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Aug 01 10:24

When Genocide is Permissible - the deleted article from the Times of Israel

I will conclude with a question for all the humanitarians out there. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly stated at the outset of this incursion that his objective is to restore a sustainable quiet for the citizens of Israel. We have already established that it is the responsibility of every government to ensure the safety and security of its people. If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This article appeared briefly in the Times of Israel, selling the idea that genocide of the Palestinians in necessary for the safety and comfort of Israel. There was an immediate backlash, first for the hypocrisy of a nation that makes so much political hay out of denouncing the hypothetical genocide policies of the Nazis, and second because it telegraphs that Israel is in fact embarked on a policy of genocide against the Palestinians.

So, the Times of Israel pulled the article after only an hour, apparently forgetting that in the age of the internet, nothing can be taken back!

Aug 01 10:18

MEGA PUKE FACTOR 9 BEX ALERT - Stand With Israel

On my own visits to Israel, I’ve visited with families who were afraid to let their children play outside, and seen the fortified playgrounds where they can go. I’ve seen the rubble of structures brought down by missile strikes and looked in the eyes of people who live with the threat of violence day-in and day-out.

The conflict between Hamas and Israel is merely one part of a much-larger conflict, one with far-ranging implications that can affect the lives of every person on the globe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, if you really feel that strongly about it, Rick..

Here's your rifle..

Here's your parachute..

We ran out of the desert camo, but here is a bright day-glo orange jumpsuit left over from Gitmo..

Watch your head climbing into that transport plane..

And we'll call whoever it is you are telling us needs to be invaded this week and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But given the very long history of the United States government and the corporate media lying and tricking us into wars, you will forgive We The People if we sit this one out and keep our children safe at home.

And as an American WHO PUTS AMERICA FIRST I am sick and tired of our politicians turning a blind eye to the problems we have in this nation in their obsessive devotion to assisting Israel's war crimes against their neighbors.

If you love Israel that much, kindly move there and make way for AMERICAN leaders who will put AMERICA'S needs first!

Aug 01 09:56

Citing Holocaust, Israel Demands ‘Strict Regulation’ of Antiwar Protests in Europe

A new Holocaust is imminent, if one is to believe Israeli MPs, who spent the afternoon berating European officials about the growing antiwar protests across their countries, centered on criticizing the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip.

Officials blamed “one-sided” media reports on the large number of dead civilians in Israel’s attack, and demanded the European Union impose “strict regulations on the format and content” of antiwar demonstrations going forward.

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Aug 01 09:35

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.

Aug 01 09:34

Top Ways To Justify Civilian Casualties in War

Wars should be a tough sell, what with the fact that lots of people tend to die in them. Thankfully for warmongers, there are so many ways to downplay this uncomfortable reality. If you want to go to war, the resulting dead people bit can be downplayed with a few of the following helpful tips.

Aug 01 09:34

Israel Right or WrongBut What's In It For Americans?

It is a familiar scenario. Israeli is killing hundreds of civilians, mostly women and children, and the Zionist propaganda machine is working overtime. The President of the United States reaffirms America’s solemn pledge to protect Israel at all costs and justifies the carnage by stating that Israel has a right to defend itself. Secretary of State John Kerry repeats the message and the US House and Senate pass unanimously American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) drafted resolutions affirming the same.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lies repeatedly and the US media gives him a bully pulpit to spread his disinformation about what is occurring, including the propaganda cartoon depicted above explaining why he had to use artillery and bombs to level a residential district, killing nearly 100 civilians in what was described as a “heinous massacre.”

Aug 01 09:31

NEW YORKERS REFUSE TO REMAIN SILENT ~~ PHOTO ESSAY

The demonstration was organized by WE WILL NOT BE SILENT, a group of artists and activists who take the name from the words of the sister and brother anti-Nazi activists in Hitler’s Germany who formed the group known as the White Rose. They were both captured and executed. Scores of people met in Bryant Park, stood in a line while each wore the name of one of the people murdered in Gaza and a member of the group read some of the names of those killed. At noon they began a slow walk of mourning in a single file to the Israeli Consulate. Once they reached their destination twelve members of the group staged a die-in in front of the Consulate bringing traffic to a stop on busy 2nd Avenue. They were arrested for this act of civil disobedience, a tactic frequently used by Dr. Martin Luther King.

Aug 01 09:31

HAVE A LOOK AT ISRAEL’S SUPPORTERS IN NEW YORK

Somebody from a great pro-Palestinian group called Existence is Resistance was on our walk through the diamond district last week and did a short video of the welcoming we got there. They were quite willing to rip us to pieces.

And ‘New York’s Finest’ would have let them

Aug 01 09:22

Rolling coverage of current situation in Gaza - 22:30 GMT

Aug 01 09:21

Boycott Israeli Goods

A-Z list of products.
All major supermarkets stock Israeli goods,
with many also offering items made in illegal settlements.
The aim is to highlight this, calling on shoppers
to boycott these products and on retailers to refuse to stock them.

Aug 01 08:46

As World Condemns Attack on Gaza, US Resupplies Israel with Weapons

The Pentagon on Wednesday announced its recent approval for unlocking a massive stockpile of ammunition for use by the Israeli Defense Forces who continue to pummel the civilian population living inside the Gaza Strip where the death toll now nears 1,400 people—a majority of whom are civilians, including close to 300 children.

Worldwide condemnation over Israel's attack on Gaza has reached previously unseen levels, but the U.S. government has stated that its commitment to Israel will not waver and that providing weaponry remains standard policy despite accusations that Israel's behavior in Gaza amounts to "war crimes" and international calls for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire.

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Aug 01 08:40

American media's new pro-Israel bias: the same party line at the wrong time

Evolving conversations on the ground demand probing questions on-air. So why does TV news look like a Netanyahu ad?

Here are a few questions you won’t hear asked of the parade of Israeli officials crossing US television screens during the current crisis in Gaza:

What would you do if a foreign country was occupying your land?
What does it mean that Israeli cabinet ministers deny Palestine’s right to exist?
What should we make of a prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, who as opposition leader in the 1990s was found addressing rallies under a banner reading “Death to Arabs”?

Aug 01 08:27

Guess Who Cheers When Cease-Fires Collapse

Among those who cheer when a cease-fire ends and killing resumes are those who want more Palestinians slaughtered as a form of mass punishment for fictional offenses. Also among those cheering are certain mainstream U.S. newspaper columnists. In fact, at least one person is clearly in both of the above categories.

Aug 01 08:23

Why Israel's blockade of Gaza was a mistake

Mohammed Deif, head of Hamas' military wing who has been on Israel’s “Most Wanted” list since the mid-1990s, disseminated a recording this week (July 27) in which he stipulated the removal of the closure on the Gaza Strip as a pre-condition for a cease-fire. All of the military conflicts between Israel and Hamas revolved around this issue. Hamas wants, more than anything else, to end the blockade because this state of affairs makes it difficult to rule the Strip and provide for the needs of the population. Israel, on the other hand, obstinately refuses to revoke the decision taken by former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on June 15, 2007.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The starvation blockade of Gaza was Israel's punishment for the Gazans voting for HAMAS in the 2006 elections. Israel hoped that by starving the people of Gaza they would abandon their elected government and accept proxy Israeli rule through Abbas' PA. This is a repeat of 1948, when the Soviet Union blockaded the highway leading from West Berlin to West Germany, to try to starve the West Berliners into accepting East German rule. The world responded to this obvious atrocity by mounting the Berlin airlift, flying food, water, medicine and other supplies into West Berlin for almost a year, until the Soviets abandoned their plan and re-opened the highway. It is a telling reminder of just how much Israel has subverted the governments of the world that the same nations that united to save West Berlin do not lift a finger to save Gaza.


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Aug 01 08:03

An Israeli missile attack on the south of the Gaza Strip has killed eight people, including three children, 9 minutes after the announcement of a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza has said an Israeli missile caused the fatalities, striking a home belonging to a family in the city of Khan Yunis, the International Middle East Media Center reported on Friday.

The ministry said the projectile also wounded more than 10 Palestinians.

Nine others were also killed earlier when an Israeli warplane attacked a house in the al-Nuseirat refugee camp, near the central city of Deir al-Balah.

Rescue workers also found another body at the site of Israel’s recent strike in Shejaiya neighborhood.

Israel has been targeting the Gaza Strip with military attacks since July 8. The air, sea and land strikes by Israel have so far killed at least 1,458 people and injured over 8,300 others.

This is Israel’s third major offensive against the densely-populated Gaza Strip over the past six years.

Aug 01 08:01

Turkey PM slams Israel for ‘Hitler-like fascism’

In its military campaign in Gaza and genocide against Palestinians, Israel is demonstrating a “Hitler-like fascism,” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan stated in one of the strongest-worded attacks on the Israeli state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is where Israel's gunning down of unarmed Turkish civilians on the Mavi Marmara and then refusing to apologize for it comes back to haunt them.

Aug 01 07:52

Gaza cease-fire unravels; Israeli soldier captured

The latest attempt at an Israel-Hamas cease-fire disintegrated Friday. After the capture of an Israeli soldier, the conflict edged closer to escalation than to peace.

The soldier was "abducted" by Palestinian militants during an attack in Gaza in which two other Israeli soldiers died, Israeli military Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. The soldiers were decommissioning a tunnel at the time, Lerner said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the soldiers were "decommissioning a tunnel at the time", then Israel was already in breach of the cease fire!

I am reminded of how Israel started their last war with Lebanon in 2006 by marching two uniformed IDF soldiers across the border and into the town of Aitaa al-Chaab where they were promptly captured. Israel declared them "kidnapped" and used that as their excuse to launch an invasion of Lebanon in a failed attempt to gain control of the Litani river to divert its water to Israel.

Israel's consistent propaganda goal is to attack others but make it look like it is somehow the fault of the victims, not unlike the current attack on Gaza, which Netanyahu started by blaming HAMAS for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank, even though local authorities in that area say the suspects in the case have a reputation for defying HAMAS and trying to cause trouble, which suggests that they may be agents provocateurs.

Aug 01 07:18

Gaza Cease-Fire Collapses; Israeli Soldier Is Captured

A newly agreed cease-fire in the Gaza conflict collapsed soon after it came into effect on Friday with the Israeli military announcing that two soldiers were killed and a third appeared to have been captured by Palestinian militants who emerged from a tunnel near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Gaza health officials said that 35 Palestinians were killed and more than 100 wounded as Israeli forces bombarded the area. Palestinian witnesses said by telephone that Israeli tank shells hit eastern Rafah as residents returned to inspect homes they had evacuated.

Hamas blamed Israel for violating the truce, saying in a statement that the announcement about the capture of one of its soldiers was “to cover up the barbaric massacres, especially in Rafah.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember how Israel started the last Lebanon war? They sent two uniformed soldiers across the border right into a Lebanese town, then when they were captured, declared them victims of kidnappings and launched their war to capture the Litani River.

Jul 31 12:19

Palestine Solidarity Legal Support

Palestine Solidarity Legal Support (PSLS) engages in coordinated and strategic legal advocacy to protect and advance the constitutional rights of Palestinian human rights activists across the U.S. PSLS is an initiative built in partnership with the Center for Constitutional Rights, and in collaboration with the National Lawyers Guild and other groups. We aim to build the power of activists to withstand the concerted assault on free speech and continue advocating for Palestinian human rights.

Jul 31 12:00

ISRAELI SNIPER ADMITS TO MURDERING 13 GAZAN CHILDREN ON INSTAGRAM

An alleged Instagram post by an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) sniper boasting the murders of 13 Palestinian children in one day is taking the internet by storm. Multiple websites have shared the picture of the IDF Combat Engineering Corps Soldier, David D. Ovadia posing with a Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle. This specific rifle is usually given to only elite snipers of the IDF.

Jul 31 11:24

State Dept grilled by press corp offensive over Gaza

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37 minutes of US State Dept dodging Gaza questions.

Jul 31 10:59

White House Website - 7/29/14 NSA Susan Rice gives Jewish leaders US green light to massacre Palestinians

"Today is the first day of Av, the month when Jews commemorate the destruction of the First and Second Temples. It’s a reminder that the Jewish people have endured much worse than rockets and survived much stronger enemies than Hamas. You have been tested by tragedy and time, by history and hatred. But each time, am yisrael chai: the people of Israel live."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I just puked all over my nice Razer keyboard!

Jul 31 10:24

London 1 August: Protest for Gaza at Israeli Embassy

Free Palestine Protest
Stop Israel's attacks on Gaza
Friday 1 August 5.30-7.30pm
Outside the Israeli Embassy
High Street Kensington
London W8 4QB

The total killed in Gaza after 24 days of relentless Israel attack is over 1,400. More than 8,000 are injured. Another school bombed on 29 July, killing at least 16, became the sixth UN facility attacked by Israel. Gaza's main power station has been destroyed. On 30 July, a food market was bombed, killing at least seventeen people. This is mass murder on an industrial scale and deliberate destruction of the territory's infrastructure.

The massacre must stop now. If David Cameron had a shred of humanity, his government would be imposing sanctions and implementing an immediate arms embargo on Israel.

Jul 31 09:55

Bombed Gaza power plant investor insured by US development agency

The Overseas Private Investment Corp., a U.S. government agency that offers investment services to assist U.S. companies investing in developing countries, provides political risk insurance to U.S. general contractor Morganti to cover its investment in the Gaza power plant that was bombed and destroyed by Israel on Tuesday.

“The investor has notified OPIC that the facility in question has been damaged,” Charlie Stadtlander, a representative for OPIC, told Devex in a written statement. “As of this writing, no official insurance claim has been filed,” Stadtlander added.

OPIC’s coverage plan, which has been in place since 2004, is worth up to $48 million.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, you are forced to pay for the bombs Israel used to blow up the power plant and now you are forced to pay to rebuild it!

Don't it makeya proudernSHIT to be an American today!

Jul 31 09:45

Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package

Democrats and Republicans in Congress vowed urgent support Tuesday for a $225 million missile defense package for Israel, boosting the likelihood that legislation will clear Congress before lawmakers begin a monthlong vacation at week's end.

"Let's stop playing games," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., calling the assistance a necessity for the "life-or-death struggle Israel faces."

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Jul 31 09:43

US TAX DOLLARS CONTINUE TO PAY FOR CARNAGE IN GAZA

he Pentagon confirmed the Israeli military had requested additional ammunition to restock its dwindling supplies on July 20, with the US Defense Department approving the sale just three days later.

SALE ????

Did anyone see a receipt??

This might explain why you didn’t … the weapons were already in Israel.

Two of the requested munitions came from a little-known stockpile of ammunition stored by the US military on the ground in Israel for emergency use. The War Reserve Stockpile Ammunition-Israel is estimated to be worth $1 billion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The word "sale" is a joke. Where do you think Israel gets the money to buy US weapons? From the US TAXPAYERS!

Jul 31 09:42

FIRST THEY BOMBED AN OPEN MARKET IN GAZA, THEN THEY KILLED A REPORTER COVERING THE STORY ~~ GRAPHIC VIDEO

A graphic video showing the killing of journalist Ramy Ryan in Gaza and an attack on an ambulance and rescue workers by Israeli air strikes has surfaced online. Warning: This six-minute video is very graphic. Viewer discretion is advised.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

'Graphic' is good. This is no time to tread lightly with regard to photographic evidence Israel's war crimes.

Jul 31 09:41

URI AVNERY ASKS (AND ANSWERS) WHO IS WINNING IN GAZA

The intensive bombing of the Gaza Strip has not produced a Hamas capitulation. On the other hand, the intensive rocket campaign by Hamas, which covered most of Israel, did not succeed either. The stunning success of the rockets to reach everywhere in Israel has been met with the stunning success of the “Iron Dome” counter-rockets to intercept them.

So, until now, it is a standoff.

But when a tiny fighting force in a tiny territory achieves a standoff with one of the mightiest armies in the world, it can be considered a victory.

Jul 31 09:13

HSBC terminates Gaza-linked Islamic charity’s bank account and others

HSBC has written to an array of UK Islamic charitable organizations to inform them their accounts with the bank will be terminated. One such organization has carried out relief work in crisis-stricken Gaza for over a decade.

In formal letters issued to a think tank, a charity and a North London mosque, HSBC claimed continued provision of its services would counter its “risk appetite".

Family members of a man who runs the think tank have also received similar letters from HSBC. But the multinational bank reportedly offered no explanation for its decision to withdraw its banking services in these cases.

Jul 31 09:04

‘US paying for Israel’s systematic campaign of terror’

Israel is engaged in a systematic, cold blooded genocide against the people of Gaza, at the expense of US tax payers, says William Dores, political analyst who has visited Gaza twice as a member of a fact-finding mission.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By using your money to buy weapons for Israel's war crimes, the US Government has made you all accessories to those war crimes. And you cannot get off the hook by saying, "I am only obeying the government." The Nuremberg trials at the end of WW2 established the principle that simply following the orders of your superiors does not exonerate you of guilt. Only by openly opposing Israel's war crimes will history regard you as blameless for what is being done to Gaza.

Jul 31 09:02

Western governments urged to ban dual nationals from serving in IDF

Western governments, including those in America, Britain and across the EU, are being urged to ban their citizens holding dual Israeli nationality from serving in the Israel Defence Forces. The call has been made after it was revealed that an estimated 5,000+ dual-nationality citizens are fighting with the IDF in the war against the people of Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The size of that force underscores that the people of Israel are less than willing to engage in war crimes for their government.

Jul 31 09:01

Collective Punishment in Gaza

It’s worth listening carefully when Netanyahu speaks to the Israeli people. What is going on in Palestine today is not really about Hamas. It is not about rockets. It is not about “human shields” or terrorism or tunnels. It is about Israel’s permanent control over Palestinian land and Palestinian lives. That is what Netanyahu is really saying, and that is what he now admits he has “always” talked about. It is about an unswerving, decades-long Israeli policy of denying Palestine self-determination, freedom, and sovereignty.

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And that is the root cause of all the bloodshed in the region for the last sixty years. If Israel would only give the Palestinians what Israel demands for itself, recognition of a right to exist, the problems would be over.

Jul 31 08:56

Israel Created Hamas to Avoid Peace

Israel does not want peace. Israel created Hamas
as a pretext to wage war on the Palestinians. Hamas' rockets
are mere peashooters compared to Israel's air force but they provide
another excuse to kill Palestinians.

Jul 31 08:55

Five Latin American countries withdraw envoys from Israel

The decision of the Latin American countries to recall their ambassadors in Tel Aviv is a "deep disappointment", says Israel.

El Salvador on Wednesday became the fifth Latin American country to withdraw its ambassador from Israel in protest at Israel's military offensive in Gaza.

Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru have already recalled their ambassadors.

Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Yigal Palmor said that the move encourages Hamas; "this decision encourages Hamas which has been recognized as a terrorist organization by several countries. The countries standing against terror must act responsibly and should not reward them. While Hamas has been responsible for hindering a ceasfire, El Salvador, Peru and Chile were expected to support international attitude for peace and demilitarization of Gaza", the statement said.

Earlier Israel criticized Brazil over its decision to recall its ambassador in protest at Israel's military offensive in Gaza.

Jul 31 08:48

Israeli General Insists Strike on Gaza Power Plant an Accident

Israeli Air Force General Yaron Rosen today denied that yesterday’s attack on the Gaza Strip’s only power plant was intentional, saying the nation had no interest in striking the enclave’s only source of electricity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No, really, it looked just like an Egyptian horse ranch to us when we attacked!!!" -- Nodding Yahoo*

*On June 8, 1967, Israel attacked and tried to sink the USS Liberty, an intelligence gathering ship, killing 34 US sailors. While the attack was underway Israel kept telling the US that Egypt had attacked the ship, to trigger a US attack on Cairo. The attack was on the way to Cairo when the crew of the USS Liberty finally got past the Israeli jamming and got a message out identifying their true attackers. The strike against Cairo was recalled and the official story is that Israel mistook the USS Liberty for an Egyptian horse carrier ship, because as we all know, Egyptian horse carrier ships have huge dish antennas all over them!

Jul 31 08:46

Anonymous 'knocks out' Mossad website over Israel’s Gaza offensive

Hacker group Anonymous has reportedly taken down the website of the Israeli secret service Mossad in protest of Israel’s military incursion in Gaza. The ‘hacktivists’ have already targeted a number of organizations in their mission to stop the “genocide.”

Mossad’s website went offline at around 00:40 GMT and is still down at the time of writing. The Israeli government has yet to make any comment on the supposed hack attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After so many hack attacks on my servers from Israel's supporters, it's nice to see them getting a taste of their own medicine!

Jul 31 08:33

Square Off at Penn Station in Baltimore: Gaza/Israeli Supporters

Jul 31 08:32

A deeply troubling response to Hamas

This newspaper has long admired Israel and its beleaguered and resourceful people, who have suffered appalling provocation from enemies intent on wiping their country from the map.

Indeed, before anyone condemns them for acting against Hamas, we should consider how outraged we would be if our government stood by while neighbours rained rockets on our towns and villages.

But it is precisely because we have such high regard for Israel that we are so profoundly troubled by the scale of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s (below) bombardment of Gaza.

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Even the corporate media is starting to turn on Israel.

Jul 31 08:30

Humanize Palestine

The holiday at the end of Ramada brings mixed feelings and we could sense this here in Bethlehem on the faces of our Muslim neighbors, friends and colleagues. They tell us of their sadness at the massacres of whole families but they also tell proudly of resistance, persistence, resilience, self help and help to other. It is still a month of blessings. I was at the bank of Palestine on Saturday and saw lines of people sending money to colleagues and friends in Gaza. We had cloth and food drives. Convoys bringing medical aid are finally being allowed to enter even as 150 bodies were pulled from under the rubble in one neighborhood alone. Israeli soldiers speak to Haaretz of large scale destruction of civilian neighborhoods in Gaza and surprise and fear at the resistance fighters. Most people understand that Gaza is a big crowded prison that is being subjected to a most ruthless occupation that destroyed its economy and means of livelihood.

Jul 31 08:13

THE PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS COLUMN (July 31, 2014)

Reading the Western Media, watching Western TV, and listening to Western radio, one is left with the propaganda that the Palestinians are to blame for the Israeli attack on Gaza, just as one is left with the propaganda that the Malaysian airliner deaths are Russia’s fault. There is no evidence, but propaganda does not require evidence. Just repetition.

Jul 31 07:40

‘Children killed in their sleep’: Israeli artillery fire hits UN school, killing at least 20

Israeli military fire hit a United Nations-run school in Gaza today, killing at least 20 people and injuring an estimated 90 people. The school under attack, called the Abu Hussein girls’ elementary school, is located in the densely-populated Jabaliya refugee camp.

The United Nations Relief Works and Agency (UNRWA), the group that serves Palestinian refugees, issued a stern statement placing the blame for the attack on the Israeli army.

Jul 31 07:24

Israeli play expelled from Edinburgh venue as Scots protest against Gaza attack

Campaigners in Scotland have succeeded in pressuring the organizers of an arts festival into removing the Israeli state-funded Incubator Theater Company from a city center venue in Edinburgh.

Protests against Incubator’s play, a “hip-hop opera” titled The City, began with a letter signed by over fifty of the most high-profile artists and writers in Scotland, including the Scots Makar (poet laureate) Liz Lochhead. The play was on the program for the Edinburgh Fringe, reputedly the world’s largest arts festival.

Other signatories to the open letter calling for a boycott of Incubator included novelist and painter Alasdair Gray and playwright David Greig.

Jul 31 07:23

Israel uses Palestinians as human shields but US lawmakers condemn Hamas

Both houses of the US Congress are considering passing a resolution that condemns Hamas for using human shields despite not having any evidence to prove Hamas is employing this tactic.

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Jul 31 07:21

As atrocities mount in Gaza, US approves Israeli request for more bombs

Hours after Israel shelled yet another UN school sheltering internally displaced families and a marketplace in Gaza, killing dozens of people, an unnamed defense department official revealed to CNN that the US had approved an Israeli request to tap into the one billion dollar weapons stockpile the US keeps in Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How convenient. The Us already has weapons stored in Israel for when they need more bombs to kill children with!

Jul 31 07:20

Abbas runs out of excuses for inaction on Israel’s war crimes

Israel’s latest attack on Gaza has now entered its fourth week; the number of Palestinians killed is nearing 1,300. And the Palestinian Authority still refuses to take any real action.

During a meeting in Ramallah this week, Mahmoud Abbas, the PA’s president, said, “The ugly and grotesque Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people must be stopped.” He added, “We ask the world to support us in seeking justice, and from now on we will study all our options to reach this purpose.”

That is typical talk from the PA. For years now, the authority has been studying “all our options” — without holding Israel to account.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

PA works for Israel today, just as HAMAS did originally when it was set up by Shin Bet to be the controlled opposition to Yasser Arafat's PLO. Which should be a warning to Abbas that when Israel sees him as to powerful, they will turn on him as well.

Jul 31 07:18

Hamas video exposes IDF blunder in deadly border infiltration

Hamas has been using Monday’s attack on a guard tower near Gaza to highlight its alleged victory over the Israel Defense Forces in this month’s fighting. The aftermath of the incident also reflects a rare shortcoming by the IDF Spokesman’s Office during the war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I had heard through other sources that the IDF had suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of HAMAS, but of course, not a word about it is on the US corporate media.

Jul 31 07:13

Anger and anguish as Gaza toll mounts

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said Thursday morning that the destruction of Hamas tunnels from the Gaza Strip will go on, "with or without a cease-fire." Meanwhile, Israel is calling up 16,000 more reservists to, as officials put it, let soldiers now in Gaza return to see their families and get some sleep.

Israel clearly has the military high ground in the ongoing fight against the Palestinian militants, reports CBS News' Barry Petersen, but there has been broad condemnation for the Israelis' alleged pre-dawn attack Wednesday morning on a U.N. school in the densely populated Palestinian territory.

Jul 31 07:03

BOYCOTT ISRAEL PRODUCTS

Please promote the Boycott of Israeli & Jewish Products made in Israel or made outside of Israel but directly or indirectly support Israel.

The easiest way to inform people in boycotting Israeli and Jewish products (made in Israel or made outside of Israel but directly or indirectly support Israel) is by simply sending out an email to all you email contacts, tweeting, sharing facebook pages, post boycott information on forums and different blogs, send out text/SMS messages to people in your mobile phone book, call people and tell them.

Jul 30 19:06

Chemical Weapon Use in Gaza Cited

Jul 30 14:18

US resupplying Israel with ammunition even after condemning shelling of Gaza school

No sooner than the White House condemned the shelling of a United Nations-operated school in Gaza on Wednesday did news break that the Pentagon will supply the Israeli military with new ammunition to further their campaign on the war-ravaged city.

That afternoon, CNN reported that the United States military will be honoring a request from Israel for assistance in the midst of their weeks-long campaign against militants from Hamas residing in Gaza City.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No money for US schools, no money for America's hungry and homeless, no money for Detroit, no money for border security, no money for wounded vets, but plenty of YOUR tax money to send more weapons to Israel!

Jul 30 13:45

Jews Stage Massive Anti-War Protests In Tel Aviv, New York and Elsewhere

(Jews and Palestinians have been holding anti-war protests throughout Israel, but the mainstream media has refused to cover them.)

Jul 30 13:02

UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness breaks down live on TV after Israeli massacre of children in Gaza school

Jul 30 12:03

Tory MPs' visit to Israel condemned as bad timing

Labour MP criticises visit to military facility in Israel by the Conservative Friends of Israel as Cameron calls for ceasefire

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As is the case with the Canadian politicians, they visit Israel and are briefed by Israeli government officials, but do not visit the West Bank or Gaza.

Jul 30 10:47

Razing Gaza: Before and after satellite images show the true devastation of Israel's bombardment as 700 homes and mosques are turned to rubble and 400 craters blight the war zone

The obliteration of Gaza from relentless Israeli air strikes and tank shelling was laid bare today in a series of satellite images charting the escalating violence across the region.

Analysis from UN satellite experts reveal how hundreds of buildings have been razed to the ground in a series of attacks that have killed more than 1,300 Palestinians over the last three weeks.

Using images from July 6 - before the conflict began - and comparing them with ones from July 25, they have identified 700 destroyed structures, many of them homes and mosques.

Jul 30 10:43

Twin Strikes Claim 37 Lives in Gaza as Israel War Widens

Twin strikes on a United Nations school and the main public market in Gaza City claimed the lives of 37 people, Palestinians said, as Israel expanded its three-week-old offensive in the territory.

The UN Relief and Works Agency accused Israel of violating international law with the attack on the school, which it said was sheltering 3,300 people who had sought refuge there from the fighting. The Israeli army said troops were responding to fire launched at them from the vicinity. It also said it was looking into the report of an air strike on the market.

The attacks came as the Israeli military pushed deeper into the Hamas-controlled territory, according to military spokesman Brigadier-General Moti Almoz, in an interview with Army Radio. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said today his army is ready to broaden its incursion further as it hunts for tunnels militants built to slip into Israel.

Jul 30 10:39

For Shame! Canadian MP's "fact find" for Israel's "perspective"

The six parliamentarians travelling on the mission, which returns to Canada on Thursday, are: Liberal MPs Carolyn Bennett and John McCallum, Conservative MPs Randy Hoback, Ted Opitz and David Sweet and Liberal Sen. Grant Mitchell.

3 Cons and 3 Libs- The two sides of the same coin.

Bought and Paid for by an Israeli lobby in Canada- The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

"the parliamentarians won't be going to Gaza"

Fogel also made no excuses for the fact that the view they'll get of the conflict will be one-sided, with briefings provided by Israeli government and military officials.

"But for us, the issue is very much focused on what Israel has had to endure"

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Okay, Canada; your politicians are every bit as much whores for Israel as ours are! What are you going to do about it?

Jul 30 10:37

Israeli university rebukes professor who expressed sympathy for both Israeli, Gazan victims

Bar Ilan University students, faculty and administrators are up in arms over a law professor’s email to his students that opened with an expression of sympathy for all victims of the Israel-Gaza war, implicitly reminding them that the overwhelming majority of those victims are Gazans.

Jul 30 10:34

Israel Strikes Gaza Market During Partial Truce

Israel launches a deadly assault on a busy marketplace, hours after an attack on a UN school where Palestinians were sheltering.

Jul 30 10:29

‘Telegenically Dead Palestinians’: Why Israel Is Losing the American Media War

In many ways, the story of this month's eruption of violence in Israel and Palestine has been depressingly familiar. But in one interesting way it has been a little bit different from the beginning: American audiences are seeing the story of the conflict, perhaps more than ever before, through Palestinian eyes.

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This is a classic case of being hoisted with your own petard. As the independent media has gained audience over the last decade, corporate media, ad agencies, and public relations firms have, to continue their profits, maintained that they are still in control of the minds of America and can make the dumb sheep think whatever they want them to.

Israel took them at their word and sent our the order, "Make them think we are the good guys as we slaughter the Palestinians."

And the corporate media, ad agencies, and public relations firms have, to put it mildly, cratered this assignment.

Which is a good thing. Israel is not only wrecking their own credibility but that of the governments that support them, and the aforesaid corporate media, ad agencies, and public relations firms.

'Bout time.

Jul 30 09:22

Australian Parliament Members Speak Out Against Israel

Several state and federal Australian MPs have come out against Israel for their war crimes in Gaza. Although Australia’s government is still largely pro-Jew, this is a good sign. It is certainly a better situation than what we see in Jewmerica where we literally have no politicians regardless of political affiliation speaking out against Israel and evil Jews.

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Australia's parliament makes the US Congress look like a bunch of PUSSIES!

Jul 30 09:15

DEBUNKING 5 ISRAELI POINTS JUSTIFYING GENOCIDE

Israel denies Palestinians the right to govern and protect themselves, while simultaneously invoking the right to self-defense. This is a conundrum and a violation of international law, one that Israel deliberately created to evade accountability.

Jul 30 09:15

19 MORE ‘TERRORISTS’ MURDERED BY ISRAEL ~~ HUNDREDS WOUNDED

srael killed at least 19 Palestinians sheltering in a school in Gaza’s biggest refugee camp on Wednesday, a U.N. official said, as Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal to try to halt more than three weeks of fighting.

Some 3,000 Palestinians, including many women and children, were taking refuge in the building in Jebalya refugee camp when it came under fire around dawn, Khalil al-Halabi, director of northern Gaza operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said.

Apr 05 09:17

CAN PEACE BECOME A REALITY USING THE SOCIAL MEDIA AS A TOOL?

In an address at the 2012 Launch startup conference in San Francisco, Shimon Peres, the president of Israel, told his audience that social media is crucial for the attainment of peace between Israel and Palestine. “The idea behind it is governments until now negotiated peace,” he said. “I think the best way to achieve peace is when the people negotiate peace directly by talking to each other.” Many of his constituents seem to agree, and the web-based community in that country has recently taken a collective stand for peaceful relations between the two long-time enemies.

Apr 04 19:36

Britain’s Mad-House Foreign Policy

The best and cheapest way of protecting our national security is simply to eject the madmen from the Foreign Office and stop pimping for the US and its mad-dog protegé.

Let’s see how quickly the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with Mr Bellingham’s help, can get their skates on and straighten out the simple matter of Palestine’s status so that Israel’s strutting psychopaths can finally be brought to book.

Apr 04 19:11

In Defense of Helen Thomas: What’s Wrong With History?

Helen Thomas’s recent request to purchase a table at the upcoming White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) annual dinner has been rejected.

In a comment on that story I said, “It’s hard to imagine anything more wrong than this.”

I base my opinion on the fact that the 91-year-old Thomas, a former WHCA president, is unique among American journalists, having covered 10 different presidential administrations in a career stretching back to Dwight Eisenhower.

It is because of Thomas as much as anyone else that women were first included at the WHCA dinner since, as the WHCA’s website mentions:

Apr 04 14:51

Britain's mad-house foreign policy

Stuart Littlewood highlights Britain's double standards and contradictory policies in the Middle East: on the one hand irrational belligerence and warmongering towards Iran even though this is contrary to British national interests, and on the other cosying up to and taking its cue from Israel, a criminal, aggressive state whose behaviour contradicts British values and interests.

Apr 04 14:49

Israel set to uproot 30,000 of its own Bedouin citizens

Neve Gordon explains why Israel's plans to move entire communities of its own Bedouin citizens from their ancestral lands in the Negev and put them in townships will deprive them of their livelihood and land rights.

”I asked Abu Afash what he thinks will happen if they do not reach an agreement with the government. He paused for a moment and then replied that … ‘they will not put us on buses and move us, they will simply shut down the schools and wait. When we see we cannot send our children to school we will “willingly" move’.

“This is how forced relocation becomes voluntary and how Israel will likely represent it to the world.” (Neve Gordon)

Apr 04 08:30

Pro-Palestinian groups plan April 15 mass arrival in Israel

'More than 1,000 activists with European and other passports intend to fly to Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport for a Land Day event,' organizer tells Haaretz.

Apr 04 08:28

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT DENIES JUSTICE TO PALESTINE

The International Criminal Court will not investigate Israel’s conduct during its December 2008 offensive on Gaza because Palestine is not a state, the world prosecutor said Tuesday.

In a statement, the ICC prosecutor acknowledged that over 130 countries and some UN bodies recognize Palestine as a state.

But, Palestine still holds observer status in the UN, and so the ICC cannot at this time investigate allegations of war crimes committed on Palestinian territory, the prosecutor said.

Mar 14 08:54

Israeli Police Drops Teargascanister For Fun

It's *just* teargas, but still...

Jan 16 10:15

REWRITING THE BIBLE IN ISRAEL

When you shall besiege a city a long time, and wage war to capture it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an ax against fruit trees… Only the trees which you know are not trees for food, you may destroy and cut them down to build siege machinery against the city waging war with you. (Deut. 20:19-20)

Jun 01 07:52

FLASHBACK - Most Members of Congress Remain Committed to Israel’s Blockade of Gaza

Administration officials and Washington lawmakers indicated the United States is not willing to urge Israel to lift its blockade of Gaza, even as activists seek to highlight the issue after civilian deaths during Israel’s interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla.

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With the recent release of the United Nations Human Rights Council report condemning the brutal Israeli attack on the flotilla and declaring the blockade of Gaza a violation of international law, every single member of the United States Government who supports that blockade is an accessory after-the-fact in a violation of international law. How much longer will we live in a nation run by criminals willing to subvert the laws for Israel's gains?

Back in 1948 and 1949, the USSR imposed a blockade on West Berlin to starve that nation into abandoning their elected leaders and accepting Soviet rule. This is identical to the situation in Gaza where Israel is trying to starve the Palestinians into abandoning their elected leaders and accepting Israeli rule.

But back in 19648, we had a far more moral and principled government that had the spine to stand up for what is right, and the US and its allies launched the Berlin Airlift, flying 200,000 flights into Berlin, delivering 13,000 tons of goods per day for a year until the blockade collapsed.

Oh to have real leaders like that again!

"On the radio talk shows and T.V.
You hear one thing again and again
How the U.S.A. stands for freedom
And we come to the aid of a friend

But who are the ones that we call our friends
These governments killing their own?
Or the people who finally can't take anymore
So they pick up a gun, or a brick, or a stone

And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons

And there is blood on the wire..."

-- Jackson Browne "Lives in the Balance"

Sep 23 07:46

ISRAEL: THE MAPS TELL THE TRUE STORY

The truth is that far from being the poor victim it likes to portray itself as, Israel is in fact the most aggressive and belligerent nation in the region, having invaded pretty much everyone it shares a border with.

The following maps show what Israel has actually done.

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Re-posted in light of Israel's latest bombing of Gaza, preceded by the traditional Israeli false-flag to justify it.

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