The State of Israel (Hebrew: מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל, Medinat Yisra’el from יִשְׂרָאֵלYisra’el, “Struggled with God”) is a nation located in the Middle East. It is the world’s only Jewish state, having emerged from Zionism in Europe and the U.S. in the 1880s-1940s. It grants citizenship to anybody considered to be Jewish, although this does not apply to anyone suspected or convicted of serious crimes or who the state otherwise considers a serious threat to its welfare. It also contains Arab Muslim and Arab Christian minorities who are remnants of the pre-1948 Arab majority, along with a small Druze community. It is the location of most Biblical events.
Israel occupies an area along the eastern Mediterranean Sea, with Jordan and Syria to the east; Lebanon on the north; and Egypt to the south. The territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip are currently controlled by Israel, but disputed. The terrain varies from a temperate, coastal climate to desert conditions. Israel shares with Jordan the shoreline of the Dead Sea, at 1,378 feet below sea level.
Of the approximately 6.43 million Israelis in 2007 about 76% were counted as Jewish, though some of those are not considered Jewish under Orthodox Jewish law. Since 1989, nearly a million immigrants from the former Soviet Union have arrived in Israel, making this the largest wave of immigration since independence. In addition, an estimated 105,000 members of the Ethiopian Jewish community have immigrated to Israel, 14,000 of them during the dramatic May 1991 Operation Solomon airlift. 32.9% of Israelis were born outside of Israel. Under Israel’s Law of Return, any person of Jewish ancestry (with extremely few exceptions, such as those with a criminal background) have a legal right to make Aliyah (immigrate) to Israel.
The three broad Jewish groupings are the Ashkenazim, or Jews who trace their ancestry to Central Europe; the Sephardim, who trace their origin to Spain, Portugal, southern Europe, and North Africa; and Eastern or Oriental Jews, who descend from ancient communities in Islamic lands. Of the non-Jewish population, about 68% are Muslims, about 9% are Christian, and about 7% are Druze.
Two weeks before Omicron variant suddenly appeared in Africa and started making the news cycle, Israel, which has been Pfizer’s human laboratory to test their COVID shots, ran a “war games” simulation to prepare for a “deadly new variant” which at the time had not yet been named. They called this future variant “Omega,” and the simulation was carried out on November 11, 2021. The Jerusalem Post ... Read More
A military coup occurred in the nation of Guinea in West Africa on 5. September 2021, when President Alpha Condé was arrested and overthrown. On January 17, 2021 Guinea became the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa that started using the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. Guinea’s television broadcast President Condé receiving an injection, becoming the first African leader opting for it. In 2010, Alpha Condé became the first president to be peacefully and democratically elected. He was re-elected in 2015. Conde ... Read More
29 July 2021, the oil tanker MV Mercer Street, travelling from Tanzania to the United Arab Emirates with no cargo onboard, was "drone attacked" off the coast of Oman. The ship is flagged in Liberia. It is Japanese-owned and managed by Israeli-owned Zodiac Maritime, an international ship management company headquartered in London and led by billionaire shipping magnate Eyal Ofer, who is an Israeli citizen. The ship sustained damage to its bridge. Yair Lapid and Dominic Raab blamed Iran. The Romanian captain, and a ... Read More
More than half of all American states have passed laws designed to combat the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. No advocacy group was more important to this push than the Israel Allies Foundation, an American non-profit that supports a network of pro-Israel legislators across the globe. It was the IAF that in 2014 connected a South Carolina politician with an Israeli legal scholar who drafted the ... Read More
In 2014, Zahra Billoo, the radical executive-director of CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter, tweeted that she “struggles with Memorial Day each year.” “If one dies in an unjust war in which we illegally invaded and occupied a sovereign nation, should that person be honored?” – @DawudWalid — Zahra Billoo (@ZahraBilloo) May 23, 2014 Billoo also retweeted radical comments from CAIR official Dawud Walid from Michigan and radical Islamist poet Remi Kanazi. In ... Read More
Benjamin Netanyahu defeated Obama-linked leftist Benny Gantz in the Israeli national elections. Netanyahu reportedly won 60 seats for his bloc of right-wing and religious parties in the Knesset. Israel National News reported on Netanyahu’s victory speech. “This is a night of a huge victory for the Likud. I remember our first victory in 1996 was historic, but this time is even sweeter because it is a victory against all odds,” he ... Read More
Iran began to launch over a dozen ballistic missiles targeting U.S. airbases in Iraq on Tuesday, U.S. officials confirmed. Iran is taking credit for a rocket attack targeting the al-Assad airbase in Iraq, which houses U.S. troops. They announced that the missiles were part of “Shahid [martyr] Soleimani Operation,” hinting at an extended military operation against the United States. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – not Hezbollah or ... Read More
The media, as the self-appointed janitors of Obama's legacy, went into overdrive obfuscating the timing, context, and significance of the January 2020 attack on the United States embassy in Baghdad. Although President Donald Trump has made progress in dismantling Obama’s legacy in the region, much more remains to be done, including a halt to American taxpayer money that has been flowing into Iranian-controlled governments in Iraq ... Read More
A report from the Paris-based Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) on Sunday charged Iranian officials with killing one person who was detained during last month’s protests and torturing several others. Three imprisoned students told KHRN they were threatened with rape and ordered not to discuss sexual and physical violence they experienced or witnessed. KHRN said it has accumulated “evidence and testimony from people that showed high ... Read More
It’s official. If you find the dispossession, murder, torture, and slow-motion ethnic cleansing of Palestinians disgusting and criminal, you’re an antisemite. If you organize like-minded folks and urge others to boycott Israeli products, you may end up in prison. It’s OK to criticize official enemies—Iran, Syria, Venezuela, North Korea, Russia, China—for imaginary crimes such as chemical weapons attacks in Syria and Russia’s meddling in elections rigged ... Read More