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Jul 26 19:14

Online anti-Semitism runs rampant in France

Since start of Israeli operation in Gaza, website moderators have been forced to censor 95% of comments made by French users.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This tells us two things. First, public sentiment is running twenty to one against Israel. Two, Israel's supporters are openly suppressing freedom of speech.

Jul 26 19:10

Sean Hannity Goes On Wild Screaming Fit At Palestinian Guest [VIDEO]

On Fox News’ Hannity, eponymous host Sean Hannity decided to bring on a Palestinian guest to help get a better understanding of the experience for Palestinians in Gaza right now. Just kidding, he had him on to belittle, demean and badger the Palestinian expert before ultimately cutting his mic and kicking him off the air. Fox News: Fair and Balanced.

Jul 26 15:37

Watch: Life in Gaza explained

The Gaza Strip has been described as the world’s largest open air prison. Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip has had catastrophic results for average Palestinians living there.

The video looks at the the unforgiving realities the Palestinians of Gaza face everyday.

Jul 26 15:35

Britain dies of shame as Her Majesty's Government plays the useful idiot to Israel's crazed ambition

Stuart Littlewood highlights Britain’s continuing shameful policies towards Israel’s aggression against the Palestinian people, noting that the new foreign minister, Philip Hammond, is as wedded to Israel as his predecessor, William Hague.

Jul 26 14:17

Israel-Gaza conflict: Netanyahu says Hamas using rising death toll to make Israel look bad

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed criticism of spiralling Palestinian civilian fatalities in Gaza, saying Israel tries to avoid them but that Hamas seeks to use “telegenically dead Palestinians” for its cause.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel hardly needs Palestine's help to look bad, and with the Israeli police in the West Bank now confirming that HAMAS had nothing to do with those three Israeli teenagers killed last month which Netanyahu used as his justification to attack HAMAS, Netanyahu's propaganda has clearly jumped the shark! I don't think Netanyahu is thinking clearly because people are going to be asking if HAMAS wants dead bodies to make Israel look bad, why does Israel go on giving HAMAS more dead bodies?

Jul 26 13:02

Palestinian Resistance: an icon for those who long to live free - by Susan Abulhawa

Palestinians have done it all. We choose resistance, always, in all its forms. We resist because it is our right. Because we are the indigenous people of the land and we have nowhere else to go or belong. Because our parents, grandparents, great grandparents and on and on are buried in this soil. Because we are right and our cause is just. We resist passively and actively. We resist violently and non-violently. It is our legal and moral right to resist with whatever means available to us against what has been accurately called “incremental genocide.”

Jul 26 11:34

Live Blog #GazaUnderAttack – Day 20

Live Blog | Day 20 | WARNING - POSSIBLE GRAPHIC CONTENT #Gaza: #Israel launches massive offensive Operation #ProtectiveEdge | #GazaUnderAttack | #Palestine http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=24795

Jul 26 11:22

WHO AND WHY I AM WHO I AM

I went rambling through the archives on this Blog today and wanted to give you all a pretty good picture of who I am …. So be sure to click on all of the links and then you might have a better understanding of WHO AND WHY I AM WHO I AM.

Jul 26 10:58

The death toll in Gaza has now passed 1,000

More than 1,000 Palestinians have now been killed in the 19 days since the Gaza conflict began.

Dozens of bodies were found during a 12-hour humanitarian “pause” in fighting today, bringing up the death toll.

Jul 26 10:56

45,000 gather in London to protest Israeli action in Gaza

Tens of thousands of people amassed outside the Israeli embassy in London today to protest against Israel’s incursion into Gaza which has killed over 1000 Palestinians, including at least 192 children.

Chanting messages of solidarity to the Palestinian people, a constant flow of supporters filed through High Street Kensington underground station from early in the day.

45,000 people joined the demonstration, which later followed a route to Parliament, according to figures released by the Metropolitan Police.

The latest in a series of protests, last Saturday around 20,000 marched from outside Downing Street to the Israeli embassy.

Jul 26 10:55

Eight hundred dead Palestinians. But Israel has impunity

mpunity is the word that comes to mind. Eight hundred dead Palestinians. Eight hundred. That’s infinitely more than twice the total dead of flight MH17 over Ukraine. And if you refer only to the “innocent” dead – ie no Hamas fighters, young sympathisers or corrupt Hamas officials, with whom the Israelis will, in due course, have to talk – then the women and children and elderly who have been slaughtered in Gaza are still well over the total number of MH17 victims

Because – and this has been creeping up on me for years – we don’t care so much about the Palestinians, do we? We care neither about Israeli culpability, which is far greater because of the larger number of civilians the Israeli army have killed. Nor, for that matter, Hamas’s capability. Of course, God forbid that the figures should have been the other way round. If 800 Israelis had died and only 35 Palestinians, I think I know our reaction.

Jul 26 10:52

The bombs stop falling – but death toll rises to 1,000 as bodies are found in rubble

The number of people killed in the conflict between Israel and Gaza has reached 1,000 as a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire to allow civilians to seek aid and evacuate to safer areas of the region continues today.

An Israeli government official has since been quotes as saying Israel is "leaning toward" extending the 12-hour humanitarian truce by at least four hours.

At least 85 bodies have been pulled from the rubble during the lull in fighting, bringing the Palestinian death toll to an estimated 985 since the conflict began 18 days ago.

Over 5,700 have been wounded and tens of thousands have been left displaced by shelling, according to officials.

Jul 26 10:49

Please save us from Israeli monster: Palestine Kid

A Palestinian child in Gaza pleads for international help amid the Israeli regime’s brutal attacks in the impoverished region.

On Thursday, as a Press TV correspondent was giving a live update of the Gaza situation on the ground, a Palestinian child came over and pleaded for international help to stop the Israeli regime’s massacre of Gazans.

“We, the children of Gaza, have never seen [the] dream land even in our dreams. We only have nightmares of massive destruction and of a bleak future. Please help us, save us from the Israeli monster, thank you”, pleaded the child in a tragic, trembling tone.

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Jul 26 10:45

Gaza ceasefire reveals full extent of Israeli destruction

Thousands of people in Gaza have ventured out from homes and shelters during a 12-hour ceasefire to find that whole streets and neighbourhoods have been destroyed in the last week.

Israel and Hamas both agreed to a UN request to stop fighting from 8am until 8pm on Saturday. An Israeli cabinet minister said on Saturday night that Israel had agreed to prolong the truce by four hours. Hamas gave no immediate response to the extension.

Shortly before the ceasefire took effect, at least 18 members of the al-Najar family, including many children, were killed in an air strike on Khan Younis, in the south of the Gaza Strip. The family had recently gone there to escape fighting in a nearby village, a Palestinian health official said.

Jul 26 10:43

Israel's rank and rotten fruit is being called fascism

As I write, after just over a week of this invasion, the death toll of Palestinians is climbing towards 1000. Most are civilians, many are children. Assaulting Gaza by land, air and sea, Israel has destroyed homes and reduced entire city blocks to rubble. It has attacked schools, mosques and hospitals. Tens of thousands of people have fled, although there is nowhere safe for them to go in this wretched strip of land just 40 kilometres long and about 10 kilometres wide. There are desperate shortages of food and water, of medical and surgical supplies.

In an open letter to US President Barack Obama, Dr Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian surgeon working at Gaza's al-Shifa hospital, writes of "the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. Humans!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama, of course, has no time for suffering Palestinians or for that matter suffering Americans. He is too busy spending your tax dollars on those 5 million instant Democratic voters coming across the border from Mexico!

Jul 26 10:41

HUGE EXPLOSION Hits GAZA City - Raw Footage

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"This is what happens when HAMAS kidnaps and kills three Israeli teenagers, and, well ... yeah, HAMAS didn't actually do that as it turns out, but this is what happens when HAMAS was maybe thinking about considering a plan to scheme about a plot to kidnap and kill three Israel teenagers!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Jul 26 10:36

FLASHBACK - Israel and 9/11

This page is an index of articles relating to Israel and 9/11

Jul 26 10:21

A refreshingly open call for ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from an Israeli deputy speaker

I’ve always said that I like my ethnic cleansers like my men: honest, direct, and with a plan. Sadly, like good men, honest and open ethnic cleansers are few and far between. As the Israeli government, and those who blindly defend it, claim that the attacks in Gaza are for self-defense, and self-defense alone, one man has the courage to admit that the real goal is to rid the area of Palestinians and populate it with Jews. And that man is Moshe Feiglin, Deputy speaker and member of Knesset (Israel’s parliament).

Feiglin wrote an op-ed on Tuesday in which he revealed his hopes and dreams for the future of Israel and the demise of Palestinians in Gaza. The headline is “My Outline for a Solution in Gaza.” And the subheadline reads “Clear and concise, the steps towards achieving quiet in Gaza.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Feiglin should have named the op-ed "My Outline for a FINAL Solution in Gaza".

That would really have had the right ring to it, don't you think?!? Because Feiglin wants to have done to Gazan Palestinians precisely the same thing Hitler did to Jews, Gypsies, and other minority groups he did not much like.

That the children, and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors would even be thinking that this would be acceptable to do, just chills me to the core of my being.

Jul 26 10:20

Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza—Debunked

Israel has killed almost 800 Palestinians in the past twenty-one days in the Gaza Strip alone; its onslaught continues. The UN estimates that more than 74 percent of those killed are civilians. That is to be expected in a population of 1.8 million where the number of Hamas members is approximately 15,000. Israel does not deny that it killed those Palestinians using modern aerial technology and precise weaponry courtesy of the world's only superpower. In fact, it does not even deny that they are civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If HAMAS wants dead people to make Israel look bad ... why is Israel giving HAMAS what they want?

Jul 26 10:00

1,000 Americans Are Serving in the Israeli Army and They Aren’t Alone

The death of two Americans serving in Israel’s military in this weekend’s fighting with Hamas in Gaza is not the first time Americans have died while serving in foreign militaries.

Max Steinberg, 24, of California, and Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21, of Texas, were serving in the Israeli army when they died along with 11 other Israeli soldiers over the weekend. At least 60 Palestinians were also killed.

“All of them have joint citizenship,” Maya Kadosh, Israel’s Houston-based deputy consul to the Southwest United States, told The New York Times. “They are very proud. They are not less American when they serve in the army. They are more American. They feel they protect the values of the place they came from, and they also protect the values of the state of Israel.”

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Jul 26 09:57

UN: Israel Never Informed Us of Plans to Attack Gaza School

Israel’s narrative on yesterday’s attack on a UN school full of refugees in the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun has revised again today, with Israel now claiming they informed the UN of the plan to attack the school hours in advance, and told them to remove the refugees before then.

The UN is disputing that, saying that no warning at all was given, and further complaining that when experts visited the site today to inspect the damage, they too were attacked.

The claim of a warning is puzzling, because for hours the Israeli military denied having attacked the school at all, speculating that Hamas had somehow one it themselves. The story just kept changing.

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"You see, if we had warned the UN about our intentions, we NEVER could have possibly killed and injured as many innocent Gazan civilians as we did!" - Official IDF Spokes-souse.

Jul 26 09:42

OUT OF CONTROL / BLATANT SPIN


Pro-Palestinian Guest of Hannity Won’t Answer Whether He Thinks Hamas is a Terrorist Organization

“You’re making a rationalization for rockets and kidnapping and murder, and you want to blame the victims in this case!” Hannity said.

“The only people blaming the victim here is you,” Munayyer said.

Hannity then asked Munayyer whether Hamas, which calls for the destruction of the Jewish state, was a terror organization, as it has been designated by the United States and its allies.

“Thank you for your question, and now I will provide an answer,” he said. “It’s very telling to me, and it should be telling to your viewers as well, by the way, that the moment you have a Palestinian voice on your program who begins to explain the legitimate grievances of Palestinians on the ground, not just Hamas.”

“Answer the question!” Hannity yelled. “Is Hamas a terrorist organization?”

“The United States certainly considers Hamas a terrorist organization, we all know that,” Munayyer said.

“I ask what you think! Can you hear?” Hannity asked.

Munayyer said they would not make any progress if Hannity simply yelled at him, setting the host off.

“What part of this can’t you get through your thick head? Is Hamas a terrorist organization? Yes or no? Yes or no?” Hannity asked, his voice rising.

(*what an @$$#ole !)

Jul 26 09:30

Over 1,000 dead in Gaza after Israel's op, calls for ceasefire to be extended

Over 1,000 Palestinians have been killed since Israel started its military operation in Gaza, officials said. As the 12-hour ceasefire approaches its end and body recovery continues in the Strip, world leaders are calling for an extension to the truce.

Jul 26 09:08

Air Canada Flight AC84 Aborts Landing at Ben Gurion Airport

An Israel-bound Air Canada passenger jet was forced to abort its landing after Hamas fired rockets at an airport on Friday. The Boeing 767 was just five miles from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport when it was advised by air traffic control to keep flying "until airspace conditions could be confirmed as safe for landing," Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur told NBC News. After altering course, Flight AC84 landed 10 minutes later at 12:07 p.m. local time (5:07 a.m. ET). The jet originated at Toronto's Pearson airport.

Jul 26 09:07

Nasrallah: Israel on a path towards "suicide" in Gaza

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Friday vowed "all means of support" to the Palestinian resistance in its battle with Israel, saying the latter had failed miserably in the 18-day conflict in Gaza.

Nasrallah, in a rare public appearance in Al-Suhadaa Complex in Beirut’s southern suburbs, also spoke out against recent developments in Iraq and the establishment of the so-called Islamic caliphate by ISIS, saying: "Our duty as Muslims today is to condemn what Christians and Muslims are facing in Iraq."

Speaking on Jerusalem Day, Nasrallah warned Israel against expanding its offensive in Gaza, saying the resistance in the enclave had already won the fighting.

Jul 26 09:07

Massacre In Gaza Protest ~ Auckland New Zealand 26 7 2014

Jul 26 08:57

Gaza death toll rises over 1,000 as bodies are recovered

The toll in Gaza rose above 1,000 dead on Saturday as more than 1,000 bodies were pulled from the rubble of homes throughout the coastal enclave during a truce, medics said.

The grim milestone came on the 19th day of a conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement, during a 12-hour truce that allowed Gaza residents to pick through the ruins of their homes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only thing that will get the Israeli government to stop this genocide is for everyone doing business with Israel is to stop, immediately, until a permanent cease-fire is in place.

Otherwise, this slaughter will continue until Israel has killed every Palestinian Gazan they think they can get away with killing.

Jul 26 08:18

Rolling coverage of current situation in Gaza - 07:30 GMT (P.1)

Jul 26 08:18

Rolling coverage of current situation in Gaza - 07:30 GMT (P.2)

Jul 26 08:13

Palestinians pull 85 bodies from under Gaza rubble

An Israeli air strike in southern Gaza hours before a humanitarian truce was declared killed 20 people, including 11 children, most of them from a single family, medics said.

Separately, the bodies of at least another 85 Palestinians were recovered from rubble across Gaza on Saturday, raising the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day Israeli terror campaign to 985, the overwhelming majority of them civilians.

“Ambulance crews have recovered the bodies of 85 martyrs under destroyed houses, including children and women, across the Gaza Strip, bringing the total number of martyrs to 985 as a result of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip,” Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more occupation soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37.

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Jul 26 08:12

PLO official Hanan Ashrawi: Israel’s assault on Gaza is ‘state terrorism’ and should be referred to the International Criminal Court

Israel’s assault on Gaza constitutes “state terrorism” and the state should be referred to the International Criminal Court, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Hanan Ashrawi charged in an interview Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"God ways Israel is above the laws of men. You don;t want to go against God, do you? Huh? Do you? DO YOU?!?" -- Nodding Yahoo

Jul 26 08:08

Jews March in New York Rally Against Israel War in Gaza

“I think there’s a myth that the Jewish community supports the Israeli attack on Gaza,” she added, and asserted that there are “hundreds of thousands” of Jews in the U.S. that oppose the Israeli occupation.
Most of the Jewish protesters interviewed opposed Israeli policies long before the current campaign. But they view the current hostilities as deplorable, or even criminal.

Jul 26 08:00

Al Franken vs. BDS

“SNL” funnyman-turned-U.S. senator Al Franken apparently doesn’t think that the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is a laughing matter.

JTA’s Ron Kampeas spoke with several attendees at a meeting between Jewish leaders and Democratic senators, and was told that Franken offered to use his unique skill set to take on the BDS movement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I always wondered why a guy who was simply not that funny got onto Saturday Night Live, then the US Congress. He had to kiss someone's butt, and know we know whose.

Jul 26 07:58

Shaja'iya destroyed. Pulverized into rubble. See all 81 pictures of Israel's horrific war crimes on #Gaza

Jul 26 07:55

Israeli sniper killing wounded civilian

UPDATED 22/7/14: The young man who was murdered in Shajiya after being wounded by an Israeli sniper, has been confirmed as Salem Khalil Salem Shammaly, 23-years-old, resident of Shajiya (http://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/woun...).

20/7/14: International and Palestinian volunteers accompanied Civil Defense and other rescue crews, as well as family members, into Shajiya, in an attempt to locate survivors of overnight and ongoing shelling by the Israeli army. A young Palestinian man, in a green t-shirt, who hoped to reach his family's home, was shot by an Israeli soldier while crossing an alley between buildings. Two additional rounds struck him as he lay injured on the ground.

Jul 26 07:48

It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All

After Israel's top leadership exhaustively blamed Hamas for kidnap of 3 teens, they've now admitted killers were acting as "lone cell."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From my post on July 1, 2014:

"First off, HAMAS has in fact denied any connection to the three teens, which makes sense when you think about it. After all, HAMAS and FATAH need world support for their new unity government. A stunt like kidnapping and killing three teenagers destroys the very public support the unity government needs. This is clearly something HAMAS is not going to do, but of course is perfect for Israel to do and then frame HAMAS as part of Netanyahu's promise to wreck the unity government."

So Israel attacked HAMAS without provocation and now even Israel is admitting they attacked HAMAS without provocation, but will continue the bombardment after the current cease-fire ends claiming a right to self-defense because HAMAS dared fight back when attacked without provocation.

And Israel wonders why all those Jewish students paid to post pro-Israel propaganda on social media have failed to build support for Israel's actions!

Jul 26 07:36

IN TIMES OF WAR: A PRAYER FOR PEACE - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

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I am reposting Claire's video for three reasons. First, this is a message that needs to get out to the world about how everyone loses in war except the bankers.

Second, the new readers coming in from my return to GCN might wish to hear the whole song (which is heard briefly in the bump music) and see the video

Third, the latest revelations from Edward Snowden include confirmation that the NSA "tinkers" with view counts on YouTube videos to keep videos contrary to the war agenda from going viral.

Fuckers!

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Jul 25 20:37

It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All

When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. "Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay," he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present conflict in the region.

Jul 25 19:22

Did Hamas kidnap Israeli settlers?

If Hamas kidnapped Israeli settlers, why would the movement not publically announce, after all?. And did Israel need justification to declare war against Palestinian resistance? Is there any link with Fatah-Hamas reconciliation?

It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All
By Katie Zavadski
When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. "Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay," he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present conflict in the region.
But now, officials admit the kidnappings were not Hamas's handiwork after all.

Jul 25 17:30

Seven Palestinians killed in protests across West Bank

As Palestinians in Gaza buried the dozens killed during the eighteenth consecutive day of Israel’s relentless military assault by air, land and sea, Israeli fire killed at least seven during protests in the occupied West Bank.

At least ten Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army and by Israeli civilians in the West Bank since the beginning of the Gaza assault on 7 July as Palestinians in the West Bank and present-day Israel rise up in solidarity with Gaza, where at least 843 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of the onslaught.

Jul 25 17:12

Analogy to US media reporting on Israel & Gaza: ‘1776: Congress vows to destroy England!’

*hyperlinks live at source*
US/Israel corporate media reporting lies that Hamas threatens to “kill all Jews”, and ongoingly that Iran threatens to “wipe Israel off the map.” How would such reporting cover the US Declaration of Independence to protect Empire interests?

(Satire): His Majesty, King George III, addressed Parliament today in response to the US Declaration of Independence. Excerpts:

King George: I will never apologize for England - I don’t care what the facts are. [1]

How is England supposed to fight back against a terrorist organization whose entire mission is the destruction of England? I mean, it’s in the Congress’ Declaration of Independence that they want to kill all English.

Look at what this says (holding a copy of the Declaration): The terrorist group, Congress, calls we English “destructive,” “evil,” and vows for America to destroy England. [2]

Jul 25 15:34

Ireland is pro-Palestinian, says Israeli media

Ireland's 'pro-Palestinian stance' has made it into the Israeli headlines after a minute's silence was held in the Dail for the people of Gaza.

Jul 25 15:29

If Americans Knew What Was Happening In Israel …

If my fellow Americans understood the history of Israel and Palestine, their views would change overnight … and they would demand that Israel no longer be given unconditional support and blank checks to do whatever they want:

Jul 25 14:57

Paris police ban pro-Palestinian demo planned for Saturday

After a string of pro-Palestinian marches turned violent in the past week, Paris's police authority has banned a march set for Saturday that is in protest of Israel's air and ground incursion into Gaza.

Jul 25 14:55

Pro-Gaza, Israel marches choke German city centres

Anticipating possible violence against Jews and citing a "marked increase in danger for Israeli establishments", police in Berlin deployed more than 1,000 officers around the opposing demonstrations.

Jul 25 14:53

Pro-Palestinian protesters clash with pro-Israelis in Berlin

Hundreds of Pro-Palestinian protesters took to the streets of Berlin Friday in protest of the recent attacks on Gaza . Minor clashes broke out between counter-protesters waving Israeli flags and chanting at the pro-Palestinian protesters. No arrests or casualties were reported

Jul 25 14:46

Horrifying details continue to emerge of massacre in Khuza’a

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Look carefully at the wreckage. See any rockets or rocket launchers? Because that's Israel's excuse for targeting civilians, hospitals, and schools; that HAMAS is hiding rockets and rocket launchers in them.

To find a lie look for what should be there and isn't and what isn't there in this video and the hundreds just like it are the remains of rockets and rocket launchers!

Jul 25 14:25

BLOG: The Stephen Harper Regime's support for war crimes continues

Like Mike, I live in hope that the entire system will crash down under its own weight. Soon.

Jul 25 14:17

Israel calls Brazil a ‘diplomatic dwarf’ – and then brings up World Cup humiliation

In a statement on Wednesday, Brazil condemned what it said was a "disproportionate use of force" by Israel in its Gaza Strip offensive by pulling out its ambassador from Tel Aviv for "consultation." The country is the second country to recall its ambassador from Israel; Ecuador did so earlier in the week.

At first, the official reaction from Israel appeared sanguine. "Brazil is a friend, but we think its position is not balanced," Israel's general consul in São Paulo, Yoel Barnea, said according to the Wall Street Journal, adding that Israel should have a right to defend itself from the thousands of missiles being fired at it by Hamas and other Palestinian groups.

Jul 25 13:33

Suspected Hamas militants rounded up chain gang-style by Israeli soldiers during Gaza offensive

Chained together in two lines, they raise their hands to their heads under the watchful eyes of armed soldiers.

These photos show suspected Hamas militants who have been rounded up chain-gang style by Israeli soldiers during the Israel-Gaza conflict.

The alleged rebels were captured after the Army entered the Gaza strip in a bid to put an end to deadly Hamas rocket attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And with these photos, Israel is now in violation of Article 13 of the Third Geneva Convention, which prohibits use and distribution of images of PoWs and calls for their protection against "insults and public curiosity".

Jul 25 12:51

US ‘News’ lying sack of spin warmonger: ‘It’s in the Hamas charter they want to kill all Jews’

*hyperlinks/video live at source*

2-minute interview

FOX News (sic) interviewed Anna Baltzer, an ongoing hero to expose Israeli apartheid and now genocide upon Palestinians. This is the type of “coverage” Americans receive from corporate media, and why every other nation but America have negative polling data of Israel’s government.

I’m sure how Ms. Kelly communicates in this excerpt is typical:

Megyn Kelly: “How is Israel supposed to fight back against an organization whose entire mission is the destruction of Israel? I mean it’s in the Hamas Charter that they want to kill all Jews.”

Jul 25 12:49

Israel Losing Support from Its Biggest Ally: American Evangelical Christians

We documented yesterday that the biggest supporters of Israel are American evangelical Christians … Protestants or – to a lesser extent – Catholics.

But that support base is slipping …

Jul 25 12:20

Israel's security cabinet rejects cease-fire proposal

Israel's Security Cabinet unanimously rejected a cease-fire proposal Friday that called for a week-long truce in the deadly conflict.

The proposal by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called for a temporary pause in fighting to allow Israelis and Palestinians to broker a broader deal. Israeli TV reported the deal was rejected mainly because Israel would have to cut short its effort at destroying Hamas tunnels.

Jul 25 11:59

The face of demented Zionism yet again revealed: Will the American people continue funding it?

The "up and coming" well-known and much admired Israeli politician and parliament member Ayelet Shaked of the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home has again branded Palestinians as terrorists, declaring as the 4th Zionist invasion of Gaza in the past ten years was being unleashed: "Mothers of all Palestinians should also be killed" she told the Daily Sabah, as she called for the slaughter of Palestinian mothers who give birth to "little snakes."

Jul 25 11:04

West Bank Demonstrators Shot Dead By Israeli Troops

ISRAEL continued its murderous campaign of repression today with the killing of demonstrators in the West Bank and continued air raids in Gaza.

Four Palestinians were killed in the West Bank — two shot by Israeli troops and the other by settlers.

Jul 25 11:01

Live Blog #GazaUnderAttack – Day 19

Live Blog | Day 19 | WARNING - POSSIBLE GRAPHIC CONTENT #Gaza: #Israel launches massive offensive Operation #ProtectiveEdge | #GazaUnderAttack | #Palestine http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=24792

Jul 25 10:08

Israel bans radio advert listing names of children killed in Gaza

The Israeli Broadcasting Authority has banned a radio advertisement from a human rights organisation which listed the names of some of the scores of children killed in Gaza since the conflict began 17 days ago.

B'Tselem's appeal against the decision was rejected on Wednesday. It intends to petition Israel's supreme court on Sunday in an effort to get the ban overturned.

The IBA said the ad's content was "politically controversial". The broadcast refers to child deaths in Gaza and reads out some of the victims' names.

Jul 25 10:07

Israel Guilty of Ethnic Cleansing and Apartheid, Says UN Rapporteur

A UN human rights investigator has accused Israel of ethnic cleansing and apartheid policies against Palestinians.

Richard Falk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, said Israel carried out a "systematic and continued effort to change the ethnic composition of East Jerusalem".

Falk, an 82-year-old American, said that in recent years Israel had made it more difficult for Palestinians to reside there while encouraging the building of new Jewish settlements, which are illegal under international law.

Falk, an emeritus law professor at Princeton University, said that more than 11,000 Palestinians had lost their right to live in Jerusalem since 1996.

Jul 25 10:04

Turkish Prime Minister: Israel Has ‘Surpassed What Hitler Did To Them’

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an ridiculed Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza, accusing the Israeli government of “barbarism that surpasses Hitler.”

Speaking at a political re-election rally in the Turkish city of Ordu, Turkey’s prime minister said that Israel has “surpassed what Hitler did to them” and declared the country a “terrorist state.”

“[Israelis] have no conscience, no honor, no pride. Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism,” said Erdo?an. He accused Israel of rejecting ceasefires that Hamas has proposed and “spitting death, spitting blood.”

Jul 25 10:03

Israeli Lawyer Doesn’t Deny Nuremberg Crimes on Palestinians

I spoke with the head military lawyer for the IDF, Joel Zinger. And I said … “It’s clear you people are inflicting Nuremberg crimes on the Palestinians. Exactly what the Nazis did to the Jews. What’s your explanation?”

He said: “Military necessity.”

Notice, he didn’t disagree with me.

I said: “That argument was rejected at Nuremberg when the lawyers for the Nazis made it.”

And then he said: “Well, we have public relations people in the United States … and they handle these matters for us.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And they are clearly doing a wonderful job! :)

Jul 25 10:01

National Demonstration: Stop the Massacre in Gaza 26 July London

STOP THE MASSACRE IN GAZA
DEMONSTRATE SATURDAY 26 JULY
ASSEMBLE 12 NOON ISRAELI EMBASSY
MARCH TO PARLIAMENT

Jul 25 09:59

Hamas leader's three sisters live secretly in Israel as full citizens

Israel regards Ismail Haniyeh, the Palestinian Hamas prime minister, as an enemy of state. But three of his sisters enjoy full Israeli citizenship, having moved 30 years ago to the desert town of Tel Sheva.

Some of their offspring have even served in the Israeli army, the force responsible for decades of Israeli occupation in Gaza and the West Bank, an occupation that the Islamist movement, Hamas, was founded to fight.

Jul 25 09:56

U.N. shelter in Gaza hit, 16 dead

The coordinates of the school in Beit Hanoun, which was serving a shelter for families in Gaza, had been given to the Israeli military, said a U.N. spokesman, Chris Gunness.

Footage from the school showed pools of blood and images from hospitals showed absolute chaos. There were so many victims than many gurneys included two wounded children.

Jul 25 09:50

Israel Boycott Gains Traction as Gaza Assault Continues

The UN Human Rights Council will been begin an investigation into the allegations over whether Israel engaged in war crimes in its assault on the Gaza Strip. This is all happening in the shadow of Israel's military assault on Gaza, which has killed more than 700 Palestinians. The UN is already classified 1.1 million Gazans as refugees.

Jul 25 09:47

Jewish Couple Killed in Brussels Museum Were Israeli Spies

Israel’s leaders have made much ado about a Jewish couple who were gunned down in broad daylight at the Brussels Jewish Museum, claiming that the two retired accountants were targeted because they were Jews. In truth, however, it looks like the two were Israeli spies and were targeted not because of their ethnicity but due to their work in espionage.

Jul 25 09:43

Britain Admits Selling $12 Billion in Weapons to Israel

Journalists love rows. We love them so much that we often let them distract us.

Last week was no exception. Fascinated by an apparent bust-up between Israel and the European Union, most Middle East analysts (myself included) missed a very important story: Britain’s arms sales to Israel are far higher than David Cameron’s government has previously confessed.

Jul 25 09:19

‘SHOOTING’ AGAINST THE OCCUPATION

Anti-war demonstrations during wartime are not unusual in Israel. They rarely bring out more than a few hundred people, as did this one. It was an event that most Israeli news outlets deemed not important enough to cover, especially when Hamas’s rockets were flying all over the country. But Oren Ziv was there with his camera.

Jul 25 09:18

PHOTOS ~~ THOUSANDS PARICIPATE IN COALITION MARCH FOR PEACE IN NEW YORK

The demonstration and march, organized by a coalition of groups supporting justice in Palestine, began at Foley Sq. where the names of children murdered in Gaza were read. Some in the crowd of approximately 2,000 were weeping. Led by the Rude Mechanical Orchestra the mile and 1/2 march weaving west through the busy streets of lower Manhattan to the shore of the Hudson began. It was a noisy chanting group carrying Palestinian flags and signs demanding an end to the U.S. funding of Israel, an end to the occupation, and a cease to the slaughter by Israel in Gaza.

Jul 25 09:17

HOSTILITIES FROM BOTH SIDES MUST END NOW!

Today the war in Gaza enters its eighteenth day. The eighteenth letter in the Hebrew alphabet is CHAI ... meaning LIFE. NOW is the time to give it meaning!

Jul 25 09:12

Israel Sabotages Ceasefire

Golani is the best infantry brigade of the IDF. It was defeated by a Hamas regional battalion in the Battle of Shuja'iyya. I reviewed the battle in Hamas Battalion Held Ground against IDF Golani Brigade.

Golani was removed and replaced by reserve forces (Israel Transforms Tunnels into Gas Chambers).

The commander of the unit was wounded (Wounded Druze Colonel Runs to Gaza), three officers were killed, another ten soldiers were wounded.

Information on details of military operations is slow to reach civilian media. Today it was disclosed that Hamas also hit two battalion commanders, Shai Siman-Tov of Golani Battalion 12 and the commander of Golani Egoz; the name of the latter is classified.+.

In other words, with a much smaller force, Hamas wiped the command of an elite brigade of the IDF, forcing it to leave the battlefield. Israel took offence.

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Remember what I said about Gaza being like that narrow gap at Thermopylae? The confines take away the advantage of the Israeli's superior weapons.

Jul 25 09:05

We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve.

Whenever the Israeli army drafts the reserves — which are made up of ex-soldiers — there are dissenters, resisters, and AWOLers among the troops called to war. Now that Israel has sent troops to Gaza again and reserves are being summoned to service, dozens are refusing to take part.

We are more than 50 Israelis who were once soldiers and now declare our refusal to be part of the reserves. We oppose the Israeli Army and the conscription law. Partly, that’s because we revile the current military operation. But most of the signers below are women and would not have fought in combat. For us, the army is flawed for reasons far broader than “Operation Protective Edge,” or even the occupation. We rue the militarization of Israel and the army’s discriminatory policies.

Jul 25 09:03

Netanyahu said to have offered Lewinsky tapes for Pollard

The Israelis present at Wye River had a new tactic for their negotiations–they’d overheard Clinton and Monica and had it on tape. Not wanting to directly threaten the powerful American president, a crucial Israeli ally, Clinton was told that the Israeli government had thrown the tapes away. But the very mention of them was enough to constitute a form of blackmail,” Halper wrote, adding that “according to information provided by a CIA source, a stricken Clinton appeared to buckle.”

Jul 25 09:00

The Palestinians’ Right to Self-Defense

If Israel insists, as the Bosnian Serbs did in Sarajevo, on using the weapons of industrial warfare against a helpless civilian population then that population has an inherent right to self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. The international community will have to either act to immediately halt Israeli attacks and lift the blockade of Gaza or acknowledge the right of the Palestinians to use weapons to defend themselves.

No nation, including any in the Muslim world, appears willing to intervene to protect the Palestinians. No world body, including the United Nations, appears willing or able to pressure Israel through sanctions to conform to the norms of international law. And the longer we in the world community fail to act, the worse the spiral of violence will become.

Jul 25 08:50

Amnesty International: Israel Remains the Occupying Power in Gaza and is Thus Bound By the Law Of Occupation

Amnesty International notes today:

Israel maintains sole control of Gaza’s air space and territorial waters, and continues to prohibit any movement of people or goods in or out of Gaza via air or sea. Israel directly controls all but one of Gaza’s land border crossings, and continues to close three out of the four crossings for commercial goods, restrict the volume of key imports, and ban most exports, all of which have a serious impact on humanitarian and socioeconomic conditions in Gaza. Israel continues to control the Palestinian population registry, which covers residents of both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, so any change in these records and all Palestinian Authority identity documents (including ID cards and passports) require Israeli approval. An Israeli-approved ID card or passport is required for any Palestinian to leave Gaza, including through the Rafah crossing. And the Gaza Strip continues to depend on Israel for the majority of its electricity supply.

Jul 25 08:37

Five Palestinians killed in West Bank violence - medics

Five Palestinians were killed in the occupied West Bank on Friday in shootings involving both Israeli forces and a civilian who appeared to be a Jewish settler, medics and witnesses said.

Three Palestinians were killed during clashes between Israeli forces shooting live bullets and protesters throwing stones near the flashpoint city of Hebron.

In a separate incident near another protest against the ongoing conflict in Gaza, witnesses said a person in a car believed to be a settler shot dead one man and wounded three others near the city of Nablus.

The victims were walking along a main street used by both Palestinians and settlers.

Jul 25 08:36

‘The Tank Shells Fell Like Rain’: Survivors of the Attack on UNRWA School Report Scenes of Carnage and Destruction

The attack on the UN school came on one of the bloodiest days of the conflict. Approximately 120 Palestinians were killed yesterday, bringing the death toll in Gaza to nearly 800, the vast majority of them civilians, including at least 190 children, according to the Health Ministry. Over a two-day period, a child was killed every hour in Gaza. More than 5,100 have been wounded.

Jul 25 08:30

Israel’s U.S.-Made Military Might Overwhelms Palestinians

The overwhelming Israeli firepower unleashed on the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the ongoing battle in Gaza is perhaps reminiscent of the Algerian war of independence (1954-1962) when France, the colonial power, used its vastly superior military strength to strike back at the insurgents with brutal ferocity.

Jul 25 07:44

MEGA PUKE LEVEL 9 BEX ALERT - Israel's Deadly Invasion of Gaza Is Morally Justified

For Israel, the first question seems easier to answer. Few would deny that, in principle, Israel’s war with Hamas is both just and necessary. Israel acts on the most clear justification possible: self-defense after days of restraint, warnings, and pleas—as rockets continued to land on its cities and later, as militants sprang from tunnels to kill its citizens. Ceasefires have been offered, but Hamas has rejected them. And whatever criticisms one may have of Israel’s failures to midwife an effective and peaceful alternative to Hamas (and I have many), these do not undermine the fundamental justice of this self-defense.

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Let's review the timetable.

Last month, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed in an IDF-controlled region of the West Bank, not Gaza. ISIS has taken credit and even the Israeli media admits that the two suspects named by the Israeli government are not part of HAMAS, but of a group known for disobeying HAMAS and trying to cause trouble for them.

But Netanyahu declares HAMAS, the legally elected government of Gaza, responsible and launches bombing raids into Gaza using the very latest high-tech weapons provided by the US Government and paid for by the US taxpayers.

To put Israel's actions into perspective, let us recall that over the July 4th weekend, 8 people were killed in Chicago. Using Netanyahu's logic, the Democratic party should be blamed and all of Illinois bombed and invaded!

The Palestinians, who have been attacked without provocation, fight back with their home-made rockets, which so far have mostly knocked a few roof tiles loose.

But to Israel's supporters, we should all forget that Israel attacked Gaza without a valid reason, and view Palestine's attempts to defend themselves as the crime, so that Israel can go on pounding the Palestinians with their superior weapons.

I want to point something out. The Israelis sit in their tanks, or the drone operations centers, or fly high above Gaza in their US-supplied warplanes, dropping the latest in US-supplied high tech lethal munitions, and imagine themselves the heroes they read about in the Torah. The Israelis, clearly unafraid of HAMAS rockets, line the hills overlooking Gaza and cheer the carnage, much as the Romans at the Colosseum cheered as the Christians were thrown to the lions. The Palestinians huddle in their giant open-air prison, without an army, a navy, or an air force, and fight back with home-made rockets made out of plumbing supplies.

Not since Thermopylae has the world seen such courage in the face of overwhelming odds. The Palestinians have balls the US and Israel can only dream of, and the world will remember their courage against the tyrants, and the lies by the corporate media's presstitutes and whorespondents trying to protect Israel's aggression!

Jul 25 07:41

Germany, France, Italy jointly condemn Gaza-related anti-Semitic acts

The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy condemned in a joint statement anti-Semitic acts arising out of the recent wave of anti-Israel demonstrations across Europe.

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Of course the protests are anti-Semitism, because common sense tells you that if anyone other than Israel was bombing Gaza back to the stone age, nobody would care, right? Right? Right? Right?

Jul 25 07:31

Gaza's Children Burning In The Zionist Terrorism

According to Al-Mezan for Human Rights in Gaza, UNRWA implements strict security measures that ensure that only civilians enter the premises of their shelters. They also provide the address and coordinates of the shelters to the Israeli war criminal forces (IWCF) in order to assure safety measure. The school raises the UN flag.

Mr. Adnan Abu Hasana, the spokesman for the UN’s Palestine refugee agency UNRWA in Gaza stated that the (IWCF) did not send warning message before they shelled the school which used as a shelter.

He added: “We asked the israeli forces coordination office to warn us before shelling because the school is located in a dangerous area. We told them to give us enough time to evacuate women, children, elderly and UNRWA team, but they shelled the school without warning.”

Jul 25 07:27

VIRTUAL 9-11: Will the US & Israel Hack The US Banking System Computers and Falsely Blame It On Iran (or Syria or Russia or China)?

So what it looks like is being planned, and pre-sold to the American people with all these stories about celebrities' personal information being hacked and made public (an activity that produces no profit for the hackers other than news headlines), and the "Syrian" (nudge nudge wink wink) hack of the AP Twitter feed that shocked the US stock market, is that the US Government will itself take down the US financial computers, and blame it on Iran /Russia/ China/Al Qaeda/Syria/Arabs and others to be named as convenient. This gets Wall Street and Washington DC off the hook, because now the financial melt-down is an act of war, rather than the result of decades of Wall Street crime and corruption and the predations of Private Central Banks. US banks have already been hit with cyber attacks, to set the stage.

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Reposted in light of yesterday's Drudge Report story that "Al Qaeda" is about to launch a cyber-terror attack on the US.

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Jul 25 07:13

Debunking Israeli Propaganda

Tension between Israel and the Palestinians has existed since even before the UN partition of Palestine in 1947. Both sides can easily point to some previous incident as an act of incitement, so such tit-for-tat accusations lead nowhere.

Jul 25 07:10

Washington is Complicit in Israel’s Crimes

While viewing the massacre of Gazans, you may wonder why 1.8 million Arabs are crowded on that tiny strip of seashore and are being bombed day and night into death and ruins by Israel’s powerful military machine. A glimpse of history is timely.

Jul 25 07:07

America Is the Only Country with a Favorable View of Israel

The U.S. Is the Only Country Which Supports Israel No Matter What It Does

WEBMASTER ADDITION: Let's check that out!

Jul 25 07:07

AMERICANS ONLY - Do you have a favorable view of Israel

YES
2% (24 votes)
NO
98% (954 votes)
Total votes: 978
Jul 25 07:00

Naama Abu Foul, 2 years old, can't open her eyes because of what the bombs did to her face.

Jul 25 06:54

Debunking the "The Saudis did 9-11" nonsense!

And finally, here is some common sense that totally undermines the attempt to frame Saudi Arabia for 9-11. If Saudi Arabia really wanted to hurt the United States, they don't need to fly airplanes into skyscrapers to do it. All they have to do is ask for their money back, all at once. The resulting damage to the US financial system would make 9-11 look like a minor inconvenience in comparison.

And it would be perfectly legal for Saudi Arabia to ask for their money back.

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I am reposting this article because three pro-Israel congressmen are claiming that there is a secret 9-11 document that they are demanding to be made public. This is actually a repeat of the same stunt they tried 2 years ago in which they tease the public with the story of a secret 9-11 document and try to get everyone to demand to see it. The document frames Saudi Arabia for 9-11, to protect Israel.

But as this article lays out, Saudi Arabia didn't have a motive to do 9-11, and if they wanted to hurt the US, they would not need airplanes into skyscrapers to do it.

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Jul 25 06:41

US Stands Alone in Vote Against UN Inquiry Into Gaza Assault

Resolution passes, despite US opposition, as body approves official inquiry into "all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law"

Jul 25 06:40

Israel, Hamas Weigh U.S.-Backed Temporary Truce

Israel and Hamas are considering a U.S.-backed proposal for a temporary cease-fire as the conflict in the Gaza Strip intensified and spurred major Palestinian protests in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

Jul 25 06:31

A refreshingly open call for ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from an Israeli deputy speaker

Feiglin doesn’t mince his words. In fact, he puts his demands in bold, literally and metaphorically. And his seven lofty quiet-achieving goals are:

Ultimatum
Attack
Siege
Defense (because why not?)
Conquer
Elimination
Sovereignty

I particularly like points 5-7. Let’s take a look, shall we?

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Does anybody blame Palestinians for fighting to the death to keep whatever is left of 1948 Palestine before they're sent to the desert by Israel?

Jul 25 06:07

Obama, US politicians ‘owned’ by Zionist lobby: Barry Grossman

An international lawyer says President Barack Obama’s statements on Israel’s deadly onslaught against Palestinians stem from “power politics” as he and other US politicians are “owned” by “the Zionist lobby.”

“We should never be so naive as to expect anything said by President Obama that touches on the subject of Israel to be based on sound logic or on facts,” said Barry Grossman in a phone interview with Press TV on Monday commenting on Obama’s remarks about Israel’s offensive on Gaza.

“There is nothing about Obama’s position or rhetoric on Gaza that is based on principle or facts as distinct from pure power politics,” Grossman added. “The simple demonstrable fact which America is at last waking up to, is that its political apparatus has been occupied by special interests for a very long time and no group is more organized, better resourced or more pernicious that the Zionist lobby.”

Jul 25 04:02

West Bank rage at Gaza bloodshed as protests erupt over UN school attack

he violence of the conflict in Gaza spread to the West Bank on Thursday with at least two Palestinians killed and scores wounded in one of the biggest clashes seen for several years.

Further protests in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are expected following noon prayers on Friday, the last Friday of Ramadan, after the Palestinian Authority called for a “day of rage” over the bloodshed in Gaza.

Thousands of Palestinians took part in a demonstration after more than 15 women, children and United Nations staff were killed and around 200 injured when a UN shelter for those fleeing the Israeli bombing was hit.

Jul 24 22:57

PLO's Hanan Ashrawi: 'Deliberate Massacre' in Gaza

PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi on the impact of the Israeli ground offensive and airstrikes on Gaza.

Jul 24 22:53

'Even dead can't rest in peace': Gaza’s morgues & cemeteries overflow

The Palestinian death toll has topped 700 as Israel carries on with its ground operation and diplomats try to broker a peace deal. Hamas says it will agree to a cease fire only if Israel ends its siege of Gaza.The UN has warned that Israeli actions in Gaza could amount to war crimes.

Jul 24 20:55

Israel and US Hit Self-Destruct

Traditional U.S. policies – backing Israel whatever it does and assuming the dollar will remain king – are facing new challenges as Israel shocks the global conscience with its war on Gaza and emerging economic powers consider a new reserve currency, notes Danny Schechter.

Jul 24 18:36

Tracts of the Zionist Propaganda

The Zionist propaganda is not unified and depends on audience. There are many tracts:
First tract: Propaganda directed toward Zionist society; this tract is achieved by disregarding opponent's power and will, and it aims to reassure local community and diminish frightening.

In 2006, Lebanon's Hezbollah strongly 'shocked' Zionist community due to unexpected performance during the war. Many Zionist intellectuals asked questions about the presence of Israel since thousands of Hezbollah fighters were able to stop Israeli invasion. Israeli Winograd Commission issued balanced report to assess performance of Israeli Army:
We found serious failings and shortcomings in the decision-making processes and staff-work in the political and the military echelons and their interface.
· We found serious failings and flaws in the quality of preparedness, decision-making and performance in the IDF high command, especially in the Army.·

Jul 24 17:07

Israel and US Hit Self-Destruct

For years, the term “suicide bombers” has been synonymous with terrorist attacks, especially in Israel. The idea of a martyr willing to give his life for a cause while taking out an “enemy” became a feature of modern conflict especially with resistance movements confronting modern armies.

Jul 24 16:19

Hiding War Crimes Behind a Question

Doesn’t Israel have a right to defend itself? Though it is hard for a question to be wrong, this is a dead wrong question even though it is the heart and soul of Israel’s defense of its attack on little Gaza.

It is also the basis of the U.S. assessment of the ongoing moral disaster. The Senate voted unanimously to answer the question in the affirmative while ignoring all other piercingly relevant circumstances. Never has a misplaced question had such prestige and high-level cachet.

Jul 24 15:31

Palestine Railways, Battir Train Station

Jul 24 15:30

Palestine pre-1948, before Zionism/Israel

Jul 24 15:23

Human Rights Watch Findings on Gaza Massacre

At this point in Israel’s massacre in Gaza, almost 800 Palestinians have been slaughtered, overwhelmingly civilians, including 24% children. 34 Israelis have been killed, all but 2 of them soldiers.

Today, Israel bombed a marked UN school, for which it had the GPS coordinates, killing 15 and wounding at least 150 people. This is a repeat of Israeli terrorism against UN humanitarian facilities in Gaza in Israel’s 2009 Gaza massacre.

Jul 24 15:07

Is Israel’s Operation Protective Edge Really About Natural Gas?

While many articles have debunked the myth that Israel is acting out of “self-defense,” very few have attempted to establish why Israel is continuing its assault on Palestine through Operation Protective Edge, aside from the supposition that Zionists have a fanatic penchant for drawing Palestinian blood. Behind the operation, behind the mass Israeli and U.S. propaganda attempting to justify the massacre, and behind the death of every child in Gaza is a conflict rarely discussed, an imperialist conflict and a contradiction that rests on Israel’s ambitions to appropriate and profit from Gaza’s natural gas resources.

Jul 24 14:50

Erdogan says Israel should face trial over Gaza assault

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday Turkey would push for Israel to be tried at an international criminal court if it kept up its assault on Gaza and he accused the Jewish state of “spitting blood.”

Jul 24 14:21

US Aid To Israel - The Real Deal

The special relationship between Israel and the United States goes deep...real deep. It's based on security, conflict and most of all money. Most of it for the Israeli military. But with over 200 killed in Gaza just this July and the Israeli military's long list human rights abuses, is this special relationship worth the price?

Jul 24 14:15

Hamas pricks Israel’s soft under-belly

Stuart Littlewood reminds us that long before Hamas’s rockets closed Ben-Gurion airport – itself built on stolen land – Israel had destroyed Gaza’s airport, built with international aid and destroyed without a whimper.

Jul 24 14:11

Kerry presses Hamas to accept pro-Israeli cease-fire plan

US Secretary of State John Kerry returned to Egypt after a short trip to Israel to discuss the Egyptian ceasefire initiative. Kerry had traveled to Tel Aviv after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el Sisi in Cairo and then returned in the same day.

Jul 24 14:06

We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve.

Whenever the Israeli army drafts the reserves — which are made up of ex-soldiers — there are dissenters, resisters, and AWOLers among the troops called to war. Now that Israel has sent troops to Gaza again and reserves are being summoned to service, dozens are refusing to take part.

Jul 24 14:04

Netanyahu said to have offered Lewinsky tapes for Pollard

Israel attempted to use tapes of former US president Bill Clinton’s steamy conversations with intern Monica Lewinsky to leverage the release of Jonathan Pollard, a new book on the Clinton family’s political enterprises has claimed. In the book, titled “Clinton Inc: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine,” author Daniel Halper relies on on-the-record interviews with former officials together with a close analysis of documents termed “the Monica Files” to paint a salacious – and uncomplimentary – picture of one of the most prominent political families in the United States.

Jul 24 13:57

OK, Wise Guy -- What Would You Do About Hamas?

"If I was an Arab leader I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal, we took their land. It is true that God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we come and we have stolen their country. Why should they accept that?"

That statement -- which would certainly outrage the current government of Israel and most of its supporters -- was made by David Ben Gurion (1886-1973), revered as the father of the State of Israel.

Jul 24 13:45

Overcoming the Media Blockade in Gaza

According to the United Nations, one child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days. Overall, the Israeli military has killed close to 700 Palestinians, the vast majority civilians, since the assault on Gaza began more than two weeks ago. Details of the slaughter make their way into the world’s media, with horrific accounts of children killed on the beach, of hospital intensive-care units bombed, of first responders, searching for wounded amid the rubble, killed by Israeli sniper fire.

Jul 24 13:33

BBC lets right-wing Israeli write for its website

Nureddin Sabir says that far from toning down its pro-Israel bias following mass protests, the BBC has allowed a right-wing Israeli journalist to peddle the Israeli view on Gaza.

Jul 24 13:23

'Disgustingly Biased' - The Corporate Media On The Gaza Massacre

Soon after Malaysian Airlines MH17 crashed near Donetsk, Ukraine on July 18, killing 298 people, the BBC website quickly, and rightly, set up a 'LIVE' feed with rolling reports and commentary on the disaster. This was clearly an important and dramatic event involving horrific loss of life with serious political implications. The public would, of course, be searching for the latest news.

Jul 24 12:47

European Union backs Israel’s Gaza offensive

The European Union has come out unambiguously in support of Israel’s mass murder of defenceless men, women and children in Gaza.

In a statement issued July 22, the EU has destroyed once and for all its pretence of being guided by “humanitarian concerns” in formulating its foreign policy—as exemplified by its pose as a restraining influence over Washington’s pro-Israeli stance regarding the Palestinians.

Jul 24 12:36

Media Coverup: US Played A Decisive “Behind the Scenes Role” in Israel’s Attack on Gaza

Two reporters for major US TV channels were summarily “removed” last week from covering Israel’s attack on Gaza, moments before Israel launched a ground invasion.

NBC pulled out Ayman Mohyeldin, who has been widely praised for the even-handedness of his reporting from Gaza, just as he landed a harrowing scoop. He had kicked a football with four boys who were killed moments later by an Israeli missile.

Jul 24 12:34

This Is the Israeli Military Calling: Civilizing War Has Failed

Probably the biggest news story of 1928 was the war-making nations of the world coming together on August 27th and legally outlawing war. It’s a story that’s not told in our history books, but it’s not secret CIA history. There was no CIA. There was virtually no weapons industry as we know it. There weren’t two political parties in the United States uniting in support of war after war. In fact, the four biggest political parties in the United States all backed abolishing war.

Jul 24 12:20

Netanyahu sourly irate over UN plan to investigate crimes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fumes over the UN Human Rights Council’s plan to strike up an investigation into Tel Aviv’s human rights violations in the Gaza Strip.

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Jul 24 12:19

Israel tanks, jets kill 788 Palestinians in Gaza

The number of Palestinians killed in 17 days of Israeli offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip has risen to 788.

Jul 24 12:17

Netanyahu: Gaza Operation to Continue 'At Full Strength'

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened a special cabinet meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem Thursday by vowing that the IDF's defensive operation in Gaza would continue "at full strength".

"The IDF has struck a significant blow to Hamas," the prime minister said, adding that "we will continue at full strength in both the air campaign and land campaign."

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"We will take Poland! We will crush Belgium! France will fall before our might!"

We have heard this all before.

Jul 24 12:08

Mission Accomplished– ‘Wartime unity conceals political differences among American Jews’

ed note–as said here from the beginning, one of the objectives in this entire exercise in ritualistic human sacrifice being perpetrated against the innocent people in Gaza was to rejoin the various divisions within the Jewish community worldwide, and in this respect, the honest observer watching all that is taking place can confidently say ‘Mission accomplished’.

Jul 24 11:28

Netanyahu the quintessential armageddonist

Jul 24 11:23

Israel denounces UNHRC probing Israeli war crimes as ‘kangaroo court’

ed note–remember that there is more to Israel’s statement than just merely rhetoric. According to Jewish religious law, which is the foundation upon which Israel’s existence is based and justified, there are no ‘civilians’ in Gaza or anywhere else. Jewish religious law makes it very clear how the Jewish state is to wage war–’Save nothing alive that breathes and show them no mercy’, a theme that has been echoed time and again by Jewish rabbis, both in Israel and throughout the diaspora. Therefore, in the Jewish paradigm, since there are no ‘civilians’ in Gaza, there can be no war crimes, and therefore any court investigating Israel for war crimes is by definition–again, according to Jewish law–illegitamate, as intimated by the assertion that the UNHRC is a ‘kangaroo court’.

Jul 24 11:16

FLASHBACK - An exodus which was merely a myth

Showing the foundations of the fort of the XVIIIth dynasty, the oldest ever found in this line of defense, known as the road of Horus, Mohamad Abdel-Maqsoud, the leader of excavations and the director of the central administration of Egyptian antiquities, said that it is testimony to the fierceness of the fighting. "It is here that was established the first large lock of the empire against the conquerors from the east, as the Hyksos," he says, whereas today the Suez Canal is only 5 km. But the basis for subsequent attacks in the Pharaonic empire in the direction of Palestine, with the establishment of a chain composed of a dozen strongholds until what is now known as the Gaza Strip.

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Israel gains a great deal of political advantage from the story of Exodus. But much of the Torah or Old Testament is simply stolen from other sources. The story of Noah and the Flood, for example, was copied from the Epic of Gilgamesh, as was the story of Job. It is important to recall that in those days there was no prohibition on copying. The physical book or scroll was the thing of value due to the labor intensive process of creating it, and copying/modifying other stories was accepted practice.

But according to modern archaeologists, including Egypt's Dr. Zahi Hawass, the story told of the flight of the Hebrews from Pharaoh actually happened to the Hyksos, who fled Egypt looting as they went which is why Pharaoh chased after them.

It is important to understand that rulers always lie, and the Israelites are no different.

See OF THE LIARS, BY THE LIARS, AND FOR THE LIARS

Jul 24 11:03

‘Witch Hunt’: Fired MSNBC Contributor Speaks Out on Suppression of Israel-Palestine Debate

MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal’s on-air protest of the network’s slanted coverage of Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip has brought media suppression of the Israel-Palestine debate into sharp focus. Punished for her act of dissent with the cancellation of all future appearances and the termination of her contract, Jebreal spoke to me about what prompted her to speak out and why MSNBC was presenting such a distorted view of the crisis.

Jul 24 11:01

Jeremy Scahill On U.S. Media Coverage Of Israel-Gaza Conflict: 'We've Hit All-Time Lows'

Jeremy Scahill joined HuffPost Live on Wednesday to discuss his expose for the Intercept on the way the U.S. government handles its terrorist watchlist database. During the interview, host Alyona Minkovski asked the journalist about media coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict, and Scahill had some strong opinions on the matter.

"We could say this every time I come on your show and talk to you: we've hit all-time lows with media coverage in this country," Scahill told Minkovski. "When you look at what's happening right now in Gaza, this is a massive massacre and one epic series of war crime after war crime, child after child being killed."

Scahill went on to say that "Israeli propagandists are largely given carte blanche to say what they want on American television with very little pushback."

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Jeremy, we have been pushing back on this for a LONG TIME here at WHATREALLYHAPPENED.COM

Jul 24 10:57

FLASHBACK 2013 - Zionists design myth of Jewish genome to usurp Palestine

They perpetrated the fraud solely to support the bogus biblical claim to Palestine which was anchored in their being a separate people. This distinguished them from all others because they claimed a land title in their blood. They bet the farm on this DNA proof of purchase, a God given bar coded passport to the Palestine. Dr. Ehaik just erased the bar code. It was just stamped on anyway, because it was never in the blood.

Why, why did they do it? The second half of the answer not revealed in his research was that you had a bunch of atheist, communist Jews shoot their way into taking over the Land with the sole moral cover that 'God gave it us only'.

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Israel has sold the lie that "Jewish" is an ethnic group in addition to being a religion. But the DNA tells another story, of dozens of other ethnic groups converting to Judaism and simply declaring they are a different and superior race to all others, with a mandate from the imaginary playmate in the sky that they are supposed to own all of Palestine (and anything else they can get their hands on).

Jul 24 10:54

Baby among nine dead as Israeli shell hits UN school in Gaza

At least nine people were killed, including a baby, when an Israeli shell slammed into a UN-run school in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, an AFP correspondent said.

Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra put the toll as high as 15 dead and dozens injured, with more bodies and wounded expected to arrive at nearby hospitals.

It was the latest in a number of Israeli strikes on schools and hospitals in the embattled Palestinian territory, as the death toll from a 17-day operation to halt rocket fire by Gaza militants topped 770.

A spokesman for the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA separately confirmed “multiple dead and injured” at the school in Beit Hanun, which was being used as a shelter by hundreds of Palestinians fleeing a major Israeli operation in the area.

“Precise coordinates of the UNRWA shelter in Beit Hanun had been formally given to the Israeli army,” Chris Gunness said on his Twitter account.

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To the Israeli government: stop this genocidal carnage, and right now!! You are behaving like the absolute, MORALLY LOWEST, scum of the earth, in targeting innocent women, children, and the medically frail.

And to UNRWA: NEVER, EVER GIVE PRECISE COORDINATES OF SHELTERS TO THE IDF AGAIN: THEY WILL USE IT TO BOMB THE CRAP OUT OF CIVILIANS THE NEXT TIME YOU DO.

Jul 24 10:49

Palestinian artists illustrate the deadly realities in Gaza

It’s hard to find the words to encapsulate how infuriating and sorrowful the situation is getting to be in Gaza. As of this writing, over 750 Palestinians — the overwhelming majority are civilians — have been killed in Gaza. Over a quarter are believed to be children. Facing the most difficult of circumstances, we are seeing the resilience of Palestinian youth through the simplest, yet most powerful of mediums: creative arts intervention.

Jul 24 10:45

Video: Protesters attack Israeli soccer team in Austria over Gaza

Protesters against Israel's military offensive in Gaza attacked Israeli soccer players at a friendly match in Austria last night, stopping play five minutes before the end.

Jul 24 10:45

The Long and Triumphant March of Jewish Gibberish

Our societies have swallowed every big lie that 'democratic' governments have foisted upon us over recent years. No matter how ridiculous or provably false, the lie is established as fact by media spokespersons and the process of mere repetition.

At the moment the ongoing slaughter in Gaza is defended and maintained primarily by the lie of 'equivalence'.

Jul 24 10:37

Israeli Cabinet Mulls Further Escalation: At Least 718 Gazans Killed

The death toll in Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip continues to rise, with at least 718 Gazans now reported slain, overwhelmingly civilians, and thousands wounded. The death toll on the Israeli side stands at 34, 32 of them soldiers, and one civilian from the Philippines.

Among the soaring number of Palestinian civilians, an estimated 24% are children under the age of 18, reflecting the growing tendency of attacks on civilian neighborhoods killing entire families.

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This genocidal carnage needs to be stopped; of course, with the US foreign policy enabling these practices, it is hard to imagine just how this is going to happen, in light of the fact that the Israeli government doesn't seem to give a rat's nether regions as to world opinion, which is hardening against this brutal killing of civilians quickly.

The only thing that might stop this is if all companies currently doing business with Israel pull their money out of Israeli banks, and refuse to to do business with Israeli companies at least until a cease-fire is declared.

Perhaps now is the perfect moment for the BDS movement to have its most practical effect possible, and push the Israelis to the bargaining table.

Jul 24 10:36

Game-changing US/Israel lies: Hamas and Iran demand Palestinian justice, not to ‘destroy Israel’

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Americans receive rhetoric that Hamas threatens destruction of Israel, but without substantiation of this damning claim. This claim is often linked to Iran. In support of Israel’s war on Gaza, US Senate Resolution 498: “Whereas Hamas is a United States-designated terrorist organization whose charter calls for the destruction of the State of Israel...” Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Consul General Aharoni demonize Hamas on US television repeatedly, emphasizing Hamas intent to destroy Israel.

Israeli leadership continuously claims that Iran threatens to “wipe Israel off the map.” You may recall US presidential candidate Mitt Romney claimed making the same claim, joining previous Bush Administration leadership, Obama, McCain, Sarah Palin, Vice President Joe Biden (with three video clips of total 5-minutes to see and hear for yourself), Mrs. Clinton, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Bachmann, Perry, Huntsman (2-minute video to see and hear).

Jul 24 10:30

Fox Host Megyn Kelly Flubs Ukraine Flight Limits To Bash Obama Over Israel

Fox News host Megyn Kelly misinformed her audience by claiming that that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not issued a travel ban over Ukraine, in order to bash President Obama over Israel. In fact, the FAA has banned commercial travel over Ukraine since April.

Jul 24 10:22

Live Blog #GazaUnderAttack – Day 17

Live Blog | Day 17 | WARNING - POSSIBLE GRAPHIC CONTENT #Gaza: #Israel launches massive offensive Operation #ProtectiveEdge | #GazaUnderAttack | #Palestine . http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=24769

Jul 24 10:20

BREAKING NEWS FROM GAZA ~~ BEYOND HORRIBLE!

Gaza health ministry says Israeli shells killed at least 15 people and injured 200 in a UN-run school in Beit Hanoun.

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With the UN Human Rights Council voting to investigate Israel for war crimes (I'll bet you can guess the one nation that voted against) I predict that Israel will "accidentally" attack more UN facilities in Gaza.

Jul 24 10:19

THE WAR IS MAKING ‘CRIMINALS’ OF ALL OF US

Yesterday, I was part of a delegation of activists from Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say No! who took over the Friends of the IDF headquarters in New York. Until we were arrested, we read the names and ages of the dead and sang songs of mourning, often with our voices breaking and tears rolling down our faces. We stood there for an hour, reading the names steadily, and still did not read them all.

As I was taken out in handcuffs to face a sea of about 30 police officers, I asked a staff member of the Friends of the IDF standing nearby, “Did you hear the names we read? Did you see that we read them for an hour and didn’t reach the end? Is this what you support? Are these the Jewish values you grew up with?”

As Jews, so many of us have been brought up on stories of our families’ lives hanging in the balance based on the courage of someone who had the choice to speak up or remain silent.

Jul 24 10:18

PHOTO OF ONE OF THE SADDEST THINGS THE GOD OF ABRAHAM EVER WITNESSED

Astronaut sees rocket fire from space: ‘My saddest photo yet’

Image taken hundreds of miles from earth captures IDF strikes on Gaza, rockets launched from Strip fly over Israel.

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According to Gerst, the photo that was taken from more than 200 miles from earth documents Israel and Gaza during an evening of rocket attacks and aerial strikes. The dark part at the top of the picture is the Mediterranean Sea.

Jul 24 10:17

Chris Hedges: The Palestinians' Right to Self-Defense

If Israel insists, as the Bosnian Serbs did in Sarajevo, on using the weapons of industrial warfare against a helpless civilian population then that population has an inherent right to self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. The international community will have to either act to immediately halt Israeli attacks and lift the blockade of Gaza or acknowledge the right of the Palestinians to use weapons to defend themselves.

Jul 24 10:10

Israel Transforms Tunnels into Gas Chambers

Prime Minister Netanyahu, every year on Holocaust Day, your nation cries crocodile tears for the gas chambers used during WWII. Shoah, you call it, a Biblical calamity.+ Your use of improvised gas chambers not only revokes your right to do so, but also defines you and your army as war criminals. Your place is in a trial chamber in Nuremberg.

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Once again Israel commits the acts they claim the Nazis committed on them.

Jul 24 09:48

Human Rights Watch (HRW) Whitewashes Israel, The Law Supports Hamas: Reflections on Israel’s Latest Massacre

On 7 July 2014, Israel unleashed Operation Protective Edge against Gaza. When it launched a ground invasion on 18 July 2014, Israel had already killed 230 Gazan Palestinians, of whom 75 percent (171) were civilians and 20 percent (48) children, wounded more than 1,700, and destroyed or rendered uninhabitable hundreds of homes leaving more than 10,000 Gazans without shelter. On the other side, according to daily updates Palestinian projectiles had killed one Israeli civilian, wounded 18, and damaged three Israeli homes. It’s hard to conceive of a more disproportionate balance sheet in an alleged “war.”

Jul 24 09:47

The Thirteenth Tribe

KHAZAR EMPIRE AND ITS HERITAGE
By Arthur Koestler

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A listener from yesterday's radio show asked for more information on the fact that the Ashkenazi Jews are not descendants from the Hebrews of the Bible but of Khazars who converted in 800AD. This is one of the works detailing this history of the origins of the European and Russian Jews.

Jul 24 09:42

‘Saddest photo yet’: Astronaut photographs Gaza offensive from space

A German astronaut managed to capture the Gaza war zone from space while aboard the International Space Station. He called it his “saddest photo yet.”

Alexander Gerst, a German flight engineer, geophysicist and volcanologist, spread the news with a short tweet on Wednesday, as the ISS was on a flyby over Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. The image went viral.

Jul 24 09:32

AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America's Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy

The official name for Israel's latest assault on Gaza is "Operation Protective Edge." A better name would be "Operation Déjà Vu." As it has on several prior occasions, Israel is using weapons provided by U.S. taxpayers to bombard the captive and impoverished Palestinians in Gaza, where the death toll now exceeds 500. As usual, the U.S. government is siding with Israel, even though most American leaders understand Israel instigated the latest round of violence, is not acting with restraint, and that its actions make Washington look callous and hypocritical in the eyes of most of the world.

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Not to mention the American people.

Jul 24 09:31

Fears grow other groups may join Hamas fight vs. Israel after Kerry peace effort fails

Hamas rejected Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s call for a cease-fire amid concerns that an agreement won’t be reached before other parties are drawn into its conflict with Israel.

A new jihadi media outlet called Al Fawaris released a video Wednesday calling on Gazans to endure the military operation. Its message said victory looms and that Muslims all over the world support them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kerry went in there with a "deal" which gives Israel everything it wants (namely all of HAMAS weapons) and nothing HAMAS wants (open borders, use of their own seaport and fishing waters, rights to the natural gas off of their coast). Of course HAMAS turned it down.

Jul 24 09:28

U.S. Senators Pledge Support for Israeli Ground Invasion

Hours after the Israel Defense Forces began its ground operation in the Gaza Strip on July 17, U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) spoke on the Senate floor to express their support of Israel and its operation, while denouncing the Palestinian Authority’s unity government and the moral equivalency drawn by those critical of Israel’s actions.

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Okay guys, if you really feel that way; here are your rifles, and here are your parachutes. We ran out of the desert camo so here are a couple day-glo orange jumpsuits left over from Abu Ghraib. Watch your heads climbing into that transport plane and we will call HAMAS and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But We The People have had it with a Congress obsessed with Israel while the United States crumbles before our eyes. We need leaders who will put America first, second, and third. If you love Israel so much and support their wars of aggression, please live there and join in. BUT WE PLAN TO IGNORE EVERYTHING YOU SAY, AND KEEP OUR KIDS SAFE AT HOME, ESPECIALLY AFTER THAT WHOPPER ABOUT SADDAM'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS!

Jul 24 09:24

British band launch "Massive Attack" on Israel at Longitude Festival in Dublin

Award-winning band and veteran political activists Massive Attack used their headline slot at Longitude Festival this weekend to highlight their solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.

The musicians played at Marlay Park, Dublin, on Sunday, kicking off their set with ‘Battlebox’ before using their backdrop to send out messages to the packed audience.

As the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) continues to bombard Gaza with air strikes while Hamas fires rockets into Israel, Massive Attack used its position to show its long-time support of Palestinian freedom.

A lit-up message behind the performers said: “Gaza has been ocupied [sic] or under restrictions since 1948.”

The group also displayed the number of lives lost in Gaza, the Irish Mirror reports, during a performance of ‘Unfinished Sympathy,’ which was met with huge applause from the crowd.

Jul 24 09:23

Political Bestiality: The Israeli Pogrom of Gaza

Let’s start with terms: “bestiality,” bestial is marked by base or inhuman instincts or desires, brutal, to which bestiality adds, display or gratification of bestial traits or impulses; “pogrom,” an organized massacre of helpless people, specifically [and ironically], such a massacre of Jewish people. (Webster’s) Singly, and in combination, I believe we have an accurate description of Israel’s aggression in Gaza, the irony of course being that we see a replay of the barbarous treatment of the Jews practiced throughout history now instead being carried forward by Jews themselves in, yes, a massacre, as brutal as in Czarist times, of Gazans.

Jul 24 09:17

U.S. Lifts Israel Flight Ban as Gaza Death Toll Reaches 700

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on commercial flights traveling to Tel Aviv late Wednesday as diplomatic efforts failed to forge a truce between Israel and militants in Gaza. The FAA said it was satisfied with the security measures taken by Israel to mitigate potential risks. US Airways announced its service to Tel Aviv would resume Thursday, and some other carriers said flights would resume Friday. Meanwhile, Israel continued assaults and strikes into the Gaza Strip Thursday morning.

Jul 24 09:13

Gohmert: A Friend Will Not Put Another Friend in this Kind of Jeopardy

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Look at all the things going wrong with the US today and still the Congress obsesses about Israel, Israel, Israel! At 45 seconds, Gohmert calls for the bombing of Iran's nuclear facilities to please his masters in Tel Aviv, apparently unconcerned that both Iran and the US have signed and ratified the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which means the US Government recognizes Iran's right to have those peaceful nuclear facilities Gohmert wants to bomb to please Israel. That such a blatant violation of a treaty agreement would severely damage what remains of the US Government's credibility is not a problem for Gohmert. In his bought-and-paid-for opinion, whatever Israel wants, Israel gets, no matter what it costs the American people!

Jul 24 08:57

Israel bans radio advert listing names of children killed in Gaza

The Israeli Broadcasting Authority has banned a radio advertisement from a human rights organisation which listed the names of some of the scores of children killed in Gaza since the conflict began 17 days ago.

Jul 24 08:29

Absurdities of Israeli spin on Gaza: Siddiqui

Israel says Hamas has cynically calculated that the worse the situation gets for Gazans, the better it is for Hamas. If so, why is Israel obliging Hamas?

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Israel's propaganda is biting itself on the rear-end! Netanyahu says his attack on HAMAS is justified by the kidnapping and killing of three teenagers last month. But that took place in an IDF-controlled area of the West Bank, not in Gaza. ISIS has claimed credit for the crime. The Israeli media admits that the two suspects named by the Israeli government are not part of HAMAS, but of a group known for disobeying HAMAS and trying to cause trouble for them.

Strike 1.

Israel is claiming that because of HAMAS rockets, the people of Israel cower in fear in bomb shelters all over the country, yet insists it is perfectly safe for air traffic to go in and out of Tel Aviv airport.

Strike 2.

Meanwhile, thousands of "terrified" Israels throw picnics on the top of the hills overlooking Gaza, watching the fireworks and cheering at the carnage, not unlike Romans at the Colosseum as the Christians get thrown to the lions. Clearly these Israels are not concerned with HAMAS plumbing-fixture bottle-rockets.

Strike 3.

Jul 24 08:21

Israeli shell hits UN-run school used to shelter hundreds of Palestinian refugees in Gaza, killing 15 and injuring at least 200

An Israeli shell has hit a UN-run school in Gaza, killing 15 and injuring at least 200 who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside.

Pools of blood soiled the school courtyard which was packed with mainly woman and children and there was a large scorch mark in the courtyard marking the place where one of the tank shells hit.

Although the UN said they had given the Israeli army the co-ordinates of the school to prevent such an incident, the shells landed on the school where families had gathered in the courtyard expecting to be evacuated shortly in a Red Cross convoy.

Jul 24 08:18

I've always loved Israel but this brutality breaks my heart

Were the world’s attention not overwhelmingly fixed on the fate of Flight MH17, it would have more to say about that of the Palestinian inhabitants of Gaza. Bombed and battered by Israeli air and firepower, they are dying in scores, victims alike of their own leadership and Israeli ruthlessness.

Some of the dead are Hamas fighters. But many others are women, children, the helpless old. Israel is exacting vengeance at its usual tariff for Hamas rocketing, and the murder of three Israeli students by terrorists. For each Israeli killed, the lives of many times that number of Palestinians are forfeit.

Israel says: they started it; we have a right to retribution. But much of the world says: the Jewish people have been historic standard-bearers for civilisation. Does Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign in Gaza represent that — or instead barbarism?

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Let's review the timetable.

Last month, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed in an IDF-controlled region of the West Bank, not Gaza. ISIS has taken credit and even the Israeli media admits that the two suspects named by the Israeli government are not part of HAMAS, but of a group known for disobeying HAMAS and trying to cause trouble for them.

But Netanyahu declares HAMAS, the legally elected government of Gaza, responsible and launches bombing raids into Gaza using the very latest high-tech weapons provided by the US Government and paid for by the US taxpayers.

To put Israel's actions into perspective, let us recall that over the July 4th weekend, 8 people were killed in Chicago. Using Netanyahu's logic, the Democratic party should be blamed and all of Illinois bombed and invaded!

The Palestinians, who have been attacked without provocation, fight back with their home-made rockets, which so far have mostly knocked a few roof tiles loose.

But to Israel's supporters, we should all forget that Israel attacked Gaza without a valid reason, and view Palestine's attempts to defend themselves as the crime, so that Israel can go on pounding the Palestinians with their superior weapons.

I want to point something out. The Israelis sit in their tanks, or the drone operations centers, or fly high above Gaza in their US-supplied warplanes, dropping the latest in US-supplied high tech lethal munitions, and imagine themselves the heroes they read about in the Torah. The Israelis, clearly unafraid of HAMAS rockets, line the hills overlooking Gaza and cheer the carnage, much as the Romans at the Colosseum cheered as the Christians were thrown to the lions. The Palestinians huddle in their giant open-air prison, without an army, a navy, or an air force, and fight back with home-made rockets made out of plumbing supplies.

Not since Thermopylae has the world seen such courage in the face of overwhelming odds. The Palestinians have balls the US and Israel can only dream of, and the world will remember their courage against the tyrants, and the lies by the corporate media's presstitutes and whorespondents trying to protect Israel's aggression!

Jul 24 08:09

US funds Iron Dome as states go broke

An American political commentator criticizes US politicians for including millions of taxpayer money in an emergency funding bill for the Israeli military which has been relentlessly pounding the Gaza Strip with missiles, bombs and artillery shelling.

“Barbara Mikulski (Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee) wants to send $225 million more in President Obama’s proposal to build up the Iron Dome missile defense as US states go broke and Americans have their cost of living going higher,” said James Morris in an interview with Press TV Wednesday.

“It’s just outrageous,” he added.

Jul 24 08:09

I Do Not Want to Be a Number

A shell killed a family of six people three days ago. Cousins of my neighbor Eyad. They were sitting around their food waiting for the prayer to break their fast. The four children were killed instantly, and the parents were mortally injured. Eyad told me that one of the dead girls vanished completely; they found no sign of her body. No bones, no arms, no legs. Nothing that might suggest it belonged to her, that a little girl of 9 years existed in this place just a few seconds ago. Apparently the rocket hit her body directly.

Jul 24 07:39

Israeli fire hits UN school in Gaza, killing 15

Gaza health officials say the death toll from an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip has risen to at least 15.

Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the 15 were among hundreds of people seeking shelter in the school in Beit Hanoun from heavy fighting in the area. At least 150 people were injured.

Thursday's strike is the fourth time a U.N. facility has been hit in fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, which is ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas. But it's the first time casualties have been reported.

Jul 24 07:12

Spot The Lone Objector

Yesterday, Navi Pillay, the UN rights chief told an emergency session of the council on Wednesday that Israel's military actions in Gaza could amount to war crimes. Shortly thereafter, the 47-member council voted (and adopted) a draft resolution titled "Ensuring respect for international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory" to conduct an investigation whether Israel is indeed engaging in war crimes. Note: this was a vote just to conduct an investigation, nothing more - nothing less, no military intervention, no aid, nothing:just an attempt to get some information aside from the constant propaganda barrage. 29 states voted in favour of the investigation and 17 abstained, including many EU states. 1 voted against. Guess which one.

Jul 24 06:05

Thousands in Reykjavík Protest Attacks in Gaza

An estimated 3,000 people gathered in Ingólfstorg square in downtown Reykjavík yesterday evening to protest the ongoing Israeli military operations? in Gaza.

Around 700 people lay on the ground at Arnarhóll to represent the people who have so far died in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Fréttablaðið reports.

In a speech at the protest, Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson said it was important to take a clear stance on violence against innocent people. Head of the Iceland-Palestine Association Sveinn Rúnar Hauksson also spoke at the event.

Jul 24 04:56

Israel Student Union Set Up “War Room” to Sell Gaza Massacre on Facebook

Students at the IDC Herzliya “war room,” seen here in a screenshot, focus on posting propaganda justifying Israel’s attack on Gaza on Facebook.

As the death toll from Israel’s savage bombardment of Gaza continues to climb, Israel has once again turned to students to sell the slaughter online.

“Although they haven’t been called up to the army yet, they’ve decided to enlist in a civilian mission that is no less important – Israeli propaganda [hasbara],” Ynet’s Hebrew edition reported about a massive initiative organized by the Israeli student union branch at theInterdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC Herzliya), a prestigious private university.

Jul 24 04:54

Lying is “Good For Business”: The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Mainstream Media (MSM) are “Serial Liars”

The powerful voices of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) exert a decisive influence on the formulation of US foreign policy.

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) describes itself as “independent and nonpartisan…[and] an indispensable resource in a complex world.”

Its website at www.cfr.org is heralded as “a trusted, nonpartisan source of timely analysis on international events and trends.” It’s authoritative Journal Foreign Affairs “is widely considered to be the most influential magazine for the analysis and debate of foreign policy and economics.”

Unquestionably the CFR is said to provide a “carefully documented” and “objective” understanding of World events including the crisis in Ukraine and the crimes committed against the people of Palestine.

In the latest CFR blurb on Israel’s ground war against Gaza authored by Hussein Ibish, and posted on the Council’s website, prime minister Netanyahu is said to have a profound “dislike for military conflict”:

Jul 24 04:40

Gaza Conflict From Space In 'Saddest Photo'

An astronaut has posted a picture from the International Space Station while flying over Gaza and Israel, showing the worsening crisis which has left more than 700 people dead.

German flight engineer Alexander Gerst captured the scene from 220 miles above the Earth as rockets and explosions lit up the night sky with wispy yellow light.

His photo quickly went viral on the internet as he tweeted the message: "My saddest photo yet. From #ISS we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over #Gaza & #Israel."

Jul 24 00:03

Israel-Gaza conflict: Israel may have committed war crimes, says UN human rights chief

The two week offensive in Gaza, which has led to the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian men, women and children in the crowded coastal enclave, could have seen war crimes committed by Israel, the UN’s top human rights official has warned.

The remarks from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in Geneva came a week after Israel escalated its Operation Protective Edge – launched with the stated purpose of halting Hamas rocket fire – from aerial bombardments into a ground campaign that has resulted in a sharp increase in Palestinian casualties.

They raised the possibility that the military campaign, if it continues much longer or is escalated further, could turn into a public relations and diplomatic debacle for Israel as happened with its Operation Cast Lead campaign launched in Gaza in 2008 and 2009.

Jul 23 21:54

Gaza: Medics caught in murderous crossfire

The IDF operation enters its third week & the number of Palestinians killed has risen to 633. Gaza paramedics are working in extremely difficult conditions, as Israeli airstrikes and shelling become more intense. Harry Fear reports from Gaza.

Jul 23 21:50

Israel: International Anger Mounts

The "most moral army in the world" from "the only democracy in the Middle East" has attacked hospitals, a home for the disabled, a geriatric hospice, demolished five mosques, razed entire neighbourhoods, erased entire families - the youngest - so far - just three days old if you do not count the unborn, as in the case of 29 year old Samar Al Hallaq.

Jul 23 21:40

Soccer fans join pro-Palestine protest in west London as Middle East conflict intensifies

Arsenal fans joined a pro-Palestine protest in west London today as fighting intensifies in the Middle East.

Jul 23 18:12

If the 'Irondome' is really effective, then why?

Jul 23 18:05

US Plays Decisive Role in Israel's Attack on Gaza

Two reporters for major US TV channels were summarily “removed” last week from covering Israel’s attack on Gaza, moments before Israel launched a ground invasion.

NBC pulled out Ayman Mohyeldin, who has been widely praised for the even-handedness of his reporting from Gaza, just as he landed a harrowing scoop. He had kicked a football with four boys who were killed moments later by an Israeli missile.

Jul 23 17:27

International Anger Mounts Against Israel

The “most moral army in the world” from “the only democracy in the Middle East” has attacked hospitals, a home for the disabled, a geriatric hospice, demolished five mosques, razed entire neighbourhoods, erased entire families – the youngest – so far – just three days old if you do not count the unborn, as in the case of twenty nine year old Samar Al Hallaq killed with her two sons, aged four and five, other members of her family and carrying her third child. Her husband was critically injured.

Jul 23 16:24

Gaza death toll reachs 695 (mostly civilians) as deadly Israeli strikes continue

Israeli airstrikes and artillery shelling killed 21 Palestinians across the Gaza Strip Wednesday morning as the military offensive entered its sixteenth day.

More than 695 Palestinians — the vast majority of whom have been civilians, including more than 160 children — have been killed in the assault so far, while Israel has suffered 29 deaths, 27 of whom have been soldiers.

The Gaza Strip continued to be bombarded from air, land, and sea on Wednesday morning, a day after the the United Nations’ Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA accused Israeli of shelling a UN school sheltering the displaced for the second time in two days.

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