December 2023

US Vetoes Gaza Cease-Fire Resolution at UN Security Council
By Julia Conley: As the United Nations humanitarian chief warned that aid workers in Gaza are “hanging on by our fingertips” as they try to mitigate an “untenable” disaster, and with Americans’ support for Israel’s U.S-backed bombardment of the enclave eroding, the United States on Friday vetoed a resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian cease-fire at the U.N. Security Council. Read More

Israel’s Murder of Palestinian Author Dr. Refaat al-Ar’eer sparks global outrage
By Jacob Crosse
The December 6 targeted assassination of gifted English teacher, author, translator and Palestinian rights advocate Dr. Refaat al-Ar’eer in Gaza by the US-backed Israel Defense Forces has provoked mass outrage across the globe. Dr. al-Ar’eer, a professor at the Islamic University in Gaza, which has since been destroyed by the IDF, is one of over 17,400 Palestinians who has been murdered by the IDF in the last two months.
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Yemen says no ships bound for Israel will pass Red Sea
ABC News
All ships bound for Israel, notwithstanding their nationality, will be stopped from passing through the Red Sea and become "a legitimate target" until more aid is delivered to Gaza on these ships, a Yemeni Armed Forces spokesperson said. Read More

How state-backed Hindutva rhetoric is fuelling the ethnic cleansing of Uttarakhand?
By  Harsh Mander: India’s most populous hill state Uttarakhand is in unprecedented turmoil. It is the first state in India in which an influential and popular campaign for ethnic cleansing has gathered ominous momentum: a battle for the expulsion of all Muslims from the state. This crusade is tacitly supported by the state government. Read More

Ethno-Religious Cleansing in India
By Parker Harrison Sears
: Hindutva nationalism plays a large factor in the BJP’s electoral success. Since elections bring an upswell in human passion, a political leader can seize this fervor and use it to inflict damage on party enemies or groups of people. History has shown that elections can ignite conflict, such as when the south seceded upon Abraham Lincoln’s election, which sparked the American Civil war.
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At least 23 killed in Israeli airstrikes on 2 Gaza refugee camps
Daily Sabah:
At least 23 people were killed early Thursday when Israeli fighter jets targeted two houses in a refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip as well as a camp in the southern part of the enclave.At least 17 Palestinians were killed and scores more injured in an Israeli airstrike on a house in the al-Maghazi refugee camp, as reported by the Palestinian news agency WAFA, citing local sources. The agency also reported that at least six Palestinians were killed and others injured in an Israeli military airstrike on a house in the al-Shabora refugee camp in Rafah, southern Gaza. Read More

Genocide Resumes in Gaza
y Dr Chandra Muzaffar
: After an uneasy seven day truce, Israel and Hamas are now once again locked in a violent combat. Each side has accused the other of violating the truce. What is really important is the consequence of this resumption of conflict. Thousands more Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank are going to be killed. According to various sources, within 24 hours of the end of the truce on Friday 1st December, 184 Palestinians were wiped out as a result of Israeli bombardments. This brings the total number of dead Palestinians at the hands of Israeli fire-power since the present phase of fighting broke out on 7th of October 2023 to 15,500. In contrast, 1332 Israelis and others have been killed by Hamas and its allies.
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Dying to Be Free: Releasing Palestinian Captives is Not a Numbers Game 
y Dr Ramzy Baroud: There is a reason why Palestinians are keen on releasing their prisoners, despite the heavy price they continue to pay for their freedom. It may seem rational to ask the question: what is the point of releasing a few Palestinian detainees from Israeli prisons, if the price of doing so is the death of over 15,000 Palestinians in Gaza? In fact, even if all Palestinian prisoners – numbering about 7,000 – are released, they would not even amount to 30 percent of the total number of Palestinian dead and missing, so far, in the ongoing Israeli genocide in the Strip. Read More

Gaza health system collapses amid nonstop Israeli bombardment
By Benjamin Mateus: With Israel’s resumption of the assault on Gaza with “maximum force,” a genocidal campaign that has been recently escalated by Israel against the Palestinians is driving a significant majority of the population out of their homes into shelters and refugee camps in the south. In the course of the last few days, hundreds more innocent civilians, the majority women and children, have been killed in the incessant bombing that, as one commentator on the ground noted, turns “the sky grey and the ground red” with blood. In northern Gaza, Kamal Adwan Hospital has been surrounded by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) trapping hundreds of people who have sought treatment or refuge in the buildings and adjacent compounds.
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Israel encircls Khan Younis, mounts fiercest attacks since Oct. 7
Daily Sabah
The Israeli military mounted some of the fiercest attacks on Wednesday since Oct. 7 as it encircled southern Gaza's main city, Khan Younis.
Tel Aviv's closest ally the United States, in the meanwhile, again pressed to allow fuel and vital aid into the Palestinian enclave. Israel said its forces, backed by warplanes, were engaged in fierce battles in Gaza on Wednesday, a day after the military reached the heart of Khan Younis and also surrounded the city. Read More

Israel’s biggest strength Islamic world’s division
Daily Sabah
srael’s biggest strength does not lie in its capacities but rather in the dividedness of the Islamic world, Parliament Speaker Numan Kurtulmuş told Qatar’s Al-Sharq newspaper on Wednesday. Kurtulmuş underlined that the reactions of the Islamic countries 60 days after the start of the war were insufficient. “Unfortunately, this is the part that saddens people the most. People follow the events in Gaza with great pain and condemn them, but unfortunately, no steps are taken that will yield results,” he said. Read More

West Bank feels the heat as Gaza endures Israeli bombing for 2 months
Yeni Safak:
Besides pummeling the besieged Gaza Strip with relentless bombing since Oct. 7, the Israeli army intensified its military campaign against the occupied West Bank, killing and arresting hundreds of Palestinians.
According to Anadolu reporters, the Israeli army turned all the West Bank into a "battlefield" through its daily incursions, erecting military checkpoints to cut the connectivity between the Palestinian areas and hindering the Palestinians' movement. Read More

Erdogan rebukes Israeli threat to carry out assassinations in Türkiye
TRT World:
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Tel Aviv of heavy price amid reports of Israeli plot to assassinate Hamas members living outside Palestine. “If they dare to take such a step against Türkiye and Turkish people, they will be doomed to pay a price which they cannot recover from,” Erdogan told journalists Tuesday on his return flight from a two-day Qatar trip when he was asked about a Wall Street Journal article which claimed that Israel plans to kill Hamas members living outside Palestine.
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Mossad's assassination threat and the reaction of Turkish intelligence
By Murat Aslan
Neither Türkiye nor any other country would ever accept being a playground for Mossad’s intelligence operations, as this would violate Turkish laws and sovereignty
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Unable to Defeat Palestinian Resistance, Israeli Regime Intensifies Killing and Torturing Children
By Finian Cunningham
Despite Western media’s systematic attempts to normalize Israeli state terrorism, it is inescapably evident even from their distorted lens just how wicked the Netanyahu regime is.
All Palestinians released so far in hostage exchanges by the Israeli regime are women and children. Women and children! Why were they even in detention in the first place? What sort of despotic regime does that? Locking children up and threatening their families with punishment if they show the slightest emotion is the dirtiest terror tactic. Read More

The Israel-India-U.S. Triangle: Its Human Toll Will Be Incalculable
Priti Gulati Cox and Stan Cox: Today, the Israeli weapons-robotics firm Elbit Systems has even established a drone factory in India and now has a $300 million contract to supply drones to the Indian army occupying Kashmir. Meanwhile, Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have established a mutual-admiration society, dubbed by the media of both countries the “Modi-Bibi bromance.” And New Delhi has all but abandoned the Palestinians. Read More

At least 50 Palestinians dead in overnight Israeli strikes on Gaza
Daily Sabah:
At least 50 Palestinians were killed in overnight Israeli airstrikes on southern Gaza's Khan Younis and the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian media reports. Palestinian news agency WAFA reported an Israeli airstrike on a residential building of the al-Yazigi family in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City, which left an unspecified number of casualties, including women and children. Another Israeli airstrike on a home in the Khan Younis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip caused several deaths and injuries.
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WHO says 1 child killed every 10 minutes in Gaza
Anadulo Agency
On average one child is killed every 10 minutes in Gaza, a World Health Organization (WHO) representative said on Tuesday, calling the situation "humanity's darkest hour."
"We are talking almost about 16,000 people killed, its more than 60% (are) women and children, and more than 42,000 people injured," Richard Peeperkorn, WHO representative in occupied Palestinian territories, told a UN press briefing in Geneva. Read More

Israel expands ground offensive into refugee-crowded southern Gaza
Daily Sabah:
he Israeli military expanded its ground offensive into Gaza's refugee-crowded south on Monday while Israeli bombing continued to kill and injure dozens of Palestinians. The renewed attack followed the end on Friday of a seven-day pause in the fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas which had allowed an exchange of 105 hostages held by Hamas, most of them Israelis, for 240 Palestinian prisoners. Read More

Erdoğan warns against its expansionist designs
Daily Sabah:
Addressing an economic event of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Monday, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that the Israeli administration was a "murderer" and "thief" and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would eventually be tried as a war criminal. Erdoğan also urged the Muslim world to unite against Israel's expansionist ideals and warned it may have plans to invade other places in the region. Read More

Israel Reopens the Gaza Slaughterhouse
By Chris Hedges
Phase One of Israel’s genocidal campaign on Gaza has ended. Phase Two has begun. It will result in even higher levels of death and destruction. Read More

Leaked Israeli Govt Plan: Expel All Palestinians From Gaza And Send Them to Europe and Canada
A leaked Israeli Intelligence Ministry document reveals the goal of their war with Gaza is to ethnically cleanse the Palestinian population and send the refugees to Europe and Canada.
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Death toll soars to over 15,500 as Israeli attacks on Gaza Strip continue
Anadolu staff:
The death toll from Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip has surged to 15,523 since the start of the conflict on Oct. 7, the Health Ministry in the besieged Palestinian enclave announced Sunday. "The toll of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip reached 15,523 martyrs" since Oct. 7, ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qedra said in a news conference. The number of wounded through the same period has risen to 41,316, Al-Qedra added. Read More

Israel issues evacuation orders for southern Gaza amid brutal bombing
Daily Sabah: Israel shifted Sunday its brutal military operation in Gaza toward the southern half of the territory and issued evacuation orders for more areas in and around the city of Khan Younis. Heavy bombardments were reported overnight and into Sunday in the area of Khan Younis and the southern city of Rafah, as well as parts of the north that had been the focus of Israel's blistering air and ground campaign. Many of the territory’s 2.3 million people are crammed in the south after Israeli forces ordered civilians to leave the north in the early days of the 2-month-old war. Read More

Thousands remain trapped under rubble in Gaza: Civil defense unit
Yeni Safak:
Thousands of bodies remain under the debris of buildings destroyed by ongoing Israeli attacks, civil defense teams in the Gaza Strip reported on Sunday, with equipment shortages preventing their retrieval. In a written statement published by Gaza's Interior Ministry, civil defense spokesman Mahmoud Basal said Israeli forces have been targeting their teams in the enclave constantly since Oct. 7.
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Israel using AI to identify potential civilian targets to maximize Palestinian casualties
Anadolu Agency
: Israeli army using intelligence application 'Habsora' to select targets in Gaza in one of deadliest military attacks on Palestinians since 1948 Nakba, says Israeli media investigative report Israel is deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure by using artificial intelligence (AI) to identify potential civilian targets and maximize Palestinian casualties in the ongoing attacks on the Gaza Strip, said two independent media organizations in their joint report published recently. The report also highlighted the role of former and current intelligence sleuths in Tel Aviv in producing what has been described as one of the deadliest Israeli army attacks against Palestinians since the 1948 Nakba.
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Muslim Americans vow to ditch Biden in 2024 over Gaza war stance
Daily Sabah
American Muslim community leaders from several swing states pledged to withdraw support for U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday at a conference in suburban Detroit, citing his refusal to call for a cease-fire in Gaza. Democrats in Michigan have warned the White House that Biden’s handling of the Israel-Hamas war could cost him enough support within the Arab American community to sway the outcome of the 2024 presidential election. Leaders from Michigan, Minnesota, Arizona, Wisconsin, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania gathered behind a lectern that read "Abandon Biden, cease-fire now" in Dearborn, Michigan, the city with the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the United States. Read More

The anglosphere's Five Eyes is said to be on Gaza!
Abdullah Muradoğlu
: "Five Eyes" is the name given to the "Electronic Intelligence Alliance" among the post-World War II countries of the "Anglosphere," including the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The National Security Agency (NSA) in Australia's "Pine Gap" base monitors a large region through satellites. The coverage area of this base includes the Middle East and Africa. An article titled "Targeting Palestine: Australia's Secret Support for Israel's Gaza Attack through Pine Gap" was featured on the Australian-based "Declassified Australia" news site. The report, authored by Peter Cronau, included information provided by David Rosenberg, who served at "Pine Gap" and the NSA for many years. According to these details, "Pine Gap" allegedly transfers communication and electronic intelligence data obtained in the Gaza Strip to the Israeli army. David Rosenberg, known for his books on "Pine Gap," claimed that the base personnel were tasked with collecting signals emanating from "command and control" centers in Gaza. Read More

Two months that shook the world: The first phase of the Gaza war
The Intercept:
As Israel resumes its bombing of Gaza, the risk of a wider regional war grows. Mouin Rabbani, co-editor of the Arab Studies Institute’s megzine Jadaliyya,  analyzes the military and propaganda battles between Hamas and Israel. Read More

Türkiye's defense exports log fresh record even before year-end
Daily Sabah:
ürkiye's defense and aviation industry has outpaced its earlier annual export record. It is now left with a month to build on what is about to go into history as a new milestone.
Shipments rose by more than a third from January through November to $4.8 billion (TL 138.72 billion), according to Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) data. The capabilities of Türkiye's vehicles, spearheaded by its combat drones, triggered unprecedented demand that saw its defense exports peak at more than $4.4 billion in 2022. Read More

Gaza death toll from Israeli attacks tops 15,200
Middle East Monitor: The death toll from Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip has soared to 15,207 since the start of the conflict on Oct. 7, the government media office in the blockaded Palestinian enclave said Saturday, Anadolu Agency reports. Read More

Over 100 Palestinians killed in Israeli missile strike on Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza
Anadolu Agency
Dozens injured, and many others still missing and under rubble of collapsed residential building, reports Palestinian media
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Anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism.
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui: Is Zionism anything but crass racism? Do the Indigenous people have any right to exist in their homeland? Apparently not, if they are Palestinians who are evicted and killed by the Apartheid Zionist state of Israel. Are not the Palestinian Arabs Semites? Apparently not – in the dictionary of the Zionists. Read More

Will the Israelis perpetrate a clandestine 9/11-style terrorist attack in the US?
By Jad Melki:
Will the Israelis perpetrate a clandestine 9/11-style terrorist attack in the U.S. to cover up their genocide, regain the media narrative, and help Biden’s reelection? Read More

The death rattle of American domination
By Roqayah Chams
: are agents of history in “Israel’s” war of attrition, and they are refusing to abide by their occupier’s terms. Read More

 ‘The Horror! The Horror!’, Revisited in Palestine
By Pepe Escobar:
There are so many invisible horrors enacted behind the fog, in the heart of a jungle now replicated as an urban cage. Helplessly watching the wanton killing of women and children, the carpet bombing of hospitals, schools and mosques, it’s as if we are all passengers in a drunken ship plunging into a whirlpool, admiring the powerful majesty of the whole scenery. And we are already dying even before we glimpse death. Read More

Israel resumes its genocidal assault on Gaza, targeting the southern strip
by Thomas Scripps
: Israel resumed its genocidal assault on Gaza Friday morning within minutes of the seven-day “operational pause” expiring. By the end of the day, at least 178 more Palestinians had been reported killed, and 589 injured. A woman and her son were killed in Lebanon by Israeli artillery fire, after shooting restarted across the border.
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Israel Reopens the Gaza Slaughterhouse
by Chris Hedges
: Phase One of Israel’s genocidal campaign on Gaza has ended. Phase Two has begun. It will result in even higher levels of death and destruction.
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Who are you betting on to win, Hamas or the US and Israel?
by Rima Najjar
: Thinking outside the box for the US and Israel will begin only when Israel’s army is renamed from Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF). Martin Luther King believed justice is indivisible; it is a unified concept and cannot be divided into separate parts. For that reason, Palestine cannot be partitioned. Read More

Documents expose Israeli conspiracy to facilitate October 7 attack
Andre Damon: On Friday, the New York Times published a report establishing conclusively that Israel was fully informed, in detail, of plans by Hamas to attack its border that were executed on October 7. These revelations make clear that Israeli officials, knowing full well where and how Hamas would strike, made a deliberate decision to stand down in order to facilitate the attack. Read More

New York Times Hides Its Own Reporting on Israel-Gaza War; Emulates Fox “News”
by Kim Scipes: On December 1, 2023, the story on the upper right side of the front page of the physical copy of the New York Times is headlined “Israelis Saw Plan for Hamas Attack Over a Year Ago.” The story begins, “Israeli officials obtained Hamas’s battle plan for the Oct. 7 terrorist attack more than a year before it happened, documents, emails and interviews show.  But Israeli military and intelligence officials dismissed this plan as aspirational, considering it too difficult for Hamas to carry out. Read More

Israeli, Zionist & US Alliance Lies Hide Genocidal Intent Of Apartheid Israel’s 7 October False Flag & Ongoing Gaza Massacre
by Dr Gideon Polya: Despite Apartheid Israeli censorship, and the entrenched culture of lying of neo-Nazi Apartheid Israel and its US Alliance politician and media Western backers, there is mounting evidence, in particular from eminent Western journalists such as Chris Hedges and Jonathan Cook, that many of the Israelis killed on the 7 October 2023 were killed by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) in an Israeli  false-flag operation designed to enable the genocidal massacre and expulsion of Gaza Palestinians.
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Unravelling the Disinformation Machine: How the Hamas-Israel War Became a Tool for Pre-Election Fear-Mongering?
by Mohd Ziyaullah Khan
: In the realm of contemporary politics, the utilisation of disinformation has become a potent tool for shaping narratives, influencing public opinion, and, in some cases, instigating fear. As India gears up for elections, the party in power has been accused of deploying a disinformation strategy that exploits the ongoing situation in Gaza for pre-election fear-mongering. This article aims to unravel the tactics employed by the BJP’s alleged disinformation machine and the implications of using international crises as political leverage. Read More

World’s media conceal the brutal treatment of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails
By Jean Shaoul: Amid their rejoicing over the release of some of the Israeli hostages held in Gaza, the international and Israeli media have for the most part remained silent over the Palestinian prisoners freed by Israel and the appalling conditions of their arrest and detention. To do otherwise would confirm that Israel is the aggressor in this one-sided conflict and that its mass murder and ethnic cleansing of Gaza builds on a record of unparalleled brutality against the Palestinians of a fascistic character. Read More

Modi government bans all expressions of solidarity with Palestine in Indian-held Kashmir
:By Kranti Kumara
:  India’s US-aligned, Narendra Modi-led, far-right government is using violence and intimidation to prevent any and all expressions of support for the Palestinians of Gaza in Indian-occupied Kashmir. India’s only Muslim-majority state until the Modi government illegally stripped it of its semi-autonomous status and reduced it to a central-government controlled Union Territory, Indian-held Kashmir has for decades suffered under brutal state repression enforced by half-a-million security forces.
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Henry Kissinger and the crimes of American imperialism
Patrick Martin
: In the Middle East, Kissinger helped stave off the military defeat of Israel in the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, rushing huge volumes of military equipment to the Zionist state, and then bribed the Egyptian regime of Anwar Sadat to change sides in the Cold War and become an American rather than a Soviet client. Read More

Fighting resumes in Gaza as ceasefire officially expires
Media Reports: Fighting resumed in Gaza early Friday local time after Hamas and Israel failed to announce an agreement on extending the ceasefire before it expired. The renewed fighting comes after a seven-day pause during which Hamas more than 100 hostages, including two Americans, and Israel released 240 Palestinians from Israeli jails. Read More

Henry Kissinger, responsible for millions of deaths, dies at 100
By Nick Turse
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Kissinger, national security adviser and secretary of state under two presidents and longtime éminence grise of the U.S. foreign policy establishment, died on November 29 at his home in Connecticut. He was 100 years old. Kissinger helped prolong the Vietnam War and expand that conflict into neutral Cambodia; facilitated genocides in Cambodia, East Timor, and Bangladesh; accelerated civil wars in southern Africa; and supported coups and death squads throughout Latin America. He had the blood of at least 3 million people on his hands, according to his biographer Greg Grandin. Read More

On Top of Everything Else, Henry Kissinger Prevented Peace in the Middle East
By Jon Schwarz
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he encomiums have flowed voluminously for Henry Kissinger, and there have been some condemnations too. But even in the latter, little attention has been paid to his efforts to prevent peace from breaking out in the Mideast — efforts which helped cause the 1973 Arab–Israeli War and set in stone the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. This underappreciated aspect of Kissinger’s career adds tens of thousands of lives to his body count, which is in the millions. Read More


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