work towards


 a political goal. These countries... are 


also responding to domestic political 


pressures to show greater support


 for Palestinians.


 


Historically, many Western countries held the position 


that Palestinian statehood should be a reward for a 


final peace agreement. However, Lord Cameron, 


the UK Foreign Secretary, along with officials 


from several other European countries, have 


recently shifted their stance. They now 


suggest that recognizing Palestinian 


statehood earlier could help to


generate momentum toward 


achieving a political 


settlement.


 


In February, French President, Emmanuel Macron, stated, 


"The recognition of a Palestinian state is not a taboo for 


France." Earlier this month, France supported 


Palestinian membership in the UN during 


the General Assembly vote. 


 


The central debate behind the scenes seemingly 


revolves around the timing of recognizing a


 Palestinian state.


 


As of last week, several additional European countries 


now support the establishment of a Palestinian state.


 


Spain's top diplomat announced that Spain, Ireland, and 


Norway will collectively deliver a "firm" response to 


"Israel's" angry reaction to their decision to 


recognize a Palestinian state.


 


The plans announced last week by these three countries


 provoked a furious response from "Israel" ------ with its


 Foreign Minister Israel Katz notably posting several 


contentious messages on X, the platform formerly


 known as Twitter.


 


Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares criticized 


Katz for attempting to deflect attention away from


 Israeli actions.


 


"I am well aware that my Israeli colleague has spent days


 creating provocations, posting vile false allegations on 


social media about our government and the Irish and 


Norwegian governments," Albares said.


 


"I totally get his strategy ..... that rather than talking about 


a Palestinian state, a ceasefire, releasing hostages and 


access to humanitarian aid, we focus on (Israel's) 


online posts and provocations," he added.


 


He went on to say that the three governments would 


issue "a coordinated response... which will be calm


 but firm."


 


 


Source: News websites + Agencies


 


 


 


_______________________________________


 


 


 


 


Did 'Israel' cross Biden's red line


in Rafah? White House ''unsure'' 


May 28th, 2:26pm


(Al Mayadeen English)


 


The Biden administration is still assessing 


whether killing 45 Palestinian civilians in 


refugee camps crossed Joe Biden's 


red line or not.


 


United States President Joe Biden and his administration 


are yet to put out a final statement on the Israeli strike


 that killed at least 45 forcibly displaced Palestinians


 who were living in camps set up in Rafah on Sunday. 


 


Two US officials told Axios that the Biden administration 


is still assessing whether the blatant murdering of 


displaced people in makeshift camps... is a 


violation of Biden's "red line". Nearly two 


days have passed since the attack 


occurred on Sunday --- showing 


clearly, Biden's intent to draw 


a line in the sand..... to the 


Israeli attack on Rafah.


 


It is important to note that the Biden administration 


conducts its own investigations of such incidents, 


hundreds of which have occurred in the Gaza 


Strip over the past eight months, yet has 


failed to condemn any of them as war 


crimes or genocidal actions. 


 


For some, the Israeli attack on the campsite in Rafah did 


not only test Biden's "red line" but also came as a direct 


response to the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) 


order demanding "Israel" halt its military operation


 in Rafah. 


 


Israeli occupation forces said that the incident is being 


investigated, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 


said that the  multiple firing was "a tragic mistake."


 


A US official said that the White House is still in the 


process of determining what exactly happened in 


order to decide if the blatant crime warrants US 


action. If it does, one must ask why other well-


documented crimes condemned by


 international organizations do 


not warrant US action. 


 


Despite what Israeli and US officials are leading the 


public to believe, the incident is not an isolated 


case, in fact following Sunday night, the Israeli 


regime intensified its bombing of Rafah, in 


what has been described as the most


 intense bombardment campaign 


on the city.


 


Israeli crimes are not isolated incidents


 


Al Mayadeen's correspondent reported that Israeli forces 


concentrated their attacks on the western part of Rafah, 


unleashing relentless airstrikes and shelling that 


persisted for hours without pause, resulting in


 dozens of martyrs and wounded.


 


Forcibly displaced families were also entrapped due to 


the nonstop bombing preventing rescue teams and 


medics from reaching them. The vicinity of the 


Emirati Hospital in western Rafah was heavily 


targeted by Israeli artillery, while quad-


copters roamed around the facility 


opening fire at civilians and 


journalists trying to flee 


the area.


 


Israeli military vehicles stormed the area covered by 


intense shelling, which directly hit several homes.


 


Occupation forces also stormed the cemetery of the 


Zaarib family and exhumed a number of graves.


 


Additionally, Israeli artillery targeted the Tell al-Sultan 


neighbourhood in western Rafah with dozens of shells, 


two of which hit houses in the Saudi neighbourhood.


 


 The occupation forces shelled the Indonesian field 


hospital, while aircraft simultaneously targeted 


ambulances and civil defense crews near the 


Tell al-Sultan police station. Forces fired 


shells and opened fire at the Tell al-


Sultan clinic, trapping the medical 


staff and over 70 displaced 


persons inside.


 


Several people were martyred as a result of Israeli 


attacks on tents sheltering forcibly displaced 


families in Tell al-Sultan. Meanwhile, due to 


artillery shelling, a fire broke out in the 


Abu Marqa residential building and 


nearby agricultural greenhouses.


 


Additionally, helicopters directed heavy machine gunfire 


at the eastern and southeastern areas of Rafah. 


 


Moreover, The Israeli forces launched fire belts targeting 


the Brazil neighbourhood in eastern Rafah, causing fires 


in the area. They also targeted the Yebna and Shaboura 


refugee camps in the city centre.


 


All of these war crimes occurred, while a White House


 committee studied the events leading up to the crime


 on Sunday, to no avail. 


 


 


 


Source: Axios


 


 


 


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Israeli economy shrouded with


 uncertainty, hanging by... 


a thread


May 28th, 1:21pm


(Al Mayadeen English)


 


The Israeli occupation is suffering from an economic 


downturn mostly due to its war on Gaza, leaving


 policymakers incapable of taking 


effective measures.


 


The Bank of Israel has assessed that there are "several 


risks of potential acceleration in inflation" ---- most of 


which are directly linked to the Israeli war on Gaza. 


 


This includes possible geopolitical developments and 


their effects on economic activity, a depreciation in 


the shekel, continued supply constraints on 


activity in the construction and air travel 


industries, fiscal developments, and 


global oil prices. 


 


Moreover, government spending economic easing


 policies are pushing inflation to the top of the 


Israeli regime's 1% to 3% target range after 


a two-month acceleration. 


 


According to Bloomberg, the Israeli shekel's historical 


volatility (HV), which measures how much traded 


prices... move away from a central or moving 


average price, currently stands at 10%, 


the agency added. 


 


Moreover, "Israel's" wartime bill has amounted to 


$16 billion, swelling its budget deficit over the 


past 12 months to 7% of the gross domestic 


product (GDP) for that period, as of April.


 


In the meantime, the Governor of the Central Bank 


continues to call on the government to adopt a 


responsible fiscal policy, amid substantial 


defense spending.


 


In this context, the Bank of Israel said that it expects 


the total annual deficit "to continue to climb in the 


coming months and to converge back to an 


environment similar to the current one 


toward the end of 2024."


 


However, the statement did say that notable deviations


 in security expenditures will undercut its expectations. 


 


Prices in Israeli markets are rising just as the country's 


economic outlook worsens after some recovery in the


 first quarter. The length and severity of the ongoing 


Israeli aggression on both the Gaza Strip and 


Lebanon have shrouded the economy with


 uncertainty, according to Bloomberg. 


 


Various industries, from construction to retail, are being 


affected by the war. As a result, economic growth is 


expected to slow down in the coming months, 


while the economy is still 2.8% smaller than


 it was before the war.


 


The Bank of Israel predicts the economy will grow by 2% 


this year, but S&P Global Ratings and Moody's Investors


 Service expect much weaker growth, closer to 0.5% 


to 0.6%.


 


However, the central bank has less ability to stimulate 


the economy now because inflation is rising. In April, 


inflation reached 2.8%, the highest this year.


 


 A central bank survey found that expectations for price 


increases over the next year rose for the fifth straight 


month in May, reaching 3%. This has significantly 


affected prices for foods, especially dairy 


products, and air travel. 


 


Given the severe economic challenges posed by war-


time expenditures and geopolitical uncertainties, 


policymakers in "Israel" find it increasingly 


challenging - to implement the necessary 


adjustments for economic recalibration.


 


 


Source: Bloomberg


 


 


 


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Egyptian Nasserist Party ---- calls for 


cancellation of Camp David Accords


May 28th, 12:29pm


(Al Mayadeen English)


 


Following the martyrdom of an Egyptian soldier on the 


border with Palestine, the United Nasserist Party 


calls for a list of demands to be implemented


 in support of the Palestinian people.


 


The United Nasserist Party in Egypt condemned the 


"disgraceful positions" of Arab regimes, especially 


on the Israeli invasion of the southernmost city
in 
the Gaza Strip, Rafah. 


 


The movement pointed out that Arab states are "true 


partners" in the genocidal crimes committed by the 


Israeli regime against the Palestinian people in 


the Gaza Strip.


 


In a statement, the movement rejected the stance of the 


Egyptian government, saying that it has not taken any 


decisive and deterrent measures that reflect "the 


prestige and value of Egypt."


 


Specifically, the United Nasserist Party pointed ---- to the 


inaction of the Egyptian government vis-à-vis the Israeli 


invasion of Rafah, which it believes has encroached on 


Palestinian lives and Egyptian national security.


 


Regarding the latter, the Nasserist movement is referring 


to the fact - that the invasion of Rafah along the


 Palestinian-Egyptian border and the Israeli 


occupation of the Rafah border crossing 


are actions that violate the terms of 


the Camp David agreement and 


Egyptian sovereignty. 


 


On that issue, the statement pointed to the recent 


clashes between Egyptian troops and Israeli 


occupation forces near the border, which 


led to the martyrdom of at least one


Egyptian soldier. 


 


The movement said that the martyred soldier should 


be hailed as "a symbol and embodiment of Egypt's


national conscience - and its steadfast doctrine 


in war and struggle against the enemy."


 


In this context, the Egyptian United Nasserist Party


 called for a series of actions to be taken by the


 Egyptian government, including:


 


Severing all ties with the Israeli regime, canceling all 


treaties, foremost of which are the "shameful" Camp 


David Accords and "peace agreement", and


criminalizing all forms of relations and 


normalization with "the 


Zionist enemy";


 


Providing all forms of support to the 


valiant Palestinian Resistance;


 


Asserting Egypt's sovereign rights over the Rafah border


 crossing by opening it for humanitarian aid and the 


transfer of injured people without coordination 


with the Israeli regime;


 


Lifting the security restrictions imposed on the citizens 


and releasing the prisoners of conscience, especially 


those detained due to their participation in 


pro-Palestine protests;


 


Supporting campaigns boycotting the companies 


and products affiliated with the Israeli regime.


 


The movement also affirmed the right of the Egyptian 


and Arab people to utilize all means and methods of 


expression in support of the Palestinian people 


and their Resistance. 


 


 


Source: Al Mayadeen


 



 


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Iran's acting FM urges Muslim elite’s 


pressure on Israel ----- to end 


Gaza brutalities


May 28th, 12:11pm


 (PressTV)


 


Iran's acting Foreign Minister, Ali Bagheri Kani, has called


upon scholars in the Muslim world to explore all available


 avenues and exert more pressure on the Israeli regime 


in order to stop its onslaught against Palestinians in 


the Gaza Strip.


 


Bagheri Kani made the appeal during a meeting with


 former Iraqi prime minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi


 in Tehran on Monday evening,.


 


During the meeting, the Iranian diplomat pointed to the 


strategic changes and developments that have taken 


shape at regional and international levels following 


Operation al-Aqsa Storm launched by Gaza-based 


Palestinian resistance groups on October 7 last 


year, and Operation True Promise, through 


which Iran made Israel pay the cost 


ofthe criminal attack against its 


embassy in the Syrian capital.


 


On April the 1st, the Israeli regime carried out terrorist 


airstrikes on the consular section of Iran's embassy 


in the Syrian capital Damascus, which killed two 


IRGC generals, Brigadier General Mohammad 


Reza Zahedi and General Mohammad Hadi 


Haji Rahimi, as well as five of their


 accompanying officers.


 


In retaliation, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) 


targeted the occupied territories on April 13th --- with a 


barrage of missiles and drones. The retaliatory strikes, 


dubbed Operation True Promise, inflicted damage on


 Israeli military bases across the occupied 


Palestinian territories.


 


Bagheri Kani underlined ---- that prominent thinkers and 


elites of the Muslim world must play much greater role, 


and heap pressure on Israel and its sponsors, above 


all the United States, so that the occupying regime


would stop its crimes and genocide in the


Palestinian territories.


 


 


 


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Trump vows to crush pro-Palestinian


 protests, throw Out protesters 


if re-elected


May 28th, 10:51am


 (PressTV)


 


Former US president Donald Trump, has vowed to suppress
ongoing pro-Palestinian demonstrations in US universities,
saying that he will “throw out” students who attend the
protests, if he was elected back to office.


 


Speaking to a small group of predominantly Jewish donors
at an event, Trump said he will deport all pro-Palestinian
student protesters to ensure that they “behave.”


 


“One thing I do is, any student that protests, I throw them
out of the country. You know, there are a lot of foreign
students. As soon as they hear that, they’re going to
behave,”
Trump said.


 


Trump, 77, who is the presumptive Republican candidate,
referred to the protests against Israel's genocide in
Gaza as a "radical revolution" and assured donors
that he would set the movement back 25 or 30
years with their support in defeating Joe
Biden in the upcoming presidential
election in November.


 


“If you get me re-elected, we’re going to set that movement
back 25 or 30 years,” Trump replied, according to the
Washington Post, which first reported the event.


 


In recent months, demonstrations against the Gaza war
have rocked various educational institutions throughout
the US. The movement began at Columbia University
in New York, where the use of tent enclosures and
campus occupations led to the disruption of the
final weeks of classes and the cancelation
of the graduation ceremony.


 


The ex-president commended the New York police for their
efforts in clearing the encampments at Columbia
University and suggested that other cities
should follow suit. “It has to be
stopped now," stated
Trump.


 


Republicans have been actively attempting to turn the
campus protests into a focal point of the upcoming
election, portraying them as a representation of
"chaos" running rampant under
Biden's leadership.


 


According to The Washington Post, Republican donors
have urged Trump to adopt a more assertive position
in backing Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu.


 


Trump has also reportedly told the donors in private
that he backs Israel's right to persist in its
ongoing genocide.


 


His latest remarks do not mark the first occasion he
has shown backing for Israel during the ongoing
Gaza conflict, as in a previous interview on Fox
News in March Trump declared his unwavering
support for Israel and endorsed their military
actions against Gazans, stating that “you
have 
to finish the problem.”


 


 


 


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OIC urges UN Security Council to 


‘assume responsibilities’ after 


Rafah massacre


May 28th, 10:22am


 (PressTV)


 


The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has 


denounced the Israeli military’s recent airstrike 


on tents housing displaced people in the city 


of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, as a 


“heinous massacre,” calling on the UN 


Security Council to assume its 


responsibilities to force the 


regime into stopping its


 acts of aggression. 


 


The 57-member OIC said in a statement on Tuesday that 


those responsible for the war crime attack on the camp 


in Rafah must be held to account and face international 


criminal law.


 


“The Secretary-General held the Israeli occupation 


accountable for the consequences of its crimes, 


terrorist practices -- and brutal attacks against


the Palestinian people, which are inconsistent


with all human values,” the intergovernmental 


body noted.


 


“The OIC --------- renewed its call on the international 


community, especially the UN Security Council, to 


assume its responsibilities in compelling Israel to 


implement the orders of the International Court
of 
Justice ---- to stop this Israeli aggression 


immediately,” it added.


 


Rafah, situated on Gaza's southern border with Egypt,


 is home to about a million displaced Palestinians 


who have fled from the rest of the besieged 


territory amid a genocidal Israeli war.


 


The Rafah carnage came two days after the 


International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered


 Israel to “immediately” halt its military 


offensive in the area.


 


Terrifying scenes of tents in flames and burned victims, 


many of whom were women and children, sparked an 


international outcry. 


 


So far during the military onslaught, the regime has killed


 at least 36,050 Gazans, most of them women, children, 


and adolescents. Another 81,026 Palestinians have 


sustained injuries as well.


 


 


 


_________________________________


 


 


 


 


Rafah Hit by Most Violent


 Israeli Bombings Since 


Start of Gaza War


 May 28th, 9:22am


(al Manar)


 


In a brutal escalation of violence, the city of Rafah in 


Gaza experienced the most violent Israeli bombings 


since the Israeli aggression began last October.


 


The attacks, which continued throughout Monday night, 


targeted residential areas and resulted in a high 


number of casualties.


 


The Israeli occupation forces focused their airstrikes and


 shelling on the western part of Rafah, with the Emirati 


Hospital and the Tell al-Sultan neighbourhood 


suffering heavy bombardment. 


 


Civilian structures, including homes and a clinic, 


were hit by Israeli artillery, trapping medical


 staff and displaced persons inside.


 


Forcibly displaced families in Rafah found themselves 


trapped as the relentless Israeli bombardment 


prevented rescue teams and medics from 


reaching them. Israeli quadcopters 


roamed the area, opening fire at 


civilians and journalists 


attempting to flee 


the violence.


 


Amid the intense Israeli attacks on western Rafah, fierce 


confrontations erupted between Palestinian Resistance 


fighters and Israeli occupation forces near the Zaarib 


roundabout. The central Rafah City also saw heavy 


battles around key locations, resulting in further 


casualties.


 


The Israeli assaults extended beyond Rafah, with 


strikes reported in central Gaza, eastern Khan 


Younis Governorate, and northern Gaza.


 


Residential buildings were demolished, and airstrikes


caused casualties in various areas including Jabalia, 


Beit Hanoun, and Deir al-Balah.


 


 


 


Source: Al-Manar English Website


 and Palestinian media


 


 


 


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Iraqi Resistance Strikes Target 


in Eilat, Vows Continued 


Support for Gaza


May 28th, 9:20am


(al Manar)


 


The Iraqi Resistance has targeted a vital Israeli site in 


Eilat, using one-way drones in a recent attack. The 


group has announced that this operation was in 


retaliation for the Israeli atrocities in Gaza and


has promised to continue striking the


enemy's strongholds.


 


This marks the second attack by the Iraqi resistance 


group on Israeli sites, with a previous strike on the 


Port of Eilat. The group also targeted Haifa Port, 


a crucial hub for the occupation’s trade.


 


The Resistance’s actions come in the midst of escalating


 tensions in the region, with the Israeli invasion of Rafah 


sparking outrage. The group’s attacks on Israeli sites 


have intensified in recent weeks, showing their 


unwavering support for Gaza.



 


Source: Iraqi media (Translated 


by Al-Manar English Website)


 


 


 


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'Most cruel abomination': 


UN blasts Rafah carnage 


as EU weighs sanctions 


on Israel


May 28th, 7:44am


(PressTV)


 


The United Nations humanitarian chief has hit out


 at Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu for 


claiming that the recent deadly aerial assault in


the southern Gaza Strip was a “mistake,” 


saying the carnage was possibly the


 “most cruel abomination.”


 


UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and 


Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths made the 


remarks on Monday, one day after the Israeli strike hit 


a camp for displaced Palestinians in the city of Rafah 


and killed at least 50 people & wounded 200 others.


 


Terrifying scenes of tents in flames and burned victims, 


many of whom were women and children, sparked an 


international outcry. 


 


However, Netanyahu called the air raid a "tragic mistake" 


and claimed that Israel was investigating the incident.


 


“Whether the attack was a war crime or a “tragic 


mistake,” for the people of Gaza, there is no 


debate. What happened last night was the


 latest – and possibly most cruel – 


abomination,” Griffiths said


in a statement.


 


“To call it ‘a mistake’ is a message that means nothing 


for those killed, those grieving, and those trying to 


save lives.”


 


The UN relief chief ----- also pointed to the widespread 


warnings of a slaughter, ahead of Israel's incursion 


into Rafah, saying, "We've seen the consequences


in last night's utterly unacceptable attack."


 


He further noted that no shelters, hospitals and 


so-called humanitarian zones are safe in Gaza.


 


The Rafah carnage came two days after the 


International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered 


Israel to “immediately” halt its military 


offensive in Rafah.


 


The occupying regime began a ground offensive


in the overcrowded Palestinian city on May 7th, 


defying calls from the international community


-  including the United States, not to proceed.


 


Rafah, situated on Gaza's southern border with Egypt, 


is home to about a million displaced Palestinians 


who have fled from the rest of the besieged 


territory amid a genocidal Israeli war.


 


EU ministers discuss anti-Israel sanctions


 


Ireland’s Foreign Minister Micheal Martin, meanwhile, 


said the EU has for the first time engaged in a 


“significant” discussion on sanctioning 


Israel over its Gaza onslaught.


 


He said the imposition of EU sanctions was discussed 


as a possible measure to be taken if Israel does not 


comply with the ICJ’s ruling to halt its attack on


 Rafah, Irish public broadcaster RTE reported.


 


“Certainly, if compliance isn’t forthcoming, then 


we have to consider all options,” he added.


 


Martin also said that a number of EU foreign ministers 


had raised the prospect ---- of bans against Israeli 


officials who were aiding and abetting violent 


settlers in the occupied West Bank.


 


Israel unleashed its US-backed war on Gaza on October 7


 after the Palestinian Hamas resistance group carried 


out a surprise operation against the usurping entity 


in retaliation for its intensified atrocities against 


the Palestinian people.


 


The Tel Aviv regime has so far killed at least 36,050


 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and


 injured 81,026 others.


 


 


 


____________________________


 


 


 


 


Exposed: How Israeli ‘watchdog’ 


behind October 7 ‘mass rape’ lie 


ate its words


by Maryam Qarehgozlou


May 28th, 7:23am


(PressTV)


 


After the New York Times story about Hamas' “mass 


rape” was discredited --- for poor sourcing and a 


striking lack of evidence --- an Israeli "watch-


dog" has also walked back its “unverifiable”


 report about "sexual violence" during the 


October 7 operation.


 


Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) acknowledged 


in a recent statement that its November 2023 position 


paper on sexual violence, which was heavily relied 


on by Western media as proof of bogus rape 


allegations against Hamas resistance 


fighters during Operation Al-Aqsa 


Storm, never reached any 


conclusions.. and solely 


aimed to “raise aware-


ness” about the issue.


 


“In the extensive investigations conducted in the months 


following the publication of the position paper in


 November, some testimonies referenced within 


it have been disputed or deemed unverifiable, 


and more may face similar scrutiny in the 


future,” the group acknowledged in 


the statement.


 


“We regret their inclusion in the position paper.”


 


It said that the “primary objective” of the position paper 


was to “advocate” for a comprehensive investigation 


of the matter and that the report did not mean to 


“authenticate” or “discredit” the claims.


 


“Our focus was on raising awareness of the issue, 


advocating for an official investigation, and 


pressing for immediate action to ensure 


that potential victims receive 


professional care.. suited to 


the nature of their trauma,” 


the statement added.


 


The claim ---- that was amplified by this Israeli group 


after the events of October 7 last year and reported 


extensively by many Western media outlets ----


was eventually proven to be bogus.


 


How was the story discredited?


 


Amid the Israeli regime’s genocidal war on Gaza that was 


launched more than seven months ago, already killing 


over 35,900 Palestinians in the besieged territory, 


baseless claims accusing Hamas resistance 


fighters of mass rape and sexual violence 


on October 7 have floated around.


 


The claims circulated on social media platforms and 


Western media outlets without basic fact-checking, 


in an attempt to vilify and demonize the 


Palestinian resistance.


 


On December 28, the New York Times ran a so-called


investigation --- which was followed by other media 


reports, hundreds of news articles, and interviews


citing Israeli sources and the same Israeli group


 in order to convince readers that Hamas “used 


rape as a weapon of war.”


 


However, the story narrated by NYT and other 


mainstream Western media ----- soon fell apart 


and exposed systematic issues. Independent


 media outlets began examining the reports, 


so-called “investigations”, and finally 


concluded that there was “no 


evidence that mass rape 


occurred.”


 


“The [New York Times] article is an emotionally 


manipulative fraud aimed at justifying or


distracting from Israel’s genocide in 


Gaza,” said The Electronic Intifada 


in its report debunking 


NYT’s story.


 


Nonetheless, The New Yorker, New York Times, 


Associated Press, and The Nation treated the 


PRI’s November position paper as proof of 


“rape and sexual violence” on October 7.


 


However, the PHRI paper, similar to other such reports, 


lacked any original reporting - and was also based on 


unsubstantiated media claims with no corroboration.


 


It also did not include any forensic evidence, 


survivor testimonies, or video evidence.


 


In March, Hadas Ziv, director of ethics and policy at PHRI, 


also acknowledged that there were numerous problems 


with the position paper she had co-authored.


 


Ziv admitted credibility problems with sources and 


that she did not review all available evidence.


 


She also said that she was “unaware” numerous sources 


included in the report had fabricated atrocity stories 


including ZAKA, a scandal-plagued extremist 


Zionist group, that the Western media 


misleadingly described...... as a non-


profit “emergency response team.”


 


In fact, ZAKA and its leaders, most significantly Yossi 


Landau, have been caught fabricating atrocity 


propaganda about October 7, including the 


debunked tales of beheaded babies, 


children tied together and shot and 


burned, and of a pregnant woman 


whose fetus was torn out of 


her belly.


 


“I didn’t know that they [ZAKA volunteers] are unreliable. 


… But maybe I’m just trusting people who tell the story 


as it is and I don’t look into [it],” Ziv was quoted 


as saying.


 


Other media like Reuters, CNN, The New York Times, 


BBC, The Guardian, NBC, Politico, The Wall Street 


Journal, and The Washington Post also quoted 


ZAKA volunteers with no mention of past 


scandals or present controversies 


surrounding them.


 


Moreover, investigations revealed that none of the 


sources mentioned in PHRI’s paper and other 


media outlets, who claimed they saw 


corpses that bore signs of rape or 


sexual violence, were trained to 


make such assessments, and


 nearly all of them fabricated 


those stories.


 


The PHRI report also stated that some of its sources, 


including Raz Cohen, who claims he saw rape, were 


connected to the Israeli military. It also disregarded


----- that his story has changed numerous times.


 


Mission accomplished


 


Now that the PHRI itself has retracted its report, 


observers believe that mainstream media and 


Zionist organizations that amplified those


 same bogus claims have nothing to fall 


back on.


 


“PHRI is now heavily walking back its report, noting it 


never reached any conclusions and only advocated


 for an investigation, and regrets the inclusion of 


erroneous and unreliable information,” Ryan 


Grim, the Washington DC bureau chief at 


the Intercept, wrote in a post on X, 


formerly Twitter, last week.


 


“We will continue to hear similar statements in the 


months and years to come -- when the issue can 


safely be talked about, and its purpose ------ is 


horrifically complete,” he added.


 


Rights organizations also warn that the Israeli regime


 has already “exploited” the discredited reports of 


sexual violence committed by Hamas and 


“weaponized” it as a propaganda tool to 


justify its genocidal war campaign 


against Palestinians and 


dehumanize the 2.3 


million civilian 


population 


of Gaza.   


 


The Feminist Solidarity Network for Palestine, an 


international collective of anti-imperialist, anti-


colonial feminist academics and lawyers says 


the Western media campaign against Hamas 


is an Israeli-led attempt to “counter the 


humanization of Palestinian men” as 


they film and share their own images 


online — contrasting starkly with


 racist depictions in the 


hegemonic media.


 


“The charge of systematic and brutal rape is a tool used 


not only to demonize the Palestinian resistance but to 


dehumanize Palestinian men in general. By framing 


Palestinian resistance ---- not as an anti-colonial


liberation movement but through the trope of


the terrorist-rapist, the right of Palestinians 


to armed resistance against occupation 


under international law ------- is also 


erased,” the rights group added.


 


 


 


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May 27: ‘Axis of Resistance’


 operations against the


 Israeli occupation


May 28th, 7:19am


By Press TV Website Staff


 


Amid Israel's genocidal war on Gaza, which has killed 


over 36,100 Palestinians so far, resistance groups in 


Palestine and across the region continue their 


operations against the Tel Aviv regime and


 its Western backers.


 


The major operations carried out by the Palestinian 


and regional resistance groups on Monday, May 27,


 are as follows:


 


AL-Qassam Brigades’ operations on May 27:


 


Bombed a gathering of Israeli forces at the Civil 


Administration site east of Jabalia in the 


northern Gaza Strip, using mortar shells.


 


Targeted a special Israeli military force fortified in


 a home with a 107mm rocket east of the city of 


Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.


 


Seized a spying drone east of the city of 


Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.


 


Bombed a group of Israeli troops advancing east of 


the Maghazi camp in the central Gaza Strip with 


mortar shells.


 


Al-Aqsa Brigades’ operations on May 27:


 


Targeted an Israeli military Merkava tank with an RBG-85 


shell, hitting it directly on the axis of advance in the 


Tabet Zari area, east of Rafah in the southern 


Gaza Strip.


 


Targeted a gathering of advancing Israeli soldiers and 


their military vehicles east of Al-Maghazi camp in the 


central Gaza Strip with a barrage of heavy-calibre 


mortar shells.


 


Al-Quds Brigades’ operations on May 27:


 


Targeted the "Enab" occupation checkpoint in the 


occupied West Bank city of Tulkarem with a 


heavy barrage of bullets.


 


Bombed a group of Israeli soldiers and their military 


vehicles invading the vicinity of Salah Al-Din gate


 in southern Rafah with standard 60-calibre 


mortar shells.


 


Mujahideen Brigades’ operations on May 27:


 


Targeted an Israeli military tank with an RPG shell in the 


Jabalia camp axis of advance, northern Gaza Strip.


 


Bombed a gathering of Israeli forces stationed in the 


"Netzarim" axis south of Gaza City with a barrage 


of mortar shells.


 


Al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades’ operations on May 27:


 


Targeted a gathering of Israeli forces in the Saad Sayel 


barracks east of the city of Rafah in southern Gaza 


with several mortar shells.


 


Martyr Omar Al-Qasim Forces’ operations on May 27:


 


Targeted the settlement of "Sderot" from the axis of 


advance in the north of the Gaza Strip with 107mm 


short-range rockets.


 


Targeted an Israeli military Merkava tank with an RPG-85


 shell in the Tabet Zari area east of Rafah in the southern 


Gaza Strip.


 


Hezbollah’s operations on May 27:


 


Eastern sector:


 


At around 8:25 local time, a military building in the 


Margaliot settlement was targeted with 


appropriate weapons.


 


At around 12:25 local time, surveillance equipment at the 


Miskaf site was targeted with appropriate weapons.


 


At around 12:40 local time, Israeli soldiers and Iron Dome


 platforms at the Beit Hilal base were targeted with 


appropriate weapons.


 


At around 17:00 local time, Israeli soldiers in the Metulla 


settlement were targeted with appropriate weapons.


 


At around 18:30 local time, Kiryat Shmona was targeted 


with dozens of Katyusha and Falaq rockets.


 


At around 18:15 local time, the Al-Samaqa site 


in Lebanon's Kafr Shuba was targeted with 


appropriate weapons.


 


At around 18:15 local time, the Zibdin barracks 


in Lebanon’s Shebaa were targeted with 


appropriate weapons.


 


Western sector:


 


At around 23:30 local time, Israeli soldiers at the 


Al-Malikiyah site were targeted with appropriate 


weapons.


 


At around 8:30 local time, the Al-Malikiyah site 


was targeted with guided missiles, artillery 


shells, and drones.


 


At around 16:50 local time, the settlements of 


Meron, Safsofa, and Tasfa’un were targeted 


with Katyusha rockets.


 


At around 21:30 local time, the 411th Artillery 


Battalion, east of Nahariya was targeted with


 a barrage of drones.


 


Yemeni military’s operations on May 27:


 


Targeted the American ship LAREGO DESERT


 in the Indian Ocean with naval missiles.


 


Targeted the Israeli ship MSC MECHELA 


in the Indian Ocean with naval missiles


 


Targegetd the ship MINERVA LISA in the 


Red Sea for violating the decision to 


ban entry to the ports of 


occupied Palestine.


 


Islamic Resistance in Iraq’s operations on May 27:


 


Targeted a vital military site in the occupied 


“Eilat” (Umm al-Rashrash)” with a barrage


 of drones.


 


 


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Al Jazeera: Israel resumes attacks 


on refugee camp and hospital 


in Rafah


May 28th, 2:23am


(RT.ru)


 


The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) resumed heavy shelling 


of a refugee camp and an Indonesian hospital in the 


southern Gaza City of Rafah.


 


According to the Qatari TV channel Al Jazeera, doctors 


and patients cannot leave the clinic building, and 


ambulances cannot reach the wounded 


as a result of the shelling.


 


Earlier, Mexico condemned the Israeli strike on the tent 


camp in Rafah. Australia also called on Tel Aviv to 


immediately stop the ongoing operation in


 the city.


 


 













Image: #BanIsrael: Campaign to ban Israel from intl. sports competitions ---gets impetus


 Israeli genocide -------- 

amid Olympic Games

May 1st, 8:23am

(PressTV)

 

The Olympic Games are meant to be an occasion 

when global political differences are put aside 

with the hope that global harmony is every 

nation's ultimate goal.

 

Unfortunately, the Olympics have long appeared to be 

under disproportionate Western control, who have

 repeatedly politicized the games to advance

 their own agenda.

 

This year at the Paris games, Russia and Belarus have

 been banned from the opening ceremonies and their 

athletes who actively support the war in Ukraine

 are totally banned.

 

Paris protest: ban Israel from Summer Olympics 

 

There is a growing international chorus calling for Israel to

 be banned from the upcoming summer’s Olympic Games.

 

If even temporary sports-related harmony is not possible, 

then many say equality would be the next best thing. 


That explains the global campaign to ban Israel

 from the Olympics for their horrific attempted 

genocide and ethnic cleansing in Gaza.

 

Right after their invasion ---- Russia was

immediately banned from the Olympics.

 

And yet after more than half a year of carnage
and murder, 
it is totally unacceptable
that we are still
asking for just 

one sanction on Israel.

 

The Olympic Committee is clearly in
total complicity 
with Israel. And
we can't accept this in France.

 

Ban Israel Protestor 01

 

It's a double standard and besides that, the Olympic
games, as I said earlier, are games about bringing 

all the nations together with solidarity, peace, 

and that's not the mood of the genocide.

 

And that's why we asked for the state who is 

committing genocide to be sanctioned, 

because that doesn't respect the 

value of the Olympic Games.

 

Ban Israel Protestor 02

 

On the rare occasions when the Olympics are not 

held in Western nations, mainstream media 

coverage is almost uniformly negative of 

the host country.

 

But this time, Western arms and support for the 

unprecedented bombing and massacre of 

Gaza appears certain to discredit 

France and her allies.

 

I don't know if our leaders will listen to us; they 

certainly don't have a very good track record 

of that.

 

But the people of France do not support this genocide 

and the Olympic Committee should not, either.

 

Ban Israel Protestor 03

 

It appears certain that many individual athletes and 

nations will refuse to compete against Israel even 

if the Olympic Committee continues to side with 

Tel Aviv and their war.

 

There is a non-binding United Nations resolution, 

known as the Olympic Truce, which encourages 

countries to avoid war during the games.

 

It is broadly held that if Israel continues its genocidal 

campaign during the Olympics, it could provoke

 unprecedented outrage - on behalf of long 

suffering Palestine.

 

Image: No thanks to Israeli goods App
























The "No Thanks" application's logo

 

Google reinstates app that 

helps boycott Israel-linked

 companies

December 5th, 9:15pm

(PressTV)

 

Google has reinstated a mobile phone application that helps

 people identify and potentially avoid the products that

 have been made by companies that are linked to the 

Israeli regime.

 

The application, named "No Thanks," was made available 

again on Google's Play Store on Sunday, days after it 

was removed.

 

The app was launched last month amid a genocidal and

 yet-ongoing war by the Israeli regime against the Gaza

 Strip, which has so far killed more than 16,000 people.

 

The developer, named as Ahmad Bashbash, is a Hungary-

based Palestinian from Gaza, who has lost his siblings
to 
the regime's campaign of bloodletting against the 

coastal sliver and its crippling siege.

 

"I made it (the app) on behalf of my brother and my sister 

who I lost, because of this brutal occupation, and my 

goal is to try to prevent what happened to me from

 happening to another Palestinian," he told 

German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

 

"No Thanks" allows customers to scan products'

 barcodes and be notified if they have been 

made by Israeli-linked companies.

 

It was taken off the Play Store on November 30th owing to 

its description that read, "Welcome to No Thanks, here 

you can see if the product in your hand supports 

killing children in Palestine or not."

 

Before being removed ------ it was 

downloaded over 100,000 times.

 

The new version's description says, "Our app simplifies 

the process of scanning barcodes and searching for 

products that are listed for the boycott movement."

 

A version designed for Apple products has reportedly 

been developed ----- and is currently under review.

























Image: Betty Shabazz's Birth Day




 
Today, May 28th, in 1934,

 

Betty Shabazz,

 

educator and civil 

rights advocate,

 

is born.

 

Shabazz grew up in Detroit, Michigan, where her foster 

parents largely sheltered her from racism. She 

attended the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, 

where she had her first encounters with it.

Unhappy with the situation in Alabama, 

she moved to New York City, where 

she became a nurse. 

 

In New York.. she encountered a different form of racism.

At Montefiore Hospital, where she performed her
clinical training, black nurses were given worse
assignments than white nurses. White patients
  were sometimes 
abusive toward black nurses. 

 

While the racial climate in New York was better than the 

situation in Alabama, she frequently wondered whether 

she had merely exchanged Jim Crow racism, for a less

 violent prejudice.

 

She met Malcolm X at a dinner party. They had a long
conversation about her life: her childhood in Detroit, 

the racial hostility she had suffered in Alabama, 

and her studies in New York. 

 

He spoke to her about the condition of African Americans 

and the causes of racism. Sanders began to see things 

from a different perspective. "I really had a lot of pent-

up anxiety about my experience in the South," 

Shabazz recalled in a 1990 interview, "and 

Malcolm reassured me that it was 

understandable how I felt."

 

Soon Shabazz was attending all of Malcolm X's lectures 

at Temple Number Seven, in Harlem. He always sought 

her out afterwards and would ask her lots of questions.

 

Shabazz was impressed with Malcolm X's leadership and 

work ethic. She felt he was selfless when it came to 

helping others, but he had no one to lean on when 

he needed help. She thought maybe she could be 

that person.

 

He also began to pressure her to join the Nation of
Islam. In mid-1956, Shabazz converted. Like many
members of 
the Nation of Islam, she changed her
surname to "X" -- 
which represented the family
name of her African 
ancestors -- whom she
could never have known.

 

Betty X and Malcolm X did not have a conventional 

courtship. One-on-one dates were contrary to the 

teachings of the Nation of Islam. Instead, the 

couple shared their "dates" ..with dozens of 

other members. Malcolm X frequently took

groups to visit New York's museums and 

libraries, and he always invited Betty X.

 

Although they had never discussed the subject, Betty X 

suspected that Malcolm X was interested in marriage. 

One day he called - and asked her to marry him, and 

they were married on January 14, 1958, in Lansing, 

Michigan. By coincidence, Betty X became a

 licensed practical nurse (LPN) on the 

same day.

 

At first, their relationship followed the Nation of Islam's

 strictures concerning marriage; Malcolm X set the 

rules and Betty X obediently followed them.

 

In 1969, Shabazz wrote that "his indoctrination was so 

thorough, even to me, that it has become a pattern for 

our [family's] lives."

 

 Over time, the family dynamic changed, as Malcolm X 

made small concessions to Betty X's demands for 

more independence. In 1969, Shabazz recalled:

 

''We would have little family talks. They began at first 

with Malcolm telling me what he expected of a wife. 

But the first time I told him.. what I expected of him 

as a husband it came as a shock. After dinner one 

night he said, "Boy, Betty, something you said

--- hit me like a ton of bricks. Here I've been 

going along, having our little workshops, 

with me doing all the talking... and you 

doing all the listening." He concluded

 that our marriage should be a 

mutual exchange.''

 

On February 21, 1965, in Manhattan's Audubon Ballroom, 

Malcolm X began to speak to a meeting of the 

Organization of Afro-American Unity when

 a disturbance broke out in the crowd. 

 

As Malcolm X and his bodyguards moved to quiet

 the disturbance, a man rushed forward and shot 

Malcolm in the chest with a saw-off shotgun.

 Two other men charged the stage and fired 

handguns, hitting Malcolm X 16 times.

 

Three men, members of the Nation of Islam, 

led by Louis Farrakhan, were convicted 

and sentenced to life in prison.

 

After the 1995 arrest of her daughter, Qubilah, for

allegedly conspiring to murder Louis Farrakhan, 

Shabazz took in her ten-year-old grandson, 

Malcolm. In 1997, he set fire to her

apartment. Shabazz suffered 

severe burns and died three 

weeks later as a result of 

her injuries.

 

 

“I have internalized the practicality of Malcolm’s
message – that if you want something done, 

you have to do it yourself.”








 

TORIES ARE STRIPPING & PRIVATIZING
the NHS 
--- Taking 
Away OUR RIGHTS:.

Since 2022 - OAPs and you
have to have ear-syringing
done ''privately'' and this
is just one example.




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Police in Britain need ‘significant 

overhaul,’ inquiry says, amid

 run of scandals

February 29th, 3:31pm

 (PressTV)

 

Police in Britain need “a significant overhaul,” an inquiry 

says, against the backdrop of the case of an officer 

who committed rape and murder in 2021.

 

Officer Wayne Couzens was off duty in March that 

year when he forced Sarah Everard, in her 30s,

 from London, into his car, using his police 

credentials. Couzens raped and 

murdered her, later.

 

Attorney Elish Angiolini, who led the two-stage inquiry, 

said on Thursday the investigation had found a total 

of eight similar incidents reported before the

tragic death of Everard. She was a 

marketing professional.

 

The police department, the inquiry said, had failed 

on multiple occasions to recognize indicators 

of Couzens’ unsuitability for the role of 

an officer.

 

“Wayne Couzens was never fit to be a police officer,”

 Angiolini said. “And without a significant overhaul 

----- there is nothing to stop another Couzens 

operating in plain sight.”

 

Couzens, the inquiry showed, had allegedly
committed
 a very serious sexual assault
against a child ---- 
before his policing
career began.

 

“Now is the time for change,” Attorney Angiolini said. 

The lawyer urged -- “all those in authority in every 

police force in the country to read this report 

and take immediate action.”

 

“Given the known under-reporting of sexual offences,

 I believe --- there may be even more victims of 

Couzens’ offending.”

 

In a statement released on Thursday, Everard’s parents 

and siblings said they hope the “significant findings”

 announced in the first part of the inquiry could

 lead to changes to keep other women safe.

 

“We believe that Sarah died because he was a 

police officer --- she would never have got
into 
a stranger’s car.”

 

“As a family, the inquiry has helped us, not just 

because of its significant findings, but 

because its implementation, made 

us feel Sarah’s life was valued 

and her memory honoured.”

 

The investigation into Couzens generated a major 

purge... which led to more findings in the police 

force, including a cop who had committed 

24 rapes.

 

Mark Rowley, the Commissioner of Police of the 

Metropolis, initiated the purge. “The scale of

 the change that is needed inevitably 

means.. it will take time,” the

 London police chief said.

 

In December 2023, over 1,100 police officers 

across England and Wales were under 

investigation for sexual or 

domestic abuse. 

 

Those serving with the Metropolitan police had the

bleakest record, with 657 individuals accused 

of sexual or domestic abuse --- or both.

 





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United Nations Universal Declaration on Bioethics and 

Human Rights, Article 6 - Consent: Any preventive, 

diagnostic and therapeutic medical intervention 

is only to be carried out with the prior, free and 

informed consent of the person concerned. 


Article 3 - Human dignity and human rights: 

The interests and the welfare of the 

individual should have priority over 

the sole interest of science 

or society.




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ROGER WATERS
TO MUSICIANS:-
"BOYCOTT ISRAEL"


Roger Waters formerly of Pink Floyd, in an open letter,
 calls on his fellow musicians --- to boycott the Zionist
Israeli regime and follow the example of the cultural
boycott against the ex S. African Apartheid regime.

“Given the inability or unwillingness of our governments
 [to act] …. I write to you now, my brothers and sisters …
 to ask you to join with me, & thousands of other artists
 around the world, to declare a cultural boycott
on Israel,” 
Roger Waters says in his letter.

Waters says the Zionist regime has been found guilty of
 major breaches of human rights and international law
 by international organizations, UN officials and the
International Court of Justice.


He touches on two such cases, saying the regime has been
 identified as perpetrating the “crime of Apartheid”, including
 in a statement on March 9th, 2012 by the UN Committee on
the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and the “crime of
ethnic cleansing” including in East Jerusalem (al-Quds).

Waters adds that he has been a member of the Boycott,
 Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against the
 Israeli regime’s occupation of the Palestinian lands and
 Tel Aviv’s violations of Palestinian human rights for 7
 years, and now wants other musicians to also join
the
anti-Israeli front.


“Please join me and all our brothers and sisters in global
 civil society in proclaiming our rejection of Apartheid in
 Israel & occupied Palestine, by pledging not to perform
 or exhibit in Israel or accept any award or funding from
 any institution linked to the government of Israel, until
 such time as Israel complies with international law
and
universal principles of human rights.” 


The former Pink Floyd Musician also says he has recently
 faced a boycott by the US media after his November 29th,
 2012 address at the UN on behalf of the Russell Tribunal.

In the address, he sought accountability for the Zionist
 regime’s violations of the international law and the lack
 of United Nations resolve that prevents the Palestinian
 people from achieving their inalienable rights,
especially 
the right of self-determination.



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Daytime Delights...

Starts at 1pm

The Parc & Dare, Treorchy


Lunchtime Concerts in the Lounge Bar.


Indulge in a delicious cake and a cup of tea
while enjoying music and sing-along songs
from fantastic Welsh musicians.


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Mid Rhondda Modelling Club...


7pm - 9pm


Tonyrefail Comprehensive School
Mid Rhondda Modelling Club

has been running for over 30 years.

We meet on a regular basis

& enjoy making models for display.

We encourage both Gentlemen

and Ladies to attend,
and also young people aged 12+.

However, Young people under 16,
must be accompanied by an adult.



Ticket information

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