ISRAEL

Aug 18 11:53

Report: #BlockTheBoat Protesters shut down port AGAIN as Zionist owned ZIM cargo ship docks in Oakland port. Workers sent home

#blocktheboat in #solidarity #Gaza in #Oakland Port #BlockTheBoat #FreePalestine #punkboyinsf

#OccupyOakland #OSF

Aug 18 11:46

SHOCKING REPORT IN THE NYT ABOUT ISRAELI ORGAN TRAFFICKING

Two years ago, the report states, the family of Ophira Dorin, a 36-year-old Israeli woman with kidney disease, began looking for a way to bypass the long waiting list for an organ and soon came found three Israeli organ brokers whose reach purportedly extends to Central America.

It wasn’t an easy task, the report said, but Dorin’s mother, who works in a hospital, managed to make a contact with the three brokers, whom the Times names as Yaakov “Koby” Dayan, a businessman in his late fifties who takes an interest in real estate and marketing; Avigad Sandler, a 65-year-old insurance agent who was an IDF officer; and 30-year-old Boris Volfman, an emigrant from Ukraine and Avigad’s protégé, who runs his own transplant tourism agency.

All three are active operators in Israel’s underground kidney market, according to the Times.

Aug 18 11:27

LIVE UPDATES: Palestinian sources: Cease-fire deal initialed in Cairo

With the current cease-fire due to end Monday at midnight, Israeli officials seemed doubtful that the talks in Cairo could achieve any kind of agreement before the deadline, but stressed that if Hamas withheld its fire, negotiations could continue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu will have an agent provocateur in Gaza fire off a rocket so that he can resume bombing.

Aug 18 10:05

THE UN SAT AND WATCHED, PHOTOGRAPHED THE CARNAGE IN GAZA, AND DID NOTHING!

The United Nations released the Gaza Crisis Atlas on Sunday, showing the physical damage wrought on the Strip during IDF Operation Protective Edge using satellite imagery. The 108-page document will be used by a UN investigatory committee on the conflict.

The Atlas overlays a grid over Gaza, dividing it into smaller parcels – with each one receiving a detailed page noting the locations of schools, mosques, and public buildings on high-resolution satellite footage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The UN did nothing because the US always vetoes everything regarding Israel in the Security Council.

Aug 18 10:04

DOES ISRAEL WANT HAMAS ABOVE OR BELOW GROUND?

Where do the U.S. and Israel want Hamas: as part of a transparent political system, or in underground tunnels?

Aug 18 10:03

UPDATES ON BLOCKING THE BOAT FOR GAZA

THE EFFORTS ARE WORKING!

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See last night’s post, then see updates on Facebook below …

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Aug 18 09:56

TUTU: My plea to the people of Israel – Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz, calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1uNSb1c

Aug 18 09:55

Netanyahu: Israel’s Pinochet

Netanyahu heads Israel's rogue government. He exceeds the worst of Ariel Sharon and previous hardline leaders. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1taGcc4

Aug 18 09:53

The Fall of Gaza’s Temple

The eminent author claims that the people of Gaza are those who destroyed the Strip in the recent Israeli attack. Are the Israeli Air Force pilots Palestinians from Gaza? Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1pzSeKD

Aug 18 09:52

Nothing will come of Israel’s quiet

Israel want quiet and the hell with the surrounding noise and its causes. Let Gaza suffocate and the West Bank bow its head, as long as we have quiet. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/Vzve2X

Aug 18 09:50

Palestine & Israel Magazine (Updated-10)

UNCENSORED - Occupied Palestine and Israel breaking news, related world news and multimedia. http://sabbah.in/1uNQukx

Aug 18 09:48

The New Ulster: The Nature and Purpose of The State of Israel

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

Since the inception of the Israeli state and its official formalization in 1948, Israel has baffled the world with its seeming irrational aggression, hypocrisy, brutality, and willingness to entirely ignore international law. Indeed, Israel is well-known for thumbing its nose at even the basic etiquette for international relations.

Israel’s sordid history – that of its connections to mega-rich banking families like the Rothschilds, racism, double-edged alliances, and genocide – has caused it to, therefore, be the target of many researchers and activists that see it as the sole source of evil upon the earth. Zionist Christians (mostly those in the West), have generally pledged religious allegiance to Israel under the pretext of supporting “God’s Chosen People” and Biblical prophecy. Still others pretend that Israel is the absolute pinnacle of the power structure and condemn Jews as responsible for all the horrors of the world.

Aug 18 09:05

Government breaks up ring that circulated counterfeit $100s for 15 years

For the last 15 years, at least $77 million in sophisticated counterfeit $100 bills have flooded into the country from Israel.

The Secret Service says it has now broken up the ring believed responsible for bringing the bills here, just as the counterfeiters were starting to produce the bills at a new plant in New Jersey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember how the corporate media kept insisting that these bills were coming from Russia, China, and North Korea?

Aug 18 08:26

“THEY PULLED ME BACK IN…”

How handy. All three US networks and the increasingly shackled BBC were ordered to drop Gaza reporting and refocus their camera teams on the suffering Yazidis and, all of a sudden, Iraq’s fleeing Christians.

This was a brilliant media ploy. The world, which was furious at the US for enabling Israel’s savaging of Gaza and killing of almost 2,000 Palestinians, switched its attention to the hitherto unknown Yazidis, and to Iraqi Christians. No one in the US had ever heard of Yazidis but that was ok. Uncle Sam to the rescue.

No mention was made that Iraq’s Christians had been safe and sound under President Saddam Hussein – even privileged – until President George Bush invaded and destroyed Iraq. We can expect the same fate for Syria’s Christians if the protection of the Assad regime is torn away by the US-engineered uprising. We will then shed crocodile tears for Syria’s Christians.

Aug 18 08:16

'Ending the siege is not a Hamas demand - it is a Palestinian one'

How is this Gaza war different from all the others? Former New York Times correspondent to Gaza, Taghreed El-Khodary, speaks about her time covering the siege of the Strip, and why the international media is slowly coming around to the Palestinian story.

Aug 18 08:12

Israelis at forefront of international organ trafficking: Report

The US daily New York Times said in a report published on Sunday that transplant brokers in Israel have pocketed enormous sums of money by arranging overseas kidney transplants for desperate patients who are paired with foreign donors.

Through the story of an Israeli woman, identified as Ophira Dorin, the report showed how easy it is to illegally purchase a kidney via transplant brokers in Israel.

Dorin told the daily that she paid USD 175,000 for a kidney transplant surgery which was arranged to take place in Costa Rica. However, a confidential Costa Rican court document shows that the donor, who was an unemployed 37-year-old man, received only USD 18,500 for his kidney.

Aug 18 08:00

IDF Had Been Here (must watch)

Aug 18 08:00

Abir Ayoub telling Ynet about Israel's 3rd defeat

Aug 18 07:59

We Have Had Enough of Elie Wiesel and His Ilk

According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the London Times refused to run an ad featuring Elie Wiesel speaking out against Hamas’ use of children as human shields.

The ad’s headline reads: “Jews rejected child sacrifice 3,500 years ago. Now it’s Hamas’ turn.” Wiesel’s statement is a blatant lie and the London Times knew it.

Jews have never stopped sacrificing their children. The Hannibal Protocol is an IDF directive that orders soldiers to take ‘necessary measures’ to prevent their comrades from being captured by enemy forces. ‘Necessary measures’ include risking the life of the Israeli soldier and anyone who happens to be in his vicinity. Similarly, the Kastner Affair shows that at the peak of the Shoah, Ben Gurion and the Zionist establishment were willing to sacrifice many Jewish lives on the altar of the Zionist goal.

Aug 18 07:45

Hillary Clinton’s 11th-hour diplomacy

Imagine you are Benjamin Netanyahu and you would know you really, really messed up.

And then, all of a sudden, along comes Hillary Clinton, courtesy of a Jeffrey Goldberg interview in the Atlantic magazine, riding like the Fifth Cavalry to the rescue, signaling virtually uncritical support for Netanyahu’s war and the way he fought it – civilian deaths and all - pouring blame on the heads of Hamas, Islamic terrorism and European anti-semitism and giving Netanyahu the green light, should she succeed Obama, to demand ongoing control of security in the West Bank.

Imagine you are Benjamin Netanyahu and suddenly the gloom begins to lift a little.

Aug 18 07:37

Protesters block Israeli ship from docking at California port

Thousands of protesters successfully blocked a commercial Israeli cargo vessel from docking and unloading goods in Oakland, California, late Saturday. The protest was staged in response to a call from Palestinian and South African unions to hold Israel accountable for what they allege are violations of Palestinians’ human rights — particularly during Israel’s latest offensive in the Gaza Strip, an operation that killed more than 1,900 Palestinians.

Saturday’s event, which drew between 3,000 to 5,000 protesters, was part of a series of actions planned by U.S. and Canadian activists across North America’s west coast.

Aug 18 07:18

Israel bars Amnesty, Human Rights Watch workers from Gaza

Israel has been refusing to allow employees of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to enter the Gaza Strip in order to conduct their own independent investigations into the fighting, using various bureaucratic excuses.

Aug 18 06:37

What Do Jews Say About Palestine and Gaza?

313 Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of the Nazi genocide have signed a letter stating:

As Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of the Nazi genocide we unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine. We further condemn the United States for providing Israel with the funding to carry out the attack, and Western states more generally for using their diplomatic muscle to protect Israel from condemnation. Genocide begins with the silence of the world.

We are alarmed by the extreme, racist dehumanization of Palestinians in Israeli society, which has reached a fever-pitch. In Israel, politicians and pundits in The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post have called openly for genocide of Palestinians and right-wing Israelis are adopting Neo-Nazi insignia.

Aug 18 06:30

Caught in the crossfire: Tragic plight of terrified animals at Gaza zoo left to fend for themselves amid the shelling

The lions sit dazed in the shade of their damaged pen, while nearby the decayed carcasses of two vervet monkeys lie contorted on the grass of a Gaza zoo.

The animals were caught in the crossfire of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants that has killed more than 1,960 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side.

In one enclosure a fly-covered pelican huddles in the corner with a duck. Opposite, a small crocodile sits motionless in an inch of stagnant water, next to the rotting corpse of a stork.

A gazelle shares another pen with a goose.

Around the corner, a baboon picks listlessly at the ground of the tiny pen it shares with the dried-out remains of another monkey.

Everywhere, there is a sickly stench from the animals' cages, which have not been cleaned for weeks.

Shadi Hamad, the park's director, said the zoo was damaged and that the animals died as a result of Israeli air strikes.

Aug 18 06:29

Gaza bloodbath brings shame on all Jews worldwide

Not all Jews bear the burden of guilt, James Petras argues, but most Jews are now rightly perceived as complicit in Israel’s war crimes.

Aug 18 06:23

Netanyahu Threatens ‘Massive Response’ if Gaza Ceasefire Expires

The current 5-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is scheduled to expire at midnight local time, and it isn’t clear if a deal will be reached on the Egyptian-backed truce.

Both sides are warning of a willingness to resume the war, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is making much of his plans for “massive retaliation” if Hamas allows the ceasefire to lapse.

A lot of the threats on both sides are simple bargaining tactics, of course, but a lot of the hawks in Israel’s security cabinet are sincere in wanting talks to end entirely, and without a deal.

Aug 18 05:40

Israeli food makers seek solution to EU settlement sanctions

Israeli manufacturers are preparing for increased limitations on imports to the European Union of products produced in the settlements. The European Union may ban outright foods grown or raised in Israeli settlements or manufactured foods using raw materials from settlements.

The EU bans the import of organic produce from settlements. From September 1, it will block the entry of all animal products, including eggs, poultry and dairy. Israeli industry figures fear the ban could be extended to conventionally grown produce and will force Israel’s food export industry from using produce grown in the settlements.

Aug 17 20:08

One Word Would Change the World

With that one word, Obama could earn his Nobel Peace Prize and glory in an achievement too long delayed, revel in the dissolution of the power of AIPAC over America, find solace in the reality that under his administration the world found the United States that acted on its true beliefs of inclusiveness of all and for all, both in the United States and in the community of nations.

Aug 17 16:01

Besiege The Siege - Israel Embassy Dublin Protest

August 13 2014 Dublin Ireland, 300 people surround the Israeli embassy in solidarity with the besieged people of Gaza who have endured unimaginable suffering at the hands of Israel in the past four weeks.

Aug 17 13:41

UK must stop selling weapons to Israel or face legal action – anti-war group

The UK government is being taken to court over its continuing multi-million pound program of selling arms to Israel after claims they could have been used in Gaza. Unless it stops, its issuing of licenses to arms manufacturers will be legally challenged.

Aug 17 13:30

SIGNS OF FASCISM IN ISRAEL REACHED NEW PEAK DURING GAZA OP, SAYS RENOWNED SCHOLAR

Israel Prize laureate and renowned scholar Zeev Sternhell fears the collapse of Israeli democracy, and compares the current atmosphere with that of 1940s’ France. The time we have left to reverse this frightening trend is running out, he warns

Aug 17 11:16

Stone Cold Justice: Palestinian Children Kidnapped and Tortured?

A joint investigation by Four Corners and The Australian newspaper reveals evidence that shows the army is targeting Palestinian boys for arrest and detention. Reporter John Lyons travels to the West Bank to hear the story of children who claim they have been taken into custody, ruthlessly questioned and then allegedly forced to sign confessions before being taken to court for sentencing.

Aug 17 11:09

"Third Israeli Kingdom"

“There was a forgotten occupation before that. When Israel conquered the Gaza Strip and all of Sinai in the course of the 1956 Suez war, David Ben-Gurion declared the founding of the "Third Israeli Kingdom", only to announce in a broken voice, a few dates later, that he had promised President Dwight Eisenhower to withdraw from the entire Sinai Peninsula. Some Israeli parties urged him to keep at least the Gaza Strip, but he refused. He did not want to have hundreds of thousands more Arabs in Israel.” - See more at: http://www.arabworld360.info/2014/08/third-israeli-kingdom.html#sthash...

Aug 17 10:30

MSM War on #GazaUnderAttack

NYT, WP, WSJ and other MSM print and electronic media consistently show one-sided pro-Israeli bias. They blame its worst crimes on targeted victims. Long denied justice is nowhere in sight. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1oGTInx

Aug 17 10:25

European Bombs Hit Gaza

U.S. mortars reached the IOF on July 30, the day when the UN school was bombed by Israel. Was the crime committed with mortars supplied by NATO? Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1qhoAq1

Aug 17 10:23

Kevin Neish on new Freedom Flotilla and #GazaUnderAttack Siege [Podcast]

Kevin Neish, a Victoria-based human rights activist who has been in Gaza, a Mavi Marmara survivor and longtime supporter of Palestinian rights, updates us on the new Freedom Flotilla planned for later this year. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1BqCmiK

Aug 17 10:22

The Great Israeli Iron Dome Hoax

There is no evidence in the public record to show that Iron Dome is performing at an intercept rate of nearly 90 percent. At best, it's 5% or less. Perhaps it's close to ZERO. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1p2Mo4W

Aug 17 10:09

Israel correctly fears its ‘delegitimizers,’ says leftwing member of Irish parliament

There was a Dublin demonstration the other day demanding the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador, and Richard Boyd Barrett, a member of the Irish parliament, called for boycott, divestment and sanctions, and the breaking off of diplomatic relations with Israel, so as to bring justice to Palestinians. At 5:00 he says:

There’s a particular word that they use about us: the people who don’t just come out for big atrocities. They call us the delegitimizers. This is the term that Israel uses. It’s a very accurate term. Because it’s one thing for them to have to deal with occasional mobilizations against this or that atrocity. What they fear most are the people who say, No no no, this isn’t just about this or that assault on Gaza, Israel is a dysfunctional racist apartheid state that needs to be internationally isolated and dismantled. That is what they fear more than anything else.

Aug 17 10:04

STOP FUNDING ISRAEL ~

(These are the companies assisting the funding of the Palestinian genocide)

Aug 17 09:50

#OperationCeasefire ~~ THE TRUCE THAT ALMOST WAS LOOKS UNLIKELY NOW

Israel will not agree to any long-term ceasefire in Gaza at indirect talks in Cairo unless its security needs are clearly met, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.”The Israeli delegation in Cairo is acting with a very clear mandate to stand firmly on Israel’s security needs,” Netanyahu told ministers at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

“Only if there is a clear answer to Israel’s security needs, only then will we agree to reach an understanding,” he said, as Israel’s negotiating team made its way back to Cairo for indirect talks with Palestinians over a long-term arrangement to end more than a month of bloodshed in Gaza.

Aug 17 09:49

ZIONISTS APOLOGISE FOR DOING A GOOD THING

Jewish Chronicle apologizes for running Gaza aid ad
Editor says ad was not an expression of the newspaper’s editorial view, which he says is different from its commercial aspirations.

Aug 17 09:45

ISIL tweet for US could be Mossad, FBI creation

The threatening tweet by the ISIL militant group for the United States could be a creation by Israel’s spy agency of Mossad or the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, an American political commentator says.

Aug 17 09:40

GAZERNICA

The Palestinian Holocaust can be summed up with a single picture and caption!

Aug 17 09:01

BLOCK THE BOAT AND BOYCOTT ISRAEL!

A coordinated “Block the Boat” solidarity action will leave Israel looking elsewhere to unload its goods.

Aug 17 08:57

Over 300 Survivors and Descendants of Survivors of Victims of the Nazi Genocide Condemn Israel’s Assault on Gaza

313 Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of the Nazi genocide have signed this letter written in response to Elie Wiesel’s manipulation of the Nazi Genocide to attempt to justify the attacks on Gaza.

Aug 17 08:55

Tel Aviv demo decries Israel’s war on Gaza

Thousands have taken to streets of Tel Aviv to censure the Israeli regime for its saber-rattling policies towards Palestinians of the besieged Gaza Strip.

The anti-war demonstration was held in Rabin square late on Saturday, days after a similar rally was banned by the regime.

The event’s organizers put the turnout at around 10,000. Meanwhile, Israeli authorities boosted security in the streets of the coastal city.

Aug 17 08:54

12,000 want Joan Rivers show banned in Gaza row

MORE than 12,000 people have signed a petition to stop Joan Rivers performing in Nottingham after her remarks about the Israeli-Gaza crisis.

The performer courted controversy last week when a reporter asked for her thoughts on the Palestinian death toll.

Ms Rivers said: “Oh my God! Tell that to the people in Hiroshima. Good. Good. When you declare war, you declare war. They started it.

“They started it. We now don’t count who’s dead. You’re dead, you deserve to be dead. Don’t you dare make me feel bad about that.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, Joan, Gaza did NOT start this. Netanyahu did.

Aug 17 08:50

Four Reasons Why Americans Should Oppose Zionism

Israel has been subject to some bad publicity recently. In 2008-09, it launched a brutal military campaign in the Gaza Strip that killed over 400 Palestinian children. In May, 2010, bumbling Israeli commandos murdered nine nonviolence activists on the relief flotilla Mavi Marmara. It only got worse for Israel when it was revealed that soldiers stole and sold personal items such as laptops from the ship. Last week, former Israeli soldier Eden Abergil posted photos onto facebook showing her preening in front of blindfolded and despondent Palestinian prisoners, in some instances mocking those prisoners with sexual undertones. The photos were part of an album entitled “IDF—the best time of my life.”

Aug 17 08:35

Activists declare first victory as Israeli ship delays docking at Oakland

San Francisco Bay Area Palestine activists have declared their first victory in attempting to prevent the offloading of an Israeli cargo vessel at the Oakland Port. Originally planning to show up at 5:00 am Saturday morning to block the ship, activists sent word out late last night that the meeting time had been moved up to 3:00pm, as the ship had delayed its arrival at Oakland in an apparent attempt to avoid the protest.

Aug 17 07:53

Pro-peace Israelis stage demonstration

Thousands of Israeli supporters of peace talks with the Palestinian Authority to end the Gaza conflict have demonstrated in Tel Aviv.

The Saturday pro-peace protest was the largest in Israel since it launched operation Protective Edge on July 8, an offensive that has seen at least 1980 Palestinian deaths and 67 on the Israeli side.

It was organised by the opposition left wing Meretz party and Peace Now, a group opposed to Jewish settlement building on occupied territory, and the communist Hadash party.

Aug 17 07:13

Israel's Real Target is Not Hamas

In sum, despite its current ability to rip thousands of Palestinians to shreds on the flimsiest of pretexts, all is not well for Israel. Even their short term goals have not been met in this latest attack. Despite everything, the unity government has not broken, and Fatah and Hamas are currently presenting a united front in the ceasefire negotiations.

Aug 17 02:33

Israel-Gaza conflict: ‘Israel must stop punishing Gaza’s people,’ pleads UN commissioner

The United Nations' top humanitarian official in the Middle East yesterday issued an impassioned appeal for a new deal for Gaza to end the "collective punishment" of its 1.8 million inhabitants imposed by Israel's seven-year blockade of the territory.

As Egyptian mediators prepared to renew efforts today to persuade Israel and Hamas to agree a durable peace deal to end more than a month of conflict, Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissoner General of the UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA, warned: "You cannot just return to the pre-existing conditions under the blockade."

The ending of the blockade is one of Hamas's key demands in the Cairo peace talks.

Aug 17 02:32

Russell Brand calls for Israel boycott: Comedian urges big businesses that 'facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza' to pull funding

Russell Brand has gone one step further in his condemnation of the Israel-Gaza conflict than simply critiquing the way various media outlets have approached coverage.

Now, the comedian is urging banks, pension funds and other big businesses to sever investment ties with Israel, or any deals that he feels “facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza”.

Using Barclays as an example, he said the bank manages “the portfolios of an Israeli defence company called Elbit, which makes the drones that bomb Gaza.”

"The message they give us is the exact opposite of the reality, they're acting like they're part of our community," he said during his new episode of The Trews, which you can watch below.

**Vote Russell Brand for Prime Minister

Aug 16 17:00

"They Pulled Me Back In"

Last week, the Obama administration latched onto the plight of Iraq’s Yazidis who were being persecuted by those awful ISIS folks – just in jolly good time to divert attention from the massacre in Gaza.

How handy. All three US networks and the increasingly shackled BBC were ordered to drop Gaza reporting and refocus their camera teams on the suffering Yazidis and, all of a sudden, Iraq’s fleeing Christians.

This was a brilliant media ploy. The world, which was furious at the US for enabling Israel’s savaging of Gaza and killing of almost 2,000 Palestinians, switched its attention to the hitherto unknown Yazidis, and to Iraqi Christians. No one in the US had ever heard of Yazidis but that was ok. Uncle Sam to the rescue.

No mention was made that Iraq’s Christians had been safe and sound under President Saddam Hussein – even privileged – until President George Bush invaded and destroyed Iraq.

Aug 16 16:57

Israel wants a truce that does not include a halt on assassinations

While Cairo is witnessing talks about a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and in light of an international effort to reach a long-term truce between Hamas and Israel, Israeli security officials have demanded that the policy of assassinations against the Palestinian leaders would not stop.

Aug 16 15:04

Activists occupy an Israeli owned weapons manufacturer in Melbourne Australia

The Melbourne Palestine Action Group, a group consisting of Whistle Blowers Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA) and Renegade Activists, locked down Elbit Systems in the suburb of Port Melbourne and occupied the building’s roof for a few hours.

Arriving at the site at 5 in the morning, the activists erected a replica of Israel’s apartheid wall at the site’s entrance, locking the gates of Elbit Systems and disrupting what otherwise would have been a regular workday.

Jacob Grech from the Renegade Activists explained that the aim of the action was not to ‘warm the coldness of the politicians’ hearts, but to make Melbournians aware of what is going on in their backyard’. Judging from the extensive news coverage the action received, the mission was accomplished.

Aug 16 13:27

91 year old Dutch man returns Israeli WWII medal after Gaza strike kills his relatives

A 91-year-old Dutch man who was honored with Israel’s Righteous Among the Nations medal for rescuing a Jewish boy during WWII, has returned the award, after he learnt his six relatives were killed in the Gaza strip by an Israeli missile.

Aug 16 12:13

Why be a soldier in the US when I can do it in Israel?’

Several things worth noting about this story–

1. If ANY OTHER AMERICAN were to do the same thing and leave to inlist in another military, and particularly if it were the military of nations such as Syria, Iran, Lebanon, etc, the very least that would happen would be that such a person would lose his or her US citizenship.The worst would be that they would be criminally charged.

2. Remember, that guys like him are EVERYWHERE. Their allegience is to Israel and to Judaism and that is what they can be counted on to lend their support, which leads us to–

3. All can be rest assured that after he has received his military training, he will be approached by either Mossad or Aman (Israeli Military Intelligence) and commissioned to return to the US to act as a spy for Israel, which he will be all too willing to do.

In the words of convicted Jewish spy Jonathon Pollard when being interrogated by the officer who arrested him-

Aug 16 09:37

Gaza, Ukraine: The War Drums are Sounding the Alarm

As a writer of articles reporting news events of the world, I often seek to expose the concealed truth beneath the layers of a monolithic state sponsored propaganda machine called mainstream media that simply spreads the lies our leaders tell. And as perilously out of control the earth appears to be spinning this year, no events or developments cut to the core of what it means to be human than responding to what has been taking place this summer in Gaza.

2014 may go down in history as the year that the West initiated the Second Cold War on its way to initiating the Third World War. Spearheaded by arrogant American Empire power lusting desperately for global hegemonic control, this year the US rush to war is backed by its usual suspects, Europe-NATO-British Commonwealth, and its usual Middle East partners-in-crime Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What we have in Gaza, and Eastern Ukraine,are war crimes against helpless citizens, women and children, who are killed by both the IDF and Poroschenko's troops with impunity.

But the war against the world's citizens doesn't end there.

We are witnessing some shocking repression right here in the United States, as the police become more militarized, courtesy of their Israeli trainers, and feel that throwing tear gas cannisters at peaceful protestors; spraying them with pepper spray; and shooting them with rubber bullets, are all standard practices against peaceful protest.

There is a law in physics that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction; so too with poliical and physical repression.

Ask the people whooverthrew the reign of Batista in Cuba; the people overthrew the Shah of Iran; and the Romanian people overthrew Ceausescu.

And please remember: all wars are banker's wars, because banks profit from all sides, at usurious interest rates, and countries may need decades to pay back all the capital, plus the interest on the loans they take in order to wage wars.

But the biggest war crime of them all is starting a war that has no basis whatsoever in terms of national defense, which is what the US government is getting ready to do.

It is about saving the currency, when ultimately all the blood and money spent is to fatten the coffers of private corporations. It is not about freedom; it is not about protecting our rights; war is a method to insure the supremacy of the US dollar in international trade, period, end of discussion.

Aug 16 09:18

Israel and its advocates have a new target in sight: Head of UN inquiry William Schabas

A permanent cease fire with Palestinian fighters has yet to be signed, but Israel and its supporters have already begun to pivot to their next adversary: the United Nations Human Rights Council.

It’s Goldstone Redux and Israel’s supporters are coming out swinging. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has already issued the following ad going after William Schabas, a Canadian international law expert who is set to lead the investigation into Israel’s Operation Protective Edge:

Aug 16 09:15

Jewish Iranian MP: Israeli War Crimes Must Be Denounced by the World

The representative of the Jewish minority in the Iranian Parliament Siamak Marreh Sedq strongly condemned Israel’s recent attacks on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and said that the time is now ripe for the international community to break its silence on Tel Aviv’s criminal acts.

“Attacks on hospitals, schools and other public places are regarded as war crimes and the world should break the silence and confront these savage attempts,” Marreh Sedq told reporters on Thursday.

He noted that Israel should have its membership at the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRS) annulled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on this guy!

And if you want to see how the contemporary Iranian Jewish community is doing, please check out the video "Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran" for an eye-opening look at how the Jewish community lives here.

Trust me: you will be amazed.

Aug 16 08:41

ADL reports ‘dramatic surge’ in anti-Semitism during Gaza op

ozens of incidents recorded since the Israeli campaign began; director Abraham Foxman says ‘anti-Semitism was in the air’

Aug 16 08:37

St. Louis County Police Chief learned "anti-terror" tactics at 'Anti-Defamation' League organized training program in Israel

UPDATED with correction and additional information on ADL/U.S. Justice Department collusion in police training below. The U.S. 'Justice' Department that will investigate Ferguson police brutality has paid the ADL grants to train those police.

We've been warning about U.S. police officers training in 'anti-terrorism' at ADL organized programs in Israel for many years HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and elsewhere at this space. And now these Counterfeit Israel trained cops are terrorizing U.S. citizens like Palestinians as a direct consequence.

Aug 16 08:34

LATEST REPORTS FROM BLOCK THE BOAT!

ZIM ship stopped & idle off coast - event changed to 3PM

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Also note the Israeli shills screaming that the protesters are all Muslims and anti-Semites!

Aug 16 08:16

Christian Zionism: The Tragedy and the Turning

This is a “must see” to understand why Christian Zionists (Judeo-Christians, Dispensationalists) support war in the Middle East to protect Israel. Find out how Cyrus I. Scofield’s reference Bible was used to promote Christian Zionism throughout evangelical seminaries and into evangelical churches for over a hundred years.

Aug 16 08:03

White House in the Dark Over Arms Supplies to Israel: Report

White House and State Department officials were especially concerned that Israel was using artillery, instead of more precision-guided munitions, in densely populated areas. The realization that munitions transfers had been made without their knowledge came as a shock.

Aug 16 07:30

FOOTBALL FAN SLAIN BY ISRAEL PREDICTED HE WOULD BE NEXT MARTYR

The latest bloodbath in Gaza is transforming the lives and shaping the consciousness of an entire Palestinian generation, and Abu Hassan and his friends were no different.

Aug 16 05:43

MH370 and MH17 — Vanishing point…

Follow the engine wreckage. Follow the cockpit wreckage. Follow the motive. One cannot even imagine the tectonic geopolitical plates clashing were the Kiev regime to be deemed responsible. It would be the vanishing point for the whole – warped – notion of the Empire of Chaos’s “indispensable” exceptionalism.

First, passenger airliner MH370 vanished from Planet Earth. Then MH370 vanished from the news cycle. First, MH17 was shot down by “Putin’s missile” – as Planet Earth was told. Then MH17 vanished from the news cycle.

Where’s Baudrillard when we need him? Had he been alive, the dervish of simulacra would have already deconstructed these two Malaysian planes as mirror images; from absolute vanishing to maximum exposure, then vanished again. They might as well have been abducted – and shot – by aliens. Now you see them, now you don’t.

Aug 16 03:25

"Louisville Purge" Cops Trained by Israeli Military, Ready To Purge Any Potential Troublemakers

Louisville KY police are reportedly preparing for the "purge," an alleged unabashed crime wave that is rumored to potentially hit the city. In reality the Louisville police have been trained by the Israeli military and are ready to enact strong-arm tactics to defuse any real or perceived threat. History proves that an Israeli-trained domestic U.S. police force may be more of a danger to society than any viral internet rumor of a "crime wave."

Aug 15 17:26

Top legal scholars decry ‘chilling’ effect of dehiring scholar Salaita

Scholars from law schools at Columbia, Cornell, Berkeley, Georgetown, and other universities have come out with a very strong letter condemning the decision of the University of Illinois to dehire Steven Salaita. Here are some excerpts:

As scholars of free speech and constitutional law, we write to express alarm at your decision to revoke a tenured offer of appointment to Professor Steven Salaita to join the American Indian Studies program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on account of his statements on social media criticizing Israel’s conduct of military operations in Gaza.

In our view, the decision to withdraw an appointment to a prospective faculty member because of his statements on a matter of public concern raises serious concerns under established principles of academic freedom. Those principles are enshrined in Illinois law, in the U.S. Constitution, and in the written principles of the American Association of University Professors.

Aug 15 15:19

Israeli News Site Debunks Netanyahu's Tunnels-to-Kindergartens Myth

One of the most important strikes in the propaganda war for Israel in the last month was dealt by the New York Times and CNN when they ran long pieces giving credence to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that Hamas was building tunnels out of Gaza aimed at kindergartens in nearby kibbutzes.

Back on July 22, Netanyahu asserted– on the basis of this cartoon drawing he tweeted– that the tunnels were aimed at Israeli kindergartens.

In fact (and as we reported), the only Israelis attacked from the tunnels were Israeli soldiers. But a week after Netanyahu’s statement, both the Times and CNN took the prime minister’s claim at face value. The Times’s piece, “ Tunnels Lead Right to Heart of Israeli Fear” gave priority to rumors over actual information, and reported that “ one tunnel was found over the weekend” in Kibbutz Be’eri. The piece quoted a resident of the kibbutz saying,

Aug 15 15:12

Dutchman, 91, returns Holocaust honour to Israelis after six relatives killed in Gaza

“Over more than six decades I have however slowly come to realize that the Zionist project had from its beginning a racist element in it in aspiring to build a state exclusively for Jews.

Aug 15 15:03

Gaza: Whole Villages Have Been Wiped Off the Map

The smell and the sights we saw were shocking. The moment we parked and I got out, a very strange smell hit us—the smell of dead bodies. That smell will never leave me; it is still stuck in my nose. We saw totally flattened houses and other houses partially destroyed. It reminded me of pictures from war-torn areas where years of fighting erased a village

Aug 15 14:50

Which Companies Invest In Gaza Violence? Russell Brand

o the CEOs of ABP, HP, Veolia, Barclays, Caterpillar, and G4S:

In the wake of the terrible violence unfolding in Israel-Palestine, we, citizens from around the world, are deeply concerned about your companies’ continued investment in companies and projects that finance illegal settlements and the oppressive occupation of the Palestinian people. 17 EU countries recently issued warnings to their citizens against doing business or investing in illegal Israeli settlements. Given those legal considerations, you now have the opportunity to withdraw investments and respect international law. This is a chance to be on the right side of history.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/israel_palestine_this_is_how_it_ends_loc/

Aug 15 14:20

Quote of the week

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Must ... not ... puke...

Aug 15 13:36

West Coast Block the Boat for Gaza: August 16th

Block the Boat! Stop Israel at the Port of Oakland!

Zionism isn’t welcome on our Coast!

West Coast Blockade of the Israeli Zim Ship
Port of Oakland
Saturday, August 16th
5am
Meet at West Oakland Bart and march to Berth 57
Participants:Those planning to participate: subscribe to text-alerts and receive live updates about the 8/16 Block the Boat, text “join” to (510) 346-5951.

Livestream:
KFPA will be livestreaming the action at www.kpfa.org/kpfa-live-stream-channel.
Also follow @BlocktheBoat for live tweets.

Aug 15 13:32

Israel-Gaza conflict: Righteous Among the Nations medal winner hands back honour after family are killed in Gaza

A 91-year-old man has returned a prestigious medal, awarded by Israel to non-Jews who protected Jewish people during the Holocaust, after six of his relatives were killed in an airstrike in Gaza.

Henk Zanoli and his late mother Johana Zanoli-Smit were awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations, after their family hid a Jewish boy during the Nazi occupation of Holland until the Allied liberation in 1945. The child’s parents had been killed in a concentration camp, Hareetz reported according to i24 News.

The Zanoli family were already at risk of Nazi persecution as Hank Zanoli’s father was an open critic of Holland’s occupiers. His opposition saw him taken to a series of concentration camps, before he died in Mauthausen in February 1945.

The mother and son were given their medals in 2011 by the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.

Aug 15 13:31

The Gaza rift: ‘The sense is the Americans are disgusted with Netanyahu’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has denied reports of a crisis in US-Israeli relations over the Gaza war, after the state department confirmed a new policy of placing weapons shipments to the Jewish state under closer scrutiny due to concern over the large number of Palestinian civilian fatalities.

Israeli officials, speaking to the liberal Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, confirmed that delivery of a consignment of Hellfire missiles, which are fitted to helicopters, has been blocked by the US since late last month as part of the American decision to impose limits on the transfer of weaponry that could be used in Gaza. The suspension, the first of its kind in more than three decades, was first reported in an article in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

Aug 15 12:09

Bennett Calls to Unilaterally End Gaza Operation

As the Security Cabinet meeting in the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem ended Friday morning, Cabinet member and Economics Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) called for Israel to unilaterally end Operation Protective Edge.

The minister said Israel should stop the operation without an agreement with Hamas, allowing the IDF to continue actions against the terror tunnels in Gaza while easing the blockade of the Hamas terror enclave.

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Aug 15 11:57

America Giving Israel a Pass on Civilian Deaths

United Nations officials and human rights organisations have characterised Israeli attacks on civilian targets during the IDF war on Gaza as violations of the laws of war.

During the war, Israeli bombardment leveled whole urban neighbourhoods, leaving more than 10,000 houses destroyed and 30,000 damaged and killing 1,300 civilians, according to U.N. data. Israeli forces also struck six schools providing shelter to refugees under U.N. protection, killing at least 47 refugees and wounding more than 340.

Aug 15 11:57

Petition Seeks to Ban Joan Rivers in Britain Over Gaza

Thousands of people have signed a petition to halt American television host Joan Rivers’ upcoming tour in Britain after her remarks about the crisis in Gaza, Al Arabiya reports.

According to the report, the petition was created by Dipu Ahad, a Labour councilor from Newcastle, and has been signed by more than 20,000 people so far.

The petition urges event organizers to cancel all of Rivers’ upcoming UK tour dates.

Rivers made headlines when she said “Palestinians deserve to be dead” after she was approached by a reporter working for U.S. entertainment website TMZ asking her opinion on the crisis in Gaza.

“They started it. We now don’t count who’s dead. You’re dead, you deserve to be dead... Don’t you dare make me feel sad about that... You don’t get out, then you know you’re an idiot,” Rivers said, according to Al Arabiya.

Ahad said that Rivers was “not welcome in Britain.”

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If nobody shows up, I'll bet the tour gets canceled real quick!

Aug 15 11:38

How Israel targeted the children of Gaza

Who in the world would believe that Israeli warplanes would pursue a child who had survived their initial bombing only to kill him 10 days later? This is the reality of the war on Gaza and the story of nine-year-old Ibrahim al-Dawawsa, who lived with his family in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood north of Gaza City. Last Friday around noon, a drone dropped a missile that blew his head off, killing him immediately.

Ibrahim went out to perform the Friday prayers for what turned out to be the last time ever after he heard the call to prayer at al-Nour al-Mohammedi Mosque near his home. He had showered and worn his new clothes, as if he sensed that his moment of death is near and wanted to die pure.

This is the Israeli war machine that has no regard for children or humanity. Very simply, it dropped its bombs over the heads of people flocking to the mosque. When a missile hit Ibrahim, worshippers rushed to where he was only to find him drowning in his own blood.

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Aug 15 10:49

European Bombs Hit Gaza

Complicating Europe in the Gaza War, Israel disclosed that it used NATO weapons to attack Gaza while fighting the USA over the supply of Hellfire missiles. On the same day, August 15, a Dutch citizen returned to Israel his Righteous Among the Nations medal, after Zion killed his family in Gaza.

Aug 15 10:17

Haaretz newspaper: Antiwar dissidents face a ‘witch hunt’ in Israel

In Israel, dissent against the war in Gaza is bitterly quashed. The few who speak out complain of being harassed, intimidated or even sacked. The once mighty left has disappeared.

It has been Israel’s deadliest conflict in years. More than 1,960 Palestinians were killed and 64 Israeli soldiers died fighting what some see as an unwinnable war.

And yet the only significant protest in Israel so far saw thousands late Thursday demand an end to Hamas rocket attacks, dissatisfied with the status quo after ground troops pulled out and a ceasefire was extended.

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As a Christian Pacifist who never sees war or violence as an answer to anything, to all those in Israel who are protesting against this war: welcome to my world.

Aug 15 10:04

GAZA CRISIS ATLAS – August 2014

The Atlas has 108 pages of printable A3-size maps featuring satellite images of all areas of the Gaza Strip. The individual subset maps illustrate physical damages provided by UNOSAT based on analysis of satellite images from 1 August 2014. Read more--> http://sabbah.in/1Ak0UbI

Aug 15 10:03

Palestine & Israel Magazine (Updated)

UNCENSORED - Occupied Palestine and Israel breaking news, related world news and multimedia. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1oVWXXn

Aug 15 10:01

Israeli military uses footage from Egypt, labelled as Gaza

The Israeli military has used video footage of Upper Egypt’s Beni Suef in one of its official video, labelling it instead as footage of Gaza. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1px0sDx

Aug 15 10:00

Israel’s War On Palestine: It’s Bad, But Is It ‘Genocide’?

There's a lot of war and evil in this world, but kicking people out of their homes and bombing them because of who they are—because they aren't the same ethnicity—has a specific name: "genocide." Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1oOSq3U

Aug 15 09:58

Israel Strategy: Hunting Palestinian Children

Nearly 400,000 children in Gaza display signs of trauma from Israel’s recurrent wars on the Strip, with Palestinians believing their targeting is on purpose. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1kHcbPJ

Aug 15 09:57

NZ Superfund office occupied: call to divest from Israel

We are occupying the NZ Superfund office today to send a clear message; we demand our tax dollars are immediately withdrawn from companies which arm Israel and help maintain it’s brutal regime of occupation and siege. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1mRiZ8U

Aug 15 09:55

Australia: Pro-Palestinian protesters raids Israeli drone factory

Melbourne Palestine Action Group occupied the roof of Elbit Systems of Australia, which is a subsidiary of an Israeli company that manufactures air and land drones. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1pxmGFy

Aug 15 09:51

Making Murder "Reasonable": How the Ferguson PD Will Whitewash the Killing of Michael E. Brown (UPDATE, August 15)

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, in a press conference notable for its brevity, identified the officer who shot Michael Brown as Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of his department. Information distributed to the media included reports suggesting that Brown was a suspect in a strong-arm robbery of a package of cigars at a local convenience store. Still photographs, reportedly of the incident in the local QuikTrip, show a large young man resembling Brown involved in what appeared to be an assault on a much smaller individual in the store.

Aug 15 09:10

#OperationCeasefire ~~ OUT OF GAZA INTO THE WEST BANK

Man injured by live fire in Bethlehem clashes

Aug 15 09:10

WHAT GIVES THE BASTARD STATE OF ISRAEL THE RIGHT TO CALL ANYONE ILLEGITIMATE?

Israel …..

A State that has NOT stood on its own financially since its inception

A State that has ignored EVERY UN Sanction against it since its inception

A State that has sent spies to the very nations that have kept her alive

A State has displace millions of people from their homes and properties

A State that, in this decade alone, has murdered thousands of innocent civilians including women and children

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YET, this is how the zionists portray the latest events …

Aug 15 09:08

The Great Israeli Iron Dome Hoax

Call it a billion dollar + scam. Add another congressionally funded $225 million tax dollars. Expect millions more on request.

In April 2002, noted MIT physicist Theodore Postol headlined his Technology Review article "Why Missile Defense Won't Work."

The notion is more hoax than possibility. His reasoning was detailed and technical. What's supposed to work doesn't as claimed

Hitting and destroying a missile with another one isn't possible. It may never be other than occasional lucky exceptions.

Aug 15 08:49

CODE PINK TO PROTEST LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION BLAMING HAMAS FOR GAZA WAR

August 14, 2014
This is crazy. How can the LA City Council even consider a resolution focusing on Hamas instead of the crimes committed by the Israeli government that killed over 2,000 Palestinians?? We hear it said that Gaza is an open-air prison, but prisoners get at least minimal food, security and heathcare. We must stand against this resolution and let the City Council know this would be a racist and violent move.
Join us this Friday, August 15th at 8:15 AM – At Los Angeles City Hall Main Steps.
The Intergovernmental Relations Committee of the Los Angeles City Council is set to meet on Friday, August 15 at 9AM to consider an outrageous resolution that condemns Hamas and fails to mention Israeli war crimes. The resolution turns reality on its head by implying that Israel is the victim, when in fact it is the engaged in brutal occupation, mass killing of civilians and scores of war crimes. The resolution is an attempt to obscure the truth.

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This announcement was sent out as an email and does not yet appear on the Codepink website yet, but the LA City Council, apparently with nothing better to do in the taxpayer dollar than suck up to Israel, is considering a resolution that would drop the blame for 5 weeks of Israel's attacks on Gaza squarely on HAMAS.

Codepink is mobilizing a protest. I know there are a lot of protests going on, and maybe that is a good thing, but this is one you should make a point of getting to if you live in the Los Angeles area. If my wife and I still lived in North Hollywood, we would be heading down to this one ourselves!

Let's review the timetable.

In June, 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 declared HAMAS, the legally elected government of Gaza, responsible and launched 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 Gazans, who were attacked without provocation, fought 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 Gaza'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 Gazans 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 Gazans 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, right alongside the Los Angeles City Council!

Aug 15 08:16

Struggling to survive in Gaza's ruins

After five weeks of war, the destruction in Gaza has reached almost apocalyptic proportions. The clinics can no longer treat people; electricity and power are scarce - people are fighting to survive.

Aug 15 08:16

Dutch nonagenarian returns Righteous Among the Nations medal after six relatives killed in Gaza

A 91-year-old Dutch man who was declared a Righteous Among the Nations for saving a Jew during the German occupation on Thursday returned his medal and certificate because six of his relatives were killed by an Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip last month.

Aug 15 07:52

Blood Thirst: 'Finish The Job!' Of Killing Palestinians

—Thousands of Israelis rally in support of Gaza offense

Thousands of people in Tel Aviv rallied to show support for the IDF's military campaign in Gaza, urging the government forces to stop Hamas rocket attacks on Israel once and for all.

An estimated 10,000 Israelis gathered in Rabin Square for first major demonstration since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8, officially to protect Israeli civilians from the barrage of rockets launched from the militant organization on the Gaza strip.

Aug 15 07:44

An Israeli Soldier’s Story

The talk by Eran Efrati was filmed in Denver, Colorado on March 3, 2014 as part of The Soldier and the Refusenik U.S. tour with Maya Wind. Eran talk about his experiences in the IDF and then more broadly discusses Israel, its relationship to the U.S. and the global expansion of militarism.

Aug 15 07:39

Washington DC Protest for Gaza with Counterprotest by Israel August 9 2014

Aug 15 07:34

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 1, ducks question on Gaza, 2, plans trip to Israel, and 3–

Here is a defining moment: Senator Warren running away, at Netroots on July 18, when a reporter asked her about the Gaza slaughter.

This goes in the same file as Hillary Clinton throwing Obama under the bus on his Israel policy and Andrew Cuomo standing there like a potted plant with Netanyahu yesterday and Rand Paul throwing his old self under the bus on his former criticisms of Israel. I believe that it’s about money, pure and simple, campaign contributions. The perspicacious Tom Friedman explains the Israel lobby’s efficacy:

if you and I were running from the same district, and I have AIPAC’s stamp of the approval and you don’t, I will maybe have to make three phone calls and I can raise my whole– I’m exaggerating but I don’t have to make many phone calls to get all the money I need to run against you. You will have to make 50,000 phone calls. So that pulled the whole spectrum to the right

Aug 15 07:23

What The Mossad Can Do

Aug 15 07:17

SOS! Five Hospital Ships Needed to Save Gaza’s Children

The toll of the war on Gaza’s children has been “catastrophic,” according to UN agencies. At least 450 have been killed, and those not having their physical bodies buried have found their innocence entombed. It is another casualty in the war—a war against all things daring to live and resist in Gaza. According to Chamseddine

Aug 15 07:15

Massive artillery shelling may have caused numerous civilian fatalities in Gaza

It is thought that at least 32,000 artillery shells were fired during Protective Edge, four times as much as in Cast Lead in 2008.

Aug 15 06:46

Islamic State Is Covert US Intelligence Operation

WASHINGTON, August 13 (RIA Novosti), Lyudmila Chernova - The Islamic State (IS) is a covert intelligence operation by the United States which aims at setting a predicate for further escalation in Iraq, Francis Boyle, a constitutional scholar and law professor at University of Illinois, told RIA Novosti.

"All the implications so far in the public record are that ISIS [IS] is a covert US intelligence operation," Boyle told RIA Novosti Tuesday. "Head of ISIS Abu Bakr Baghdadi spent five years in an American detention facility, and also three of the four military commanders were also in detention by the US forces. So, my guess is that ISIS is indeed a covert US military intervention to set precedent for US escalation in Iraq."

Aug 15 04:43

Dutchman who saved Jew returns medal to protest Gaza deaths

A Dutch man who risked his life to save a Jew during the Holocaust gave back a medal he received for his actions in order to protest Israel’s actions in Gaza.

Henk Zanoli, 91, returned his medal to the Israeli embassy in The Hague after a member of his family died in an Israeli strike in Gaza, the Haaretz daily reported Friday.

Zanoli and his mother were recognized by the State of Israel and its Holocaust commemoration authority, Yad Vashem, in 2011 for hiding a Jewish child in their home from 1943 to 1945.

A great-niece of Zanoli is a Dutch diplomat whose husband was born in the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza. Last month an Israeli bomb killed several members of his family, Haaretz reported.

Aug 14 22:33

The Beginning of World Shift

Russian Strategy in the Face of Anglo-American Imperialism
by Thierry Meyssan
Voltaire Network | Damascus (Syria) | 13 August 2014

Anglo-Saxon agression against Russia is taking the form of financial and economic warfare. However, Moscow is preparing for armed hostilities by developing its agricultural self-sufficency and multiplying its alliances. For Thierry Meyssan, after the creation of the caliphate in the Levant, Washington would lay down a new card in September in St. Petersburg. The ability of Russia to maintain its internal stability will determine the course of events.......

Aug 14 15:15

Lapid: Crisis in US-Israel relations is a very concerning trend that can't continue

Finance Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday responded to reports that the US had halted a weapons' shipment to Israel as a result of tensions between the countries, saying "this is a very concerning trend and we cannot let it continue."

Lapid stated that "relations with the US are a strategic asset which we cannot endanger."

Aug 14 15:13

Israel-US ties hit new low as White House halts missile shipment

As further proof of the deteriorating relations between Israel and the U.S., the White House has instructed the Pentagon to hold a shipment of Hellfire missiles meant for the Israel Air Force, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, calling this the "lowest point" in Israel-U.S. relations since U.S. President Barack Obama took office.

Signaling to Israel that U.S. military assistance is now under drastically closer scrutiny than in the past, White House and State Department approval is now required for every request made by Israel, the report said.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the decision was spurred by the recent discovery that the Israel Defense Forces had secured American munitions transfers without the express approval of the White House, by way of military channels.

Aug 14 14:21

Israel Obtained US Arms Without White House, State Department OK: WSJ

Israel obtained arms from the Pentagon without the knowledge of the White House or State Department, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The newspaper reports that this marks one in "a string of slights and arguments that have bubbled behind the scenes during the Gaza conflict" between the two nations, citing U.S., Israeli and Palestinian officials.

Aug 14 13:38

Kevin Barrett postulates on role of Saudis in 9/11 - Patsies

In 2001 Saudi Arabia allowed the CIA to borrow fifteen Saudi intelligence assets and bring them to the US on “snitch visas” – special visas used to reward Saudi CIA assets with a trip to America. These fifteen young men, some from the Kingdom’s leading families, were shadowed, impersonated, and in some cases apparently replaced by doubles. (The pork-chop-loving “Mohammed Atta” in Florida was a fluent speaker of Hebrew according to his stripper girlfriend Amanda Keller.)

The Israeli Mossad appears to have been responsible for surveilling and setting up the 19 patsies, 15 of them Saudis, who would be blamed for 9/11; reports by journalists Christopher Ketcham and Justin Raimondo, and an investigative report by Carl Cameron of Fox News, revealed that Israel mounted the biggest spy operation ever against the US as it surveilled (or “ran”) the 9/11 hijacker-patsies. Hundreds of 9/11-related Israel spies were arrested; all were quickly released on orders from above.

Aug 14 13:20

Israel bans human rights NGO broadcast on Gaza children

An Israeli court has banned the broadcast of Israeli human rights NGO B'Tselem that listed the names of Palestinian children killed during Israel’s month-long offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Aug 14 12:37

IDF Film Sniping Children Playing on Rooftop in Gaza

Aug 14 10:41

Sham Cairo Talks Continue

The latest 72-hour ceasefire expired at midnight Wednesday local time. Both sides agreed to extend it another five days.

They did so despite seemingly irreconcilable differences. Hamas, other resistance groups, millions of occupied and diaspora Palestinians, as well as growing world public opinion want Gaza's siege unconditionally lifted.

Aug 14 10:16

Ceasefire between Israel and Gaza Extended but Talks Stall on Lifting Blockade

The ceasefire between Hamas and Israel ends at midnight on Thursday, and there is still no reported deal. Reports say that the new deal's guidelines would create a 500 yard buffer zone on the Gaza side of the border. Also, the blockade would only be eased and not ended as Hamas has demanded.

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Gaza is roughly the size of Manhattan island, so a 500 yard trim around all of their borders represents a major loss of land for an already overcrowded population!

Aug 14 10:02

Obama Reportedly Blocks Israel Missile Shipment

A new report reveals that US President Barack Obama's administration stopped a shipment of missiles to Israel late last month and tightened weapons shipment procedures to Israel, as tensions between the two nations grow amid Operation Protective Edge.

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This is political theater. The mid-term elections are less than three months away, and early primary results are showing that "Friend of Israel" has become a severe liability at the ballot box. So now we see the latest installment of the Potomac Two-Step, in which pro-Israel candidates feign at least a temporary distancing of themselves from support of Israel.

But the way to make such distancing permanent is to give the pro-Israel candidates the old heave-ho out into the streets, hard enough to bounce three times on the concrete!


Aug 14 09:56

#OperationCeasefire UPDATES ~~ WILL THE BILLION$ CONTINUE TO POUR IN IF PEACE BREAKS OUT?

ut Israel and the Diaspora Jewish establishment automatically tag any criticism as anti-Semitic. It’s an old trick – the burden of guilt is shifted from those who perpetrated the Gaza horrors to those who are tainted with so-called anti-Semitism. It’s not us, it’s you, anti-Semitic world. No matter what Israel does, the whole world is against it.

This is nonsense, of course. Just as not every policeman who gives a Jewish driver a traffic ticket is an anti-Semite, as the Jewish organizations try to put it, and not every robbery of a rabbi is a hate crime, so not every criticism of Israel is motivated by hatred of Jews.

Aug 14 09:44

IN PHOTOS ~~ REMEMBERING THOSE MURDERED IN GAZA

Shamefully, “over 50 Israeli-associated New York organizations” will be gathering then at the JCC on the UWS of Manhattan to “commemorate Israeli soldiers and civilians who lost their lives during ‘Operation Protective Edge,”‘ the bombing campaign of Gaza, without one mention of Palestinian lives lost. (see photo at bottom)

We are appalled at this blatant valuing of Jewish and Jewish Israeli lives over the nearly 2,000 Palestinians, including hundreds of children, who have been massacred by the Israeli army. To express our opposition to a perverse ethic that values only Jewish lives and ignores Israeli war crimes, the siege of Gaza, and an ongoing brutal occupation, please join us in a silent vigil across from the JCC.

Aug 14 09:08

Will Israel’s War Crimes Go Unpunished?

Israel’s month-long military barrage of Gaza known as “Protective Edge” included numerous attacks on civilian-populated sites, including on homes, hospitals, mosques, markets and United Nation (UN) schools-turned-shelters.

Aug 14 09:03

US activists to block Israeli cargo in mass shutdown of West Coast ports

The Port of Oakland, California is one of the busiest shipping ports in the United States. On 16 August, it will also be a flashpoint of the growing global movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

A diverse coalition of groups is coming together to shut down the port and prevent the offloading of an Israeli vessel scheduled to dock Saturday morning. They are targeting Israel’s largest cargo shipping company, Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd.

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One month before 9-11, Zim Shipping broke their lease for offices in the World Trade Towers, paying a substantial financial penalty, in order to relocate their offices across the river in New Jersey from where they had a ringside seat as the towers came down.

Aug 14 09:01

Britain decides to keep on arming Israel

Britain remains determined to keep on arming Israel, judging by a decision taken by one of the most senior figures in the UK government this week.

Vince Cable, the business secretary, has reviewed 130 licenses granted for exporting British weapons to Israel. On Tuesday, he announced that just twelve of these licenses would be suspended “in the event of a resumption of significant hostilities.”

Aug 14 08:58

Syrian rebel commander says he collaborated with Israel

A Free Syrian Army commander, arrested last month by the Islamist militia Al-Nusra Front, told his captors he collaborated with Israel in return for medical and military support, in a video released this week.

Aug 14 08:57

Gaza Crisis: Israel Outflanks the White House on Strategy

White House and State Department officials who were leading U.S. efforts to rein in Israel's military campaign in the Gaza Strip were caught off guard last month when they learned that the Israeli military had been quietly securing supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon without their approval.

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Another sign of the total ineptitude of the Federal Government!

But Israel has been stealing from the US all along. They acquired their first weapons-grade uranium from the United States with which to build their first generation nuclear weapons. How did the US Government respond to that theft? Same way they will respond to this one, with silence.

Aug 14 08:48

Analyst: All NSA intel goes directly to Israel

The US National Security Agency (NSA) directly sends all of the intelligence that it gathers to the Israeli regime, a political analyst tells Press TV.

“We now know that all of the NSA’s spying is going directly to Israel,” James H. Fetzer, a professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, said in a Saturday interview.

“I believe that all of our allies should discontinue sharing their intelligence with the Unites States unless they are willing that it should go directly to Tel Aviv,” the analyst said.

“It would be advisable for the Unites Nations to undertake an exploration of this because it appears to be a violation of national sovereignty for one nation to be spying on the communications of its highest executive officials,” Fetzer added.

Aug 14 08:47

US Officials: Israel Restocked Ammo During Gaza Offensive Without White House Approval

Israel secured supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon last month without the approval of the White House or the State Department, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Since officials there were caught off guard as they tried to restrain Israel's campaign in Gaza, the administration of President Barack Obama has tightened controls on arms shipments to Israel, the newspaper said, quoting U.S. and Israeli officials.

But the case illustrated that the White House and the State Department had little influence over the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the paper said, quoting officials from both countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Israel is a thief, stealing from the American people, who were forced to pay for all those weapons.

Worse, the White House didn't catch Israel in the theft!

So, what will the US Government do about it?

Nothing!

As usual.

Aug 14 08:36

Report: White House in dark over arms supplies to Israel

Israel secured supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon last month without the approval of the White House or the State Department, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, basically, Israel has been stealing from the American people, as those weapons are paid for by US taxpayer dollars, the US government didn't catch them in the theft, and will likely not do anything about it anyway.

Aug 14 08:26

Palestine & Israel Magazine (Updated)

UNCENSORED - Occupied Palestine and Israel breaking news, related world news and multimedia. http://sabbah.in/1l6yUoR

Aug 14 08:25

A European Green Light To Kill, Destroy and Pulverize #GazaUnderAttack

In its ongoing silence, official Germany is collaborating with Israel on its journey of destruction and death, waged against the Palestinian people in Gaza. Germany isn't alone – Austria's silence is also deafening. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1pPy0eX

Aug 14 08:22

Human Rights in Our Name

Cameron talks of increased humanitarian efforts to help the Gaza citizens whilst supplying the arms along with America that kills and maims them. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1oMmlcV

Aug 14 08:21

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition to Sail to Gaza Again

In addition to sailing to Gaza, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition will organize demonstrations at sea and in ports worldwide over the next months. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1mN49Ac

Aug 14 08:20

UN #GazaUnderAttack Emergency Situation Report as of 13 August 2014

Occupied Palestinian Territory: UN Gaza Emergency Situation Report (as of 13 August 2014, 0800 hrs). http://sabbah.in/1pPxCx4

Aug 14 08:18

Israel secured supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon last month without the approval of the White House or the State Department

White House in the dark over arms supplies to Israel: report

Well that sums it all up!

Aug 14 07:48

Activists Protest Bombing of Gaza and innocent passerby harassed by pro Israel opposition and arrested

Demonstrators protest the violence in Gaza during a pro Palestine rally in Seattle. As protestors lined the sidewalks in Westlake Park, a pro Israel supporter walks by, harassing the demonstrators, yelling in peoples faces, screaming obscenities, and racial slurs. After crossing the street and harassing another group of demonstrators, the man tore off his shirt and began walking towards the group with fists clenched. As someone who wasn’t a part of the demonstration walked by, the pro Israel supporter turned and said something as he passed. The man then turned around as if he was going to swing, but thought better of it. The pro Israel supporter squared off with him, but a Westlake security guard who was watching the interaction pulled out his pepper spray, and sprayed the innocent passerby, grabbed him by the arm and tried to wrestle him to the ground. He was eventually led off into Westlake Center as SPD arrived on the scene.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another result of letting Israel train our domestic police departments. Israelis aren't arrested. Innocent bystanders are.

Aug 14 07:45

Hundreds of scholars say they won’t engage with University of Illinois unless decision to block Salaita is reversed

In the last 24 hours, sociologists and scholars of composition and rhetoric have organized two new statements of refusal regarding the Steven Salaita affair.

1. The sociology statement reads as follows:

Dear Chancellor Wise:

We are members of Sociology departments from around the world who write, regretfully, to inform you that we will not engage with the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign as speakers, or as participants in conferences or other events at Illinois, until you rescind the decision to block Professor Steven Salaita’s appointment to the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Many prominent academics have written eloquently about the chilling effect your decision will have on the free expression of dissident ideas by academics; legal scholars have argued that it is a violation of academic freedom and more fundamentally, of freedom of speech.

Diverse and discordant voices, voices that some find “difficult,” are key to the survival of our schools as living institutions. Critical thinking of the kind that can lead directly to political dissent is exactly what any faculty in any college or university worthy of the name must teach.

Please reconsider your decision. Until then, we will not engage with a university we otherwise admire in so many ways.

If you are a sociologist, and wish you to add your name to this statement, you can sign it here.

Aug 14 07:13

Gaza, Ebola, Iraq … are we approaching disaster overload?

Reflecting on the responses to the number of man-made emergencies detonating or still smouldering around the world earlier this year, from Syria to Ukraine and from Nigeria and South Sudan to Central African Republic (CAR), Kofi Annan appeared uncharacteristically weary.

“You sometimes have a feeling that the global community – and even the big powers – can only focus on one crisis at a time,” the former UN secretary general said.

Aug 14 06:55

Tunnels-to-kindergartens propaganda Netanyahu peddled to NYT and CNN is exploded by Israeli news site

The Israeli site +972 has blown that propaganda completely out of the water. A well-researched article in Hebrew that it translated from an educational worker near Gaza states that the tunnels do not appear to be targeted at civilians and they come out more than a mile from any kibbutz, let alone the kindergartens.

In short, the tunnels fear was hysteria, drummed up by the Israeli government to heighten war fever, and then purveyed by the New York Times and CNN.

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Aug 14 06:52

Palestinian dies after being hit by settler car near Salfit

Palestinian police are investigating the incident to determine whether the settler deliberately hit the victim.

Aug 14 06:40

NY governor offers ‘total solidarity’ on Israel visit

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo kicked off a two-day visit to Israel on Wednesday, where he expressed “total solidarity” with the country over the monthlong war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

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Dear readers. Feel free to share this image with everyone you know in New York. Their primary is next month. And here in Hawaii, for the first time in history, a sitting governor lost his re-election primary race.

Aug 14 05:49

France continues to march against Israel despite bans

France continues to demonstrate against Israel’s latest war against the people of Gaza. Despite France’s rhetoric as a beacon of free speech and human rights, the government banned several anti-war marches last month. Thousands of protesters repeatedly defied the bans, refusing to remain silent in spite of mass arrests and police brutality.

Aug 14 05:47

US activists to block Israeli cargo in mass shutdown of West Coast ports

The Port of Oakland, California is one of the busiest shipping ports in the United States. On 16 August, it will also be a flashpoint of the growing global movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

A diverse coalition of groups is coming together to shut down the port and prevent the offloading of an Israeli vessel scheduled to dock Saturday morning. They are targeting Israel’s largest cargo shipping company, Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd.

Aug 14 05:15

Obama: Netanyahu “Too Strong” to Make Peace

In order for peace to ever occur between Israel and the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs to be weakened, United States President Barack Obama asserted.

In an interview with the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman, the president said that Netanyahu was “too strong” and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] was “too weak.”

According to Obama, in order for Netanyhau to come to the negotiating table and make concessions, the prime minister needs to feel more pressure from his cabinet and Israelis.

The president pointed to the fact that Netanyahu’s “poll numbers are a lot higher than mine,” which “were greatly boosted by the war in Gaza.”

Obama argued that “if he [Netanyahu] doesn’t feel some internal pressure, then it’s hard to see him being able to make some very difficult compromises, including taking on the settler movement.”

Aug 13 21:15

BOYCOTT ISRAEL PRODUCTS

Sodastream shows that bar codes starting with 871 can also be from israel in addition to 729. [ts]

Aug 13 20:48

Benjamin Netanyahu Will Not Cooperate With U.N. War Crimes Investigation

In a video posted on his official Facebook page, Netanyahu criticized the U.N. Human Rights Council for failing to investigate Hamas’ attacks against Israeli civilians and its use of the people of Gaza as “human shields,” as well as the “massacre” of Syrian civilians and atrocities committed by Islamic State fighters in Iraq.

Aug 13 18:25

ISIS, Israel and US duplicity

The US government claims it has launched several air strikes against ISIS, these are the same ISIS militants that the US and its client states are supporting in Syria; the same breed and stock of militants they let loose like wild dogs to lynch Gaddafi and wreak havoc in Libya.

Aug 13 17:45

Israeli Diplomat Seen With Zionist Shop Defenders

Israeli Ministry for Foreign Affairs adviser Ishmael Khaldi was recognised by an activist who had seen a video of him in Edinburgh, where students chased him from Edinburgh University campus, at which he had been due to speak.

Aug 13 16:47

The Greenhouse propaganda—How Gazan history is being rewritten to dehumanize Palestinians

In mid-December, the greenhouses made their first export of 8 tons of peppers. Speaking to the Associated Press about the success of the project, Jabir said, “It makes us proud. This land was a symbol of occupation and many people were doubting our ability to rehabilitate [it], but now we have proven that we, as Palestinians, are able to manage our lives, to farm our land and to do our own business.”

That hope and pride soon turned to despair. According to Jabir, in order for the project to be successful, it would require moving at least 25 truckloads of produce a day through the Karni crossing. On rare days when the Karni crossing was functioning smoothly he was only able to move 3 truckloads. A crossing that was supposed to be open 24/7, per an international agreement to which Israel was party, was only open sporadically and unpredictably. Israel cited security concerns. The Palestine Economic Development Corporation and its Israeli distribution partner Adafresh were losing hundreds of thousands of dollars every week.

Aug 13 15:32

Netanyahu orders IDF response to rocket attack from Gaza

Several rockets hit Israeli territory just before Hamas announced it was accepting Egypt’s offer to extend a ceasefire with Israel for another five days. Israeli PM has ordered the IDF to respond to the attack with reports of renewed bombing of Gaza.

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That was the shortest 5 day cease fire in history!

Aug 13 15:16

Flashback: Two Israelis arrested with bombs in the Mexican Congress

"We believe that the two Zionists terrorist were going to blow up the Mexican Congress. The second phase was to mobilize both the Mexican and US press to blame Osama bin Laden. Most likely then Mexico would declare war on Afghanistan as well, commit troops and all the oil it could spare to combat Islamic terrorism."

Aug 13 15:04

Censorship in Hollywood: Celebrities Being Blacklisted by Pro-Israeli Media?

Spain’s most notable actors, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz may be soon unemployed, well at least in Hollywood. The Guardian reported that the

“The couple were among 100 film professionals to sign the open Spanish letter calling on the European Union to end Israel’s military operation in Gaza, along with director Pedro Almodovar in July.”

Aug 13 14:04

Israel, Palestinians agree to extend Gaza ceasefire

A rocket landed in southern Israel two hours before the end of a temporary cease-fire agreed between Hamas and Israeli authorities. However, despite the incident the sides have agreed to extend the ceasefire for another 5 days to continue negotiations.

Aug 13 13:58

BREAKING NEWS FOR #OperationCeasefire

Thousands of Reservists Deployed to Gaza, Others Told to Prepare

Aug 13 13:32

In Midst of War, Israel Clamps Down on Internal Dissent

As a tenuous ceasefire takes hold, the besieged Gaza strip must contend with the path of death and destruction left by Israel's month-long military assault, including 1,939 Palestinian lives lost, 9,886 wounded, over 200,000 displaced, and more than 10,000 Palestinian housing units severely damaged or completely ruined.

Aug 13 13:20

Israeli Backlash Follows UN Appointment of Gaza War Crimes Commission

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday announced the appointment of experts to carry out an independent commission charged with investigating possible war crimes during the month-long assault on Gaza that has killed nearly 2,000 Palestinians and 67 Israelis.

On July 23 the Council adopted a resolution to launch the inquiry into possible violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws during the assault. The United States issued the sole vote against setting up the inquiry.

Aug 13 13:10

Israel’s Military-Psychological Bulldozer - Destroying Palestinian Memory

In explaining Israel’s invasion of Gaza, much can be learned by combining the analysis of Marx and Freud, as did Herbert Marcuse in Eros and Civilization, on a related problem: the instinctual realm of profound layers of darkness, in which consciousness of evil on the oppressors’ part must be obliterated (for Marcuse, the repression of Thanatos as it continues to do its ugly work), in Israel’s case, its destruction of the Palestinian memory (memory as historical awareness, legitimation of group-existence, including pride and sense of place, claims to survival and growth) through mounting the disproportionate use of force, a species of overkill, metaphorically, the Israeli military-psychological bulldozer.

Aug 13 12:30

IDF Film Sniping Children Playing on Rooftop in Gaza

Watch here.

Aug 13 12:17

The Unbridled Power of AIPAC

…and how it sets America’s morally bankrupt policy in the Middle East.

By Stephen M. Walt —

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 American taxpayers to bombard the captive and impoverished Palestinians in Gaza, where the death toll now tops 1,000. As usual, the United States 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 13 12:15

Israel Stealing, Murdering Its Way Through Palestine

• Establishment politicians, media refuse to stand up for real victims.

As Zionists have endeavored to teach the world for decades, Israel is not subject to criticism. Only Jew-haters, anti-Semites and people who want to gas Jews and boil them in oil criticize Israel. Israel is above criticism, because Israelis are God’s Chosen People and despite being God’s Chosen People suffered the Holocaust.

This means that the Israeli government, like the one in Washington, can do whatever it wants and remain above criticism.

Aug 13 12:04

Israel insists Protective Edge was 'not a war'

In responding to High Court of Justice petition calling for the operation to be declared a war, the State Attorney claimed Tuesday that the petition must be rejected outright for two main reasons.

The State said the petition does not provide a sufficient cause for the court to order the government to announce the declaration of war – a widely-shared opinion in the coalition on every foreign and defense policy in general, and the declaration of war in particular.

The State Attorney also claimed that the fundamental assumption underlying the basis of the petition – which said "the necessity of declaring the start of war is a social and financial need of the highest order" – was mistaken.

"The declaration of war in and of itself does not necessarily guarantee compensation or financial aid to citizens harmed by the conflict," wrote the State Attorney in the response.

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In other words, by refusing to say it was a war, Israel does not have to pay their own citizens who were harmed by falling Iron Dome rockets.

Aug 13 11:55

Stupid Israeli wanted to take down the Palastenian flag

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Turn on the English captions. This Israeli tried to break into the home of a Palestinian to tear down the flag and gets caught in the razor wire! Note that at 2:10 the Israeli justifies his illegal entry by saying that the house is really his, echoing the sentiments of the famous drunk Israeli settler.

Aug 13 11:37

As three-day truce nears end, Hamas senior official says group preparing for 'long battle'

As Netanyahu briefs coalition on cease-fire efforts, Palestinian sources say Israel has accepted few demands, and no progress has been made on key issues.

Aug 13 11:36

Israel wants a truce that does not include a halt on assassinations

Israeli media reports quoted security officials on Tuesday as saying that currently there are three options available, namely: an international effort to extend the cease-fire, or “surrendering” to some of Hamas’ demands, or launching a new aggression against the Gaza Strip. According to the officials themselves, the latter is less likely to happen.

Security officials added that “Hamas has put on the negotiating table demands for a seaport and an airport as a counterweight to Israel’s demand to strip the sector of any weapon,” and that the Israeli security apparatus “wants to test Hamas’ long-term steps, therefore, Hamas must be prevented from achieving anything that could help the movement’s strength grow.”

Aug 13 09:37

ISIS in Iraq stinks of CIA/NATO ‘dirty war’ op

by William Engdahl

For days now, since their dramatic June 10 taking of Mosul, Western mainstream media have been filled with horror stories of the military conquests in Iraq of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, with the curious acronym ISIS. ISIS, as in the ancient Egyptian cult of the goddess of fertility and magic. The media picture being presented adds up less and less.

Details leaking out suggest that ISIS and the major military ‘surge’ in Iraq – and less so in neighboring Syria – is being shaped and controlled out of Langley, Virginia, and other CIA and Pentagon outposts as the next stage in spreading chaos in the world’s second-largest oil state, Iraq, as well as weakening the recent Syrian stabilization efforts.
Strange facts

Aug 13 09:34

Israeli tactic to stop soldier capture criticized

An Israeli military tactic that allows overwhelming fire to stop the capture of soldiers — even at the risk of killing them — is facing criticism after its use in the Gaza war killed some 100 Palestinians.

The military used the "Hannibal Procedure" after soldiers feared militants had captured an officer, unleashing heavy shelling on the southern Gaza town of Rafah. Now, a group is calling on the military to abandon the practice, saying it puts captured soldiers at unreasonable risk and can lead to civilian deaths.

In an army with a strong ethos of "no soldier left behind," there is a near obsession with preventing the abduction of Israeli troops, in part because past cases have ended in painful, lopsided prisoner exchanges after years of protracted negotiations. New recruits learn that if they see a soldier being captured and rushed away in a car, they should shoot at the vehicle to stop its progress, even if it risks the soldier's life.

Aug 13 09:08

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE GOING?

Global public opinion has shifted decisively in favour of justice for the Palestinians. What’s needed is to turn that into unrelenting pressure for an end to support for occupation, an arms embargo and sanctions, from above and below. The horror of Gaza is a crime made in Washington and London, as well as Jerusalem.

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The nation's roads are crumbling, but Israel has brand new modern highways ... paid for by the US taxpayer!

Aug 13 09:07

#OperationCeasefire ~~ HOW ABBAS CAN PUT AN END TO IT

From demilitarization to UN control, Israel’s leaders have their own ideas on Gaza

Aug 13 08:46

Solidarity fills the streets in global day of protest for Gaza

Up to 200,000 marched in Cape Town, South Africa, drawing parallels between Israel and the apartheid regime.

Aug 13 08:39

Israeli soldiers celebrate shooting a Palestinian youth [VIDEO]

n Hebron, Israeli soldiers celebrated shooting an 18-year-old Palestinian youth in the leg with live ammunition.

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Aug 13 08:35

A month of solidarity in London — does the BBC get the message?

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of London last Saturday (August 9), honoring the call for a global “day of rage” in response to the ongoing Israeli atrocities in Gaza. The organizers estimate that 150,000 protesters attended, making it the biggest Gaza-solidarity demonstration ever to take place in Britain.

The organizers set a precedent by choosing to launch the demonstration from the headquarters of the BBC in London. The choice was justified, as it reflected the common sentiments shared by almost everyone who’s followed the news organ closely. For weeks, the anger at the “balanced” coverage the BBC claims to produce, has been building steadily, as each day brought with it more bad news from Gaza. To quote Tariq Ali in his interview with the BBC’s Mark Sanders: “we shouldn’t underestimate the anger with the BBC at its coverage of the Palestine-Israel conflict. In all my experience, I have never known a demonstration to begin outside the BBC headquarters; that’s how angry people are…”

Aug 13 08:15

Tunnels-to-kindergartens propaganda Netanyahu peddled to NYT and CNN is exploded by Israeli news site

One of the most important strikes in the propaganda war for Israel in the last month was dealt by the New York Times and CNN when they ran long pieces giving credence to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that Hamas was building tunnels out of Gaza aimed at kindergartens in nearby kibbutzes.

Back on July 22, Netanyahu asserted– on the basis of this cartoon drawing he tweeted– that the tunnels were aimed at Israeli kindergartens.

In fact (and as we reported), the only Israelis attacked from the tunnels were Israeli soldiers. But a week after Netanyahu’s statement, both the Times and CNN took the prime minister’s claim at face value. The Times’s piece, “Tunnels Lead Right to Heart of Israeli Fear” gave priority to rumors over actual information, and reported that “one tunnel was found over the weekend” in Kibbutz Be’eri.

Aug 13 08:09

Israeli army uses Gaza children as human shields

Muhammad Qdeih recounts how Israeli forces stormed his home in Khuzaa, where some sixty members of his extended family were sheltering in the basement on 25 July, and forced them to act as human shields.

Aug 13 08:06

ISIS: the Birth of a Terrifying New State

In Iraq the army shows no signs of recovering from its earlier defeats and has failed to launch a single successful counter-attack; in Syria the other opposition groups, including the battle-hardened fighters of al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham, are demoralised and disintegrating as they are squeezed between ISIS and the Assad government.

Aug 13 07:53

Disgust as Israeli soldier spotted laughing and drinking in Jerusalem bar wearing a 'Deployed, Destroyed and Enjoyed Gaza 2014' T-shirt

An Israeli soldier has been spotted laughing and drinking in a bar wearing a T-shirt with the slogan 'Deployed, Destroyed, Enjoyed, Gaza 2014' emblazoned on the back.

The man, thought to be an army reservist was pictured wearing the shirt while enjoying a drink and chatting with friends at a bar in Jerusalem in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Pictured from behind, the black shirt has the slogan in white lettering emblazoned across the back of the garment.

Aug 13 07:43

How I became a Self Hating Jew

Aug 13 07:20

Joan Rivers Taken to the Woodshed

lol this one is funny

Aug 13 07:08

FLASHBACK - 9/11 - WHAT DID THE GOVERNMENT KNOW AND WHEN DID IT KNOW IT?

History records in the Lavon Affair that Israelis willingly use bombs and lay false trails to Arabs for political gain. And it wasn't too long ago that JDL Chairman Irv Rubin was arrested for plotting to blow up a US Congressman who refused to toe the Israel party line. Then there were the two Mossad agents arrested inside the Mexican Congress with guns and explosives shortly after 9-11. As the battered World Trade Towers collapsed, the very first suspects arrested, caught cheering as the towers fell, were Israelis, later identified as Mossad agents. The arrested spies worked for Urban Moving Systems, whose Israeli owner promptly fled the nation.

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The Jewish Defense League was actually declared a domestic terror group by the FBI, but you never heard about it, because the agenda of the US corporate media is to convince you that only Muslims are terrorists, which is why the FBI works so hard trying to set up Muslims as the fall guys for the FBI's created-out-of-thin-air "terror" plots. JDL Chairman Irv Rubin was caught with explosives and plans to blow up a mosque when he was arrested for planning to assassinate a US Congressman as well, but died under strange circumstances before he could be brought to trial, where presumably he would have named names to reduce his own sentence in prison. France, now aware that the French chapter of the JDL was causing all the violence that led to them banning pro-Palestine demonstrations, may ban the group entirely, but as is reported elsewhere on this site, a new JDL chapter is opening up in Canada, to commit acts of terror against pro-Palestinian activists there.

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