Studies show that US coverage is Israeli-centric. The main bureaus for CNN, Associated Press, Time, etc. are located in Israel and often staffed by Israelis. The son of the NY Times bureau chief is in the Israeli army;"pundit" Jeffrey Goldberg served in the IDF; Wolf Blitzer worked for AIPAC. Because the U.S. gives Israel over $8 million/day - more than to any other nation - we feel it is essential that we be fully informed on this region. Below are news reports to augment mainstream coverage.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Israel Orders Sections of Jaffa Mosque Demolished

Jaffa, (IMEMC)The Israeli Authorities in Jaffa are demanding the removal of sections of Al Bahar Mosque, in Jaffa, under the claim that these sections were built without construction permits, the Wattan TV reported.

Israel Demolishes Palestinian Properties in Jordan Valley

WEST BANK, (WAFA) – Israeli forces early Thursday demolished houses, barns and barracks belonging to Palestinian shepherds in Wadi Al-Maleh and Al-Hamma areas north of the Jordan Valley, according to head of Al-Maleh village council, Aref Daraghmeh.

Official: Israeli Settlers Uproot Trees in Palestinian Village near Nablus

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers uprooted 200 olive trees in Qusra village near Nablus overnight Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official said.

Miles Of Smiles 6 Arrives In Gaza

Gaza,(IMEMC)-The Miles of Smiles convoy arrived in the Gaza Strip late on Wednesday through the Rafah Border Terminal in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and received popular and official welcome ceremonies.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Thousands rally for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails

Women take part in a protest at the Red Cross headquarters in Gaza City on Oct. 3, 2011, to show their solidarity with prisoners held in Israeli jails. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)

NABLUS (Ma'an, AFP) -- Thousands of people in the West Bank and Gaza staged demonstrations on Monday in solidarity with Palestinian detainees on hunger strike in Israeli jails.

PA: Israeli settler violence 'not random'

Ma'an -- Israeli settler attacks on Palestinian agricultural land are "condoned and supported by the Israeli government," Palestinian Authority spokesman Ghassan Khatib said Sunday.

Over 500 olive trees were burned and uprooted on Saturday night, in settler attacks on villages near Nablus and Hebron, a government statement said.

Israeli military fire wounds Palestinian child in Gaza

IMEMC – A Palestinian child was shot and wounded by Israeli military fire in Gaza Strip, the Ma'an News Agency reported on Monday.


Coordinator of medical services Adham Abu Salmiyya reported that the child, 16, was was shot in his leg while collecting scrap metal in the eastern part of Gaza.

Mosque torched in Israel's Galilee district

IMEMC – Similar to attacks by Israeli settlers in the West Bank, a group of extremists burned a mosque at the entrance of Toba Zanghriyya village in the Galilee on Sunday night, and wrote “Price Tag” and “Revenge” on its walls, the Arabs48 news website reported.

The fire spread through the mosque, consuming most of its property, while hundreds of village residents rushed to try to extinguish it.

Israeli author allowed Israeli ID with no religion listed

IMEMC – An 81-year old Israeli intellectual has been allowed by an Israeli court to register a new identity card that does not list a religion – an anomaly in Israel, where all citizens are categorized on Israeli-issued ID cards by their religion. Israeli passports list the nationality of each citizen as either ‘Jewish’ or ‘Arab’.

UK court rules arrest of Palestinian Islamic leader was illegal

IMEMC – A British Court ruled that the arrest of Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement [in Israel], had no legal grounds, and that the Sheikh can sue for compensation.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Israeli air strike on Saturday injured 3

IMEMC – Three Palestinians were injured as Israeli jets targeted a group of militants east of town of Beit Hanoon, north of the Gaza Strip Saturday evening, local medical sources reported.

Medical staff spokesman, Adham Abu Silmya, told the Maan News Agency that the wounded residents were transferred to some hospitals north of the Gaza Strip; one of the injuries was described as a critical condition.

Israeli settlers uproot dozens of olive trees near Nablus

IMEMC – A group of extremist armed Israeli settlers uprooted on Saturday dozens of Palestinian olive trees that belong to residents of Madama village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Clashes were reported; soldiers fired gas bombs at the protesters leading to a number of injuries.

Palestinian Agricultural Committee to Launch Initiative in Order to Protect Harvest from Attacks by Israeli Settlers

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees announced on Monday an upcoming campaign to protect West Bank farmers from attacks by Israeli settlers during the olive harvest season.

Noting a recent escalation in attacks on Palestinian lands and farmers, the agricultural support organization said it will organize groups of volunteers to accompany workers picking olives during the season.

Israeli Bulldozers Raze Agricultural Land in Palestinian Village near Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, (WAFA) – On Monday Israeli bulldozers razed agricultural land in Walaja, a Palestinian village southwest of Bethlehem, local sources said.

OCHA: Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes doubled in 2011

IMEMC, October 01 – The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied territories (OCHA) reported that Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes have doubled in 20111 comparing to the figures of 2010.


OCHA reported that Israel demolished 409 Palestinian homes and structures during this year comparing to 290 in 2010, while 804 Palestinian were displaced this year comparing to 374 last year.

Israeli settlers torch dozens of acres of farm land

IMEMC – Settlers burnt dozens of farming acres in the lands of Einabous s and Huwwara, south of Nablus on Saturday afternoon, local media sources reported.


Arab Mosque Torched In The Galilee by Israeli "Price Tag" Campaigners

Galilee,(IMEMC)- On Sunday night, vandals set fire to a mosque at the entrance of the Arab village of Toba Zanghriyya in the Galilee region of Israel. The walls were marred with graffiti saying "price tag" and "revenge," the Arabs48 news website reported. These attacks mimic similar acts of vandalism that occurred last week near the West Bank town of Hebron.

Isolated Palestinian prisoners begin hunger strike

IMEMC – Palestinian Minister of Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs, Issa Qaraqe’, stated Friday that around Twenty-five Palestinian detainees in solitary confinement at the Nafha. Ramon, Al Ramla and Asqalan Israeli detention facilities declared an open-ended hunger strike.

Qaraqe' said in his statement that twenty five sick detainees in Al Ramla Israeli detention center decided to strike three days a week in solidarity with the other detainees who have started their hunger the strike since September 17th in protest to the escalating humiliation and violations carried out by the Israeli government and the Israeli Prison Administration.

Three injured as Israeli army attacks nonviolent protest near Hebron

IMEMC – Two Palestinian women and one international peace activist were injured after the Israeli army during attacked a nonviolent protest against settlements and the Annexation Wall in the southern West Bank village of Yatta north Hebron on Friday, Palestine News & Info Agency (WAFA) reported.


UN Committee held first meeting to discuss Palestine bid

IMEMC, October 01 –The special UN Security Council Admission Committee, tasked with dealing with state membership requests, held on Friday its first meeting to discuss the Palestinian request to become a full member at the international body.

Security Council - Image UN
Security Council - Image UN

The official request to join the UN was officially submitted last week by Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The admission committee consists of 15 member countries.

Dozens teargassed during weekly protest In Bil'in

IMEMC, October 01 – On Friday, dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas effects during the weekly march organized by the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Bil'in.


Present at the demonstration were Chairmen of the Advisory Council for a Green Palestine, Basem al Masri and Dr. Sabri Saydam, a member of the Central Committee of Fatah, Sultan Aboul-Enein, Adviser to the Prime Minister, Dr. Jawad Naji, the artist Ahlam Faqih, and dozens of Palestinians and international and Israeli peace activists.

Israeli army invades Jenin and other Palestinian towns

Jenin, (IMEMC) The Israeli army invaded, on Friday morning, the West Bank city of Jenin. The Palestine News and Information Agency (WAFA) reported that a large military force invaded the city and refugee camp in addition to some other surrounding villages in the early hours of Friday Morning.