NY Times report on presidential candidate Johnson’s gaffe also does not know what Aleppo is

When reporting on the embarrassing admission from Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson that he didn’t know what Aleppo is, The New York Times inadvertently revealed that they didn’t really know what Aleppo is either. The New York Times immediately read his embarrassing gaffe into the record. It wrote: “What is Aleppo?” Mr. Johnson said when …

Soldier kills Palestinian teen who posed no threat by firing flare bomb at him across Israel-Gaza fence

On 9 September 2016, at 7:10 PM, a soldier fired a flare bomb from very short range at 15-year-old Palestinian ‘Abd a-Rahman a-Dabagh during a protest held near the Gaza perimeter fence, east of al-Bureij Refugee Camp. A-Dabagh, a resident of the camp, was killed. The flare bomb hit a-Dabagh above the eye, fractured his …

Israel has detained more than 1000 Palestinian children since the beginning of the year

At least 1,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israeli forces since the beginning of the year, says the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs. “Some of these minors were held under administrative detention, while others were sentenced to jail or paid large fine in order to be released,” said the committee in a report released …

Facebook ‘blocks accounts’ of Palestinian journalists

On 23 September 2016, Facebook blocked accounts of administrators for two Palestinian news publications based in the occupied West Bank. Four editors from the Shehab News Agency, which has more than 6.3 million likes on Facebook, and three executives from the Quds News Network, with about 5.1 million likes, reported they could not access their …

Israeli army shoots 13-year-old Palestinian girl at checkpoint

Israeli troops shot an unarmed 13-year-old Palestinian girl at an occupation checkpoint in the West Bank on Wednesday. Israel claims she continued to walk toward the checkpoint after soldiers ordered her to stop. The girl, identified as Baraa Ramadan Issawi, was shot in her legs, according to Israeli media. Israeli media first reported that soldiers …

Israel destroyed a Syrian-owned home in the occupied Golan Heights for the first time in more than 30 years

Israeli forces destroyed a home in the town of Majdal Shams – the first such demolition in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights for more than 30 years, according to the Al-Marsad human rights group based in the territory. In an appeal to the European Union, Al-Marsad states that the Syrian owners of dozens of homes …

Iran religious leader issued a fatwa forbidding women from cycling in public

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a fatwa on women riding bicycles, but that hasn’t stopped a bunch of defiant women from doing it anyway. Women in Iran have been posting photos on social media of themselves riding bicycles, defying a fatwa forbidding them from cycling in public. Iranian women have been using social …

UN aid trucks wait on Turkish-Syria border

Despite an ongoing ceasefire deal between warring sides in Syria, aid trucks are being prevented from entering the country by the Assad regime. Around 40 trucks of two convoys carrying mostly food and flour, set off from the Turkish border town of Cilvegözü, 40 km west of Aleppo on Tuesday, but made it little further …

Ban-Ki Moon calls Netanyahu’s ethnic cleansing remarks ‘unacceptable, ‘outrageous’

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has criticised Israel’s prime minister for saying Palestinians want the “ethnic cleansing” of Jews in the West Bank. Benjamin Netanyahu’s use of the term in a video attacking opponents of Jewish settlement construction on occupied territory was “outrageous”, he said. Mr Ban stressed that settlements were illegal under international law. …

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