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Aug 12 07:24

South African Jewish students hounded after expressing solidarity with Gaza

The deputy class president of King David Victory Park, a prominent Jewish community school in Johannesburg, is one of three young men targeted with vitriolic abuse after being pictured wearing keffiyehs (traditional checkered scarves) “to show opposition to the human rights violations carried out against the people of Palestine.”

The photograph was taken when Joshua Broomberg and Wits University students Saul and Sam Musker — who are also Jewish — were in Thailand competing in the World Debating Championships.

But when the image was shared widely on social media, the three youths were met with hate messages, including the statement that “These boys should be killed like the children in Sderot [a town in present-day Israel, north of Gaza], they don’t deserve to breathe!”

Aug 12 07:22

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE 2014

In its resolution A/68/12 of 26 November 2013, the General Assembly decided to proclaim 2014 the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (IYSPP), and requested the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People to organize activities to be held during the year, in cooperation with Governments, relevant organizations of the United Nations system, intergovernmental organizations and civil society organizations.

Aug 11 14:32

Washington Threatens The World — Paul Craig Roberts

The consequence of Washington’s reckless and irresponsible political and military interventions in Iraq, Libya, and Syria has been to unleash evil. The various sects that lived in peace under the rule of Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, and Assad are butchering one another, and a new group, ISIS, is in the process of creating a new state out of parts of Iraq and Syria.

The turmoil brought into the Middle East by the Bush and Obama regimes has meant death and displacement for millions and untold future deaths. As I write 40,000 Iraqis are stranded on a mountain top without water awaiting death at the hands of ISIS, a creation of US meddling.

Aug 11 11:38

REMEMBER THIS THE NEXT TIME YOU CHEER FOR THE YANKEES

New York Yankees Host Future Israel Soldiers

Aug 11 11:36

New York governor, other officials head to Israel

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top state legislators are heading to Israel this week for a two-day visit as a "demonstration of solidarity" with that country in the conflict in Gaza, the Democratic governor announced Sunday.

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Because everything in New York is just hunky-dorey and Cuomo et. al. have nothing more important to do than suck up to Israel!

Aug 11 11:25

At no stage did we say war over: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to press ahead with its deadly offesive in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu told a cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv on Sunday that the Israeli aerial and ground forces will launch more deadly attacks on the besieged Palestinian coastal enclave.

"Operation Protective Edge is continuing, at no stage did we say it was over. The operation will continue until we achieve our objectives - the return of quiet for a prolonged period," Netanyahu said.

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"They created a desolation, and they called it peace." -- Tacitus

Aug 11 10:49

Month-long war in Gaza has left a humanitarian and environmental crisis

Everywhere you look there is destruction: mosques, factories, schools, hospitals, universities and thousands of houses, many shattered into piles of bricks, glass and metal. Roads mangled by military tanks and bulldozers. Cities without electricity, pitch black at night. The main sewage plant disabled, polluting the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.

Aug 11 10:14

NEVER TOO OLD TO FIGHT THE OCCUPATION

This video shows a Palestinian elder with a paper model of the kind of rocket the Palestinian resistance fires from Gaza fearlessly confronting Israeli occupation forces in the Bab al-Zawiya neighborhood of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Friday.

He does not back off even when a soldier fires towards him at close range.

Aug 11 10:14

#StayingHumanWithGaza ~~ IN PHOTOS

150,000 marched in London yesterday for Gaza. Thousands marched in New York as well … below are photos from that. Video follows

Aug 11 10:13

ACT FOR GAZA NOW

A rocket fell near us Tuesday in Beit Sahour. From the way it broke-up, we think it was one of the “iron dome” missiles that missed its mark (this happens to some 70-80% of missiles that are supposed to intercept Palestinian home-made rockets from Gaza). The owner of the house said of the significant damage: “we are with Gaza and continue to be”. Wars bring out the worse in people and the best in people.

Aug 11 09:37

BROOMSTICKS OVER GAZA

I think Israel did what it had to do to respond to the rockets,” Clinton said. Israel, she added, may have made some mistakes that led to civilian casualties, but that is what happens in the “fog of war.”

“I don’t know a nation … that hasn’t made errors, but ultimately the responsibility rests with Hamas,” Clinton said, pointing to the terrorist group’s rocket attacks against Israel and the way its fighters base their operations in civilian areas.

Aug 11 09:37

"Underground Vibrations and Noises:" Israel Prepares Attack on Lebanon

Yesterday, Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman, Head of the Southern Command visited Jewish settlements surrounding Gaza.

Instead of being carried on the shoulders of happy settlers, he met the anger of those who found out that they have been tricked by illegitimate authorities.

Less reported but no less violent was a visit of Public Security Minister Aharonovitch, at the same time Kibbutz Kfar Aza (Kibbutz Village of Gaza).

The general fury at the authorities was the result of a call to denizens of Gaza Envelope (Otef Aza) to return to their homes after the end of the ground stage of Operation Strong Cliff. "It is safe to return home," official announcements claimed. They returned to their homes only to find that the bombings continue.

Aug 11 09:22

Democrat youth wing fires members who criticized Israel’s child killings

The College Democrats of America (CDA), the youth wing of the Democratic National Committee, forced two of its members to resign from leadership positions following a right-wing smear campaign this week.

They were branded anti-Semites after expressing anger at Israel’s assault on Gaza in a heated social media exchange.

Aug 11 09:21

Wounded Gazans arrive in Turkey for treatment

Four wounded Palestinians were flown into Ankara for medical treatment Monday, the first sign of Turkey's promised plan to evacuate thousands from the Gaza Strip.

Turkey said last week it was seeking Israeli and Egyptian agreement for an air corridor to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza after a month of bloodshed that has killed at least 1,939 Palestinians and 67 Israelis.

Aug 11 09:20

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Panelists talked about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Israel’s compliance with U.S. and international laws regarding its use of force against Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.?Speakers included Tariq Khdeir, a Palestinian-American teenager who was arrested and detained by the Israeli Defense Forces.?Most of the speakers presented stories and examples of, in their words, Israel’s military and governmental abuses and hypocrisy.

Aug 11 09:18

Five Facts that the Israeli Government Would Prefer you did not Know

Binyamin Netanyahu claims to speak for the majority of world Jewry although, in fact, he represents only a minority of Jewish Israelis and Americans – those who support his right-wing, Likud Party. To many others, particularly in Europe, he is considered a US-financed, Zionist rabble-rouser with an extremist political agenda that rejects any Palestinian state and requires the ‘transfer’ of all indigenous Arabs out of former Palestine.

Aug 11 09:17

Israelis protest IDF Gaza bombing as deadly op drags on

Aug 11 08:11

Never ask me about peace again

Tears flowed until my body ran dry of them when I received a telephone call on Aug. 3, informing me that my family had been targeted by two F-16 missiles in the city of Rafah. Such was the fate of our family in a war that still continues, with every family in the Gaza Strip receiving its share of sorrow and pain.

Aug 11 07:52

Israeli army uses Gaza children as human shields

Since the assault on Gaza began, Israeli leaders and their supporters have repeatedly accused Hamas of using Palestinian civilians as human shields in an attempt to absolve Israel of responsibility for deliberately killing more than 1,600 Palestinian civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Despite there being no evidence to prove this libelous claim, it has been unquestioningly echoed in major media outlets and invoked by US officials to blame Palestinians for their own slaughter. It has even been used to justify genocide against Palestinians in a newspaper ad created by anti-Palestinian extremists Shmuley Boteach and Elie Wiesel.

But the available evidence demonstrates that it is the Israeli army, not Hamas, that has been using Palestinians as human shields in Gaza.

Aug 11 07:52

IDF Hamas Human Shield Manual a Sloppy Forgery

Aug 10 11:21

200 Buses per Day to Annex Gush Etzion

Gush Etzion Regional Council announced on August 10, 2014, the opening of a bus service as part of the Jerusalem metropolitan lines. 200 Buses per day will connect the largest settlement bloc in the West Bank* with West Jerusalem in a strategic step towards its annexation.

Aug 10 11:16

An honest Israeli Jew tells the Real Truth about Israel

Aug 10 10:22

CEASEFIRE TALKS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND ISRAEL

Egypt seems to be trying to act as broker in negotiating a ceasefire between the warring factions of Israel and Palestine, BUT …. an important element is missing from those talks. The Palestinians are NOT being represented at all so what you have in actuality are talks between Israel and itself ….. talks that will obviously lead nowhere.

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This is a repeat of the "talks" to resolve the Ukraine crisis that included representatives of the US, the EU, and even Russia, but would not allow anyone form the independent Eastern Ukrainian Republics to take part.

Aug 10 10:02

Hollywood Studios Blacklist Penelope Cruz over Gaza Letter Accusing Israel of 'Genocide'

Actress Penelope Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem have roused the fury of Hollywood producers, with pledges made to snub the Spanish couple.

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Jewish control of Hollywood, so long dismissed as an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, is now fully on display for the world to see.

Time to add Hollywood to the BDS boycott list!

Aug 10 08:45

Gaza Doctor Says Entire Families Have Completely Vanished

You can't gauge exactly what level, but from the people who have lost their loved ones and they have lost their homes, those kind of people, they tend to support somebody who will assist this sort of actions and will some sort take revenge for their big losses. And when you're speaking about almost 2,000 Palestinian dead, most, the vast majority of them, are women and children. And when you speak about almost 10,000 Palestinian injuries, of course, you can imagine the kind of sentiment in the hearts of those people who have lost everything, not forgetting about more than 20,000 homes which have been partially or totally destroyed. So the more killing you have in this streets, the more hatred will be implanted in the hearts of the people who have lost everything. And I think this will create more and more support for militant resistance against Israel.

Aug 10 08:25

Not Equal: Gaza in over 1000 frames

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And with Iraq a convenient media distraction, I expect Israel will really ramp up the massacre now!

Aug 10 08:09

ALL OUT FOR GAZA!

Sunday, August 10 at 2:30 p.m.
Israeli Consulate, 180
Bloor Street West |
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March at 3:30 p.m.

Join the Global Campaign!

Aug 10 07:53

Third mass protest for Gaza in a month in London

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150,000 showed up. Now imagine that number standing in front of every corporate media outlet and announcing they will boycott every product advertised by media that is caught lying to the public. Either the media will have to be truthful of lose their advertisers.

Aug 10 07:49

#GazaDayOfRage Dublin Ireland 09/08/2014

Aug 10 07:48

Rolling coverage of current situation in Gaza - 04:30 GMT (P.1)

Aug 10 07:48

Rolling coverage of current situation in Gaza - 04:30 GMT (P.2)

Aug 10 07:28

Native American Indians Take a Stand For Gaza

The parallels to the plight of the Palestinian people and Native Americans have been drawn by many. Speaking in San Francisco, Tony Gonzales of the American Indian Movement (AIM), ”with a common legacy of bantustans (homelands) – Indian reservations and encircled Palestinian territories – Native Americans understand well the situation of Palestinians.”

While there are certainly diverse views on nearly every political issue imaginable within Native American communities, a growing number are beginning to empathize with and see a disturbing parallel between what happened to the First Peoples of North America, and Palestinians in the Levant.

Aug 09 17:45

Israel PM fears war crime charges: Analyst

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is afraid of a possible international lawsuit by Palestinians against the Zionist regime to face war crime charges, an analyst tells Press TV.

Aug 09 17:39

Cruz, Bardem blacklisted over Gaza letter

Having chosen to remain silent vis-à-vis Israel’s massacre of Palestinians, Hollywood has moved one step further by blacklisting the stars, who said in an open letter that Tel Aviv is committing genocide.

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Jewish control of Hollywood, so long dismissed as an anti-semitic conspiracy theory, is now fully on display to the entire world!

Time to add Hollywood to the BDS list of boycotts.

Aug 09 14:10

#GazaUnderAttack~~ EGYPTIAN ‘INTELLIGENCE’S’ LACK OF SAME REGARDING PEACE IN GAZA

Egyptian ceasefire plan introduces PA control in Gaza

Aug 09 11:30

#GazaUnderAttack ~~ REACTIONS TO ISRAEL-HAMAS CEASEFIRE COLLAPSE

Analysts say that Gaza has bled too much to accept an easy truce with Israel, but fear this will usher in a “horrendous tragedy” that will further compound Palestinian suffering

Aug 09 10:05

The Occupation is Forever

The ‘two-state solution’ is perennially misunderstood. The solution envisaged has nothing to do with a possible spatio-political division of Israel-Palestine and the ending of the Occupation. Rather it is a public relations device to quell the qualms of those bleeding hearts who find the current impasse unsavory, to deny the necessity (indeed the inevitability) of a ‘one-state solution’, and ultimately to ensure the continuation of the Occupation.

Ditto the ‘peace process’.

Aug 09 09:17

Hamas: No clear Israeli response to demands

Israel did not provide a clear response to the Palestinian ceasefire conditions, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Friday as truce talks stalled in Cairo.

At a news conference in Gaza City, Abu Zuhri said that the lack of response undermined Palestinian demands and that “Israeli stubbornness led to not extending the ceasefire.”

Aug 09 09:14

How Israel Used Its Own Civilians as Human Shields While Assaulting Gaza

Like so many Zionist accusations against Palestinian society (“They only understand force,” “They teach their children to hate,” “They never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity”) the human shields slander is a projection. Israel is the most militarized society on earth, with soldiers and military installations honeycombed throughout its civil society. With full military conscription for all men and women and reserve duty required for all Jews until they reach their 40s, Jewish Israelis alternate constantly between the role of civilian and soldier, blurring the line between the two.

Aug 09 09:14

Three Boston Demonstrations Mark Shift in Jewish Communal Politics on Israel

This week, three separate Jewish organizations held events on Israel and Palestine with messages that contrasted sharply with that of the nation’s largest Jewish organizations. While Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) continue to advocate full support for Israel’s actions against Palestinians, hundreds of Boston Jews this week felt compelled to oppose Israel’s bombing and take part in peaceful vigils calling for an end to Israel’s military occupation of Palestine.

Aug 09 09:05

BEX ALERT - Anti-Semitism flares in Europe amid Gaza war

Four weeks of fighting between Hamas militants and Israel fueled a rise in anti-Semitism outbursts across Europe, ranging from violent attacks to chants of "Deaths to the Jews" at anti-Israel demonstrations.

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Apparently the Toronto Star has redefined "Anti-Semitism" to mean any opposition to Israel committing war crimes.

Aug 09 08:58

Rolling Coverage of Current situation in Gaza (09:30 GMT)

Aug 08 10:37

Gaza

Aug 08 10:32

Glasgow flies Palestinian flag in support of Gaza

Scotland's Glasgow City Council has raised the Palestinian flag over the city chambers in a move to express its solidarity with the people of the Gaza Strip.

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So far the comments are all supportive, but I expect the megaphonies will soon pile in to denounce Scotland for daring top fly the flag of Palestine. But before they do, allow me to share some other flag raising not deemed controversial by the corporate media!

Aug 08 10:16

IDF Hamas Human Shield Manual a Sloppy Forgery - The Evidence

The Israeli Defense Force just got caught red handed manufacturing fake evidence to prop up their Gaza narrative

On August 4, 2014 the IDF released what they claimed to be scans of a captured Hamas combat manual which explains the benefits of human shields (Captured Hamas Combat Manual Explains Benefits of Human Shields). This juicy story got quite a few people excited, and within 2 days their blog post had over 81,000 likes on Facebook. It turns out though, that the documents that they uploaded were forgeries, and sloppy forgeries at that. The work was so shoddy that you don't even have to be an expert to see the mistake. Let's take a a look.

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Told ya! :)

Aug 08 09:58

Americans Are Falling for the Old Schoolyard Bully Trick: “He Hit Me First!”

The schoolyard bully is caught standing over the skinny, bloodied kid lying on the ground.

The teacher asks what happened.

The bully yells: “He hit me first!” Then he grabs his nose and pretends that he’s hurt.

This tactic is so common that there are 3.6 million Google hits for the phrase “bully pretends to be the victim”.

Aug 08 09:45

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: THE MAPS TELL THE TRUE STORY

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

The following maps show just who is wiping who off of the map!

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And for those Israeli supporters who insist there was never any such land as Palestine...

Aug 08 09:39

THE OAKLAND PALESTINE SOLIDARITY MURAL

resented by Art Forces, the Estria Foundation and NorCal Friends of Sabeel, the Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural is a monumental work of public art located in Uptown Oakland on 26th Street between Telegraph and Broadway. The mural pays homage to the history of Bay Area public art and expresses solidarity with Palestinians as bombs continue to fall on Gaza.

The Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural adopts the image of the tree as a central motif and global visual signifier to link seemingly disparate issues and distant locations. Spanning 157 feet and reaching 22 feet high, the mural is comprised of nine separate panels, where each artist or team of artists has painted his or her own interpretation of a tree to address social and political issues.

Aug 08 09:38

HAMAS IS NOT IN A POSITION OF POWER TO WAGE WAR AGAIN

Hamas has legitimate demands for it to have continued, but they are dealing with a most stubborn entity which is backed by US unlimited funding.

Aug 08 09:27

Gaza Strip: Boycott Israeli Products App Gets 350,000 Supporters

An app that allows users to search for a product linked to targeted companies or countries in order to boycott them has seen a significant surge in users signing up to anti-Israel campaigns.

Buycott catalogues brands and their affiliations and lets users set up campaigns to either help or avoid funding certain causes. By scanning a product's barcode with their smartphone camera, consumers are able to determine which brands are associated with which campaigns.

Aug 08 08:04

Not killing Gazans ‘moral mistake’: Netanyahu

He added that the attacks on UN schools were not only appropriate, but that it would have “been a moral mistake” to not attack those schools, because it would’ve given Hamas de facto permission to launch attacks from those schools.

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Netanyahu just confessed to a war crime, first by admitting the UN schools were directly targeted, and second by admitting that HAMAS had not in fact already been using the schools for launching attacks.

Aug 08 07:49

Israel accused of war crimes (UK Parliament)

Aug 08 07:34

PM: We're Fighting for the West, Not Just for Us

In interviews with international media Thursday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pressed Israel's case on defending citizens from Hamas' terror attacks. By fighting Hamas, the leading edge of Islamist terrorism, Israel is defending not only itself, but the entire Western world.

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So, Netanyahu's excuse for the war has gone from "They killed three teenagers", to "They shot rockets at us after we bombed them; how dare they do that", to "This is a war against Islam! (You should go kill them for us)."

I wonder if Israel will try to pull another 9-11 to get us angry at their enemies again (like they did in the Lavon affair and the attack on the USS Liberty)

Aug 08 07:23

BBC agrees to air Gaza charity appeal after getting Israel’s permission

The BBC announced Thursday morning that it would broadcast an emergency charity appeal for Gaza Friday — but only after it was reassured that it won’t face censure from the Israeli government for doing so.

This is in stark contrast to 2009, when another Israeli massacre in Gaza was drawing to an end. Then, the BBC, along with Sky, refused to air an appeal from the same body – the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) — even though other major television networks, including Channel 4, did so.

The BBC’s then director general, Mark Thompson, said at the time that broadcasting the DEC appeal would breach impartiality guidelines, as funds were being raised for Gaza but not Israel.

Aug 08 07:23

Community leader, beloved grandfather shot dead by Israelis as he carried white flag

Muhammad Qdeih, 65, was shot dead while carrying a white flag to signal to Israeli soldiers that he was an unarmed civilian.

He was killed on 25 July right at the staircase of his house, where his daughter Mufida, a homemaker in her forties, stood speaking to The Electronic Intifada in the village of Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

“They killed the man who taught me the meaning of devotion to the community and to the Palestinian cause,” Mufida said, gesturing towards the staircase. “He inspired me to take part in protests and solidarity events for prisoners.”

Aug 08 07:09

National Demonstration for Gaza. Saturday 9 August. No excuses. Be there

National Demonstration for Gaza
London Saturday 9 August
Assemble 12 Noon BBC Portland Place
March to Hyde Park via US Embassy

No excuses. This must be the largest ever UK demonstration for Gaza.

Aug 07 11:34

War-Bambi Awarded Palestinian Lands

A Confiscation Order was issued by the IDF against lands of the Palestinian village Ein Yabrud on August 7, 2014. The land will be used for an access road to lands that even Israel Police recognizes as robbed by Jewish settlers.

The confiscation order benefits Amona, an outpost of the settlement Ofra, near Ramallah. Outposts are considered illegitimate by the government of Israel, while settlements are recognized and generously supported by Zion. *

Eventually, outposts and settlement hope to grow and melt into a single entity. The Hebrew word for outpost, ma'ahaz, means "holder," referring to a temporary structure aimed at keeping ownership. Ariel and Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut are two city-sized settlements created in such a way.

During the process, they aim to enclose Palestinian lands and then deny entrance to the owners. No farming the land is a popular excuse for the later expropriation of the land from Palestinians.

Aug 07 11:31

ISRAEL GLOATING IN ITS FAKE VICTORY

The national chorus is trying to fake a victory. In the absence of many achievements, they’re also trying to fake the fall of Hamas. Previously it had faked “national unity,” “steadfastness” and of course the heroism and morality of the Israel Defense Forces. It has dismissed the volleys of global criticism as anti-Semitism. That’s our national chorus, the chorus of fakers.

Aug 07 10:17

Tens of Thousands March on White House for Gaza

A pro-Palestinian rally drew thousands of people outside the White House who came to express their outrage. [PHOTOS]

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"I don't have to listen to you! I am the President! L'état, c'est moi!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 07 10:03

Israel deliberately attacks Gaza health workers: Amnesty

Amnesty International has accused the Israeli regime of conducting “deliberate attacks” on hospitals and health workers in the Gaza Strip, calling for an immediate investigation into Tel Aviv’s aggression.

The international human rights body on Thursday published testimonies from health workers and ambulance personnel who had worked in the besieged enclave while “bombs and bullets were killing or injuring their colleagues.”

Aug 07 09:53

Bennett: IDF Ready to Strike Back Immediately

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett said that he was fully behind Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu when he says that Israel would respond with full force if Hamas resumed its attacks on Israel.

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Can we dispense with this idea that HAMAS is attacking Israel? When those three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed (by abductors who spoke Hebrew on the recording of the cell phone call) in the West Bank, Netanyahu blamed HAMAS in Gaza, even though Israeli police in the West Bank had already concluded that HAMAS had nothing to do with that crime, 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 for a crime in the West Bank, and launched bombing raids on July 7th into Gaza using the very latest high-tech weapons provided by the US Government and paid for by the US taxpayers.

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 07 09:39

Hamas: We’ll resume attacks Friday morning if blockade not lifted

Thousands demonstrate in Gaza, demand new strikes; Israel says it is poised to respond as needed; Israeli delegation returning to Cairo with input on truce talks; Obama slams Hamas but calls for end to blockade

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Israel set this up by offering to extend the cease-fire "under the current terms" which means Israel gets to go on starving the Gazans, keeping the borders shut, denying the Gazans use of their own seaport and fishing waters, and of course, letting Israel grab the natural gas deposits off of the Gaza coast. This was something HAMAS could never agree to, which is what Israel wanted so they could posture they were trying to make peace and it is all HAMAS' fault for not living their lives the way Netanyahu wants them to.

It is a shame these two hurricanes bearing down on us here in Hawaii are not aimed at Netanyahu instead!

Aug 07 09:28

Israeli Army Summarily Executed Fleeing Civilians In Southern Gaza

Even before a short-lived ceasefire allowed journalists to enter the besieged southern Gaza strip town of Khuzaa on 1 August, desperate reports of an Israeli massacre — including execution-style shootings — had emerged from survivors who had escaped to nearby Khan Younis.

Once journalists were able to enter the choked-off village, they found slain bodies and the stench of decay. Journalist Jesse Rosenfeld described one scene, among several, that appeared to be the site of a summary execution

Aug 07 09:27

AMERICAS FIRST VICTIM OF THE WAR IN GAZA

Steven Salaita was fired from his position as associate professor in the American Indian Studies program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) apparently over views critical of Israel, especially its current massacre in Gaza.

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Someone needs to sue the regents of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for violations of the First Amendment, and the regents should be made to pay the costs of the settlement PERSONALLY! Everyone who took part in the firing is an enemy of America!

Aug 07 09:25

WE DON’T WANT YOU HERE!

This video was produced by the The Parents Circle – Family Forum to protest the ongoing escalation. The PCFF is a joint Palestinian Israeli organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict.

The organization is trying to advance the idea that the process of reconciliation between nations is a prerequisite to achieving sustainable peace.

Aug 07 09:12

How Obama’s Support of Israel Undermines U.S. Foreign Policy. Americans’ Distrust in Their Government

Blasting Gaza into rubble has affected the average American in ways that U.S. politicians will learn to regret. The result will be more than simply bleeding hearts for dead Palestinian children (430 at last count). There is a deeper political effect happening, as young and old alike realize for the first time the cancerous lies coursing through the veins of the U.S. media and political system.

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Aug 07 09:10

Over 1,600 Israeli troops injured in Gaza war: Media

Israeli officials say at least 1,620 soldiers have been injured during violent clashes with Palestinian resistance fighters over the past few weeks.

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So let's all feel sympathy for those poor suffering invading barbarians!

Aug 07 08:56

Gaza conflict: 360-degree panorama of flattened town of Khuza'a, Gaza

Devastation wrought by an earlier bombardment of Khuza'a, a small farming town less than half-a-mile from Gaza's south-eastern border with Israel, is plain to see.

A furious assault that residents say began on July 20 levelled much of Khuza'a - leaving whole streets flattened, once-grand mosque domes reduced to ground level and the local council's "Bon Voyage Khusa'a" sign lying crumpled in bits like an unfortunate joke at the town entrance.

One man recalled counting 360 shell attacks in a single hour.

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Frankly, I am amazed that this was allowed to be seen in the Telegraph!

Aug 07 08:46

As Palestinians Go to ICC, Human Rights Watch Alleges Israeli War Crimes for Shooting Fleeing Gazans

As the 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza enters its second day, Palestinian officials have been meeting with prosecutors at the International Criminal Court to push for a probe of alleged war crimes committed by Israel during the 29-day offensive that left nearly 1,900 Palestinians dead. Israel has said it attempted to avoid civilian casualties in Gaza and accused Hamas of putting its people in harm’s way by launching rockets from within densely populated districts. In a report this week, Human Rights Watch accused Israeli soldiers of shooting and killing fleeing civilians in Gaza, citing interviews with seven Palestinians in the village of Khuza’a. We air testimony from Khuza’a residents who survived the attacks, and speak to Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth.

Aug 07 08:27

Israeli soldiers having fun while bombing houses in Gaza

Aug 07 07:52

Anti-war mood in Britain grows as bombing of Gaza intensifies

As the deaths in Gaza from targeted Israeli bombings steadily mount, international public opinion appears to be turning against Israel.

Aug 07 07:51

They Came... and Then... They Were Gone.

As Mark Twain noted some while ago, “there are lies, damned lies and then there are statistics.” Here's some living and viable (irony alert) truth on that account. When they're not making war on defenseless people, or playing at genocide the way some of us might play Gin or Backgammon; you know, to relax and engage in a little back and forth. Of course, their idea of back and forth is not like the rest of us. They got a motto over there, besides the one that talks about waging war by deception. It goes this way, 'Use force and... if that doesn't work, use more force.”

Aug 07 07:33

Online Community Outraged As Fox News Anchor Ignores Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

Fox News anchor Sean Hannity has been slated by online communities for giving a biased account of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after he lamented that Israeli children could not play outside despite the death of about 400 Palestinian children.

Aug 07 07:31

Protesters condemn biased US media coverage of Israeli war on Gaza

Thousands of peace activists have held a demonstration in New York City to protest against Israel’s crimes in Gaza and the biased coverage they receive in the US media, Press TV reports.

Despite the rain, more than 7,000 people gathered on Friday near Columbus Circle on the upper west side of Manhattan to show solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine, Press TV's correspondent Caleb Maupin reports from New York.

The protest, which was organized by the International Action Center, began in front of the headquarters of CNN, a news broadcaster that a demonstrator said is functioning almost like a public relations department for Israel.

Aug 07 07:04

Israel 'willing to extend Gaza ceasefire'

Israel is willing to extend a ceasefire that ended a month of fighting in Gaza beyond a Friday deadline, an Israeli official has said, but Hamas has denied that a new deal has been reached.

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Israel is trying to look good by saying they want to extend the cease-fire, but the trick is in the phrase "under the current terms" which means the borders to Gaza remain closed, Israel limits the food allowed into Gaza to 2300 calories per person per day, Gaza is not allowed to use their own seaport and fishing grounds, and of course, Israel controls Gaza's natural gas fields. In other words, Israel's offer is to go on with Israel getting everything they want, while Gaza gets nothing. HAMAS will not accept that, and frankly, neither would I.

Aug 07 07:00

EU calls for opening of crossing points to Gaza

The EU Thursday welcomed all initiatives which would be designed to address the root causes of the Palestine question.

"The status quo ante in Gaza is not an option," Sebastien Brabant, a spokesman for EU High Representatie Catherine Ashton, told a news conference.

He underlined the importance of improving the living conditions of the population in Gaza including by opening the crossing points.

Aug 06 18:26

Your statement on the UNRWA school was pretty tough. I don’t think anyone can deny that.

Aug 06 16:02

Antisemitic threats to children on Sydney bus spark police investigation

Police are investigating reports that a group of Jewish schoolchildren heading home on a bus were victims of a vicious antisemitic attack by a group of teenagers in Sydney.

The children, aged between five and 12, were distraught after the group boarded the bus headed to Bondi Junction on Wednesday afternoon and began screaming antisemitic abuse, a mother of three of them said.

Jacqui Blackburn told the Daily Telegraph her three daughters had called her saying: “Please help us mummy, there’s eight drunk men that have just been let on to our school bus.

“They’re screaming, ‘Heil Hitler, kill the Jews ... we’re going to cut your throats’ ... then the phone cut off.”

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This is an obvious and pathetic hate crime hoax by Israel's supporters trying to regain their victim status by screaming "anti-semitism." But look at the facts. The bus driver of this school bus of young Jewish schoolchildren STOPPED THE BUS, AND OPENED THE DOORS, TO LET THESE "DRUNKEN ADULTS" come onto the bus to scream "Heil Hitler" at the kids. Clearly this was staged and continues a long history of hate crime hoaxes perpetrated by Israel's supporters to stifle criticism of Israel's actions.

There is a long history of such hoaxes, from Claremont College professor Kerri Dunn painting swastikas on her car to the Jewish student at George Washington University who painted swastikas on her own door, then claimed to be the victim of anti-Semitism.

The reason I think this is a hoax is simple. When you are a child and you play cops and robbers, you wanted to be the cops, right? When you played cowboys and indians, you wanted to be the cowboys, right? Nobody wants to play at being the losers and the Nazis lost the war. There are no real nazis wannabes; they are all fakes staged for propaganda purposes.

Second point; WW2 happened in the first half of the previous century, long before most of us were born. The Nazis are all gone and Hitler has been dead for a very long time. Nobody cares about swastikas any more. They are not relevant to the 21st century. The only people keeping those relics alive are the Israelis, for propaganda purposes, so they can wave "Nazi" at us from the last century when anyone dares complain about the atrocities taking place today in Gaza.

Aug 06 14:30

Join our protest to express your solidarity with the innocent victims of the ongoing Israeli operation in the Gaza strip.

Join our protest to express your solidarity with the innocent victims of the ongoing Israeli operation in the Gaza strip.
Enough is Enough, how money more children and innocent civilians should die or be displaced before the situation gets resolved.

in front of Arizona State Capitol

1700 W Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Aug 06 14:19

jewish settler hate

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This is what the Palestinians have to live with every day.

Aug 06 14:18

Brave Israeli Soldiers

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These guys don;t do so well without those US-supplied tanks, F-16s, missiles, and bombs.

Aug 06 13:43

Senator David Norris Rips Israel Apart In Ireland's Parliament!! MUST SEE!!

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This is the video mentioned by John in Barbados.

Aug 06 13:43

5,000 Texans March For Gaza

The revolutionary spirit is alive and well in Texas, as demonstrated by the droves who came out in support of Palestine and to call for change in Israeli actions.

Aug 06 12:38

Rolling coverage of current situation in Gaza 01:30 GMT (P.1)

Aug 06 12:37

Rolling coverage of current situation in Gaza 01:30 GMT (P.2)

Aug 06 12:26

Israel publishes 'Hamas manual' boasting about the propaganda value of Gaza civilian deaths

Israel has published a 'Hamas manual' which it claims boasts about the propaganda value of Gaza civilian deaths and the advantages of operating in populated area.

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And if you believe THAT one, I have some of Saddam's nuclear weapons to sell you!

Remember the "laptop of death" that supposedly proved Iran was building a bomb? That tracked back to Israel's "By Way of Deception, Thou Shalt Do War" Mossad.

Remember the forged Niger yellow cake documents?

How many times do you have to be lied to before you understand you are being lied to?

Even if HAMAS actually held that theory that civilian deaths worked for them, why would they write it down knowing Israel's spies would eventually find it and use it against them?

THINK, people, THINK. Look for what should be there and isn't. Once you start thinking, the lies used to launch and justify wars become very obvious.

Aug 06 11:43

Ebbing Israel support among youth and liberals stirs alarm

Congressional staffers and pro-Israel activists worry about long-term sustainability of broad US support for Israel in Congress

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Hey, what’s not to love about genocidal maniacs in power?

Aug 06 11:27

A majority of people don’t like their own member of Congress.

House members at home for August recess might want to hide their congressional pins: A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a record-high share of Americans disapprove of their own congressman/woman.

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Which means any incumbents hanging on to their seats in November have to be assumed to have stolen the elections.

Aug 06 11:25

Knesset member: Retake Gaza, put civilians in ‘tent camps’

Likud MK Moshe Feiglin called for Israel to reconquer the Gaza Strip and for the military to set up tent encampments for Gaza civilians near the Sinai border, “until relevant emigration destinations are determined.”

Aug 06 10:13

Israeli PM Netanyahu holds press conference

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The US corporate media, which doesn't even want to talk with anyone from Gaza, is giving Netanyahu the star treatment and allowing him to use their networks to repeat the already discredited (in some cases by Israel's own media) lies about why Israel "had to" murder a thousand Gazans. Netanyahu is pushing "terror tunnels" and seems to forget that when the Nazis has the Warsaw ghetto surrounded, the way Israel surrounds Gaza, tunnels were dug to bring in needed supplies and were destroyed by the Nazis BUT WITHOUT BOMBING THE GHETTO ITSELF. Netanyahu is also claiming that mortars were being fired from within the UN schools, which the UN flatly denies and for which there is absolutely no evidence.

My first thought when seeing Netanyahu's face on the TV was to switch channels, but then I had another thought. I grabbed my handy-dandy Voice Stress Analyzer and put it next to the TV and snapped the following image, which tells us that Netanyahu knows he is lying.


Aug 06 09:43

Online petition urges ‘Nuremberg for Israel’ over ‘genocide of Palestinians’

Hundreds of Italians have signed an online petition slamming Israel's actions in the Gaza Strip as a “slow genocide” of the Palestinians and demanding a "Nuremberg trial" for Israel over the “destruction” of Palestine.

The petition was signed by 525 Italians, mainly academics, Haaretz reported. The signees say they are dismayed by the events in Gaza and accuse Israel of pursuing colonial policies and "ethnic cleansing" of the Palestinians.

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"Yes, Israel is pursuing colonial policies and 'ethnic cleansing' of the Palestinians. That is what we do! But is is anti-Semitic and hate of the Jews for you to mention it!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Aug 06 09:40

THE PALESTINIAN CONNECTION TO HIROSHIMA

Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick explained eloquently about the real reasons for dropping the bombs instead of the mythology that is told in school books in America. But does that really make any difference on the horror of what Truman and his generals visited on humanity? Those of us in the medical field understand clinically what radiation poisoning does to the human body but politicians also know that and Truman had detailed reports from the earlier experiments. I met so many hibakushas (survivors of the nuclear blast) and their children and grandchildren. Many told us of the dramatic death of children by leukemia and other cancers and of the congenital deformities. It was more than we could take even as visitors so I can only begin to imagine the actual feelings of people here.
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Aug 06 09:39

WAIT TILL THE ZIOS SEE THIS …

London Times Rejects Elie Wiesel Ad Against Hamas’ Use of Human Shields

Aug 06 09:38

‘WE OWE IT TO THE MURDERED TEENS TO CONTINUE THE WAR IN GAZA’

WOW! Pretty powerful words in that headline! I hope no one out there thought they were mine ….

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They are the ‘thoughts’ of the extreme right in Israel, who once again are extremely wrong.

Three Israeli teenagers kidnapped and murdered by Hamas were the victims of a premeditated execution by their captors, and were never meant to be used as bargaining chips to free imprisoned terrorists, according to a US official involved in the case. (FROM)

NOW READ THIS

After three weeks of Israel’s bloody war on Gaza mainly under the pretext of alleged abduction of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas, the Israeli police have acknowledged that the kidnappers were not acting under the orders of the resistance movement. (FROM)

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Aug 06 08:08

What if the Children Dying in Gaza were Jews?

Let’s do a thought experiment and imagine that the Arabs had gotten the better of the Israelis in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War and after years of conflict, all that was left of Israel was the Gaza strip.

Assume for a moment that instead of Palestinians, over 1.8 million Jews were crammed into the 11 mile Gaza strip and the state of Palestine, subsidized and supported by a superpower, was administering the calories to the Jews in Gaza, keeping them to a limit of 2,300 a day.

Aug 06 07:51

IDF-Embedded Reporter Says It Fired Guided Missile at UNWRA School, Killing 15 Civilians

An Israeli reporter for Maariv, Aviram Zino, has been embedded with an IDF unit during the current invasion. Noam R writes in his Israeli political blog about Zino’s fawning enthusiastic response to being given the chance of a lifetime to be a reporter in the middle of the “action.” His reporting comes across as cheerleading rather than objective journalism. But in spite of himself, Zino reveals a damning fact that impeaches the IDF’s credibility regarding its denial of deliberately targeting UN buildings housing Palestinian civilian refugees.

Zino reports that the unit commander, Nadav, ordered the firing of a $100,000 Tamuz (aka Spike) heat-seeking anti-tank missile on a UNWRA school in Beit Hanoun on July 24th:

Aug 06 07:41

ODE TO A DEAD PALESTINIAN CHILD

Yesterday you were playing with your cousins on this sandy Gaza beach.

You were playing soccer and you had just scored a goal with your makeshift cloth beach ball.

You knew there was danger on the beach but you could not resist the beach and the cool ocean breeze.

Somehow you could not understand the war around you.

You could not comprehend the hatred of the Zionists toward your Palestinian brothers and sisters.

Aug 06 07:33

Israel an occupier, no right to attack Gaza: HR advocate

Press TV has conducted an interview with Rania Masri, a professor and human rights advocate, in Lebanon, about Israeli airstrikes continuing to pound Gaza where the UN says 75 percent of those killed so far are civilians.

Aug 06 07:24

Sydney Morning Herald columnist Mike Carlton resigns after being forced to apologise over abusive tweets as backlash over 'anti-Semitic' cartoon escalates

A columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald has quit after being ordered to apologise to readers for using offensive language towards them when they questioned his criticism of Israel's attack on Gaza.

Mike Carlton came under fire for using abusive language in response to reader feedback, including calling one reader a 'Jewish bigot'.

The 68-year-old journalist confirmed on Twitter that he had quit 'the once great newspaper' because it 'buckled to the bullies'.

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Readers wishing to give the Sydney Morning Herald a piece of their mind can email the editor

Aug 06 07:16

If a Genocide Falls in the Forest

There's a wide and mysterious chasm between the stated intentions of the Israeli government as depicted by the U.S. media and what the Israeli government has been doing in Gaza, even as recounted in the U.S. media.

With the morgues full, Gazans are packing freezers with their dead children. Meanwhile, the worst images to be found in Israel depict fear, not death and suffering. Why the contrast? If the Israeli intent is defensive, why are 97% of the deaths Gazan, not Israeli? If the targets are fighters, why are whole families being slaughtered and their houses leveled? Why are schools and hospitals and children playing on the beach targeted? Why target water and electricity if the goal is not to attack an entire population?

The mystery melts away if you look at the stated intentions of the Israeli government as not depicted by the U.S. media but readily available in Israeli media and online.

Aug 06 06:50

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: THE MAPS TELL THE TRUE STORY

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

The following maps show just who is wiping who off of the map!

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Aug 06 06:46

Crimes against Humanity. Israel’s “Own Words”: “We Must Expel Arabs…We Struck Civilians Because They Deserved It”

“We must expel Arabs and take their place.”– David Ben-Gurion, October 5 1937, Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 41, No. 2 (Winter 2012), University of California Press, pp. 245-250.

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Here are some more quotes by Israelis regarding Palestine.

1. "There is a huge gap between us (Jews) and our enemies, not just in ability but in morality, culture, sanctity of life, and conscience. They are our neighbors here, but it seems as if at a distance of a few hundred meters away, there are people who do not belong to our continent, to our world, but actually belong to a different galaxy." Israeli president Moshe Katsav. The Jerusalem Post, May 10, 2001

2. "The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, they want more".... Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel at the time - August 28, 2000. Reported in the Jerusalem Post August 30, 2000

3. " [The Palestinians are] beasts walking on two legs." Menahim Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, "Begin and the Beasts". New Statesman, 25 June 1982.

4. "The Palestinians" would be crushed like grasshoppers ... heads smashed against the boulders and walls." " Isreali Prime Minister (at the time) in a speech to Jewish settlers New York Times April 1, 1988

5. "When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle." Raphael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defence Forces, New York Times, 14 April 1983.

6. "How can we return the occupied territories? There is nobody to return them to." Golda Maier, March 8, 1969.

7. "There was no such thing as Palestinians, they never existed." Golda Maier Israeli Prime Minister June 15, 1969

8. "The thesis that the danger of genocide was hanging over us in June 1967 and that Israel was fighting for its physical existence is only bluff, which was born and developed after the war." Israeli General Matityahu Peled, Ha'aretz, 19 March 1972.

9. David Ben Gurion (the first Israeli Prime Minister): "If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti - Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault ? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?" Quoted by Nahum Goldmann in Le Paraddoxe Juif (The Jewish Paradox), pp121.

10. Ben Gurion also warned in 1948 : "We must do everything to insure they ( the Palestinians) never do return." Assuring his fellow Zionists that Palestinians will never come back to their homes. "The old will die and the young will forget."

Aug 06 06:38

Rania Masri Speech: ' Mr.Obama, what is barbaric?'.

Aug 05 15:44

Ann Coulter Joyful Over Dead Palestinian Kids


Ann Coulter compared the crisis at America’s border with the crisis Israel is currently facing on Sean Hannity‘s show tonight. And in an aside, Coulter said that “sometimes Palestinian kids get killed” because of who they’re associated with.

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Well, what do you expect from the bimbo who assured us a little radiation is actually good for you after the Fukushima disaster?

Aug 05 15:30

Israeli operation kills more than 400 Gaza children

Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip has killed 408 children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

The death toll exceeded that of the sad 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead that killed 350 children.

According to UNICEF, over the last month the operation injured no less than 2,500 Palestinian children. A one-month infant is among the victims of the Israeli fire at the Gaza Strip, which is one of the world’s most densely populated areas. The conflict has already claimed lives of 1,800 Palestinians. Six children had been injured, the fund said.

According to the UN, civilians account for more than 70% of those killed; children make up a third of the total civilian death count.

Aug 05 15:05

MEMRI BEX ALERT - Egyptian TV Hosts Slam Hamas Leaders: We Are Sick and Tired of You

Aug 05 14:31

Iran ready to give any help to Palestine: Basij commander

Basij Commander Mohammad Reza Naqdi said on Monday that Iran is ready to provide the Palestinian people with any kind of help, including medical equipment, foodstuff, and weapons.

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Except that Israel will keep it on the docks and airfields until it rots "for security reasons", then give it to the Palestinians. Because they have done this before.

Aug 05 12:55

President Carter: Israel – Not Hamas – Is to Blame for War

Carter says that Israel has committed war crimes:

There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defense Forces are conducting this war. Israeli bombs, missiles, and artillery have pulverized large parts of Gaza, including thousands of homes, schools, and hospitals. More than 250,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Gaza. Hundreds of Palestinian noncombatants have been killed. Much of Gaza has lost access to water and electricity completely. This is a humanitarian catastrophe.

Aug 05 10:38

IDF Leaves Gaza Asserting "Unfinished War"

After the IDF withdrawal from Gaza and the beginning of a ceasefire on August 5, 2014, senior officers summarized the war* and announced the next one.

Aug 05 10:29

Tel Aviv Still Protesting Israel's Assault on Gaza

Aug 05 09:53

Google Removes Gaza-Themed Android App

A Google spokesperson informed Reuters that the company would remove apps which “violate [the company's] policies,” and while Bomb Gaza did not blatantly violate Google’s policies, there was more than enough outrage from Play Store users who felt the affront of the game which trivializes all of the thousand plus lives lost on both sides in total. Chances are, Google removed Bomb Gaza under the terms of service which does not allow any kind of hate speech and abusive material.

Aug 05 09:19

SHARON’S GAZA LEGACY LIVES ON

Unlike some Bloggers, I never claimed nor considered myself to be a journalist. I constantly aggregate articles and posts from other sources, especially those from the Palestinian Press, Progressive Jewish and other Websites. This, needless to say is aggravating to many on-line zionists, which in a small way makes me feel that my mission was accomplished.

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However, I do on occasion write my own articles, the following is just one of them …

Aug 05 09:18

ISRAEL LIES AS GAZA DIES

All governments lie, as I.F. Stone pointed out, including Israel and Hamas. But Israel engages in the kinds of jaw-dropping lies that characterize despotic and totalitarian regimes. It does not deform the truth; it inverts it. It routinely paints a picture for the outside world that is diametrically opposed to reality. And all of us reporters who have covered the occupied territories have run into Israel’s Alice-in-Wonderland narratives, which we dutifully insert into our stories—required under the rules of American journalism—although we know they are untrue.

Aug 05 09:17

PHOTOS OF GAZA’S TINIEST VICTIM

A TIME TO LIVE …. NOT DIE THREE WEEKS AFTER BIRTH!

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Aug 05 08:20

UK activists shut down Israeli arms factory

For nearly a month, Israel has bombarded Gaza from land, sea and air. More than 1800 Palestinians have lost their lives and war crimes have been committed. To our collective shame, the UK government has not only failed to take action to pressure Israel to stop its massacre, but has refused to take steps to end the material support it provides to Israel’s brutal regime of apartheid and colonialism. When governments support crimes against humanity, grassroots movements must take direct action.

A group of activists from the London Palestine Action network have today (5/8/14) chained the doors shut of an Israeli weapons factory based near Birmingham in the UK and are now occupying the roof. As part of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) and in response to calls for action from Palestinian movements, we are demanding the permanent closure of the factory and an end to all forms of military trade and cooperation with Israel.

Aug 05 08:15

Replay: Gaza supporters stage rooftop protest at UAV Engines factory

Live coverage of the occupation protest by the London Palestine Action at the UAV Engines factory in Shenstone, near Sutton Coldfield.

UAV Engines is a subsidiary of Israel drone manufacturer Elbit, which protesters claim makes machines used in military attacks on Gaza.

Aug 05 07:53

Yemen demonstrates for Gaza

Aug 05 07:47

Israeli General: No Civilians in Gaza

Retired Israeli Major General Giora Eiland wrote in an op-ed that there is no such thing as an innocent civilian in Gaza. Late Monday, the former head of the National Security Council published an article on Ynet News arguing that the citizens of Gaza were as responsible for the recent violence as Hamas. He even made a comparison between the Gaza under Hamas and Nazi Germany.

Aug 05 07:31

Iron Dome blocked just 8 out of 120 rockets: Israeli military

The Israeli army has admitted that Israel’s Iron Dome missile system intercepted only eight out of nearly 120 rockets that were fired from the Gaza Strip into the occupied Palestinian territories on Sunday.

The military confirmed that around 110 rockets struck the occupied territories.

The development comes as the US Senate on Friday approved an additional USD 225 million in funding for the missile system despite Israel’s deadly war on the Gaza Strip.

Aug 05 07:29

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

Aug 05 07:29

Rolling coverage of current situation in Gaza - 21:30 GMT (8/4/2014)

Aug 05 07:18

Boycott of Israel Spreads in European Civil Society Over Gaza War, Could Cost $5 Billion a Year

The ill-considered and remarkably brutal Gaza war likely will give further impetus to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement by Western civil society to pressure Israel on its illegal actions toward the Palestinians. A thoroughgoing such European set of sanctions could cost Israel as much as $5 bn a year and more. Roughly a third of Israeli trade is with Europe, and the EU is Israel’s largest single trading partner.

Aug 05 07:17

Israel/Gaza: U.S. shipment of fuel to Israel's armed forces must be stopped as evidence of Gaza war crimes mounts

Amnesty International is appealing to the US government to immediately halt the transfer of a US fuel shipment currently on its way to Israel for use by the Israeli military. Amnesty has repeatedly called for a comprehensive arms embargo on all parties to the conflict, amid mounting evidence that war crimes have been committed by both sides in the past four weeks in Gaza.

The US government has continued to supply hundreds of thousands of tons of fuel - including fuel for fighter jets and military vehicles - to Israel’s armed forces despite a soaring civilian death toll from aerial and other military attacks. The last US jet fuel delivery arrived in Israel on 14 July, a week after the conflict began. Nine previous shipments were made from the US to Israel during 2013 and 2014. A fuel tanker with the latest US fuel shipment is now sailing past the Azores and is due to arrive in Israel on 12 August.

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For years the US Government gun-grabbers have been trying to say that those who provide the guns bear the responsibility for the crimes committed with them. Fine. Let us hold them to that. Palestine is attempting to take Israel to the ICC for war crimes trials. The US Government, as provider of the weapons with which the crimes were committed, should be arrested and sent to the Hague as well.

Aug 05 07:14

Crazy Israeli Official Wants Gaza Final Solution

He says that the supply of electricity and water to the Gaza would be disconnected before being 'shelled with maximum fire power.'

Aug 05 07:13

Latin America: 3 more nations recall Israel envoys

A total of five Latin American governments had recalled their ambassadors to Israel as of July 29 in an escalation of diplomatic protests against an operation the Israeli military had been carrying out in the Palestinian territory of Gaza since July 8. With the Palestinian death toll passing 1,500—including more than 300 children--centrist and even rightwing Latin American governments started joining left and center-left government in distancing themselves from the main US ally in the Middle East.

Aug 05 07:03

Israeli Strikes Hit US-Built Schools in Gaza

Three schools in Gaza that were severely damaged by Israeli attacks in recent days were funded by US taxpayers. The Deir El Balah Preparatory Girls School A & B, Beit Hanoun Elementary Co-ed School A & D, and Zaitoun Preparatory Girls School B in Gaza were all funded by the United States through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, according to the UNRWA.

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So, you got to pay for the schools, then you got to pay for the bombs that destroyed the schools, and you will be made to pay for the new schools, then more bombs, more schools, and so forth.

One more thing to think about when you vote in November!

Aug 05 06:41

10,000 hold anti-war march in Arab town

Approximately 10,000 people demonstrated in the Arab town of Tamra in northern Israel on Saturday against the assault on Gaza. The demonstration was organized by the Islamic Movement and was attended by Palestinians from the north, the Negev/Naqab and Jerusalem.

Aug 05 06:35

Palestinian FM seeks ICC war crimes case against Israel

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki said there was "clear evidence" of war crimes by Israel during its offensive in Gaza as he met International Criminal Court prosecutors on Tuesday to push for an investigation.

Malki visited The Hague shortly after Israel and the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement that rules Gaza entered a 72-hour truce mediated by Egypt in an effort to pave the way for an extended ceasefire.

Malki said the Palestinian Authority wanted to give the ICC jurisdiction to investigate alleged crimes by all sides and had discussed a timeline with prosecutors to join the court. He did not provide details.

Aug 05 06:23

Israel says ground troops out of Gaza as cease-fire takes effect

The Israeli military has said that all of its ground forces have been removed from Gaza as a 72-hour cease-fire went into effect Tuesday.

The truce, agreed upon Monday by Israel and Hamas, took effect at 8 a.m. local time Tuesday (1 a.m. ET). The Times of Israel reported that a barrage of rockets were fired from Gaza minutes before the cease-fire was due to take effect. The paper also reported that Israeli's Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two rockets over central Israel, while two other rockets fell into open areas in southern Israel near the Gaza border, causing no damage or injuries.

In Gaza City, where streets had been deserted during the war, traffic picked up and shops started opening doors.

Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter said Israel withdrew all its remaining forces from Gaza on Tuesday after troops neutralized cross-border tunnels that were built for Islamic militant attacks inside Israel.

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Israel violated the last two cease fires with missile and F-16 strikes within minutes of the start, so I am not hopeful here.

Aug 04 17:49

Prominent Israelis: Israel’s Treatment of Palestinians Is Apartheid

One of the intellectual giants of Israel’s founding generation – Yeshayahu Leibowitz – prophesied:

A state ruling a hostile population of 1.5 million to 2 million foreigners would necessarily become a secret-police state, with all that implies for education, free speech and democratic institutions. The corruption characteristic of every colonial regime would also prevail in the State of Israel. The administration would have to suppress the Arab insurgency on the one hand and acquire Arab quislings on the other. There is also good reason to fear that the Israel Defense Force, which has been until now a people’s army, would, as a result of being transformed into an army of occupation, degenerate, and its commanders, who will have become military governors, resemble their colleagues in other nations.

Aug 04 13:33

We could not mention Israel in any context.


Max talks about BBC gagging him on topic of Israel and why he quit BBC as a result in this interview with Frankie Boyle PLUS HOW TO TAKE ACTION: Contact your representative, Noam Chomsky suggests that "with a well-conducted educational, organizational, and activist effort such initiatives could be pursued successively. That could have a very significant impact in itself, while also providing a springboard for further actions not only to punish Israel for its criminal behavior, but also to compel Washington to become part of “the international community” and to observe international law and decent moral principles. For some years there has been a good basis for public demands that Washington observe its own laws and cut off military aid to Israel."

Aug 04 12:37

"Obliterate them completely"

Genocide directed against Palestinians has become a “New Normal” according to the Times of Israel.

Under certain circumstances –according to the Times of Israel article–“Genocide is Permissible” because it is directed against Palestinians who are “terrorists” and who should be “obliterated”.

Implementing a policy of genocide against terrorists including innocent civilians is permissible to ”achieve responsible goals” as formulated by the Netanyahu government.

“What other way then is there to deal with an enemy of this nature other than obliterate them completely? …

Aug 04 12:05

SELECTIVE REPORTING AS A FORM OF CENSORSHIP

THIS made headlines throughout the Western World and in Israel ….

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Bloodshed in Jerusalem

In Jerusalem, meanwhile, one Israeli was killed and five hurt when a Palestinian rammed an earth-mover into a bus, turning it over before the driver was shot dead by police, according to Israeli officials.

Shortly afterwards, an Israeli soldier was shot and seriously wounded near a bus stop not far from the site of the earlier attack, with police combing the area for his attacker.

Police said the attack on the bus was a “terrorist attack,” saying the driver was a Palestinian from annexed East Jerusalem.

An crowd of angry Israelis gathered at the scene, chanting “Death to Arabs” and dozens of people could be seen attacking a nearby bus filled with Palestinian workers.

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THIS wasn’t reported at all ….

2 Palestinian children killed in airstrike on Rafah home

Aug 04 11:54

International community loses patience with Israel actions in Gaza

Israel faced growing international condemnation of its actions in Gaza on Monday after a strike near a UN school sheltering civilians left 10 people dead and sparked widespread outrage.

As Israel's operation in the besieged territory entered its 28th day, the international community appeared to be losing patience with a confrontation the Palestinians say has left more than 1,800 dead in Gaza.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius led the charge, issuing one of the most strongly worded condemnations yet from a Western official.

"How many more deaths will it take to stop... the carnage in Gaza?" Fabius said in a statement.

"Israel's right to security is total, but this right does not justify the killing of children and the slaughter of civilians," Fabius said.

"A political solution is essential... and should in my opinion be imposed by the international community," he said.

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"VETO!! OH YES, VETO!! VETO, VETO, VETO!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 04 11:21

‘Bomb Gaza’ Google Play app lets Android users carry out Israeli air strikes on Palestinians

Google is facing criticism for continuing to allow Android mobile users to download a game called “Bomb Gaza”, in which players are required to “drop bombs and avoid killing citizens”.

The app, which was uploaded on 29 July, has been installed up to 1,000 times and received at least one report as “inappropriate”, yet still remains available on Google’s Play store.

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Now can you imagine the reaction by the corporate media if someone posted an APP called "Bomb Israel?"

Aug 04 11:03

Israel Police Say Public Bus Was Target of Terror Attack

Israeli police said that a mostly-empty bus was traveling through Jerusalem when an excavator driven by a Palestinian began to flip the bus into other cars.

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In all probability this was a traffic accident and Israel is using it to scream 'TERROR TERROR TERROR WE'RE THE VICTIMS! WE'RE THE VICTIMS!" again.

Aug 04 10:44

Zarif: 40,000 Houses Targeted, 23,000 Destroyed in Gaza in 1 Month

"A sum of 40,000 houses have been targeted in Gaza in the Israeli attacks in the last month, out of which over 23,000 have been nearly destroyed and 17,000 have been completely annihilated," Zarif said, addressing the closing ceremony of the ministerial emergency meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Palestine Committee here in Tehran on Monday evening.

The Iranian foreign minister pointed to his phone conversation with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry on the dispatch of medicine and foodstuff to the people of Gaza, and said, "Other contacts at other levels have also been made and today Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian had some detailed talks with his Egyptian counterpart in the same regard."

He expressed the hope that the Egyptian government would help the people of Gaza find access to medicine and the Palestinian patients and injured Gazans, who are mostly children and exposed to serious risks, be transferred to Iran for treatment.

Aug 04 10:43

Bangladesh Calls for Boycotting Israel's Shipping Lines

"I propose stopping Israel's shipping line in order to confront this regime," Gauhr Rizvi, an advisor to Bangladesh's prime minister for international affairs, said, addressing the ministerial emergency meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Palestine Committee in Tehran on Monday.

Meantime, Rizvi called for the disarmament of the Israeli regime, and strongly criticized the UN Security Council for not reacting to Israel's atrocities in the Gaza Strip.

He pointed to the significant role of the world public opinion in changing decisions of their governments and policy-makers, and said, "A majority of the world people are now supporting Palestinians and are willing to make an effective and practical move to end Israel's aggressions."

He reiterated that NAM members should fight the Zionist regime in the same way they had fought the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

Aug 04 10:31

MEGA PUKE FACTOR 9 BEX ALERT - Gaza: Spare Me Your Sick, Manipulative, Dead Baby Propaganda Photos

The boy - no older than five - was on a hospital bed. It must have happened very recently because there was still colour in his face. His eyes were closed and his expression - he can't have seen it coming, thank God - was serene. You might almost have imagined him asleep, if it weren't for the fact that his body was in bits: head and severed torso; an arm; legs and lower body; entrails.

Whoever did this, I thought, is really, really sick.

But I didn't mean the Israelis - who, I imagine, were the people I was expected to blame. Rather, I meant the sicko who scooped up the boy's remains while they were still fresh and insisted on laying them out, like some grotesque jigsaw, in order to snap them artfully for a propaganda shot. And also, all the sickos out there who have been reposting photos like these all over the internet in order to make what they seem to imagine is an unarguable point about Israel's war on Hamas.

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"Oh, it isn't Israel's fault for blowing this small child into bloody rags, it's the PALESTINIANS' fault for daring to display these images that harm Israel's image! ISRAEL IS THE VICTIM HERE AGAIN! ISRAEL IS THE VICTIM HERE AGAIN! ISRAEL IS THE VICTIM HERE AGAIN!" -- Nodding Yahoo

I would puke my guts out at this tripe but I can't afford to buy a replacement keyboard right now.

Aug 04 10:26

Palestine accuses Israel of breaking ceasefire minutes after it begins

A strike in al-Shati refugee camp injures 30, minutes after start of unilateral Israeli truce - Hamas had dubbed the ceasefire an attempt to 'distract from Israeli massacres'

Aug 04 10:25

'Texas Stands with Gaza' rally draws thousands to Capitol

"Texas Stands with Gaza" -- it's a declaration that was also the name of Saturday's rally at the State Capitol attended by thousands who later marched down Congress to City Hall.

"From here at the Capitol building to City Hall with our signs and with our voices to tell the world that we are not complicit with Israel's massacres in Gaza," said organizer Ahmad Kaaki.

Aya Ayaquvi and her husband Monther Abusultan moved from Gaza a couple of years ago.

"It was really hard. We expected anytime to be killed there," she said.

Just weeks ago, Aya learned her pregnant sister Sumar was killed in an air strike along with her children and other family members in the center of the Gaza Strip.

"It's supposed to be the safest place but they were killed in an air strike. They didn't do anything, they were innocent. They didn't receive any warning before they were killed. I don't know what's happening there. They just want to kill people," Ayaquvi said.

Aug 04 10:25

Pro-Palestinian protest in Westwood draws thousands, causes Wilshire shut down

On Saturday afternoon, thousands demonstrated on behalf of the Palestinians outside the Wilshire Federal Building.

“It’s almost not even a political conflict anymore, it’s a humanitarian conflict. If you’re a human you should care about this. You should come out, you should stand in solidarity,” 25-year-old UC Riverside graduate student Gus Hussein, who wore a kafia around his body on Saturday, told the Journal. Hussein was among those who participated in a pro-Palestinian protest that marched more than three miles, from the Wilshire Federal Building to the nearby Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles headquarters, and back again. “When genocide is being committed, when children are being killed, when civilian lives are lost, this is a humanitarian issue.”

He was also one of many who voiced his or her opposition to the Israelis on Saturday.

Aug 04 10:24

BEX ALERT - British FM: Anti-Semitism likely to rise due to Gaza op

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warned on Saturday that the country could see a rise in anti-Semitic attacks as a result of the fighting in Gaza.

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"Nobody can ever find fault with what Israel does. You just KNOW that. You SHOULD know that. You should BELIEVE that! All these protests are just anti-Semitism and jew-hate because if anyone else but Israel was bombing little babies into bloody pulps, nobody would care!" -- Number 9 3/4

Aug 04 10:22

Thousands rally in support of Palestinian people amid Israeli Gaza attacks

Leaders of the protest called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador to Ireland. The organizers, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity campaign, said the protest was also being staged protest over the Irish Government’s decision to abstain from voting in a United Nations resolution calling for a commission of inquiry to be set up to investigate Israel's action in Gaza.

More than 1,600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 65 Israelis, all but two soldiers, have been killed since the conflict began in early July.

Protesters marched down O’Connell Street from the Garden of Remembrance to the Department of Foreign Affairs, on St Stephen’s Green. Similar protests took place across the country.

Aug 04 10:21

In Pictures: US march against Israel's war

A pro-Palestinian rally drew thousands of people outside the White House on Saturday who came to express their outrage at the Israeli military offensive in Gaza, and demand an end to it.

Demonstrators carried symbolic coffins draped in the Palestinian flag to represent the nearly 1,700 Palestinians killed by the Israeli bombardment, many of them women and children. More than 8,500 have been injured since the offensive began July 8. The protesters chanted slogans like, "Free, free Palestine, killing children is a crime," and "Five, six, seven eight, Israel is an apartheid state."

Aug 04 10:21

Gaza's dead children are kept in ice cream freezers: UN warns half a million are now homeless, medical supplies are running out and morgues are overflowing

Gaza's morgues are overflowing to such an extent that medics are being forced to pack babies' bodies into ice cream freezers, shocking pictures have revealed.

The United Nations has warned that Gaza's medical facilities are 'on the verge of collapse' with buildings left in ruins and half of medics unable to get to work.

Palestinians say corpses now litter the streets and casualties fill the blood-stained emergency room floors of Gaza's hospitals, a third of which have been damaged in the fighting.

Some children's bodies from the al-Ghol family, which lost nine members, were crammed into a freezer because there was no room for them in the morgue of Rafah.

Aug 04 10:20

Killing Palestinian Children and New Born Babies: Rafah Maternity Hospital Bombed by Israel with Utmost Accuracy

The Ministry of Health Gaza is reeling from the reports coming out of Rafah, where scores have been killed and injured today, including 10 dead and over 30 injured in yet another attack on an UNRWA school, this time the Anas Ibn Malik Prepatory School sheltering thousands of forcibly displaced persons.

A group of women, children and older people were sitting against the wall at the entrance to the school seeking shade from the sun when they were struck.

This atrocity follows dawn attacks in Rafah on the Ghoul and Abu Jazzar family homes which left 18 dead and dozens injured, and brings the number killed in Gaza today to at least 118.

Aug 04 10:08

USA FINALLY APPALLED BY ITS OWN MISDEEDS IN GAZA

It took 28 days of killing innocent civilians to finally get the USA to speak out against it …. don’t forget it was THEY that supplied the bombs and bullets.

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Aug 04 10:07

A LETTER FROM A CHILD’S GRAVE IN GAZA

The voice of a Palestinian child in Gaza, taken from this world by Israel — “the only democracy in the Middle East”

Aug 04 10:07

ISRAEL CAUGHT IN ITS OWN LIES

Israel disproves its own lies about the Rafah massacre – and the massacre continues…

Aug 04 10:01

Cash, Weapons and Surveillance: the U.S. is a Key Party to Every Israeli Attack

The U.S. government has long lavished overwhelming aid on Israel, providing cash, weapons and surveillance technology that play a crucial role in Israel’s attacks on its neighbors. But top secret documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shed substantial new light on how the U.S. and its partners directly enable Israel’s military assaults – such as the one on Gaza.

Over the last decade, the NSA has significantly increased the surveillance assistance it provides to its Israeli counterpart, the Israeli SIGINT National Unit (ISNU; also known as Unit 8200), including data used to monitor and target Palestinians. In many cases, the NSA and ISNU work cooperatively with the British and Canadian spy agencies, the GCHQ and CSEC.

Aug 04 08:05

Clash Of Civilizations

The Israeli army confirmed today that up to 130 Palestinian civilians were slaughtered in Rafah last Friday following the triggering of the Hannibal protocol - an IDF directive that is designed to thwart the capture of Israeli combatants. Israel unleashed its full firepower and flattened an entire neighbourhood using tanks, artillery and gunships murdering130 Palestinians just to make sure that one Israeli soldier, Lt. Hadar Goldin didn’t fall into Hamas’ hands alive.

The only interpretation of this massacre is that Israel is a homicidal state completely immune to international conventions and without any respect for civilian lives.

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Collective punishment is a war crime.

Aug 04 07:51

ISRAELI HARD RIGHT EXPOSE ZIONISMS TRUE AIMS FOR GAZA

I have for these last ten years on this blog been writing that the ultimate goal of right-wing Zionism has always been the creation of a Greater Israel that would ultimately incorporate the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, the Golan Heights and even south Lebanon up to the Litani River if they thought they could get away with it. I have written over the years that it has never been the intention of Israel to allow any form of Palestinian state to exist. Talks about a ‘two state solution’ and ‘Palestinian sovereignty’ have only ever been conducted by Israel in order to appease the West, particularly the US, in order to ensure the continuing flow of aid and support to Israel. There has been an endless parade of ‘talks’ about ‘peace’ over the years.

Aug 04 07:49

Brian Eno on the Israel-Gaza crisis: How can you justify images such as this?

Today I saw a picture of a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic carrier bag of meat. It was his son. He’d been shredded (the hospital’s word) by an Israeli missile attack – apparently using their fab new weapon, fléchette bombs. You probably know what those are – hundreds of small steel darts packed around explosive which tear the flesh off humans. The boy was Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra. He was four years old.

I suddenly found myself thinking that it could have been one of my kids in that bag, and that thought upset me more than anything has for a long time.

Then I read that the UN had said that Israel might be guilty of war crimes in Gaza, and they wanted to launch a commission into that. America won’t sign up to it.

Aug 04 07:49

Israeli blogger laments that the Gaza war is making her fat.

The blog by Rachel Weinstein, an American who moved to Israel some years ago to make her home, opens thus:

“Try as may, I cannot stop rockets with M&M’s. Hershey’s syrup doesn’t stop the sound of booms, Cocoa Pebbles don’t stop sirens, and chocolate, glory be thy name, doesn’t stop war. I have tried in earnest to employ all of these methods and alas, Operation Tzuk Eitan is still in full swing. My name is Rachel and I am a chocoholic.”

“The longer I sit, the less energy I have. The less energy I have, the less desire to cut open a bag of lettuce instead of plowing through a box of cereal. War really is bad for the waistline but it also wreaks havoc on the mind and soul. And that coupled with a case of ‘I am now one with my chair,’ makes for yet more stress, more anxiety, more poundage, and no clearer end to what’s going on …”

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Oh, poor BABY!!!!!!! How she suffers!

Aug 04 07:44

Protests held across France against Israel in Gaza

Pro-Palestinian rallies took place in Paris and in Marseille, Montpellier and Avignon on Saturday.

In southern Paris, 11,500 protesters (according to police, but 20,000 according to the event’s organizers) marched between Place Denfert-Rochereau and Les Invalides.

Since the first violent demonstration in the capital on July 13, police have not allowed such events in the northern areas, near synagogues and other Jewish institutions.

Aug 04 07:43

Gaza men watch as smart bomb blows up building

Remarkable sequence emerges of Israeli bomb hitting Gaza while residents go about their daily business

Aug 04 07:39

NZ Govt must respond to Israel’s Gaza onslaught

The Green Party is calling for new measures in response to the latest round of violence inflicted on Palestine by Israel, including divestment by the New Zealand Government and the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador.

The Green Party’s response comes after yet another United Nations school has been shelled by the Israeli Defence Force, resulting in further loss of civilian life.

"Israel’s refusal to heed the call of world leaders to stop the civilian slaughter in Gaza beggars belief," Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said today.

"The UN Secretary-General has described the indiscriminate bombardment of civilians in Gaza as ‘a moral outrage and a criminal act’.

Aug 04 07:36

20,000 Americans March On Washington Against Israel Genocide In Gaza:

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have marched on the White House in Washington DC to protest against Israel’s ongoing military offensive on Gaza.

Approximately 20,000 people from different religious and ethnic backgrounds gathered outside the building in the U.S. capital to oppose Israel’s bombardment and incursion into the Gaza Strip, in which more than 1,700 civilians have been killed and over 9,000 wounded.

“Free Palestine, let Gaza live,” thousands of people shouted outside the White House on Saturday.

Aug 04 07:33

United Nations Warns of “Rapidly Unfolding” Health Disaster in Gaza

A health disaster of widespread proportions is rapidly unfolding in the Gaza Strip as a direct result of the ongoing conflict, said the United Nations today.

Mr. James W. Rawley, the Humanitarian Coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), together with Mr. Robert Turner, UNRWA’s Director of Operations in the Gaza Strip, and Dr. Ambrogio Manenti, acting Head of Office of WHO’s operations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, expressed grave concern regarding the lack of protection for medical staff and facilities, and the deteriorating access to emergency health services for the 1.8 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

“We are now looking at a health and humanitarian disaster”, warned Mr. Rawley, adding, “the fighting must stop immediately”.

Aug 04 07:28

Obama’s ‘helplessness’ an act: Snowden reveals scale of US aid to Israel

The turmoil gripping the Middle East is a direct result of the provision of cash, weapons and surveillance to Israel by the US, the latest Snowden leak illustrates. Obama’s “helpless detachment” is just for show, the Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald writes.

In a bold examination, the former Guardian journalist reveals the amazing contrast between what the United States says publicly, and what it does behind the curtain. This involves President Barack Obama’s apparent heartbreak over the Middle Eastern region, as well as the American love for publicly listing Israel as a threat to regional peace at a time when billions of dollars’ worth of its weaponry and intelligence were being supplied to the Jewish state since the 1960s.

Greenwald has published his analysis of the latest leaked Edward Snowden document of April 12, 2013, wherein it’s explained just how false the notion that the US is a bystander to the Middle Eastern crisis really is.

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Aug 04 07:08

Hundreds attend flash mob in Vienna against Israeli offensive

Pro-Palestinian activists in Vienna, Austria, have staged a flash mob in the city center in the form of a theatrical performance devoted to the victims of Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip. The protest is one in a series of pro-Gaza rallies worldwide.

Thousands hit streets worldwide to demand end to Gaza violence (PHOTOS)

About 35 people staged a theatrical performance in from of Vienna State Opera building late Sunday, reports the APA (Austria Press Agency), leading information provider in the country. The event attracted up to 400 people, according to organizers.

Aug 04 07:05

‘US government is tied hand and foot to the Israeli killing machine’

The US Congress voted to support Israel; they voted for new arms supplies, while President Obama has made useless gestures and continues to equate Hamas' firecrackers with Israeli deadly bombing, expert on Israeli-Arab relations James Petras told RT.

Aug 03 19:45

Gaza school attack denounced as 'criminal act' by UN chief

A deadly attack on a school in the city of Rafah in the south of Gaza has been denounced as a "moral outrage" and "criminal act" by the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon.

Aug 03 19:44

Over 10,000 Rally To Demand White House End Support Of Israel

Over 10,000 rallied at the White House today demanding an end to the Israeli lead bombing and destruction of the Gaza territory. The historic demonstration was the biggest anti-war march in over a generation and bore resemblance to anti-war rallies of the Vietnam War era.

The number of people killed in Gaza has spiked to over 1600 and more than 8,000 reported injured. The only remaining power plant in Gaza was destroyed Thursday by Israeli attacks as was the Islamic University of Gaza.

With no electricity for urgent medical care to injured civilians, the situation in Gaza can now be considered a humanitarian crisis.

Aug 03 14:44

Latest Gallup poll shows young Americans overwhelmingly support Palestine

Large demonstrations against Israel's assault on Palestinians in Gaza were staged across the US on Saturday. The public outpouring of support for Palestinians in US streets suggests that Washington's pro-Israel policies are becoming increasingly unpopular, a trend supported by a recent poll on Israel's latest aggression, which finds that young Americans are twice as likely to support Palestinian rights than Israeli occupation.

Tens of thousands of Americans held a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington, DC. Protestors travelled in buses from around the country to join the national rally, waving Palestinian flags and chanting "free Palestine" in the US capital.

Aug 03 12:57

BEX ALERT - Hamas using children as human shields


Hamas using children as human shields. Today in Gaza.

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Except that this is actually a video from SYRIA!

One of these days, the cold-war fossils running these propaganda operations are going to finally realize that in the age of the internet, such obvious frauds cannot survive!

Aug 03 12:46

#GazaUnderAttack ~~ A SIMPLE EQUATION

Image ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

United States + Israel = Gaza Attack

Aug 03 09:51

HOW THE ISRAELI (AND WESTERN) PRESS ARE LYING ABOUT THE SITUATION IN GAZA

“During the night someone launched a rocket somewhere behind the hospital. Now this sentence from my article is spreading in the pro-Israeli medias. I mentioned this in my article because I’m a professional journalist. I try to cover the events truthfully as I see them and I strongly condemn these kind of actions.

“But I find it very disgusting how this one sentence was taken out context to be used as an excuse to target civilians in Gaza. My story became quickly a tool of propaganda. The people sharing this story are not even trying to understand the situation as a whole. They are just looking for excuses to Israeli actions in Gaza. I refuse to be part of this kind of propaganda.”

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More to the point, we do not know WHO is launching a rocket next to the hospital, to give Israel an excuse to bomb it.

Remember the USS Liberty. Remember the Lavon affair. Remember the Mossad agents arrested after cheering and clapping as the World Trade Towers collapsed. Israel lives by the dirty trick!

Aug 03 09:49

SCARS THAT WILL NEVER HEAL IN GAZA

Children scarred by Gaza violence as entire families lost

Aug 03 09:07

Thousands hit streets worldwide to demand end to Gaza violence (PHOTOS)

Thousands of people have taken to the streets around the world over the weekend to protest Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip. The largest demonstrations were held in Australia, France and Chile.

New Israeli airstrike hits Gaza UN school, kills at least 10

Thousands of people gathered for a pro-Palestinian rally in Sydney, Australia on Sunday, calling for an immediate end to the Israeli military operation, which has so far cost the lives of over 1,700 Palestinians and 60 Israelis. They were chanting “Free, free Palestine.”

Many Jewish people around the world don’t support the Israeli crackdown on Gaza, Peter Slezak from Independent Australian Jewish Voices told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"The state of Israel does not represent all Jews,” Slezak said. “I am one of very many Jews who is horrified and deeply ashamed by what the Jewish state is doing in my name. I stand with the people of Gaza and with Palestine as a whole."

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"The state of Israel does not represent all Jews,” Slezak said. “I am one of very many Jews who is horrified and deeply ashamed by what the Jewish state is doing in my name. I stand with the people of Gaza and with Palestine as a whole."

Aug 03 09:04

In photos: Israeli bombs destroy historic al-Omari mosque in Jabaliya

Israeli forces bombed the historic al-Omari Mosque in the northern Gaza City of Jabaliya on Saturday morning.

The mosque, which is believed to have stood on the same site since 647 AD, was almost completely destroyed in the bombing.

The portico and minaret dated back to the medieval Mamluk period, or at least 500 years.

The mosque stood at the center of Jabaliya and was known as the “Great Mosque” by local residents.

Israel said that their forces had bombed five mosques over night, claiming that “weapons caches and Hamas command and training facilities” were concealed within them.

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Okay, then why do we not see these rockets and launchers in the photographs of the wreckage? We spotted the remains of demolition charges in photos of the wreckage of the World Trade Towers (and those were NOT supposed to be there), so where is the evidence that these bombed schools, hospitals, and mosques were being used this way?

Aug 03 08:59

IN PHOTOS ~~ 10,000 STRONG MARCH IN NEW YORK MARCH FOR GAZA’S CHILDREN

The continuing slaughter of innocents in Gaza brought a crowd of what one police officer estimated to be 10,000 people into the streets of New York on Friday. They met at the headquarters of CNN and then marched through the crowded theater district to the Fox News Building. At both places they accused the corporate news entities of lying to the public and shouted “Shame!” repeatedly. The crowd was mostly young, multi ethnic, sad, and very angry. The tourists on the streets along Broadway looked astonished and fascinated. They read the signs and explained what was happening to their children. Some gave a thumbs-up and said they were glad to see people out protesting what was happening. It seemed that very many of the demonstrators were young Palestinian Americans who felt a strong tie to the Palestinian people struggling in Palestine and Israel and wanted to express strong feelings of solidarity with them as well as protest the torment that Israel was inflicting.

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Aug 03 08:31

Children in Gaza sponsored by Christian charity killed

If you were a second grader in Gaza, you would already be living through your third war with Israel.

So many children have unfairly shouldered the brunt of this bloodshed.

It has been painful to see the pictures and read the stories of the young lives lost and entire families wiped out for those close to the victims, and for those who send their love and just a little more than a dollar a day from far away.

Aug 03 08:31

New Israeli airstrike hits Gaza UN school, kills at least 10 - medics

An Israeli air strike has hit another UN-operated school in Gaza Strip, killing at least 10 people and injuring 35 others, Palestinian health authorities reported.

The missile fired by an Israeli aircraft hit the entrance to the school in the town of Rafah in southern Gaza Strip.

The school served as a shelter for some 3,000 Palestinians amid the ongoing violence in the region, as Israel continues its operation against Hamas.

The Israeli military declined immediate comment on the attack.

Aug 03 08:30

Foreign Affairs Minister Baird under fire for Hamas comments

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has come under fire from Human Rights Watch over comments that “Hamas will be solely to blame for any further loss of life” after a Gaza ceasefire quickly unravelled Friday. In a statement , Mr. Baird said Hamas had violated the ceasefire and that Israel was forced to defend itself. “Hamas has lost all credibility, and we must continue to work to isolate this terrorist organization that values death over peace,” Mr. Baird said.

Human Rights Watch issued its own statement, saying Mr. Baird’s comments amounted to a “green light for more unlawful Israeli attacks that kill civilians.”

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Israel broke the cease fire 9 minutes after it started with a missile attack into Gaza. The soldiers "decommissioning" a tunnel inside Gaza were another violation. That Baird is unaware of this only proves his incompetence at his job.

Time to take all these politicians who love Israel so much and ship them over there so our nations can have leaders who serve their own nations first!

Aug 03 07:21

Israel is acting as if it is free of moral responsibilities.

I support Israel. I abhor Hamas. But unleashing such devastating firepower on a tiny, densely crowded enclave in which civilians are trapped — and thus destined to become casualties — is wrong by any reasonable moral standard.

The Israeli government’s motivations in Gaza deserve to be taken seriously. But they do not justify the onslaught that is now in its third week. For Israeli military action to be justifiable, it must be proportionate. What we’re witnessing is not.

Aug 03 07:00

IDF's Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis

Since the discovery of oil and gas in the Occupied Territories, resource competition has increasingly been at the heart of the conflict, motivated largely by Israel's increasing domestic energy woes.

Aug 03 06:57

Israeli airstrike massacres family of prominent physician and author

An Israeli airstrike on Khan Younis in southern Gaza massacred nine members of the El-Farra family, including five children, early Friday morning.

The El-Farra family are relatives of physician Dr. Mona El-Farra, who has been frequently updating The Electronic Intifada on the ever worsening situation there.

Aug 03 06:55

NYT on why it hasn’t shown photos of Hamas fighters: We don’t have any

Of the 37 images that make up the Times’ most recent three slide shows of photos from the conflict, there’s not a single shot of a Hamas rocket launch (though more than 2,800 rockets have been fired at Israel) or of Hamas fighters using mosques, schools or hospitals as bases of operation.

Why not? After all, Hamas attacks against Israel are crucial to understanding what’s underpinning this conflict.

Here’s what Eileen Murphy, the Times’ vice president for corporate communications, says:

Our photo editor went through all of our pictures recently and out of many hundreds, she found 2 very distant poor quality images that were captioned Hamas fighters by our photographer on the ground. It is very difficult to identify Hamas because they don’t have uniforms or any visible insignia; our photographer hasn’t even seen anyone carrying a gun.

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The inescapable conclusion is that Israel is lying about the HAMAS rockets being there in the first place. That is, after all, Israel's official reason for the starvation blockade on Gaza ever since HAMAS won the elections. One may assume that the New York Times, which remains a loyal servant of Israel, would publish every photo they could find of HAMAS fighters in Gaza, their rockets, or the remains of rockets and rocket launchers in the debris of the bombed hospitals and UN schools. The New York Times admits its photographers are looking for such damning images, but simply cannot find them. Daily we are told that the "poor suffering" people of Israel live in fear of HAMAS' rockets, yet the hills above Gaza are filled with Israelis and their picnic baskets, enjoying the slaughter much as the Romans cheered as the Emperor threw the Christians to the lions, apparently unconcerned about the rockets the media claims terrify them.

Likewise, were their actual attacks in Israel creating equivalent damage to what is seen in Gaza the obedient and pro-Israel corporate media would splash it across the papers and TV screens of the world, to offset the political damage arising from the images and videos coming out of Gaza. again, there just isn't any. The claim that tiny Gaza is a threat to the world's sixth largest nuclear power is as phony as the claim that HAMAS kidnapped and killed those three teenagers in the West Bank that Netanyahu used to justify this latest aggression against Gaza, the third in the last six years.

Fool me once...

Aug 03 06:47

Anti-Israel protesters storm Rep. Crowley’s office in Queens

The people of Queens have stepped out, despite my not knowing any who are readers of VT, and raised my hopes of some major push back against the Israeliphobia, which a huge majority of our Congress critters seem so attached to.

I salute these fine people for setting the example for the rest of us. It is time for us to thank them by following suit.

This needs to be done to all US Congressmen and every public official sock-puppet for the Zionist murderers, so they can be exposed in their communities to wake people up. God only knows that the corporate media editorialists are not going to do it.

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Aug 03 06:39

Netanyahu warns US not to try to force Israel into a Gaza ceasefire

Following the quick collapse of the ceasefire in Gaza, the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants.

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Okay, and in return don't expect any more money from the US taxpayer! Now why don't you and Obama go on over to the golf course and work on your putz!

Apr 05 09:17

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

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

Apr 04 19:36

Britain’s Mad-House Foreign Policy

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

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

Apr 04 19:11

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 04 14:51

Britain's mad-house foreign policy

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

Apr 04 14:49

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

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

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

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

Apr 04 08:30

Pro-Palestinian groups plan April 15 mass arrival in Israel

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

Apr 04 08:28

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT DENIES JUSTICE TO PALESTINE

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

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

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

Mar 14 08:54

Israeli Police Drops Teargascanister For Fun

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

Jan 16 10:15

REWRITING THE BIBLE IN ISRAEL

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

Jun 01 07:52

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Oh to have real leaders like that again!

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

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

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

And there is blood on the wire..."

-- Jackson Browne "Lives in the Balance"

Sep 23 07:46

ISRAEL: THE MAPS TELL THE TRUE STORY

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

The following maps show what Israel has actually done.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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