NEWS DIGEST 28.08.2021: Fact check – news outlets used old visuals to report Kabul twin bomb blasts

Good morning everyone. This morning’s News Digest is based on Google News‘s Fact check section. Videos that were shared on Twitter purporting to be footage of the recent twin blasts at Kabul Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan were in fact … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 28.08.2021: Fact check – news outlets used old visuals to report Kabul twin bomb blasts

B’TSELEM: Israeli politician calls for Gaza human rights group to be shut down

Jerusalem – VIJAY SHAH via the Jerusalem Post An Israeli politician has called on the country’s most senior government lawyer to dismantle a human rights organisation in the country after its leader spoke up on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, the Jerusalem Post reports. Nava Boker, a member of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) allied with the secular centre-right Likud party, issued a request to the Attorney General,¬†Aluf Avichai Mandelblit, to order the closing down of human rights group B’Tselem after its director-general, Hagai El-Ad, spoke on the Palestinian crisis in front of the United Nations Security Council … Continue reading B’TSELEM: Israeli politician calls for Gaza human rights group to be shut down

SYRIA CONFLICT: Israeli fighter jet shot down in large-scale assault

Damascus – VIJAY SHAH via JUDITH VONBERG and The Independent A fighter jet belonging to the Israeli air force participating in air strikes in Syria has reportedly been shot down while taking part in large scale anti-drone attacks against weaponry allegedly supplied by Iran, the UK’s Independent newspaper reported earlier today. The Israel Defence Force (IDF) plane was part of a bombing raid on Iranian and Syrian-operated targets on Syrian soil including an aerial defence system. According to the Independent, the raid targeted twelve such targets, and the IDF reported that one of the F-16 bombers was knocked out, severely … Continue reading SYRIA CONFLICT: Israeli fighter jet shot down in large-scale assault

PALESTINIAN PRISONER RELEASE: Israel announces amnesty

The Israeli government has announced a list of 26 Palestinian prisoners currently held in the Middle Eastern country’s jails as part of an amnesty before the New Year, the Epoch Times reports. The list of the prisoners, all of whom are serving lengthy sentences in various jails, was released late yesterday (Saturday 28th December). All are associated with terrorist elements in the Palestinian independence movement and had been convicted of killing Israeli citizens. In an announcement upon the release of the list, the Israeli government said that the detainees had committed their crimes before the first Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in … Continue reading PALESTINIAN PRISONER RELEASE: Israel announces amnesty