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Nazi-Croatia death camps

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By Sir Vojislav Milosevic

 

Director, Center for Counter-terrorism

Belgrade, Serbia

Part 1/6

The existence of iron curtain, political equations of the Cold War, and the everlasting involvement of powers that be in the strategic hub of Eurasia, have prevented the world to hear about the most ruthless part of the Holocaust, which was additionally fueled by the flame of religious fundame-ntalism from past times.

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Owing to thousend-years-old agreed territorial division between Eastern Othodox and Western Catholic Church and the discrepancy of religious distribution along the demarcation line, the Catholic Church decided to seize the opportunity for its own Final Solution in the drive to the East.

Croatian fascist leader Ante Pavelic makes his first state visit to Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler (Herman Gering, right)

The opportunity came with Adolf Hitler. It resulted in Catholic clergy providing logistics and ideological foundation to the quisling Nazi state in the Balkans.

In Nazi Croatia established by Hitler, Nazi idelogy went hand in hand with Catholic fundamentalism, starting the most brutal extarmination of Serbs, Jews and Gypsies.

The savagery of the worst religious massacre of the 20th century managed to horrify even the German Nazis and Italian fascists, with severalhigh German officials asking Hitler to remove the vicious ustashe regime.

To the misfortune of 700.000-800.000 victims, this never happened.

In 1945, the Ironic  twist of history brings communists lead by Tito (a Croatian Catholic) on power in former Yugoslavia, placing Croatia on the winning side.

Tito oreders all death camp facilities to be dismantled and removed, and proclaims a new state ideology of „brotherhood and unity“. The ustashe genocide remains under the veil of silence.

The silence continued to this day, for the most of the world.

Bodies of prisoners killed upon arrival to Jasenovac, Croatian concentration camp

The vicitms were never acknowledged, NO APOLOGY was ever made. The extent of this tragedy has people in disbelief.

That is why the author of the following documentary  gathered testimonies along with references from foreign sources and publications, trying to pay respect to victims’ sufferng by saving them from oblivion.

Croatian Catholic Monks and Nazi salute

Jonathan Steinberg, Professor of Modern European History, Harvard&Cambridge University, stated: „ The omission of Croatia from the conventional Holocaust studies is like a book whose first chapter is torn out“.

„Ante Starcevic, father of Croatian nation and founder of the genocidal policy against the Orthodox population, has created the slogan :„God and Croatians“ in the 19th century. In the 20th century, usatshe will take that sloganwhile creating „Greater Croatia“. Ante Pavelic, ustashe leader, becomes a fuhrer of „Independent state of Croatia“.

As soon as he arrived to Zagreb from Rome, Italy, Archbishop Alojzie Stepinac welcomed Pavelic, and gave him God’s blessing. Pavelic subsequently replied, that he will not be tolerant towards Serbian Orthodox Church. Archbishop Stepinac ivites Pavelic and ustashe emigrants to solemn lunch, upon their return from abroad.

Ante Pavelic and Archbishop Stepinac, Zagreb 1941.

Pavelic oath to Almighty God:“ I, Ante Pavelic, fuhrer of Independent State of Croatia, swear to almighty God, that I will be faithful to Croatian people and do everything for its benefit, that I will protect independence of the Independent State of Croatia, and that I will uphold the ustashe principles in my work, so help me God.“ And, after the oath ceremony, he promissed to the crowd:“I can tell you that the issue of the rest of Croatian frontiers, will soon be resolved, and the front of Croatia will be set, to the great satisfaction of entire Croatian people. Independent state of Croatia, as of today, is greater then ever in its history!“

The epistle of Archbishop Stepinac, from April 28, 1941:“Honorable brothers, since we are familiar with the men who are in charge of the fate of Croatian people, we are deeply convinced that our mission will have great understanding and support. Therefore, respond to my appeal for holy work in order to protect and improve the Independent State of Croatia. In relation to that, solemn Te Deum (anthem of praise)is to be held on Sunday, 4th of May, in every parish church.“

The motto of „Independent State of Croatia“ was „God and Croatians“. The state ideology taught about „Croatian race“ and „Croatian blood“. Archbishop Stepinac and almost entire lower Catholic clergy were selflessly helping the ustashe. Their mystical enthusiasm is shown in Sarajevo newspapers „Catholic weekly“, 11th of May, 1941:“The image of holy Virgin Mary appeared as an omen across the skies of our new, young and free Croatia under her veil, to mark exactly 1000 years of Catholicism of Croats. She is coming to us again, to take her old place on our freedom flag. Croatian God and Mary of old times rose again. Christ and ustashe, Christ and Croatians, are marching side by side again, through history.“

Archbishop Stepinac (first right)

From the pulpits, it was demanded from Catholics to persecute Serbs. The harshest followers in the extermination were the sons of St. Francisco Assyrian whose monasteries were used by the ustashe as warehouses even before the war.

German writer Karl Hans Genscher, in his book „With God and fascists“ wrote:

„The provincial of Zagreb, fra ModestoMartincic says: Almost every better monastery outside the capital is built as a military stronghold. Catacombs of Kaptol (Croatian church HQ) become place of the first conspiracy. First ustashe camp is fonded there…(from ustashe gazette „Ustasha“, issue 3, 1941).

The place Široki brijeg, was an criminal ustashe center in Herzegovina. It has recruited not only many creators of ustasha ideology, but many ustasha cutthroats as well. Many Franciscans took an ustasha oath before the cross, knife, hand-grenade and gun, even prior to the war. Dido Kvaternik, the son of military commander Slavko Kvaternik, is organizing the police.Without any selection, he is recruiting and arming even the people with most notorious criminal past.

Karl Hans Genscher wrote:“ Every office, trolley car, in every bus and restaurant, had a sign saying: NO SERBS, JEWS, GYPSIES AND DOGS !

Walter Hagen wrote:“ A truly lethal hatred was directed against Jews and Serbs who were declared „VOGELFREI“. That means that anyone can kill them…

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U.S. People Should Choose Sides in IsraHell Palestine Gaza War

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JA PEOPLE or THE BEAST, WE MUST CHOOSE SIDES!

by Johnny Punish

Yes, that’s right. It’s time to choose sides. But before we do, we must do careful objective study so that we can definitely choose a winner for our collective affections.

So here’s what we do….

First, we watch and read all the USA and Israel news media, then we go to other side and check out the Palestinian and Iranian news on this issue. Then, we go to 3rd party sources e.g. Russia Today (RT) and learn more from a 3rd party.

Okay, so now that we have the full spectrum of information to make an informed pick on who we ought to side with.

Now, of course we all know that, in the USA, they government and media have already told us that Palestinians are terrorists and Israeli have an “unbreakable bond” with us. Today, Obama declared this bond again and that Israel has a right to defend itself. So they make it easy for us to choose. They are our leaders so why question them right?

Wow, that was easy! Go back to your job at the plant! Done!

But wait! As it turns out, surprise, we’re being lied to again! Who knew? I mean, after the bull shit they gave us with WMDs and linking Saddam with Al-Qaeda, I thought they would get off that lie train. But noooooooo! Here they are again playing games with truth to justify their agenda of profits, prophets, war, arms, and control of resources masking as some venture into democracy, freedom, liberty, and justice. Opps! We got duped again! Gosh, are we stupid or what?

Of course, on the other side, they are selling their stuff too….so let us not pass the morality compass to the other guys who throw bottle rockets. They too have an agenda.

Ok, so what do we really have?

Every leader is lying to us; selling us garbage, throwing bombs killing women and children, and telling us they have the right to do it because they are victims.

But as it turns out, the Jewish, Christian and Muslim peoples are much more similar in wants, needs, and ambitions. We all want peace, jobs, schools for our kids, and opportunities for jobs, and a chance to enjoy the boring machinations of life that make being alive super duper.

Worse for all of us, as it turns out, there are people making a ton of money off wars and killings. They have no interest in justice, liberty, freedom, democracy or the pursuit of happiness. They narrowly care about profits and power, that’s it and leave us, JA PEOPLE holding the bag. And it totally sucks!

So yes America, it’s time to choose who you side with….but be careful because buying the lies only makes harder on all of us. Instead, I strongly encourage us to side with JA PEOPLE. By JA PEOPLE, I mean all of us. That includes the Israeli boy in living in southern Israel who was hurt yesterday by an errant missile from Gaza. And that includes the Palestinian girl who was obliterated by a heat seeking U.S. made guided missile sent from a U.S Taxpayer funded F-15 plane.

What we should be siding with is all of us, not just some of us.
It’s time the USA mature and see the global world around us.

As for the faux leaders who sell the kill and maim actions to us, well, if they even injure, maim, or kill even one child on either side, we need to arrest them for crimes against humanity immediately. That goes for President Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniya and all their assigns who take such action against us, JA PEOPLE!

The 20th century is gone now and we, JA PEOPLE, are here now. And there is no place for occupation, holocausts, genocides, and ethnic cleansing. It’s over and the only thing left now is jail for those who take that action.

So memo to all my fellow Americans, re-think who we should side with?

Should we side with JA PEOPLE and against all warmongers on all sides? Or should we continue to look the other way when Israel bombs and kills more and more Gazans in
the name of defense with our taxpayer dollars in our name?

I say reject the 20th century notions and grab on to all the people, JA PEOPLE!

Peace out!

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Take “Terrorism” out of Hamas. Arm it

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by Sami Jamil Jadallah

 

This is not a cynical suggestion but a serious one. Perhaps it would do the US and Israel some good to provide the necessary material and logistical support to get Hamas out of the “group terror corner” and  into a more advanced stage of state terrorism, if not equal to Israel then close to it. Arm Hamas with weapons, uniforms, night vision equipment, real missiles and rockets, F-15 and F-16, tanks, howitzers, send General Dayton to train and then they can have real fight with Israel a fight that will take the battle not only to Gaza but to all Israeli cities, where citizens of both can die in numbers  that will make Tel- Aviv and Washington think twice before initiating any wars..

I have always been against “terrorism” which I defined simply the “discriminate targeting of civilians” whether Israelis or Arabs and have always voiced my opinion and spoke against suicide bombing by Hamas and other groups whether in Africa, Spain, England, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, or Latin America. I believe the use of “suicide bombings” by Hamas did an irreparable harm to the Palestinian cause.

However I always believed that Israel is a terrorist state before it’s founding and continues to be a terrorist state more than 60 years later. Israel as a Zionist entity did not mature into a state like many nations, but remained with the same mentality of its early founding. Terrorism was and is and will remain a trademark of this state. Israel have never stopped killing and murdering of innocent people with no consequences to any moral, legal or ethical issues. Thanks to the US unconditional support and cover up.

The difference between group terrorism and state terrorism is limited to material and organizational, nothing more. The group has crude means of destructions; crude bombs, booby-trapped cars, placement of explosives in public places, suicide bombing in public places and killing people indiscriminately.

State terrorism is much more sophisticated; it includes jet fighters, drone, missiles, tanks, naval forces, air force, marines, navy and army. It includes a president or a prime minister not an “Amir”, and it includes parliaments, Congress and Knesset, not a ‘shura council”. It includes the latest technology for effective use of power to kill the maximum of people and destructions of properties and landscape through the use of scorch earth policy.

Both group and state terrorism have the same objectives, killing and destruction one retail, and the other wholesale. Both direct their material force toward killing civilians.

American and the majority of the West always gave Israel a blank check with the ever and much repeated statement” Israel have the right to self defense”. While one can understand Israel right to self-defense, one also needs to put at the table Hamas and the Palestinians right to self-defense? If such right is afforded to Israel then the same should be afforded to the Palestinians. It is fair and square and elementary.

Perhaps the best thing to address this dilemma of “terrorism” is for the US, Israel, England, France, Germany to enter into serious discussions with Hamas and the Palestinians with the objective of arming Hamas and supply it with the latest’s weapons similar to that the US provide Israel.

This should include fighter jets, phosphorous and cluster bombs, rockets and missiles and should include technical training for Hamas and the Palestinians so that both parties can have similar weapons and organizational structure to inflict as much damage on Israel as Israel is inflicting on Palestinians. Then Hamas can target Israeli civilians with the same accuracy as Israel targets civilians in Gaza. Now we can have Israel and Hamas capable of undertaking “ state terrorism”

Israel with its latest technologies and weaponry is able to pinpoint civilian targets and kill and destroy buildings and civilians and administrative structures including the targeting of press building as it did yesterday when it targeted a high rise building (Alshorouk) where major international press and media organizations have offices in.

Hamas with its crude technology does not posses the technology to improve its targeting and guidance system, the technology available only to Israel. The question I have is what excuses Israel has for targeting civilian targets. Hamas does have an excuse, crude and poor technology. Until such time the US provides Hamas it with modern guidance and targeting system, Israeli civilians will be at risk.

The US owes to Israel to help and provide Hamas the necessary technology needed to make sure Hamas rocket are accurate as the Israelis. With new and accurate technology Hamas will then have no excuse of targeting civilians and can target military and administrative facilities all over Israel. Then every one in Washington, Paris, Berlin, London will be very happy, with both Jews and Arabs are killing each other with deadly accuracy and much more intensity.

I do not mean to be cynical, but if we want to Hamas out of the business of terrorism I say arm them, give them the latest’s arms and technology Israel have. Sent trainers so that Hamas can organize into battalions, brigades, and armies with different forces such as air force, navy, marines and army.

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What Hell-on-Earth was like 4 years ago in Gaza

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“If the world grants the Palestinian people their human rights there will surely be peace in the Middle East” – Pastor Manuel

by Stuart Littlewood

 

This seems a very good moment, on the sixth day of Operation Cast Lead Mk2, to remember what happened when Israel unleashed its lastblitzkrieg on Gaza – Operation Cast Lead Mk 1 – over the Christmas/New Year holiday period nearly 4 years ago.

The courageous pastor of the Catholic Church in Gaza, Fr Manuel Mussallam, sent out the following report on 20 January 2009, speaking of the plight of his shattered community in the wake of the Israelis’ three-week murderous assault.

From the Church of God in Gaza: Peace and blessings upon you, as we pray to God to lift man’s anger and shower Gaza with his mercy and kindness.

Gaza was suffering prior to the war, it suffered during the war and it will continue to suffer after the war.

Hundreds of people have been killed and many more injured in the Israeli invasion. Our people have endured the bombing of their homes, their crops have been destroyed, they have lost everything and many are now homeless. We have endured phosphorus bombs which have caused horrific burns, mainly to civilians. Like the early Christians our people are living through a time of great persecution, a persecution which we must record for future generations as a statement of their faith, hope and love.

Many families fled to United Nations (UNRWA) schools where they thought they would be safe. But with 50-60 people to a room, no electricity, water, bedding or food and nowhere to wash, living conditions are terrible.

Emergency aid has not yet arrived at the Church and because they are too frightened to venture onto the streets our people cannot reach the warehouses which hold Red Cross and UNRWA relief supplies. We trust in God but appeal to the whole world and in particular the Church to help Gaza. Your prayers and your kindness will be our salvation.

The war has affected everyone in Gaza. A teacher fled to our school with her husband and four children. He was hit by shrapnel from an Israeli bomb and his legs badly injured. She is distraught and terrified and when I spoke to her she was desperately looking for clean water to make a bottle for her baby.

The Church has lost a 26 year old Catholic man, Naseem Saba, who was killed in an Israeli air raid on 7 January. The day before, Israeli jets destroyed his family home where he lived with his three uncles.

As well as the destruction and physical injuries the mental trauma of our people is incalculable. They will need help and support for years to come. They will have to find somewhere to live and we will need centres for those injured and disabled in the shelling, special schools for traumatised or orphaned children and a whole array of rehabilitation services.

Clean water is scarce so both our schools in Remal and Zaitoon provide local people with water from an artesian well, dug through the generosity of Austrian donors. The school’s generator produces electricity for the nearby bakery as there have been no bread deliveries for weeks. People say: “The priest has become a baker,” and it’s true – we are glad to be able to do it.

Peace is only possible if it embraces justice

The war must end now. The world has to find a solution for the Palestinian people and not simply revert to the position they were in before it began. The borders with Israel must be redrawn and the occupation, which began 60 years ago, has to end.

The status of Palestinian refugees must be resolved pursuant to the Right of Return, and East Jerusalem must be the Palestinian state capital. We must tear down the Apartheid Wall, open the border crossings, free Palestinian detainees and remove Israeli settlements so the land can be returned to its original Palestinian owners.

Peace is only possible if it embraces justice. If the world grants the Palestinian people their human rights there will surely be peace in the Middle East.

From all the people of Gaza we thank you, our friends everywhere, for your constant prayers and particularly for the support which we urgently need and we hope will reach us soon. We thank His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI for his stance in calling for peace in the Middle East and for his generous support to the poor of Gaza. And we thank all bishops, priests, pastors, monks and nuns across the world for remembering us in their prayers.

On behalf of every Gazan, we share your prayers and say to the world: “From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.” (Galatians 6: 17-18)

Father Manuel Musallam

Pastor of the Catholic Church – Gaza

Nobody describes it more eloquently. I’d been privileged to meet this remarkable veteran of the Palestinian struggle a year earlier.

So what was learnt? What has changed?

The Zionist regime could never have maintained its illegal occupation of Palestine, or imposed a barbaric blockade on tiny Gaza, or mounted such a bloody assault on civil society for three long weeks, were it not for the protection of an over-powerful ‘friends’ network in every major western country. They had the testicles of the elected rulers of the Free World in a vice… and still do.

In Britain the Friends of Israel organisation, in its various guises, has stooges occupying key positions at the heart of government and most other institutions. These individuals paralyse any effective action against their lawless masters. They ought to be regarded as agents of a foreign military power and weeded out, but no-one with authority has the balls to do it.

Infiltration is so complete, I’m told, that membership of Friends of Israel is a necessary stepping-stone to ministerial rank in the two main political parties. Yet they must know it is a serious matter for someone in public office to place themselves under the influence of a foreign power and allow it to affect their actions in government.

I seem to recall that our leaders last time dragged their feet in demanding a cease-fire in order to give their Israeli friends enough time to do a thorough killing and wrecking job.

“The security council resolution… underlines the international community’s consensus and determination to do all we can to end this tragedy,” said Bill Rammell, the then minister of state for the Middle East. “Of course a ceasefire can only come about through decisions taken by the parties involved – but in the interests of people in both Gaza and Israel, we will expend every diplomatic effort to stop the violence.”

This was meaningless claptrap. Rammel’s boss, David Miliband, in a speech to Labour Friends of Israel, had numbered himself among “Israel’s most committed friends”. The prime minister at the time, Gordon Brown, declared himself a Zionist. And so-called peace envoy Tony Blair, another Zionist, was too chicken to go talk to Hamas. So any diplomatic efforts would only amount to revving the engine with the parking brake firmly on.

It was equally obvious that the Israelis would remain deaf until their lust for land was satisfied. They’d listen only when hefty sanctions were applied, such as suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement and expulsion of its ambassadors from London and other European capitals.

This time round the Free World leaders, and especially that noted Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Obama, again seem in no hurry (although Egyptian sources today say he’s given new president Morsi 24 hours to broker a truce). If they weren’t in the Zionist pocket they’d only need to snap their fingers to halt the slaughter.

In the intervening years has the world community – the mighty, high-sounding United Nations – granted the Palestinians their fundamental human rights?

No.

Have lessons been learnt?

No.

Has justice been embraced?

No.

Will the next cease-fire embrace justice, as Fr Manuel hopes?

Not likely.

So there’ll be no lasting peace. History will just keep repeating itself and the torment for blameless citizens will continue on both sides of the Gaza border.

And the region will remain a powder-keg.

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Israeli Terror Attacks: Day 6

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by Stephen Lendman

 

Israeli terror attacks continue. They’re merciless. Defenseless civilians are targeted. It’s official policy in all Israeli conflicts. Besieged Gazans are sitting ducks.

Where can they go? How can they hide? What can they do but pray they’ll survive? Many won’t. Through midday Monday, Haaretz reported 95 Gazan deaths. Another report said 97. These numbers will rise.

Nearly 700 were injured. The great majority are civilian men, women, children, infants and the elderly. Many others are missing. They’re presumed buried under rubble. Dozens of Israeli sorties are flown daily. Devastation is left in their wake.

A single Israeli strike killed three generations of one family. Eleven Palestinians died. All were civilians. Israel targeted their home. It was totally demolished.

Jamal Dalu was away when it happened. He lost his wife, two daughters, a sister, a daughter-in-law, four grandchildren aged two to six, and two neighbors.

IDF spokesman General Yoav Mordechai contemptuously said military officials were “examining the event.”

Targeting was deliberate. Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called it a “massacre.” It was cold-blooded murder. So is Israel’s entire campaign.

Senior Hamas spokesman Salama Maroof said:

“Israel has killed a family of eleven people this evening, and many, many more. If Israel wants to stop its aggression, then we can talk. But before then, how could we consider any deal?”

Haaretz covered what happened. It headlined “As IDF kills entire family in Gaza, Israel is starting to get in trouble.”

Contributor Avi Issacharoff compared what happened to Israel’s massacre of 57 Kafr Qana village civilians during its 2006 Lebanon war.

Thirty-seven children died. Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora called bombing Kafr Qana a “heinous crime” committed by “Israeli war criminals.”

The atrocity enraged people worldwide. Israeli state terror made headlines. Then Prime Minister Ehud Olmert lied, saying:

“The village and its surrounding areas were a source for launching hundreds of rockets.”

Israeli UN ambassador Dan Gillerman’s vicious lie mocked the victims, saying:

Hezbollah was responsible for “using women and children as human shields.”

During Cast Lead and other times, Israel was caught redhanded using Palestinians as human shields. Israeli soldiers broke the silence. They admitted what goes on.

Many Kafr Qana victims fled there to escape Israeli terror bombing. Tyre and surrounding areas were targeted. In many parts of Lebanon, no place was safe.

Israel’s blitzkrieg killed over 1,000, injured thousands more, and displaced one-fourth of Lebanon’s four million people.

The Kafr Qana massacre especially backfired. It turned world public opinion against Israel. Scars remain. Cast Lead highlighted them. So did massacring nine Mavi Marmara activists and attacking other Gaza humanitarian missions.

Murdering Jamal Dalu’s family is Israel’s latest atrocity. Live regional television showed dead bodies in Gaza’s Al Shifa Hospital.

Haaretz said this attack and other civilian casualties get Israel in trouble. It should get responsible officials imprisoned for war crimes.

Haaretz editorials and commentaries largely support Israel’s aggression. Issacharoff perhaps reluctantly admitted that the great majority of Gazan victims are civilians. He stopped short of explaining that targeting them is official Israeli policy.

“(H)arsh pictures from Gaza of small children who are wounded or killed arouse very unpleasant feelings,” he said.

They “help to create especially supportive Palestinian and Arab public opinion for Hamas.”

Social networks urge “revenge.” Expect world outrage to grow the longer Israel’s slaughter continues.

Israel is a rogue pariah state. Terrorism is official policy. Netanyahu is a world class thug. He’s more mad dog than leader. He threatens the region and humanity. He heads Israel’s most extremist ever government. Reelection in January looks likely.

Killing Palestinians is popular. Poll numbers suggest over 90% of Israeli Jews support attacking Gaza. Only 30% favor ground war.

Al Haq accused Israel of “indiscriminate attacks.” Nothing deters Israeli lawlessness. World community pressure is absent. Israel has carte blanche to kill.

Al Mezan accused Israel of deliberately targeting civilians. Israel committed “grave breaches of international law.”

“Al Mezan condemns with the strongest terms the deliberate targeting of houses and other civilians objects in Gaza.”

“These violations, along with other disproportionate attacks and extra-judicial executions, may amount to acts of war crimes and must be investigated and punished without delay.”

“Attacks on homes and the murder of whole families call for immediate international intervention to stop IOF’s aggression and provide effective protection for civilians in Gaza.”

“Al Mezan highlights that the prevalent culture of impunity, which is the result of decades of failure to bring any perpetrators of war crimes to account, has encouraged such crimes to occur, and, as feared, it is children, women, and the elderly who are bearing the brunt of it.”

On November 19, Russia Today said “Israel gives Hamas 36-hour ultimatum before starting major offensive.” Thousands of troops, tanks, and heavy armor are positioned on Gaza’s border. Invasion could happen any time.

Conflict shows no signs of abating. Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) said Israeli officials are weighing a possible ground operation “under strong Obama pressure” to hold off.

Truce talks in Cairo are ongoing. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi hopes to broker peace. Progress reports are mixed. Hamas said they failed. Egypt said they continue.

DF said Morsi “failed in his task (and) made matters worse.” He bought time for Hamas. Israel sent senior military and intelligence officials to Cairo. “Hamas turned down all the truce proposals on the table.”

DF didn’t say they’re entirely one-sided. Israel demands surrender. It also wants unilateral Gazan disarmament.

Hamas wants Gaza’s lawless siege lifted. It also wants international community guarantees to stop Israeli assassinations and other attacks. Israel categorically won’t agree.

A ground operation looks likely. Israel National News headlined “Intelligence Expert: Ground Move Required,” saying:

Former deputy Shin Bet intelligence head Doron Weiss said there’s no reason to fear international pressure. He called it “groundless.”

“There is no reason why the IDF cannot carry out a limited operation in Gaza and leave in time,” he said. Consensus seems building toward this conclusion or something similar.

DEBKAfile said Israel’s ground operation was planned for Sunday. It’s now delayed one or two days. It’s unclear whether Cairo talks will resolve things. According to Hamas, they failed.

From Bangkok on his Asian tour, Obama said:

“We are fully supportive of Israel’s right to defend itself from missiles landing on people’s homes and workplaces and potentially killing civilians. And we will continue to support Israel’s right to defend itself.”

He ignored Gaza’s siege, Israel’s overall occupation harshness, and that Palestinian rockets and missiles respond defensively to Israeli attacks.

Washington supports Israel’s worst crimes. Palestinian rights don’t matter. They never did and don’t now. Israeli aggression is called self-defense. Gazans are accused of terrorism for defending themselves.

Relentless Israeli attacks continue. Civilians remain most vulnerable. Electronic Intifada (EI) contributor Rami Almeghari lives and teaches in Gaza. He said “Gaza families huddle together.” They hope doing so provides a measure of safety.

Fifteen Dalloul family members sleep in one room. They live in Gaza City’s densely populated al-Zaytoun neighborhood.

Naeema Dalloul, a mother of seven, told EI:

“All the children and elder members of our family squeeze onto these mattresses when night falls.”

“When the air strikes began on Wednesday I was on the phone with my husband, who is now traveling. I was concerned about my seven children, so I moved here to stay with them.”

“But as you see the attacks are widespread and no one seems safe.”

Israel has been heavily bombing al-Zaytoun. Other civilian neighborhoods are struck. Israel claims only militants are targeted. Israeli officials lie.

Days are terrifying. Nights are worse. Naeema added:

“My little four-year old daughter, Tala, just hides behind me whenever there is a loud Israeli airstrike heard in the background.”

“This time is rather scary and no one can predict how things will turn out. But we are trying to cope as best as we can.”

Almeghari said “children are so scared at night, even the older ones, that when they want to get up to use the bathroom at night they insist that their mother goes with them.”

In a separate article, Almeghari discussed Omar Masharawi’s death. He was 11-months old. An Israeli missile murdered him at home.

Doing so “left an aching hole in the home and hearts of” his family. He was “fatally burned all over his little body.” His grandfather Ali said, “My children are not terrorists. They are not devils. They are good people.”

The attack killed his daughter-in-law. One of his sons was seriously injured. Ali said he’s always been peaceful even when he worked in Israel years earlier. Now he wants to “explode.”

Omar’s mother, Ahlam, said he “came to life and now he has left (us) so early….his little words are silenced.”

Omar’s father, Jihad, said he “hold(s) all of Israel, including politicians, military and ordinary people responsible for such atrocities that led to the death of my son, who was burned completely.”

What kind of terror weapon incinerates babies? Israel uses them and others in all its conflicts. Neighbors said “a mass of fire hit the roof of the Masharawi” home.

Nothing justified attacking it. No militants were nearby. Things were calm, said Jihad. There was no “suspicious activity.” He never imagined Israel would target his home. “Why,” he asked?

A Final Comment

On November 19, Haaretz headlined “Israeli official: Chances 50 – 50 between Gaza truce and invasion,” saying:

Netanyahu, Barak, and Lieberman met until 4AM Monday morning. They discussed an Egyptian ceasefire proposal. They decided talks should continue.

Egypt is trying to negotiate a comprise between what both sides want. If resolution isn’t reached, the unnamed Israeli official said “we’ll go into Gaza. There is no other way.”

It’s clear what Hamas and Israel want. It’s not known what Egypt proposed. Halting Israeli attacks short of ending Gaza’s siege and assuring the safety of 1.7 million people resolves nothing.

Hopefully, Hamas will hold firm for what’s right and essential. The alternative is continued conflict.

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President Hamid Karzai flays IsraHell Palestine soil air-strikes

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President Hamid Karzai in a statement vehemently condemned the air-strikes launched by the Nazi war jets on the Palestinian, killing civilians and asked for immediate ceasefire, the presidential palace said Saturday.

According to the Palestinian official sources, up to 179 people including women and children had been killed and more than 1200 other wounded, since the last Wednesday of the Nazi air-strike in Gaza city, the statement said.

On behalf of himself and the people of Afghanistan, the president denounced the attack and called killing civilians unjustifiable in any part of the world.

Asking for immediate ceasefire, the president expressed his condolence for those Palestinians lost their family members and relatives during the incident.

Dozens of people mostly, civilians including women and children had been killed and wounded as the Nazi blaming Palestinian Islamic activists’ shelling started air-strike on Gaza city, since last Wednesday.

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Press TV: ‘No place left in world for anachronism of wars, IsraHell’

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By Gordon Duff and Press TV

“The GOP, the “true red” friends of Israel are now “eating their own young” in a “blame fest” looking for scapegoats to explain why billions of dollars in drug money couldn’t buy an election in a nation long assumed to be filled with the ignorant and “unwashed.”

Israel is partying like they believe this were still 1982. 75,000 young reservists, schooled in apartheid and racism, a generation of young Israeli’s who know little of physical labor, nearly one million “guest workers” do the “heavy lifting now,” are physically and mentally unfit for combat.

There is a difference this time, though the military advances Hamas has made over the past few months, smuggled MANPAD air defense weapons from Libya, rockets with advanced guidance systems and double the range of anything Israel had imagined are not the telling factor.

The issue is political. Even as the words left President Obama’s mouth, his statement of eternal support for Israel and their right of self-defense, he faces Israel as an enemy, perhaps more so than the people of Gaza do.

It is not just Netanyahu’s continual attempts to rig America’s presidential election and his colossal failure.

Netanyahu is clueless as to what is heading his way.

Polls during the recent election showed that American Jews care little or nothing about Israel. In fact, Israel is looked on as a nation of “free loaders” and increasingly is seen as “not worth the bother.”

Only so much whining is paid attention to. The photographs of dead Palestinian children are far more common now and the continual flow of stories about Palestinian terrorists the Israel lobby foists on the American public are no longer being accepted.

It has, at least during the past two years, become increasingly distasteful to peddle Islamophobia and racism. Political awareness has grown in America. Romney and Netanyahu made sure the election was very much about Israel.

Israel lost as much as Romney lost.

Then there is the reality “on the ground.” Israel can invade, they have the weapons, they have the manpower. What they do not have is the power of the press behind them.

Oh, the press is still there but few take the “pop culture media” as seriously as they had before. CNN and Fox, the American networks most inclined toward obedience to Tel Aviv, now only preach to a minority of disaffected and broken supporters of a failed political movement in total disarray.

 

The GOP, the “true red” friends of Israel are now “eating their own young” in a “blame fest” looking for scapegoats to explain why billions of dollars in drug money couldn’t buy an election in a nation long assumed to be filled with the ignorant and “unwashed.”

America turned out to be something different, a nation sick of being lied to. Time changes things. During my childhood, I watched America go from hating those of African descent along with Jews and Catholics to a nation where, at least in states that support Obama, where the vast majority of Americans live, race and religion are no longer the judge of character.

Israel’s “holocaust victimization card” is now worn and stained, one cannot claim “moral high ground” and murder children, steal human organs and operate nearly a third of the world’s crime cartels.

People notice.

Things have changed “on the ground.” Though Morsi, in Egypt, has sworn to keep to the Camp David Accords, the people of Egypt will not allow an invasion of Palestine to go unanswered. If Morsi fails to act, it will seal his doom and bring an end to the accords.

Israel will have an enemy on her southern border.

Israel has depended on Jordan to act as a “hand puppet.” We are now seeing the first moves to eliminate Jordan as an Israeli pawn.

That will put the issue of West Bank settlements in a new light as they are built on land stolen from the people of Jordan. There will be a new government in Jordan, an Islamic government, it will come and it will no longer be able to suppress its two million Palestinians, nearly a quarter of who still live in refugee camps.

The roots of radicalization are there and it may not be in a month or two months but Jordan will fall and the desire to settle issues of “right of return” are less likely to be put to verbal or written negotiation.

Though the Western press has long suppressed the stories, the Saudi monarchy is weakening, Israel’s primary surrogate in the Middle East, though, depending on how the “wind is blowing,” Erdogan of Turkey can no long be seen as weak or complicit in Israel’s acts.

His rhetoric and failure to do anything but join Israel in moves on Syria, joined by the French, joined by Israel and serving as lapdog to his NATO masters, is not unnoticed.

 Iran

It is believed by many that an American offer to lift sanctions in trade for stringent nuclear inspections has already reached the preliminary agreement stage between the United States and Iran. Israel has, we are told, indicated it will not oppose such an accord.

 They will not because they cannot.

Without the issue of Iran as their “bloody flag,” Israel is likely to be forgotten, their nuclear weapons useful only as an assurance of the impotence of a minor nuclear power. Iran understands this issue well.

 The Zionist “Sampson Option” has now become a badge of hypocrisy and has assured the people of Israel that they are watched and targeted by more than one nation that has sworn them “eternal friendship.”

American Enmity

There are now solid and verified reports that a coalition of rogue extremist groups within the American military and veteran community, generously funded by monies from the Gulf Cartel in Mexico, laundered through what Dr. Webster Tarpley describes as the “Mormon Mafia” and Israeli Likudists had planned to overthrow the US government by force after the election.

Sources at the highest levels have indicated that General Petraeus was to be offered the “presidency” after an iconic act of terrorism would cost the lives of top American leaders including but not limited to the President and Vice President.

There is absolutely no reason whatsoever to believe General Petraeus knew anything of this and were he to have been aware, would have moved to block such an effort.

However, during a “national emergency,” different decisions for criteria would have applied.

Jeb Bush was to have been his Vice President.

Very knowledgeable official sources surmise that a potential fallback could involve, not that General Petraeus is not available, a scenario where a weakened Secretary of State Clinton would assume the presidency, mired in a war with Iran, based on a series of assassinations and terror attacks, “pristine Iranian passports” would fall from the heavens like perfect snowflakes from a grey sky.

Moves Noted

In order to secure Mrs. Clinton in place, Senator’s McCain and Lindsay Graham have worked to block the nomination of Susan Rice over the Benghazi affair.

What is now being noted is that all those who gravitate toward wild conspiracy theories involving the murder of Ambassador Stephens are likely complicit in a plot against the United States.

 Notes on Benghazi

In a recent discussion with a senior counter-intelligence official, I was reminded that the key issues of the Benghazi attack are twofold:

 Who gains from the attack? That answer is clear, Romney and Israel.

How convenient is the timing. We strike the same tune again, timing serves Romney and Israel.

Thus, we see Dr. Webster Tarpley’s “Mormon Mafia” at work.

I am also told we see the hands of State Department employees who, without their cooperation, the movements of the ambassador and his party would have been impossible to trace as well as coordinating the overwhelming attack of September 11, 2012, timed to coincide with the Terry Jones/Google/YouTube telethon meant to provide cover through purposefully staged violence.

Behind the telethon, we find the hands of the CATO Institute, their “Tea Party” through “P.J. Media and, as reported by Wayne Madsen, up to 50 senior Pentagon officers.

It was not the White House that sent the rescue force to Tripoli, four hours’ drive away while the Benghazi airport was open.

Pentagon officials had circulated a long disproven Al Jazeera story that the Benghazi airport was still unserviceable though four airlines land their daily.

Though we won’t see them testify in front of a congressional enquiry, if the real planners of the Benghazi attack were brought to justice, not those who actually carried out the attack themselves, the majority could be found living and working near Washington D.C. and closely aligned with right wing politics and Zionist causes.

 Conclusion

Israel will attack and may invade but they are only digging a hole to bury themselves. What could have been a détente that may have brought generations of peace will more likely be a coalition of nations, not pledged to destroy Israel but destined to move through a world where Israel will no longer have a place.

Israel is a “dinosaur,” an anachronism of wars and conflicts that are fading memories. Israel is not alone, others will fall and Israel may well survive as a “homeland of the Jews” but either as a pariah nation or one willing to embrace a multicultural Christian, Muslim and Jewish heritage.

 

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Likening Palestinians to Blades of Grass

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Israeli hardliners joke about the periodic need to decimate each new generation of Palestinian militants as “mowing the grass,” a process underway again in new bombardments of Gaza. This ugly metaphor has also penetrated the think-tank world of Official Washington, as ex-CIA analyst Elizabeth Murray writes at Consortium News.

By Elizabeth Murray

In early 2010, one of Washington DC’s most prestigious think tanks was holding a seminar on the Middle East which included a discussion of Israel’s December 2008-January 2009 assault on Gaza which killed about 1,300 Palestinians. When the death toll was mentioned, one expert on the panel smiled enigmatically and intoned: “It’s unfortunate, but every once in a while you have to mow the lawn.”

The remark, which likened killing hundreds of men, women and children – many of them noncombatants – with trimming the grass, was greeted with a light tittering around the room, which was filled with some of Washington’s most elite, highly educated and well-paid Middle East experts. Not a single one objected to the panelist’s black humor.

On the contrary, several analysts and experts were grinning at the reference to Israel’s strategy of mounting periodic attacks on the Palestinians to cull each new generation of militants. Such is the nonchalance of Washington’s policy-advising cognoscenti toward the ongoing and systematic genocide of Gaza’s oppressed population.

The cavalier language is symptomatic of the policy making community’s increasingly pervasive tendency to disregard and disparage the humanity of Palestinian victims of Israeli attacks, which are often waged by Israel’s high-tech drones and U.S.-supplied F-16’s. There is also a tendency to ignore or downplay Israeli war crimes.

This dangerously sociopathic attitude is prevalent whether cloaked in a cheap joke or reflected in the failure by the State Department spokesman to condemn or even acknowledge the criminality of Israel’s latest aerial and sea-based bombardment of Palestinian civilians, at least 18 of whom have been killed in the past 48 hours. Three Israelis also have died in retaliatory rocket fire.

After the latest attacks, the State Department’s statement justified Israel’s bombardment of Gaza as Israel’s “right to defend itself” against the launching of relatively primitive rockets, mostly by radical groups, from inside Gaza. Yet, while the State Department urged both sides to avoid civilian casualties, nowhere was there mention of the Palestinians’ right to defend themselves from various attacks by Israel. Apparently only one side is granted that privilege, according to the U.S. statement.

The relegation of Palestinians to a less-than-human status by Israel and the United States – especially the inhabitants of Gaza who are perpetually locked into an open-air prison and subject to an Israeli blockade – was noted by MIT professor Noam Chomsky after a visit to Gaza to attend an academic conference. In comments broadcast by “Democracy Now” on Nov. 14, Chomsky remarked:

“It’s kind of amazing … and inspiring to see people managing somehow to survive … as essentially caged animals subject to constant, random, sadistic punishment – only to humiliate them – no pretext. They [the Palestinians] would like to have dignified lives, but the standard Israeli position is that they shouldn’t raise their heads.”

Instead of a serious effort to reach a peace acceptable to both sides, Israel seems to prefer a state of endless conflict with the Palestinians. After all, the prospect of peace might require the Israeli government to treat their neighbors as equals and withdraw from territory occupied since 1967.

So, rather than making meaningful concessions, some Israeli hardliners simply promote the idea of periodically “mowing the grass,” i.e. killing the latest generation of Palestinian militants who sprout up from the injustice all around them. Perhaps that is why Israel broke an informal ceasefire on Wednesday by assassinating Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari in an air strike.

Palestinian MP Sahar Qawasmi, center, is flanked by Vitaly Naumkin, director of the Center for Arab Studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, at left, and Gershon Baskin, Israeli Co-Director and founder of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information.

Jabari was killed hours after he received the draft of a permanent truce agreement with Israel, which included mechanisms for maintaining the ceasefire, according to Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin, who helped mediate talks between Israel and Hamas for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Jabari was a key Palestinian interlocutor in the release of Shalit, and an important intermediary for truce negotiations with groups such as the PFLP and Islamic Jihad. Such a relatively moderate figure may have been perceived as a threat to Israeli leaders who prefer to portray Hamas as rejectionist toward any peace.

These developments and the U.S. response to them are a chilling omen for those who had hoped for a change in U.S. Middle East policy after the U.S. presidential election – namely, increased pressure on Israel to halt its cruel oppression of Palestinians and obey international law.

There is still a window of opportunity for the U.S. to shift its approach before the violence spirals out of control. One also can hope that President Barack Obama is working the phones to rein in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But Obama’s eerie and reprehensible silence during the Israeli assault on Gaza in December 2008-January 2009 must not be repeated.

 

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Does anyone seriously think it’s about rockets?

 

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What if Hamas dumped all their rockets in the sea tomorrow? Would the illegal blockade be lifted? Would Gazans enjoy the same freedoms as other nations? Would their democratically elected government be allowed to get on and govern? Would they be able to open their sea port to foreign ships and rebuild and operate their airport? Would they be able to import and export and carry on trade and develop their economy and prosper like other countries?

by Stuart Littlewood

“They stole my land,

burnt my olive trees,

destroyed my house,

took my water,

bombed my country,

imprisoned my father,

killed my mother,

took my job,

starved us all,

humiliated us all,

But I am to blame: I shot a rocket back.

So they stole more of my land,

burnt my olive trees,

destroyed my house,

took my water,

bombed my country….”

These words are printed on a tee-shirt I sometimes wear. They cut through the propaganda crap straight to the true cause of the latest unpleasantness in Gaza.

BBC Newswatch host Samira Ahmed. The BBC programme, dedicated to viewer feedback.

This morning (Sunday) the BBC continued its descent into the journalistic cesspit, pushing the Israeli line on the atrocities being committed in the Holy Land.

You only needed to see BBC1′s ‘Sunday Morning LIve’ which matched an incoherent Palestinian newspaperman against Charlie Wolf, an obnoxious import from Boston USA.

Nobody touched on the underlying causes, not even the presenter Samira Ahmed.

It was ignorant and shambolic, yet on the basis of this encounter viewers were invited to vote whether the Israeli bombing was justified.

CHARLIE WOLF

According to Wiki, Wolf during his talkSPORT show in 2005 described  Rachel Corrie (the American activist murdered by an Israeli military bulldozer in Gaza) as “scum.”

OFCOM ruled his remark was in breach of the “Generally Accepted Standards” section of the Broadcasting Code and said it was “seriously ill-judged”.

Why would the BBC hire such a offensive pillock if it intended to provide a reasoned and balance debate?

I certainly object to having the likes of Wolf beamed into my home on a Sunday morning, or any other morning, by our fee-snatching national broadcaster.

Man on a mission: New BBC One chief Danny Cohen

I hear that when the poll result was announced 56% voted “No” and 44% “Yes” to the question “Are Israeli military actions justified?”. The programme’s website now states the results “are not available to the public at this time”.

The plot thickens…

But it’s not so difficult to figure out when the Controller of BBC1 is Danny Cohen, a Jew.  Such a surprise….

According to the BBC

  • Cohen is responsible for the overall direction of BBC One.
  • This includes its strategy, the ideas that are developed and all programmes that are commissioned to be transmitted on BBC One, both on television and online.
  • He also oversees the scheduling of the programmes.
  • As creative leader, Cohen determines BBC One’s editorial policy, priority, style and presentation based on analyses of target audience needs.

And he’s paid over £250,000.

An earlier BBC1 offering this morning, the Andrew Marr Show, had General Mike Jackson calling Hamas what they actually are – guerrillas(A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy, as by surprise raids).

He deliberately avoided the well-worn and inaccurate propaganda slurs such as “militants” and “terrorists”. If you call them that, what names are left for the Israelis? I wonder if he’ll get his knuckles rapped…

Marr made his leanings clear by saying: “From a military perspective people have to remember how small Israel is and how open to rocket attack…” without mentioning Gaza’s much greater vulnerability by not only being tiny, impoverished and overflowing but having no military to speak of at all.

Israel wants the entire Holy Land and Gaza’s gas

Throughout the latest crisis western leaders, news readers, chat-show hosts and assorted pundits have focused on the “thousands” of rockets fired by Hamas.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is reported as saying: “There is no justification for the violence that Hamas and other terrorist organizations are employing against the people of Israel. We call on those responsible to stop these cowardly acts immediately in order to allow the situation to deescalate.”

Cowardly acts?Who is the coward? Israel, which uses sophisticated state-of-the-art weaponry (courtesy of the US taxpayer) to relentlessly attack an unarmed, half-starved and densely packed population who have nowhere to run because their borders have been sealed 24/7 for 6 years, or the Gaza’s guerrillas who fight back with anything that comes to hand including garden-shed rockets?

What if Hamas dumped all their rockets in the sea tomorrow? Would the illegal blockade be lifted? Would Gazans enjoy the same freedoms as other nations? Would their democratically elected government be allowed to get on and govern? Would they be able to open their sea port to foreign ships and rebuild and operate their airport? Would they be able to import and export and carry on trade and develop their economy and prosper like other countries?

Would they be allowed to develop and benefit from their offshore gas field? Would their fishermen be allowed to fish in unpolluted waters? Would their young people be able to come and go and take up places at foreign universities?

Would Israel clear out of Gaza’s airspace permanently? Would the Israeli navy cease its piracy and stay out of Palestinian territorial waters? Would you and I be able to visit Gaza direct?

Fat chance. None of this would suit Israel. So Palestinians would be no better off.

Remember, there are no rockets coming out of the West Bank. Yet the illegal Israeli occupation there continues and so does the ethnic cleansing, the land theft, the illegal settlements, the colonization, the demolition of Palestinian homes, the throttling of the economy, the abduction and ‘administrative detention’ of civilians and the massive interference with freedom of movement. Nothing has changed for West Bank Palestinians who DO NOT FIRE ROCKETS. And there is no sign of an end to their torment.

The bloody assault on Gaza therefore has much more to do with Israel’s ambition to expand racial dominance in the Holy Land, make their occupation permanent and seize Gaza’s offshore gas field than the paltry damage from crude and erratic rocket-fire. The Palestinians holed up in Gaza are simply in the way of the Grand Plan and have to be removed or totally subdued. This was the case 4 years ago when Israel launched Operation Cast Lead after staging the same sort of provocation as they did last week.

Elie Yishai, Deputy Prime Minister of Israel

Israel’s deputy prime minister Eli Yishai let the cat out of the bag when he said of the latest military operation:

“The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages. Only then will Israel be calm for forty years.”

He is also reported as saying: “We must blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages destroying all infrastructure including roads & water.”

If he carries it out he’ll have written his arrest warrant for mega war crimes. Obama, Cameron and Hague actually pledge support for this maniac and his loathsome pals Netanyahu and Barak, implicating us in their foul crimes. I’d like to subject Obama, Cameron and Hague – and their families,for bombing engulfs women and children also — to just one night of the London blitz and see how they like it. London at least had defences, functioning emergency services and an extensive subway network. Gazans don’t. And Gazans have had to put up with raids night after night for years on end.

Actually I’d like to include the entire United Nations Security Council in that experience, also its useless worm of a secretary-general.


Stuart Littlewood’s book Radio Free Palestine, with Foreword by Jeff Halper, can now be read on the internet by visiting: www.radiofreepalestine.org.uk

Radio Free Palestine series:

One Land, Two Peoples, Three Religions –

Editor’s note:  A compelling video by Anthony Lawson which indicts Israel for its daily abuses against Palestinians and  the horrors it has inflicted on Gaza and which it continues to inflict through its illegal and genocidal siege against the devastated and overpopulated strip of land, with the support of the US and European Governments and the complicity of the Zionist owned Media :

Gaza in Plain Language—Revisited

Anthony Lawson (known professionally as Tony Lawson) is a retired international-prize-winning commercials director, cameraman, ad agency creative director and voice over.

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Obama Succumbs to Bibi; Paving the Way in Blood

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by Sami Jamil Jadallah

 

It seems President Obama agrees with Bibi Netanyahu and both see the price for an invitation to the White House must be paved with the innocent blood of Jews and Arabs. I guess this is the price Israelis and Gazans have to pay so that both men can mend fences. Surrounded by so many “Israel First” in the White House, National Security, State and UN no wonder Obama’s White House gave Israel (according to Israeli ambassador to Washington), the GREEN light to assassinate and escalate the war on Gaza including targeting civilians.

To Israeli leaders from the left or the right or the middle, facing elections, spilled blood of both Israelis and Arabs is a necessity election material, and it energizes the election and Israeli voters, of course the more Arab blood is spilled the better and the more votes. Simply there are no “peace” candidates only war candidates in Israel.

I also guess the same is true of the American Jewish leadership and to a great extent to the American Jewish “community”. The more blood is spelled, both Israeli/Jewish and Palestinian/Arab the more the community is energize to go out and raise money.

When the innocent blood in Palestine/Israel flow the money flows from Boston, to Brooklyn, to Cleveland, to Chicago, to St. Lewis, to Bethesda all the way to Los Angeles and Hollywood. Peace for Israel and for the Palestinians could never and will never energize the American Jewish leadership and community, spelled blood always does.

So it is not so surprising to see the American Jewish community and leadership with very very minor exception line up behind Israel, right or wrong as it wages its relentless attack on the innocent people of Gaza. To this leadership and community, all Israelis are victims and innocent and all Palestinians are guilty and deserve to die. Simply there are no civilians in Gaza, only an enclave of some 1.5 million terrorists who deserve to get killed, murdered in retail or wholesale.

Not so sure when this “community” and the mainstream media can see and face the truth that there are two sides to every story and that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not an exception to the rule. It is always the same thing and the same justifications. Israel has the right to defend itself. Israel has the right to attack and attack both militias and civilians. Israel has the right to initiate and engage all the means possible including air force, tanks, artillery, navy, and drones. Of course Palestinians under siege in Gaza, have no rights whatsoever to do any thing, no right to retaliate, no right to defend the civilian population, no right to resist the Jewish Occupation.

What is more disgusting is the fact that this “community” and the main stream media never bothered to even question or realize that Israel never ended its occupation of Gaza. Israel continues to place Gaza under siege, continues to shut down border crossings, continue to prevent supplies and fuels to come to Gaza, continues to enforce sea blockade, continue to calculate “calories” so that the people of Gaza do not look like the Jews in Concentration Camps. In fact Israel control the land, air and sea of Gaza. No one question perhaps dares to question why Israel simply refuses to reach a deal ending the siege and reach ends its occupation.

I am sure radio and TV hosts are not so stupid but for sure cowards when failing to raise tough and follow up questions to Israeli spokesperson as if given transcript and are not allowed deviating from it. No one is allowed to use their brains, or journalistic in question, simply they become battery-operated journalists. No one so far asked Israeli spokesperson follow up questions, such as the case why did Israel decides to assassinate Hamas Jabari now, certainly inviting Hamas militia to retaliate, and why did Bibi did not allow a pending deal to go through.

It seems every one in main stream media from the New York Times to Washington Post to CNN, BBC and Fox News all simply accept and dare not question Israel’s decision of waging frequent and constant war on Gaza. No one dare to ask the question if Israel has a right to retaliate does Hamas have the same right and if Israel target civilians can Hamas do the same? With the millions of dollars in salaries, mainstream media could not muster one “coward” to challenge the lies of Mark Regev, the Australian Jews who is Bibi Netanyahu propagandists. The Eveready battery keeps going, and going.

I like to leave you with some of the statements issued by main stream Jewish group in the US to determine for your self what is wrong with this “community” and why the silence and why they dare not speak out and say to Israel enough is enough?

Enough spilled blood, enough lies and enough justifications for the continued siege of Gaza, enough of targeting people, enough of killing innocent people, women and children. This “community” should know not all those injured and killed are militias but innocent people, innocent as much as any Israeli citizen in the South of Israel. But then spelled blood is what raises money and money buys power and influence in Washington.

So Mr. Bibi Netanyahu you are now welcomed to Obama’s White House however the price in blood is yet to be determined, perhaps few hundreds killed, perhaps few thousands injured the more the better. Welcome to America.

Statements in Support of Israel.

ADL: Israel has shown tremendous restraint in the face of the unceasing rocket and mortar fire launched from Gaza. This operation is directly targeting the leadership responsible for these attacks, as well as the warehouses and facilities housing their weapons. No country in the world would stand by and tolerate such attacks on more than a million civilians. The international community has a clear obligation to condemn these attacks and to support the actions taken by Israel against Hamas and other terror organizations operating in Gaza as Israel carries out its basic duty to defend its civilian population.

J Street: J Street stands with Israel and its right to defend itself from all threats to its people and territory. Our sympathies go out to the Israeli victims and families caught in the violence. We reiterate our call on Hamas to immediately cease rocket attacks on Israel and to ensure that other groups in Gaza desist as well. We also remain concerned about the impact on the civilian population in Gaza and urge the IDF to exercise judicious restraint in limiting its response to military targets in an effort to prevent civilian casualties.

Israel’s current military operation is a response to the hundreds of rockets that have rained down on Israel from the Gaza Strip over the past year. Every day, Israel’s southern residents carry with them the fear that a sudden Qassam rocket could change their world forever. Innocent Israeli and Palestinian civilians too often bear the high costs of this ongoing conflict. Sirens have sounded in Israel as hundreds of rockets have been launched from Gaza, killing and injuring several Israelis. Already, there are reports of fatalities among Palestinian civilians, with many wounded as well. All of those Israelis and Palestinians who are suffering are in our thoughts and prayers.

At this sensitive moment, we call on President Obama to mobilize international partners to broker a ceasefire quickly. It is critical now to prevent escalation of the violence, which could increase casualties on both sides and further strain already fraught tensions in the region. We remain convinced that the best chance of breaking the spiral of violence is through achieving a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This latest military action must ultimately be assessed by whether it advances Israel’s long-term security. Today, however, the first goal should be to stop rocket fire on Israel, limit civilian casualties and avoid a deeper military conflict.

AJC: AJC is urging the international community to join together in backing Israel’s right to defend and protect its citizens against Hamas. The United States and Canada today expressed unqualified support for Israel, while sharply criticizing Hamas. But the UN Security Council, meeting in emergency session last night in New York could not agree on a statement of concern.

“The inability of too many world leaders to distinguish between the arsonist, Hamas, and the firefighter, Israel, is gross negligence,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “No UN member state can honestly say it would respond differently to a neighbor dedicated to its annihilation and launching rockets to provoke a larger confrontation.” The U.S. “supports Israel’s right to defend itself,” said the U.S. State Department. “There is no justification for the violence that Hamas and other terrorist organizations are employing against the people of Israel… Attacking Israel on a near daily basis does nothing to help Palestinians in Gaza.”

Canada’s foreign minister, John Baird, agreed. “We fundamentally believe that Israel has the right to defend itself and its citizens from terrorist threats,” he said. “Far too often, the Jewish people find themselves on the front lines in the struggle against terrorism.” This week alone, hundreds of rockets launched by Hamas and its kindred spirits in Gaza have landed in southern Israel. Three Israelis were killed in a rocket attack earlier today on an apartment building in Kiryat Malachi, and more than 70 have been wounded in several communities in the region.
Many reportedly were injured while attempting to reach bomb shelters. “Israel deserves deep empathy as one million of its citizens have been forced to stand by within 15 seconds of the nearest bomb shelter, not knowing when the next Hamas attack will arrive. Schools have been closed and daily life disrupted,” said Harris.

“Coddling Hamas, recognized by the U.S. and European Union as a terrorist organization, does not advance the cause of peace,” said Harris. “To the contrary, the international community has not taken seriously enough the combustible mix of Hamas hatred of Israel and the group’s accumulation of more and more sophisticated rockets, including ones that today reportedly can reach Tel Aviv.” Harris added. “Those truly concerned for Israel’s security and the cause of peace must stand up and speak with unambiguous moral clarity. The rapidly escalating situation demands no less.”

Jewish Federations of North America: “Since this past weekend, citizens of Israel’s south have been targeted by yet another rocket barrage by terrorists in the Gaza Strip, that have put more than one million Israeli civilians under a state of siege,” said Michael Siegal, chair, The Jewish Federations of North America. “We call on the international community to condemn such unprovoked violence and vigorously defend Israel’s right to protect itself and its citizens from further harm.”

“These latest unprovoked attacks follow years of unrelenting terror that has forced so many Israelis to live in a constant state of fear — conditions which no country would tolerate,” added Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of JFNA. “We proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with the people and state of Israel during this difficult time and pray that such attacks will soon end.”

AIPAC issued a report: The Senate on Nov. 15 passsed a resolution by unanimous consent that expresses strong support for Israel as it seeks to defend itself from Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians. The resolution, introduced by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), “reiterates that Hamas must end Gaza linked terrorist rocket and missile attacks against Israel, recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce violence, and agree to accept previous agreements between Israel and the Palestinians.” The resolution also calls on the United Nations Security Council to condemn Hamas’ rocket attacks.

AIPAC has also sent several emails to its membership noting the key part AIPAC members have played in ensuring strong U.S-Israeli cooperation.
Americans For Peace Now (APN): APN mourns the loss of life and the suffering of innocent civilians on both sides. APN categorically denounces the firing of rockets and mortar rounds from Gaza into Israel and expresses its solidarity with the residents of communities in southern Israel.

There is no justification for the targeting of civilians, and Israel has the right and the obligation to protect its citizens from such attacks and threats. At the same time, Israel’s leaders must at long last recognize that military power alone has failed and will continue to fail to prevent rockets from being fired. Exercise of this power, on its own, will never ensure Israel’s long-term security and stability on its border with Gaza. Military power cannot address the underlying issue of Israel’s unresolved relationship with Hamas-ruled Gaza. That issue will only be resolved through diplomacy.

The Zionist Organization Of America (who recently lost its tax-exempt status while it was busy trying to make Israel a Republican and Democratic party wedge issue) politicized: “We are concerned that this heavy barrage of rocket fire on Israel launched by terrorist groups, which are targeting Israeli civilians with a view to inflicting maximum casualties, has been proceeding for four days without response from President Obama. President Obama spoke in 2008 during his visit to Sderot and, more recently, during the second presidential debate, of his concern for Israeli civilians being subjected to rocket fire, having to scramble without warning into bomb shelters and how he would take firm measures to protect his daughters if they were living in a home subject to this form of terrorist attack.

That is why it is disappointing, puzzling and concerning that we have not heard President Obama speak out on these attacks and affirm, as he did in 2008, that Israel has a right and duty to defend itself from such assaults. We urge him to do so now. A weak or non-existent presidential response transmits a message that these attacks are insufficient to warrant presidential concern and will be tolerated. I cannot believe that that is a message President Obama would wish to convey to the terrorists groups in Gaza.”

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