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I$raHell, Genocide, and the ‘Logic’ of Zionism


In our Bizarro World, “Judeo-Nazism” is for real

History is full of ironies: World War I, marketed to Americans as a war to end all wars,” paved the way for an even more massive slaughter. The invasion and conquest of Iraq – which was supposed to augur what George W. Bush hailed as a global democratic revolution – instead ushered in a new era of chaosbloodshed, and tyranny in the region. And in the year 2014, the state of Israel, founded in large partas a reaction to the Holocaust, has embarked on a policy of genocide in Gaza.

The Israelis and their international amen corner are increasingly open about this: a recent article in the Times of Israel – since taken down – was quite explicit in averring that Israel’s “right of self-defense” includes the option of wiping out the entire population of Gaza:

“Hamas has stated forthrightly that it idealizes death as much as Israel celebrates life. What other way then is there to deal with an enemy of this nature other than obliterate them completely? … [A]nyone who lives with rocket launchers installed or terror tunnels burrowed in or around the vicinity of their home cannot be considered an innocent civilian.”

According to the author, Israeli-American Yochanon Gordon – a regular Times of Israel columnist – “the nature of this enemy” must “automatically cause the rules of standard warfare to be suspended.” After arguing for a policy of genocide throughout the piece, Gordon poses a question to “humanitarians”: “If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?”

Gordon’s answer is clear enough, in spite of his insincere-sounding “apology,” but hey – you might say – this is just an opinion piece by someone who lives in Cedarhurst, New York: it doesn’t fairly reflect Israeli public opinion. Yet polls report most Israel issay the IDF isn’t using enough force in Gaza, and as for the Times of Israel: although they took down Gordon’s pro-genocide piece they published a very similar article that very day – which was not taken down – making essentially the same argument. Entitled “1 Samuel 15:18,” the author – one Irwin Blank, another American with dual Israeli nationality – argues that the Jewish people have been pursued by “Amakelites” in one form or another throughout their history, and must finally take measures to eliminate their ancient nemesis. The title is a reference to this Biblical passage:

“And Samuel said to Saul, ‘The Lord sent me to anoint you king over his people  Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘I have noted what Amalek did to Israel in opposing them on the way when they came up out of Egypt. Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’” 

Well, yes, but Mr. Blank is not Netanyahu. And the Israeli Prime Minister will never give voice to such opinions, of that we can be sure – yet others in the top Israeli leadership haven’t been so circumspect. Moshe Feiglin, deputy speaker of the Knesset and chief of Bibi’s Likud party leadership group, has a plan that implements the Gordon-Blank genocide policy in chillingly detailed terms.

“This is our country – our country exclusively,” he says on his Facebook page, “including Gaza.” Calling for the “conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters,” Feiglin rants that Israel must “turn Gaza into Jaffa, a flourishing Israeli city with a minimum number of hostile civilians.”

Jaffa was ethnically cleansed of Palestinians by the Jewish terrorist group Irgun in an operation begun on May 13, 1948, the day before Israel declared statehood: most of the Arab population was driven from the city, and many were murdered in the streets, their homes looted. In another reprise of Clios wicked sense of irony, the 4,000 remaining Arabs were forced into officially-designated ghettoes – and the city was repopulated by Jews, who were granted “legal” title to what was formerly Palestinian property.

The Feiglin plan, presented in the form of an open letter to Netanyahu, calls on him to “designate certain open areas on the Sinai border, adjacent to the sea, in which the civilian population will be concentrated, far from the built-up areas that are used for launches and tunneling. In these areas, tent encampments will be established, until relevant emigration destinations are determined.” Oh, and just to be clear: “The supply of electricity and water to the formerly populated areas will be disconnected,” as the area is “shelled with maximum fire power. The entire civilian and military infrastructure of Hamas, its means of communication and of logistics, will be destroyed entirely, down to their foundations.” Then the mopping up will begin as the IDF moves in to “exterminate nests of resistance, in the event that any should remain.”

What will happen to those still left alive in the “tent encampments” (i.e. concentration camps)? Feiglin wants them expelled: “Israel will start searching for emigration destinations and quotas for the refugees from Gaza.” As for “those who insist on staying” – and presumably living in a bombed-out ruin – “if they can be proven to have no affiliation with Hamas” they “will be required to publicly sign a declaration of loyalty to Israel, and receive a blue ID card similar to that of the Arabs of East Jerusalem.”

Why not make them wear a blue “A” on their clothing, just so we can hear Clio’s bitter laughter?

Feiglin’s genocidal views aren’t a minority “fringe” position in Israel: he represents the overwhelming majority. And government policy in the Gaza conflict reflects the spirit of Feiglinism, albeit without ever acknowledging it in Western venues: Israeli propaganda aimed at us has relentlessly depicted the IDF’s attacks on purely civilian targets as either tragic mistakes or the result of a deliberate plan by Hamas to maximize civilian casualties in order to garner sympathy from the international community.

Yet facts, as Ronald Reagan would agree, are stubborn things, and the statistics coming out of this one-sided conflict are clear: an inordinate percentage of those killed and horribly maimed by Israeli strikes are children. There have been no less than seven attacks on UN schools in Gaza during “Operation ‘Protective’ Edge,” three in the past ten days, according to the Guardian. The latest, which UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon characterizes as “a criminal act,” killed ten and wounded dozens of mostly women and children. According to Moon, the Israelis “have been repeatedly informed of the location of these sites,” and yet these sanctuaries where children seek refuge from Israel’s relentless assault have apparently been intentionally targeted.

This “kill the kiddies” campaign was dramatized by the startling footage of those Palestinian kids playing on a Gaza beach who were blasted to bits by an offshore Israeli warship.

Well, that’s one way to defuse the demographic time-bomb that will soon make the Israelis a minority in their own Jewish state.

There was some hope, before the 1967 war, that Israel and the Palestinians could coexist side by side: the Israeli occupation in the wake of Israel’s stunning victory foreclosed that possibility for the foreseeable future. As the great libertarian Yeshayahu Leibowitz, one of the intellectual giants of Israel’s founding generation, put it:

“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.”

Post-1967 “unpartitioned Eretz Israel” would become irredeemably corrupted by the militarismauthoritarianism, and fanaticism engendered by Israel’s new role as conquistador. Racism would become the official state ideology, and the entire energies of the Jewish state would be devoted to “the specific tasks of government and administration of this strange system of political domination.” As the trends he abhorred gained ground in Israeli society Leibowitz’s dark vision of Israel’s future went pitch black. In the terminal phases of its utter degeneration – when “Israel would not deserve to exist, and it would not be worthwhile to preserve it” – Leibowitz predicted we would witness the appearance of Israeli “concentration camps” to which the remnants of the Palestinian nation would be consigned.

In short, Leibowitz saw Feiglin coming: he saw it in 1989, when this video was made, when he pointed to a creeping “Nazi-like mentality” which “you can see anywhere” – not only on the fringes but in the highest reaches of Israel’s political class. Israel, he said, essentially became a dictatorship the moment it decided to rule over millions of disenfranchised Palestinians who essentially became prisoners in their own land.

I would go further than Leibowitz, however: it is clear from the writings of Zionist leaders that they understood the implications of their own doctrine from the beginning. Theodore Herzl, the movement’s revered founder, confided in his diary that the indigenous Palestinians would have to be “spirited across the border discreetly and circumspectly.” David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s George Washington, was more explicit: “We must expel the Arabs and take their places,” he wrote in a letter to his son.

This was always the inevitable logic of Zionism, a form of religious nationalism that claims God promised the Jewish people the land from the Nile to the Euphrates.” That accomplishing this goal necessitated a military campaign was disappeared by early promoters of the Zionist project, primarily leftists of various sorts, who painted a picture of a happy socialistic union of Jewish and native Arab cultures that would make the desert bloom.

It was, in short, the Zionist equivalent of the “they’ll shower us with rose petals” argument made by neoconservatives in the run up to the Iraq war. This soporific fantasy soon gave way to a more realistic assessment, however, as Arab hostility to their dispossession persisted – and the horrors of the Nakba were not forgotten.

Leibowitz’s line of demarcation is 1967: the year Israel crossed the Rubicon, became an occupier, and, in his view, ceased being a democracy and morphed, instead, into the only dictatorship in the so-called enlightened world. Yet the dictatorship he said was already accomplished, in principle, by the fact of occupation was in reality established much sooner – in the events of the original dispossession and slaughter which made the Jewish state possible in the first place.

The multicultural kibbutzim envisioned by early Zionist utopians had to evolve into the Israeli Sparta of today. Zionism is a form of religious nationalism predicated on a strategy of colonization, conquest, and expulsion of indigenous peoples. What Leibowitz rightly labeled “Judeo-Nazism” was festering at Israel’s core from day one. And as Leibowitz famously put it, “Religious nationalism is to religion what national socialism is to socialism” – which is precisely what we are seeing emerge, full blown, in Israel today.

Roaring its obscene defiance at an outraged world – Don’t you ever second guess me! barked Netanyahu at his American allies when they registered the mildest of protests at his murderous tactics – Israel continues its blitzkrieg with no end in sight but the one proffered by Feiglin.

While we have gotten quite used to the sight of Israel conducting a shooting-gallery “war” in the open air prison that is Gaza, there is something new about this latest exhibition of state terrorism. There is a kind of murderous glee in the Israeli leadership’s inversion of all moral and international legal standards in its conduct of this “war,” as if they take special delight in upending centuries of “just war” doctrine regarding proportionality and the killing of innocents, and are eager to replace it with their own ruthless nihilism that owes more to Nietzsche than to Thomas Aquinas.

Remember the genesis of this war. In the wake of the horrific murder of three Israeli boys by a rogue clan known for going against the Hamas leadership, a Facebook page calling for a war of “revenge” was set up by Israeli right-wingers: one photo shows a group of girls with a sign saying Hating Palestinians isn’t racism, it’s values“!

Yes, the new values of the new Israel – or, perhaps, the old values finally realized.


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Washington’s Alliance With Traffickers of Human Organs

‘The present leadership of Kosovo consists of a cabal of war criminals whose disgusting crimes surpass all human understanding. They should be hauled to the Hague forthwith, and I would call for the death penalty in this case. Human kidneys and other organs as the spoils of war? Death is too mild a fate for Thaci: his own kidney should be detached from his body and stuffed down Madeleine Albright’s lying throat.’


And the cover-up in the West

Remember the Kosovo war? If you’re under 30, it’s just a blip on the historical screen, one that has far less impact on your consciousness than the subsequent wars of the post-9/11 era – and yet it was an important milestone on the road to where we are today. It was in Kosovo that the complicity of government and media in ginning up a new era of wars really began to take on dimensions we have all grown quite used to.

Back then, CNN was the entirety of the cable news universe, and Christiane Amanpour – married to State Department spokesman James Rubin – became the head cheerleader for dragging us into that conflict. Railing about alleged atrocities by the Serbs against the supposedly pacific Kosovars, Amanpour’s role as media warmonger-in-chief was complemented by the union of neocons and Clintonian “progressives” who demanded American military intervention in the name of “humanitarianism.”

It was in Kosovo that the “responsibility to protect” doctrine – later run up the flagpoleduring the Libyan intervention – was first rolled out: it was our moral duty, we were told, to go to war against Serbia. The evil Serbs were the villains. The Kosovars were the Good Guys. As a report by Dick Marty, of the Council of Europe investigative team looking into war crimes committed by the Kosovo “Liberation” Army (KLA), put it in his 2010 report:

“The appalling crimes committed by Serbian forces, which stirred up very strong feelings worldwide, gave rise to a mood reflected as well in the attitude of certain international agencies, according to which it was invariably one side that were regarded as the perpetrators of crimes and the other side as the victims, thus necessarily innocent. The reality is less clear-cut and more complex.”

The Serbs-guilty-Kosovars-innocent narrative pushed by the interventionists has stuck to this day, in spite of the ongoing victimization of the remaining Serbs – who have been ethnically cleansed from most of the region, after witnessing their homes and churches burned to the ground while the “allies” – who still occupy Kosovo – stood by and watched. As it turned out, NATO did more than merely stand by and watch – according to Marty they actively covered up numerous war crimes committed by the KLA and the current leadership of Kosovo, including the practice of trafficking in human organs torn from the bodies of Serb prisoners of war.

Clint Williamson of the EU Special Investigative Task Force has told reporters:

“Certain elements of the KLA intentionally targeted the minority populations with acts of persecution that included unlawful killings, abductions, enforced disappearances, illegal detentions in camps in Kosovo and Albania, sexual violence, other forms of inhumane treatment, forced displacements of individuals from their homes and communities, and desecration and destruction of churches and other religious sites.”

The special investigative task force was set up in response to Marty’s 2010 report, which said there was compelling evidence indicating KLA leaders had engaged in the trafficking of human organs obtained from prisoners of war. These allegations have been on the back burner since 2008, when former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal, Carla del Ponte, wrote about them in her book, The Hunt, originally published in Italian. Here is a short excerpt:

“The prosecutors office received information which UNMIK officials had received from a team of trustworthy journalists that during the summer months of 1999 Kosovan Albanians had transported 300 kidnapped people from Kosovo to Albania.

“These prisoners were initially held in sheds and other structures in Kukes and Tropoje. According to the journalists’ sources, who were only identified as Kosovo Albanians, some of the younger and fitter prisoners were visited by doctors and were never hit. They were transferred to other detention camps in Burrel and the neighbouring area, one of which was a barracks behind a yellow house 20 km behind the town.

“One room inside this yellow house, the journalists said, was kitted out as a makeshift operating theatre, and it was here that surgeons transplanted the organs of prisoners. These organs, according to the sources, were then sent to Rinas airport, Tirana, to be sent to surgical clinics abroad to be transplanted to paying patients.

“One of the informers had personally carried out a shipment to the airport.

“The victims, deprived of a kidney, were then locked up again, inside the barracks, until the moment they were killed for other vital organs. In this way, the other prisoners in the barracks were aware of the fate that awaited them, and according to the source, pleaded, terrified to be killed immediately.

“Among the prisoners who were taken to these barracks were women from Kosovo, Albania, Russia and other Slavic countries. Two of the sources said that they helped to bury the corpses of the dead around the yellow house and in a neighboring cemetery.

“According to the sources, the organ smuggling was carried out with the knowledge and active involvement of middle and high ranking involvement from the KLA.

There’s much more, including a history of KLA officials murdering their political opponents as well as alleged “collaborators” with the Serbs, systematic extortion, kidnapping, drug-dealing, and other crimes. None of which is too surprising to those of us who were writing about Kosovo during the war: I did a piece on the organ trafficking allegations in 2010. But those of us who knew the true nature of the KLA as a gangster organization were steadfastly ignored. Indeed, Ms. del Ponte was viciously attacked by John Hudson, a staff writer at Foreign Policy magazine, who declared the former prosecutor was “over her skis.” It looks like Hudson is the one over his skis, or perhaps over his head when it comes to discerning truth from the conventional wisdom as dispensed around the State Department water cooler.

After NATO’s glorious “victory,” allied troops – primarily American soldiers – continued to occupy Kosovo, supposedly in order to keep the two sides from slitting each others’ throats. In reality, however, as Marty points out in his 2010 report, the NATO overseers turned a blind eye toward the crimes of the KLA:

“Although some concrete evidence of such trafficking already existed at the beginning of the decade, the international authorities in charge of the region did not consider it necessary to conduct a detailed examination of these circumstances, or did so incompletely and superficially.

“The international organizations in place in Kosovo favoured a pragmatic political approach, taking the view that they needed to promote short-term stability at any price, thereby sacrificing some important principles of justice. For a long time little was done to follow-up evidence implicating KLA members in crimes against the Serbian population and against certain Albanian Kosovars.”

This is not to deny the atrocities committed during the war by the other side, although I would venture to say accounts of alleged Serbian war crimes were vastly overstatedfor propaganda purposes. However, as Marty puts it:

“What emerged in parallel was a climate and a tendency according to which led to all these events and acts were viewed through a lens that depicted everything as rather too clear-cut: on one side the Serbs, who were seen as the evil oppressors, and on the other side the Kosovar Albanians, who were seen as the innocent victims. In the horror and perpetration of crimes there can be no principle of compensation. The basic essence of justice demands that everyone be treated in the same way.”

Ignoring this basic principle of justice is the modus operandi of American foreign policy: when the Israelis commit aggression, they are only acting in “self-defense” – and we send them weapons with which to carry out what are clearly war crimes. When our Ukrainian sock-puppets bomb rebel cities from the air, inflicting horrific casualties on civilians, our response is to denounce “Russian aggression” – and give Kiev the means to kill more.

The Kosovo war has special meaning for me, and for this web site:, in its present form, was essentially founded as a response to US intervention in the region. Our first supporters, financial and otherwise, were Serbian-Americans who were isolated by the war propaganda being beamed over the airwaves 24/7 and were grateful for our merciless devotion to separating truth from official mythology. I will always remember their steadfast support.

Back in those days – the late 1990s – my online column was entitled “Allied Farce: A Wartime Diary,” a daily debunking of the lies and half-truths of the government-media complex. These pieces sometimes exceeded 5,000 words: yes, it often took that many words to untangle the threads of deception in which our government and their enablers in the media wrapped the facts.

Now, all these years later, the truth is finally coming out. This affords me minimal satisfaction, at best. It is sad indeed to note that it took that long for the facts to overtake the “narrative” – and that the families of the numerous victims of Kosovar savagery will probably never see true justice done. It sickens me to think that top US officials, including especially then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, shamelesslycanoodled with the very KLA chieftains, such as Hacim Thaci, directly implicated in this gruesome organ-trafficking operation.

Which leads us to an interesting conclusion. If we look at the regimes US intervention has birthed in the post-Soviet era, they are one and all de facto dictatorships whose appalling crimes Washington has willfully looked away from. Kosovo – where a gangster state, the crime capital of Europe, sells the organs of its human victims: Iraq – a brutal theocracy where the Western concept of “human rights” is completely absent: Afghanistan – which boasts the most corrupt “government” on earth, its venality surpassed only by its weakness in the face of a Taliban onslaught. Not to mention Libya – which is fast taking the place of Somalia as a byword for utter chaos, and where our Ambassador was brutally murdered by those he had “liberated.”

What these more recent cases have in common with Kosovo is the “humanitarian” rationale for intervention. In Kosovo, we were lectured on a daily basis by the Christiane Amanpours of this world that every moment we hesitated to intervene was a moral crime. In Iraq the neocons endlessly repeated the mantra that Saddam had “murdered his own people” and we therefore had a right and indeed a duty to invade. In Afghanistan, the rationale was more complicated but the sheer length of this war necessitated something more than a narrative of revenge and again the “humanitarian” angle was exploited: we weren’t invading a sovereign nation, we were“liberating” Afghan women by building schools. When it came Libya’s turn to bear the brunt of our humanitarian concern, the “responsibility to protect” theory of international relations so beloved by Samantha Power and her fellow “progressive” armchair warriors was applied: unless we turned NATO’s guns on Qaddafi, just as we had aimed them at Slobodan Milosevic, a “humanitarian catastrophe” was foretold at Benghazi. Of course, we did experience a catastrophe at Benghazi, albeit not quite the one Ms. Power had in mind.

This is why “humanitarianism” in foreign affairs is the biggest danger to peace and justice on earth: it unsheathes a sword that would otherwise go unstained and it valorizes the wicked in pursuit of a seamless and marketable war narrative.

The present leadership of Kosovo consists of a cabal of war criminals whose disgusting crimes surpass all human understanding. They should be hauled to the Hague forthwith, and I would call for the death penalty in this case. Human kidneys and other organs as the spoils of war? Death is too mild a fate for Thaci: his own kidney should be detached from his body and stuffed down Madeleine Albright’s lying throat.

Oh, and by the way: we still have US troops in Kosovo – indeed, last year we sentcombat troops there, as this writer points out, for the first time in a decade. Why? Because the gangsters we put in charge are acting with all the brutality one might expect of the Albanian branch of the Mafia and the region is on the brink of yet another outbreak of violence. In the context of Washington’s new cold war against Russia, a re-eruption of the Kosovo war may well be a feature – not a bug – of the much-anticipated Clinton Restoration. And remember, it was Hillary who hectored a hesitant Bill into finally giving the order to bomb Belgrade, according to her admiring biographer. Like Albright, her fellow Democratic hawk, Hillary too had occasion to find herself in the arms of an organ-trafficker – apparently enjoying every second of it.

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“Don´t Cry For Me” – Everybody Still Humane Must Cry for Gaza


“As the latest horrific obscenity of Israel’s aggression against the Gaza Strip continues, the death toll mounts. Palestinian children are paying the highest price, both those who are killed and wounded, and maybe even more so, those who survive.

Since I have written for decades about how Israel’s prolonged military occupation and endless violations of international law—let alone their blatant disregard to their very own self-interests—would get us to this very point, fresh analysis and fresh vantage points are difficult to find. The only words I can muster now, while the images of the carnage are freshly etched into my mind, are the words that may have come from one of the child victims whose life was cut short by a U.S. supplied Israeli F-16 fighter jet missile.

Below is the imagined letter from the victim:

Dear Humankind,

Hi. My name is Eman; it means faith in Arabic. I doubt you will have seen or remember me; only particular photos make it to your TV screen, those are the ones you will remember. I’m a Palestinian child from Gaza. I like my dolls, playing with my sister, and swimming. I was told that many of you are crying for me, but please don’t cry for me. I just arrived to this place and wanted to write to let you know that I’m OK. Really, I’m fine. I just miss Mommy.

There are a lot of people here, just like back home in Gaza. Lots of Palestinian kids too, some have been here for a very long time. Why would you want to cry for only me?

My neighbor arrived a few months ago from the Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Syria, he shares a room with someone who came from a different refugee camp in South Lebanon called Sabra who arrived in September 1982. I really don’t know what a refugee camp is, even though Mommy told me that’s where we live too.

Down the road I saw a really older girl, maybe 13 years old. Her name is also Iman, but she spells it with an “I”. Iman came here in October 2004. She told me she was walking home from school, not far from my house in Gaza, when an Israeli soldier emptied his magazine into her after she was wounded and laying on the ground. She says he was caught on radio communications saying he was “confirming the kill.” I don’t really know what that means, either.

There are a lot of old people here, too: mommies and daddies. Some have their kids with them and some are alone. I actually saw a sign on one house that said the person arrived from Kufer Kassem in 1948 (that’s a long time ago!). I think Kufer Kassem is not far from Gaza, but I really don’t know since Daddy never took us on trips far away.

Anyway, I made friends with another girl exactly my age, Amal, her name means hope and she is from Qana in Lebanon. She lives with her sisters; one arrived in 1996 and the other in 2006. There are really a lot of nice people here from Lebanon.

See, I’m in good company, so please, don’t cry for me.

I am exactly 8 years and 23 days old; pretty big girl, wouldn’t you say? I have one baby sister and two older brothers, or at least Mommy tells me that I have two brothers. I’ve only seen one, the other, Mommy says, lives in an Israeli prison and has been there for a very long time. Even though I never saw him, I still love him.

It is true that I was born in Gaza, but Grandpa told me when I was very young that our real home is in a place called al-Majdal. He still has the key to his house. It’s all rusted but I think it may still work. I bet you don’t know where al-Majdal is located, but you may know a place called Ashkelon. I understand how this can happen, it happens all the time. Those people who made Grandma and Grandpa come to Gaza keep changing the names of everything, even their own names. They not only changed the name of al-Majdal, they changed the name of many cities and villages too. Daddy told me that one organization called Zochrot goes around and puts signs up with the original names where Palestinian towns and villages were wiped off the face of the earth. This way no one will forget. You really don’t need to worry, because here they must have a very big computer, as all the names are what they use to be, nothing is forgotten. So please, don’t cry for me.

Let me tell you what happen to me last month. It was the beginning of Ramadan. I love Ramadan because at the end of the month there is a big feast and Daddy takes us all to the marketplace and we each are allowed to buy two toys. A few days before the end of Ramadan, Mommy takes us to buy new clothes and shoes. This is the happiest time of the year for me and my brother and sister. But this year, Mommy was sad. She stayed sitting in my room crying while she nursed my baby sister. When I asked her why she was crying she said that we would not be able to buy new clothes this year because all the stores were closed. I understood (I am almost 9 years old, you know) so I surprised her. I went to my closet and pulled out my dress from last year’s Ramadan and I dusted off the pink paddy leather shoes Mommy bought me on my last birthday and I told her she can stop crying because I don’t mind wearing old clothes, even if they don’t match. But she cried even more. I think I know why she was crying. The neighbors were playing with fireworks all night and day, even though Ramadan was only in its first week. Usually fireworks happen only at the end of Ramadan. I asked her if she wanted me to go tell them to stop but she said no, she liked to hear them. I pretended as if I liked the fireworks too, but I don’t think she was telling me the truth because they are scary, especially at night. I’m glad there are no fireworks here.

Anyway, just as I was putting my Eid clothes back in the closet something happened. I want to tell you what happened but I really don’t know how. I felt like I was swimming, but I wasn’t. The water did not feel like the bathtub, it was warm and sticky. When I glanced down I think it was red too. The last thing I remember is looking up and seeing the light fixture in my room, the one that looks like a clown’s head (Daddy bought that for me when my sister was born). It was falling, coming straight at me. I know this is not making sense, because ceilings don’t fall, but I swear that was what it looked like.

Next thing I knew, I was brought to this nice place. I love it here but I really miss Mommy and my baby sister. I wonder why they did not come here with me. Mom would love it. We have electricity all day and night and the stores never close. Really, I’m not joking. In my home here, I can drink water right out of the faucet any time I’m thirsty. One of my friends told me that when I get a little older we can even go on trips far, far away, even to Jerusalem. I’m not sure where that is but I’m sure I’ll be able to ride a plane for the first time ever to get there.

I want to tell you so much more but I’ll have to write again later because I need to go now. My two newest friends, Hadar and Issa, are bringing their bikes to take turns in giving me a ride. Can you tell Mommy to send me my bike? I also forgot my toothbrush in the rush to get here so I need that too. Tell her not to send me my Eid dress and shoes. I want my baby sister to wear them for Ramadan next year, because I doubt the stores will open anytime soon. One more thing, please: tell Mommy to empty my piggybank, and send all my savings to The Palestine Children Relief Fund because I’m sure that many of my friends who did not come with me are going to need a lot of help.

After going for the bike ride I’m coming back home to take a nap. I was so happy that I found the CD here with the same exact song that Mommy use to sing to me every night at bedtime. It’s this one.

So see, I’m fine. Really, don’t cry for me. Cry for yourselves.



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Nazi deceptions revealed in story of ‘kidnapped’ soldier


I$raHell deceptions revealed in story of ‘kidnapped’ soldier

A single incident over the weekend – the reported capture by Hamas on Friday of an Israeli soldier through a tunnel – illustrated in stark fashion the layers of deception Israel has successfully cast over its attack on Gaza.

On Sunday, as the army indicated it would start limited withdrawals, Israel claimed Hadar Goldin was dead, possibly buried in a collapsed tunnel as Israel bombarded the area in which he was seized. His family said he was being left behind.

Israeli officials or media did not view Hamas’ operation dispassionately. Goldin was not “captured” but “kidnapped” – as though he was an innocent seized by opportunistic criminals.

As occurs so often, many western journalists followed Israel’s lead. The London Times’ front page blared: “Kidnapped in Gaza”, while the Boston Globe called him the “abducted Israeli soldier”.

From western reactions, it was also clear the soldier’s capture was considered more significant news than any of the massacres of Palestinian civilians over the past weeks.

Israel’s cynical calculus – that one soldier is more valuable than large numbers of dead Palestinian civilians – was echoed in the diplomatic and editorial corridors of Washington, London and Paris.

Misleading too was the general agreement that, in attacking a group of soldiers in Rafah and seizing Goldin, Hamas had violated the first moments of a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire.

The Washington Post reported on the circumstances as a Hamas suicide bomber emerged from a tunnel to explode his vest, killing two soldiers, and Goldin was pulled into the shaft. “On Friday morning, Israeli troops were in the southern Gaza Strip preparing to destroy a Hamas tunnel, said Israeli military officials. Suddenly, Palestinian militants emerged from a shaft.”

CBS reporter Charlie D’Agata parroted the same Israeli briefings, also inadvertently exposing the central deceit. The soldier was “suspected of being kidnapped during an operation to clear tunnels – crucially, [officials] say, this happened after the ceasefire was supposed to take place.”

So if a ceasefire was in place, what were Goldin and his comrades doing detonating tunnels, tunnels in which Israel says Hamas is hiding? Were Hamas fighters supposed to simply wait to be entombed in their bunkers during the pause in hostilities? Or was Israel the one violating the ceasefire?

And then there was the explosion of military fury as Israel realised its soldier was missing. Israeli correspondents have admitted that the notorious “Hannibal procedure” was invoked: the use of all means to stop a soldier being taken alive, including killing him. The rationale is to prevent the enemy gaining a psychological advantage in negotiations.

The unleashing of massive firepower appeared designed to ensure Goldin and his captors never made it out of their tunnel, but in the process Israel killed dozens of Palestinians.

It was another illustration of Israel’s absolute disregard for the safety of civilians. At least three-quarters of the more than 1,700 Palestinians killed so far are non-combatants, while almost all Israeli casualties have been soldiers. This has been a pattern in all Israel’s recent confrontations.

Israel’s official justifications for taking the fight into Gaza have been layered with deceit too.

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has argued that Israel was dragged into a war of necessity. Barack Obama echoed him: Israel had a right to defend itself from a barrage of rockets fired out of Gaza. Later the pretext became Israel’s need to destroy the “terror tunnels”.

The logic is deeply flawed. Israel is occupying and besieging Gaza, conferring on its inhabitants a right under international law to fight for their freedom. How does the oppressor, the lawbreaker have a right to self-defence? If Israel objects to being scratched and bruised, it should stop choking its victim.

The degree to which Israel’s narrative of “self-defence” has come to dominate news coverage and diplomatic statements was revealed in a CNN interview. Anchor Carol Costello asked a baffled interviewee in all seriousness: “Why doesn’t Hamas just show Israel where these tunnels are?”

Equally significantly, Israel has obscured the truth that it picked this particular round of its ongoing confrontation with Hamas – and did so entirely cynically.

A BBC reporter recently confirmed with an Israeli police spokesman a rumour that had been circulating among military correspondents for weeks. The group behind the abduction in June of three Israeli teens in the West Bank – the trigger for Israel’s campaign against Hamas – was a lone cell, acting on its own.

Claiming precisely the opposite – that he had cast-iron proof Hamas was responsible – Netanyahu gave the army free rein to arrest hundreds of Hamas members and smash the organisation’s institutions in the West Bank.

The crackdown created the necessary provocation: Hamas allowed Gaza’s factions to start firing limited numbers of rockets. Analyst Nathan Thrall noted recently that Hamas had impressed the Israeli army until that point by enforcing the ceasefire agreed with Israel 18 months earlier, even though Israel violated the terms by maintaining Gaza’s siege.

Now the rockets gave Netanyahu an excuse to strike.

So what was his real reason for going into Gaza? What were these many deceptions designed to hide?

It seems Netanyahu wanted to end a strategic threat: not Hamas rockets or tunnels, but the establishment of a unity government between Hamas and its long-time rivals Fatah. Palestinian unity risked reviving pressure on him to negotiate, or face a renewed and more credible Palestinian campaign for statehood at the United Nations.

But Hamas’ unexpectedly impressive martial display against Israel – killing dozens of soldiers, firing long-range rockets into Israel throughout, closing briefly the sole international airport, launching attacks into Israeli territory, and causing a loss to the economy estimated so far at more than $4bn  – may have changed the calculus again.

For the moment, Netanyahu seems to prefer to pull back Israeli soldiers rather than be forced under international pressure to negotiate with Hamas. He knows that its key demand will be that Israel end the siege.

But in the longer term, Netanyahu may need Palestinian unity, at least on his terms, to undermine Hamas’ gains.

As Israel began its attack on Gaza, Netanyahu turned his attention to the West Bank. He warned that there could never be “any agreement in which we relinquish security control” over it for fear that, given the West Bank’s larger size, Israel might “create another 20 Gazas”.

He was ruling out any hope of Palestinian statehood. A “demilitarised” entity, heavily circumscribed and absolutely dependent on Israel and the US, seems to be all that Israel will ever put on the table.

Allowing Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah into Gaza could justify loosening the siege. But only as long as Abbas agrees to remove Hamas’ military infrastructure and export to the coastal enclave the model he has established in the West Bank – of endless accommodation to Israeli and US dictates.

A version of this article first appeared in the National, Abu Dhabi.

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Teens detained by soldiers after being assaulted by Israeli settlers

HEBRON (Ma‘an) 2 Aug — Israeli forces assaulted and detained two teens after they were attacked by settlers near the Ibrahimi mosque in the Old City of Hebronlate Friday. A Palestinian who lives near the mosque told Ma‘an that “Israeli forces last night detained Mutaz Adnan Qfeisheh14, and Muhammad Hussein al-Sharif14, after a group of settlers assaulted them.” “When they tried to defend themselves from the settlers’ assault, soldiers beat them, detained them and took them to the Israeli police (station),” Najeh al-Muhtaseb added, “The police said they will interrogate the children and then release them.” Al-Muhtaseb added that the two were still with the police on Saturday morning, and that the police had called their parents after midnight informing them that they had to pay a 2,000-shekel fine. “Their parents refused to pay the bail and demanded that they release the children. They demanded the police arrest the settlers who attacked them instead,” al-Muhtaseb added.

Child in coma after being shot by Israeli forces near Hebron

HEBRON (Ma‘an) 3 Aug — Israeli forces shot and seriously injured a Palestinian child during clashes near Hebron on Sunday, medics said. Hazim al-Shalalda, the directer of al-Mizan hospital, told Ma‘an that 11-year-old Moheyeddin Salah Idriss was shot in the chest with a live bullet during the clashes. The boy is currently in a coma and undergoing a complex medical procedure, al-Shalalda said. Moheyeddin was shot during clashes near Kiryat Arba settlement east of Hebron, where protesters threw rocks and Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas at Palestinians.

3 injured in clashes in Rafat after funeral of youth killed Friday

RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 2 Aug — Three Palestinians were struck by rubber-coated steel bullets on Saturday during clashes in Rafat village north of Jerusalem following the funeral of a Palestinian youth slain by Israeli forces the day before.  Clashes erupted after the funeral march of Odai Nafiz Jabr, 19, as several youths headed towards the separation wall separating the village from Jerusalem near the Ofer Israeli detention center. Jaber’s mother Um Muhammad said that the youth was an activist with local popular committees and that he often participated in marches against the Israeli occupation in Ramallah and al-Bireh. Jaber was killed on Friday after being struck by three Israeli bullets, two in the chest and one in the arm, during clashes in Safa village west of Ramallah. He was the second Palestinian killed in protests in solidarity with Gaza on Friday, bringing the three-week death toll in the West Bank to 15 since Israel launched its assault on the Strip. More than 1,660 have been killed in Gaza in the same time.

Palestinians tear down apartheid fence

[with photos] RAFAT, Occupied Palestine (ISM, Ramallah Team) 2 Aug – Today at approximately 1 PM on Saturday 2nd August, Palestinians from across the West Bank gathered in the village of Rafat near Ramallah to mourn the death of Ada Naafz Jabr. [or Odai Nafiz Jabr]. Ada was killed by Israeli forces on the 1st of August near Saffa while protesting against Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip. After the funeral, Palestinians spontaneously marched to and proceeded to destroy a section of the Apartheid fence. Israeli police arrived after several minutes and clashed with Palestinian youths.Palestinians threw stones while the police fired large amounts of tear gas, which caused numerous fires to break out amongst Palestinian olive trees and crops. Palestinians and international activists attempted to extinguish the fires, but their work was impeded by the Israeli police who continued to fire tear gas. After around 20 minutes the Palestinian fire brigade arrived to help extinguish the fires.

Israeli forces detain 3 Palestinians in al-Jalazun

RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 2 Aug — Israeli forces stormed al-Jalazun refugee campnear Ramallah in the central West Bank early Saturday morning and detained three Palestinians. Locals told Ma‘an that Israeli soldiers ransacked several homes before they detained Nur Salah Ulayyan, Eyhab Munthir Ulayyan, and Thaer Samadia.

March in Ramallah to express gratitude to those supporting Palestine

RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 2 Aug — Dozens of Palestinians participated in a march in Ramallah to express their gratitude to countries supporting Palestinians against the Israeli offensive on Gaza. Participants held the flags of countries that supported Palestine politically or with humanitarian aid, especially South America countries as well as several European, Asian and African countries.
Earlier in the week, Bolivia declared Israel a “terrorist state” and ended visa-free travel for Israelis, while other leftwing Latin American states have taken strong stands as well.

Thousands march in Gaza solidarity protests in East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 2 Aug — Demonstrations against the ongoing Israeli assault the Gaza Strip continued in East Jerusalem Friday night as thousands of Palestinians marched in solidarity protests that have become a nightly occurrence across the region.
The rallies and protests came after Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians in solidarity marches Friday afternoon, bringing the total number of Palestinians killed in the West Bank since the Israeli assault on Gaza began to 15. Witnesses said clashes with Israeli forces broke out in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods ofShu‘fat refugee campal-‘IssawiyaSilwanal-TurAl-SuwwanaAbu Dis, al-‘Eizariyaal-RamQalandia, and ‘Anata. A young man was struck in the abdomen by a bullet in Abu Dis while many others across East Jerusalem were hit by rubber-coated bullets, including a baby girl sitting in her home.

Al-‘Issawiya: Palestinians clashed with Israeli troops in several areas in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-‘Issawiya. Member of a local committee Muhammad Abu al-Hummus told Ma‘’an that a baby girl was hit by a rubber-coated bullet while she sat inside her family home. He said Israeli forces “deliberately” fired gunshots and tear gas canisters toward homes. A protester was hit by a rubber-coated bullet in the jaw and another in the neck, added Abu al-Hummus. Israeli soldiers, he said, smashed vehicles parked in front of houses as “acts of revenge.” …
Al-Tur and al-Suwwana In al-Tur and al-Suwwana neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, clashes broke out near an illegal Israeli settlement outpost where Israeli forces sprayed a foul-smelling chemical called Skunk at Palestinian homes. The soldiers also blocked a main street in al-Tur.  Locals told Ma‘an that soldiers beat 48-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud Abu al-Hawa while he walked along al-Shayyah street trying to reach his home.

Al-Ram and Qalandia: On Friday afternoon, clashes broke in the town of al-Ram and the nearby Qalandia checkpoint. A paramedic said 14 young men were hit by rubber-coated bullets in al-Ram. He added that a young man was hit by a tear-gas canister in the head while he was standing on the seven-meter high section of the separation wall as it passes through the village. As a result, the young man fell on the ground and broke his hand and sustained scratches and bruises in the head. In addition, Israeli forces hit a Palestinian paramedic with two tear gas canisters near Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem. He was evacuated by an ambulance of the Palestinian Red Crescent to Ramallah Hospital.

‘Anata: In the village of ‘Anata, undercover Israeli forces detained three young Palestinian men during clashes with Israeli troops. The detainees were identified as 23-year-old Mahmoud Hamdan, 25-year-old Ahmad Ulayyan, and 17-year-old Mahmoud Haykal. Israeli officers attacked the three with rifle butts during detention. Witnesses said soldiers tried to assault Palestinian cameramen and smash their cameras.
Clashes were also reported in Bab Hatta, Saadiyya, and Qanatir Khdeir neighborhoods in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Palestinians protest in solidarity with Gaza

[with photos] BETHLEHEM, Occupied Palestine (ISM, Vern) 3 Aug — On FridayAugust 1st, Palestinians in Bethlehem demonstrated against Israel’s massacre Gaza. Between 3,000-5,000 people protested, men, women, and children. The demonstrators marched to the checkpoint, where they faced an Israeli guard tower. People were chanting and singing, and no one was throwing any stones. Approximately 20 Israeli soldiers came out and shot tear gas into the crowd. People in the front were suffered very badly, and a few had to be taken away by ambulance due to excessive tear gas inhalation. A small group of Palestinian youths responded by throwing rocks at the soldiers, who shot more tear gas into the crowd. After that, most of the crowd dispersed, and approximately 20 youths confronted the army, who opened fire with rubber-coated steel bullets. More people were injured.

Israeli army causes fire in Palestinian house

[with photos] HEBRON,Occupied Palestine (ISM, Khalil Team) 3 Aug — On Friday the 1st of August, at approximately 19:30 in the Gabal Gohar area of H2 (under full Israeli military civil and security control) in al-Khalil (Hebron), solders from the Israeli military caused a fire in a Palestinian apartment. The solders were shooting tear gas at Palestinian youths during clashes, when five tear gas canisters burst through the window of a Palestinian’s home and exploded inside. The family living in the apartment consists of two adults and five children, who were all located inside when the tear gas broke the apartment and the fire started. The family managed to escape, however most of their furniture and other valuables were ruined in the fire. Soot still covers most off the walls of the apartment, even after neighbours gathered to help the family clean. Electricity went out in part of the apartment and the damage is extensive, the full costs still unknown. The army has continued to shoot tear gas and stun grenades in the area for the past days, causing many problems for the local residents.

Palestinians block settler road in solidarity with Gaza

AL-KHADER, Occupied Palestine (ISM) 2 Aug — On the 30th July, approximately 40 Palestinian and international activists marched from al-Khader gate on the outskirts of Bethlehem and blocked Road 60, which connects all the illegal settlements in the area to Jerusalem, in protest over Israel’s attack on the people of Gaza. The group peacefully marched up the road leading to the junction connecting the Palestinian road and the settlement road, chanting slogans against the occupation. When the group reached the junction, they blocked one of the roads for a short time, which involved standing in front of an army jeep, blocking its path. Around five soldiers saw the demonstration and called for reinforcements. After a few minutes, more soldiers arrived and pushed the demonstrators, first onto the pavement and then back down the road. Some of the soldiers were very aggressive and violent towards the Palestinian protestors. The soldiers then closed the military barrier at the end of that road so Palestinian traffic was obstructed. Palestinians continued to chant peacefully from the other side of the barrier and the soldiers stood and watched for a few minutes. Then suddenly, without warning, soldiers threw and fired multiple stun grenades directly at Palestinians, in breach of military rules. Palestinians were forced to run backwards as three Israeli soldiers positioned themselves on an adjacent area and aimed sniper rifles at the demonstrators. With the non-violent demonstration having been violently dispersed, a number of Palestinian youths went to another junction nearby and clashed with the Israeli army. The Israeli army fired tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, and ‘skunk’ (chemical) water while Palestinians responded by throwing stones, launching fireworks and burning tires. The military also occupied a number of local houses, from which they fired weapons at youths and protesters.

Israel arrests 7 in West Bank, Jerusalem

HEBRON (WAFA) 3 Aug – Israeli forces on Sunday arrested five Palestinians in the West Bank districts of Hebron and Bethlehem, in addition to two others in Jerusalem, while handing a summons to a youth to appear for interrogation, according to local and security sources. Israeli army arrested a Palestinian, 43, from Hebron while he was passing through ‘Container’ checkpoint, to the south of Jerusalem. Meanwhile, army forces stormed the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, in the predawn hours, where they raided and searched several homes, shot stun grenades and tear gas canisters towards the residents, and arrested two youngsters, ages 21 and 23. In the meantime, army broke through the village ofNahalin, to the west of Bethlehem, and arrested two teenagers, 17 and 18, after raiding and searching their houses. Army also handed summons to a youth, 25, in the village to appear for interrogation at a nearby military outpost. Furthermore, Israeli police and intelligence in Jerusalem arrested two Palestinian residents after raiding their houses. They were taken to a nearby interrogation center.

Gaza  (just a fragment of the overwhelming amount of information available)

Health ministry: Israel breaks truce by targeting home in Shati camp

Ma‘an 4 Aug 10:18 (Jerusalem) Health ministry: Israel breaks truce by targeting home in Shati camp

Israel declares 7-hour Gaza truce after fury over school strike

JERUSALEM (AFP) 4 Aug — Israel announced it would be holding its fire in most of Gaza for seven hours Monday, amid world outrage over a deadly strike on a UN school in the Palestinian territory. The unilateral truce, four weeks into fighting with Hamas, came after world powers fiercely condemned the attack that left 10 Palestinians sheltering at a school dead, as Israel was pulling some of its troops from Gaza. The Israeli army said the seven-hour “humanitarian window” would take place between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 all of the Palestinian enclave except the area east of southern city Rafah, “where clashes were still ongoing and there was Israeli military presence.”

Israeli forces kill 16 Palestinians ahead of humanitarian truce

GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 4 Aug — Sixteen Palestinians have been killed in attacks on Gaza since midnight on the 28th day of Israel’s offensive on the Strip, a health official said Monday. Health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said in a statement that the death toll in Gaza since the beginning of the assault had risen to 1,822. The lethal attacks came ahead of an Israeli-announced humanitarian ceasefire that was to begin at 10:00 a.m and continue until 5:00 p.m across the Strip, except for areas east of Rafah, where heavy clashes between militants and Israeli forces have been raging for days. However, it was not immediately clear whether Hamas and other militant factions would respect the unilaterally declared truce. “The unilateral ceasefire announced by Israel is an attempt to divert the attention from Israeli massacres,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said, calling on Palestinians to proceed with caution. The Hamas movement “doesn’t trust such a ceasefire,” Abu Zuhri said. [details of killings follow]

70 bodies found in Rafah as death toll hits 1,830

GAZA CITY 3 Aug — The death toll on the 27th day of Israel’s offensive on Gaza hit at least 120 on Sunday as health officials reported that over 70 bodies had been recovered in Rafah, a day after the city came under fierce, prolonged bombardment by Israeli forces. Health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma‘an that the bodies of 70 Palestinians had been recovered from the city in southern Gaza, while 55 other Palestinians were killed by Israeli attacks across the Strip Sunday. The continuing attacks brought the total death toll in the assault to 1,830 with nearly10,000 injured. Israel began targeting Rafah with airstrikes and shelling Friday, killing dozens in the city hours before a 72-hour ceasefire was to come into place. When the ceasefire collapsed, Israel continued its bombardment on Rafahthroughout Friday and into Saturday, killing more than hundred Palestinians. Meanwhile, Israeli shelling and airstrikes did not let up on Sunday even as ground forces withdrew from major cities in Gaza. An afternoon strike on the al-Majdalawi family home in Beir al-Naaja in northern Gaza left four dead, two of whom were identified as Mahmoud and Rawan al-Majdalawi. Additionally, Mohammad Shaldan was killed and two others injured in an airstrike on the al-Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City. In another attack, a Palestinian was killed in a strike on a car in the Janeina neighborhood of Rafah, which has been hit heavily in the Israeli assault. The attacks come after Israeli forces shelled a UNRWA school where thousands were taking refuge earlier in the day, killing at least ten. UN chief Ban Ki-Moon condemned the attack as “a moral outrage and a criminal attack.”…

Ongoing arrest campaign Meanwhile, the Ministry of Prisoner’s Affairs said on Sunday that the number of Palestinians held in Israeli jails had risen dramatically throughout the assault on Gaza and the month leading up to it. Abd al-Nasser Farwana, director of the ministry’s statistics bureau, said in a statement Sunday that more than 1,500 Palestinians had been arrested by Israeli forces since June across the Palestinian territories. Many more than 200 have been arrested in Gaza, although not all of them were still being held. Not all of the arrests have yet been accounted for, Farwana added. An Israeli army spokeswomen did not have information about the number of Palestinians arrested in Gaza throughout the offensive. She said Palestinians had been “taken to facilities for questioning,” but refused to say whether they had been imprisoned or released. The arrests bring the number of Palestinians in Israeli jails up to around 6,500, among whom are 250 children, 37 members of parliament, and 75 prisoners who were freed in the 2011 Shalit deal but rearrested, many of them in June. Israeli forces arrested hundreds of Palestinians in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, throughout its search for three youths who were kidnapped and killed in June.  The stated goal of the campaign was to “crush Hamas,” and militant factions in Gaza heavily increased rocket fire on Israel as Hamas members were arrested and airstrikes on the Strip became a regular occurrence. Then, on July 7, Israel began its military offensive on Gaza.

7 dead in Jabaliya strike after residents told safe to return north

GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 3 Aug — Seven Palestinians were killed in an Israeli airstrike on their home in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, a day after Israel said it was safe for residents of the north to return home. Health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said in a statement that an Israeli airstrike that targeted a house killed seven people in Jabaliya. He identified six of them as Bilal Abd al-Karim Najim, Abd al-Karim Najim, Ahmad Abd al-Karim Najim, Raghad Najim, Suha Najim, Shayma Wael Qasim.  The seventh body is yet to be unidentified. Another 30 Palestinians were injured in the strike. Israeli officials said Saturday that it was safe for residents of the northern Gaza Strip, with the exception of Beit Lahiya, to return to their homes. An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed to Ma‘an Sunday that residents of northern Gaza had been informed it was safe for them to go back to their homes. Asked why the army was continuing to strike the north, the spokeswoman said: “We never said there would be no activity in the north.”

Fresh Israeli shelling kills 10 in UN shelter for displaced in Rafah

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) 3 Aug — 10 Palestinians were killed on Sunday after Israeli shells hit a UN school in Rafah where thousands of people were sheltering from the ongoing Israeli offensive. At least 30 were injured in the strike, according to Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra. Chris Gunness, spokesman for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA, said the school had been housing thousands of internally displaced people who had been forced to flee their homes by the ongoing violence in Gaza. “Shelling incident in vicinity of UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering almost 3,000 IDP. Initial reports say multiple deaths and injury,” he wrote on his Twitter feed. The strikes brought Sunday morning’s death toll in Gaza to 50, as Israeli forces have pounded the besieged coastal enclave relentlessly by land, sea, and air. More than 1,752 Palestinians have been killed and nearly 10,000 injured since Israel launched its assault. The deaths on Sunday include 10 members of the Al-Ghoul family in the Tel al-Sultan neighborhood of Rafah, killed in a strike on their home. Israel has shelled UN shelters for the displaced at least six times so far since the conflict began four weeks ago, killing dozens. The UN has condemned the strikes repeatedly, highlighting that they have given the exact coordinates of each shelter to Israeli officials repeatedly in order to ensure that civilians taking shelter are kept safe.
Israel, meanwhile, charges that Palestinian militants have in the past launched rockets from near the shelters.
Over the course of the 27-day Israeli assault, a quarter of all Gazans — more than 475,000 people — have been displaced. Israel has kept all borders shut with Egyptian help, however, meaning that the displaced have been unable to escape the assault and instead must shelter within the Strip. More than 259,000 of the displaced have taken shelter in UN shelters, according to the UN. An average of 2,800 people were sheltering in each shelter, the UN said, even though they normally only have the capacity to hold 500.

Israel says missing soldier killed in battle, body still missing

GAZA CITY (AFP) 3 Aug — The Israeli army on Sunday announced the death of Hadar Goldin, a soldier who had been declared missing, as Israel continued to pound the Gaza Strip killing 35 on Sunday alone. A special committee led by the army’s chief rabbi said Lieutenant Goldin had been “killed in battle in the Gaza Strip on Friday,” the Israeli armed forces said in a statement. Military radio said that no body had been recovered, adding that this made the decision to announce Goldin’s death a “very delicate” one. There was no government word on the whereabouts of the soldier’s remains. Israel had previously said the soldier had been captured in battle, and in the wake of the announcement launched the deadliest 24-hour assault on Gaza since the beginning of the 27-day operation that has killed more than 1,700 Palestinians. Israel also refused to abide by an agreed-upon 72-hour ceasefire in the wake of the attack, which Hamas said came before the ceasefire came into effect and after a night in which Israeli attacks killed 16 people and forces had deployed deep into eastern Rafah. Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, had acknowledged its militants staged an ambush early Friday in which two other Israeli soldiers were killed, but denied holding Goldin. With no resolution in sight, a senior Palestinian delegation landed in Cairo for talks Sunday on an Egyptian ceasefire initiative, but Israel said it was not sending a negotiating team.

Israel pulls out from part of Gaza, but snubs Cairo talks

AFP 3 Aug by Sakher Abu El Oun, Adel Zaanoun — The Israeli army on Saturday gave a first indication it was ending operations in parts of Gaza, while continuing to bombard other areas ahead of fresh truce talks in Cairo. As a Palestinian delegation flew to Egypt in search of a ceasefire, the Israeli army messaged residents of part of northern Gaza that it was “safe” to return home. “They have been informed it is safe for civilians to return to Beit Lahiya and Al-Atatra,” a spokeswoman told AFP, in what was understood to be a confirmation that troops had stopped operating there. Witnesses in the north confirmed seeing troops leaving the area as others were seen leaving another flashpoint area in southern Gaza. It was the first time troops had been seen pulling back since the start of Israel’s devastating 26-day operation, which has so far claimed more than 1,660 Palestinian lives and displaced up to a quarter of the territory’s population. The move came after an army spokesman told AFP Israel was “quite close to completing” the destruction of tunnels used for infiltrating southern Israel — the main objective of the ground operation.
Despite the partial withdrawal, Israel’s security cabinet decided against sending a delegation to ceasefire talks with the Palestinians in Cairo, media reports said. “Hamas has proven that it breaches any agreement reached right away, as happened five times in previous truces,” deputy foreign minister Tzahi HaNegbi told AFP, without confirming the report.. Truce deal unlikely – Chances of achieving a more permanent ceasefire nosedived on Friday after Israel said it believed Hamas militants had captured a 23-year-old soldier in a Friday morning ambush near the southern Gaza city of Rafah. [Both the US and the UN demanded the immediate release of the ‘captured’ soldier] Immediately afterwards, Israel bombarded the Rafah area in shelling that is still ongoing, with medics saying it killed 114 people in 24 hours. Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, acknowledged its militants had staged an ambush early Friday in which soldiers were killed, but denied holding the soldier, saying the attackers were missing and presumed dead.
Hunt goes on – Israel considers the capture of its soldiers a casus belli, launching a 34-day war on the Lebanon’s Hezbollah in 2006 after it seized two soldiers. Around the same time, Gaza militants captured conscript Gilad Shalit and held him for five years before freeing him in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners…

With a 12-member Palestinian delegation due to arrive for truce talks in Cairo on Saturday evening, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said his country’s truce proposal offered a “real chance to find a solution to the crisis” but that it must be implemented quickly to stop the bloodshed.Among the delegation was senior Ramallah official Azzam al-Ahmad, Palestinian intelligence chief Majid Faraj, senior Hamas official Mussa Abu Marzuq, and Ziad al-Nakhale, a leader of Islamic Jihad. Speaking to AFP, a senior Palestinian official told AFP that Israel was not expected to attend the Cairo talks and that US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns would also not be flying to Cairo, as announced. In his place, Washington was to send Frank Lowenstein, the acting US envoy for the Middle East peace process, a State department official said.

Israel withdrawing from Gaza cities, redeploying near border

BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an/AFP) 2 Aug– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that although Israeli forces were redeploying out of Gaza urban areas, the 26-day assault on the besieged coastal enclave would continue. Netanyahu also said in a televised speech that Hamas would pay a “heavy price” if it continued shooting rockets at Israel, stressing that although troops were redeploying to areas with “less friction,” they would still be ready to strike. The comments came after Israeli media reports earlier Saturday said that Israeli forces were unilaterally withdrawing from Gazan urban centers and re-deploying near the border in a move that suggested a limited ground re-occupation of the Gaza Strip for the foreseeable future. Hamas responded said earlier that it was prepared to continue to defend Gaza, stressing that Israel would have to pay a price for its “crimes” regardless of whether it continued its operation, unilaterally withdrew, or returned to negotiations. Israeli newspaper Haaretz earlier Saturday said that Israeli forces were redeploying several hundred meters from the border, which was confirmed by Israeli Channel 2…
The move came after an army spokesman told AFP that Israel was “quite close to completing” the destruction of tunnels used for infiltrating southern Israel — which Israel has in recent days said is the main objective of the ground operation. Haaretz said that in the next 24 hours, the military would “announce that all known tunnels reaching from Gaza into Israel have been demolished,” including 31 allegedly known previously as well as a number of other newly discovered ones.

Israeli army spokesman: the coming 48 hours will be decisive

Middle East Monitor 3 Aug — The spokesperson of the Israeli army Avichay Adraee said that the Israeli ground operation in the Gaza Strip is “not over,” and that the coming 48 hours will be decisive. In statements to Anadolu Agency, Adraee said that no decision has been reached yet by the Israeli cabinet regarding the termination of the ground operation. He pointed out that the withdrawal of some forces yesterday and today is no more than tactical relocation of the army’s troops “based on the nature of the battle on the ground.” He added that the army has not received any ceasefire orders, and that the operations on all levels are ongoing.

The withdrawal that isn’t / Marc H. Ellis

Mondoweiss 3 Aug — Whether it is done, mostly done or just waiting for another opportunity to strike hard, Israel’s announced “withdrawal” from Gaza is a brilliant move. In one stroke, Israel at least partially removes its soldiers from the battlefield, maintains its ability to bomb from the air and sea and defies the most public aspects of international mediating efforts. Yesterday that is exactly what happened.  More bombing. More carnage. More death. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu isn’t keeping his cards close to the vest. Ever the bully, Netanyahu promises Hamas that it will pay an “intolerable price” if continues firing rockets into Israel. Meanwhile, Israel’s military will “prepare for continuing action according to our security needs and only according to our security needs.” So Israel is buying time, accomplishing what it wants, even as it thumbs its nose at the international community. In its mind at least, no one in the world – not even the United States – tells Israel what it can and can’t do. The most amazing aspect of Israel’s strategy is that it works. No matter world opinion, Israel accomplishes its goal of further setting Gaza and the entire Palestinian enterprise back for years. If the fighting eventually dies down, over the next weeks the rebuilding of Gaza will begin. Gaza’s partners will return. A new incarnation of the Goldstone Report will take shape. Israel will also thumb its nose at both. Gaza will remain an open air prison.

Nightmare in Gaza / Noam Chomsky

Truthout 3 Aug — Amid all the horrors unfolding in the latest Israeli offensive in Gaza, Israel’s goal is simple: quiet-for-quiet, a return to the norm. For the West Bank, the norm is that Israel continues its illegal construction of settlements and infrastructure so that it can integrate into Israel whatever might be of value, meanwhile consigning Palestinians to unviable cantons and subjecting them to repression and violence. For Gaza, the norm is a miserable existence under a cruel and destructive siege that Israel administers to permit bare survival but nothing more. The latest Israeli rampage was set off by the brutal murder of three Israeli boys from a settler community in the occupied West Bank. A month before, two Palestinian boys were shot dead in the West Bank city of Ramallah. That elicited little attention, which is understandable, since it is routine. “The institutionalized disregard for Palestinian life in the West helps explain not only why Palestinians resort to violence,” Middle East analyst Mouin Rabbani reports, “but also Israel’s latest assault on the Gaza Strip.” In an interview, human rights lawyer Raji Sourani, who has remained in Gaza through years of Israeli brutality and terror, said, “The most common sentence I heard when people began to talk about cease-fire: Everybody says it’s better for all of us to die and not go back to the situation we used to have before this war. We don’t want that again. We have no dignity, no pride; we are just soft targets, and we are very cheap. Either this situation really improves or it is better to just die. I am talking about intellectuals, academics, ordinary people: Everybody is saying that.” In January 2006, Palestinians committed a major crime: They voted the wrong way in a carefully monitored free election, handing control of Parliament to Hamas. The media constantly intone that Hamas is dedicated to the destruction of Israel. In reality, Hamas leaders have repeatedly made it clear that Hamas would accept a two-state settlement in accord with the international consensus that has been blocked by the U.S. and Israel for 40 years. In contrast, Israel is dedicated to the destruction of Palestine, apart from some occasional meaningless words, and is implementing that commitment….|-nightmare-in-gaza

Israeli missile kills one of two identical Gaza twins born during war

GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 3 Aug — One of two twin baby boys born less than three weeks ago at the beginning of the Israeli assault on Gaza was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Sunday, while the other was left fighting for his life. The al-Ghoul twins were hit after an Israeli missile struck their home in Rafah, killing nine other members of their family and injuring twenty more. Asmaa al-Ghoul, a journalist from the family based in Gaza City, said in a post on Facebook that her uncle Ismail and his sons Muhammad and Wael were killed this morning along with Wael’s three children Malak, Mustafa, and Ismail. Two of Wael’s sons were identical twins born during the Israeli military offensive. One of them was killed Sunday morning during the strike, while the other survived. The surviving twin, was seriously injured and was “fighting for his life,” she said. When the twins were born, she had written in a post on Facebook: “In Gaza, there is always hope and new life. A door of light and happiness in the middle of this war.” Asmaa al-Ghoul added that her cousins Hanadi and Asmaa and her uncle’s wife Khadra were also killed in the attack on their home, located in the Bashit refugee camp south of Rafah near the Egyptian border.  Asmaa added that the last time she had visited her uncle’s family was on the fifth day of the Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip. “I was destined to bid them farewell on the fifth day of the war. They were preparing Ramadan Iftar and they invited me to join them but I was in a hurry. I wish I accepted the invitation, but I didn’t know then that you were in a hurry to leave this world!” [Asmaa al-Ghoul’s articles on Al-Monitor often appear in this newslist]

Israeli airstrike massacres family of prominent physician and author

[includes happy photos of those murdered, unaware of what was to come] Electronic Intifada 2 Aug by Nora Barrows-Friedman — 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. “The house was hit with a rocket, and the whole neighborhood started leaving, running in the street,” she told The Electronic Intifada in an interview on Saturday. “Another rocket, or missile, struck the children and the women who were running outside of the house.” The full interview can be listened to via the player at the top of this page and the full transcript is published below. Testimony at US Congress Dr. El-Farra is the aunt of author and journalist Laila El-Haddad, who testified about the massacre during a Congressional briefing Friday on US complicity in Israel’s onslaught on Gaza, which at the time of publication had claimed nearly 1,700 lives there. “I woke up this morning and I learned that my tax dollars killed eight of my family members in Gaza. They were given an eight-second warning,” El-Haddad stated to members of Congress. Dr. El-Farra works at the Palestine Red Crescent Society and is the director of Gaza projects at the Middle East Children’s AllianceShe has been working around the clock treating patients — even after receiving Friday’s devastating news — and she and her colleagues receive hundreds of people needing treatment every day as medical supplies continue to run low or are completely depleted. Decimation The deadly airstrike in Khan Younis happened just three hours before a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire was supposed to begin. Reports indicate that Israel broke the ceasefire just under two hours after it was to be implemented Friday morning. Israel then began heavily bombing Rafah, in the southernmost region of Gaza, killing at least 110 people and decimating entire neighborhood blocks….

6 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrike on home in Rafah

GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 2 Aug — Six family members were killed in an Israeli airstrike that targeted their home in Rafah on Saturday afternoon. Four of the victims were identified as Suhaib al-Bahabsa, Jumaa al-Bahabsa, Ahmad al-Bahabsa, and Fawwaz al-Bahabsa.

Gaza columnist survives Israeli airstrike on his apartment

GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 3 Aug — A Palestinian columnist barely survived an Israeli airstrike on his apartment in the Burj al-Siddiq building in Gaza City on Sunday, he said. Fahmi Sharab told reporters that he managed to escape along with his family members minutes before an Israeli airstrike hit the building, causing serious damage. Despite the family’s luck, however, they were unable to escape with any of their belongings, leaving them with nothing except the clothes on their backs.

Palestinian journalist killed in Israeli strike on Rafah

GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 1 Aug– A Palestinian journalist was killed in an Israeli strike on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said. Abdullah Fahjan, a journalist for Aqsa TV, was killed in a strike on Rafah. [He was the 10th journalist killed in this conflict.]

UNRWA mourns loss of ninth staff member in Gaza

Press Release GAZA 3 Aug — For the third time in less than six years, violence is devastating the Gaza Strip. Along with the rest of the people of Gaza, staff members of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) are in the line of fire. Since 20 July 2014, nine UNRWA staff members have been killed, humanitarian workers struck down by the pitiless conflict. “These were people who had dedicated years or decades to serving the Palestine refugees of Gaza”, said UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl. “Many of them were educators, inculcating in children the hope of a brighter future and supporting them through the most difficult of times. Another, despite being displaced himself, worked to help other displaced families in the UNRWA school in Jabalia. The cruel ways in which they lost their lives has devastated families they leave behind and all of us in UNRWA.”  The UNRWA staff members are: Fatma A Rahim Abu Amouna, 54, a teacher;Inas Shaban Derbas, 30, a teacher; Mohammed A Raouf Al-Dadda, 39, a teacher; Ismail A. Qader El-Kujk, 53, an environmental-health worker; Farid Mohamed Mohamed Ahmed, 50, a teacher; Ahmed Mohamed Mohamed Ahmed, 51, a school principal; Munir Ibrahim El Hajjar, a teacher; Medhat Ahmed Al Amoudi, 53, a labourer, and Abdallah Naser Khalil Fahajan, 21, a school attendant. Robert Turner, Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, said: “The loss of these nine people is a tragedy that cannot be forgotten. They faced all the challenges affecting Gaza and yet remained determined to support people in desperate circumstances. In the truest sense of the word, they were humanitarians, and their loss is a terrible blow to their families, to Gaza and to UNRWA.”

In Rafah, hospital morgues cannot hold all the bodies

Haaretz 3 Aug by Amira Hass — After more than 24 hours of Israeli aerial bombardments, at an average of five an hour, and heavy artillery fire on Rafah, the city’s medical facilities have had to place the bodies of the dead in cold storage designed for fruits and vegetables. This step had to be taken not only because of the high number of casualties, but because Rafah’s Yusuf al-Najar Hospital had to be evacuated after bombardments and artillery fire that endangered the lives of patients and staff. Because cemeteries and funeral processions are also being bombarded, people are afraid to bury their dead. After the collapse of the cease-fire Friday, about two hours after it began, Rafah residents said the Israel Defense Forces bombarded and fired on houses indiscriminately, with the inhabitants still inside. They reported that when they tried to flee they were bombarded in the street. “All the houses shook like in an earthquake, “residents told Haaretz. A few thousand people living in neighborhoods on the edge of Rafah fled to the Shabura refugee camp, considered “protected” from ground invasion. But at 3 A.M. Saturday a bomb dropped by an Israeli fighter jet on a number of asbestos dwellings in the camp killed eight people from three families, including three girls and three boys, a woman and a man of about 50. Fighter jets and gun boats also bombarded civilian neighborhoods in the west of the city, killing at least 20 civilians, most of them mainly children. Between 10 A.M. Friday and 10 A.M. Saturday about 100 air strikes and a few hundred artillery strikes were counted. In Rafah alone 123 civilians were killed, including 30 children and 14 women, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. Altogether throughout the Gaza Strip in that 24-hour period, 143 Palestinians were killed – including 39 children and 16 women, according to the center.

Names of Palestinians killed in the War on Gaza since 8 July

IMEMC 4 Aug by Saed Bannoura — This list is constantly updated due to the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza since July 8th. The following 1429 names have been confirmed – the actual death toll stands at approximately 1803. This site, ‘Beyond Numbers, has pictures of many of these victims.
Killed Monday, August 4:

Dia’ ed-Deen Mohammad al-Madhoun, 23, Gaza.
Ahmad Banat, 22, Gaza.
Hamada Khalil al-Qaaq, Beit Lahia.
Ahmad Khaled al-Qaaq, Beit Lahia.
Suleiman Mohammad Ma’rouf, Beit Lahia.
Zaher al-Andah, Beit Lahia.
Abdul-Nasser al-Ajjoury, Beit Lahia.
Abdul-Hai Salama al-Qreinawi, 45, Gaza.
Mohammad Sabri Atallah, 21, Gaza.
Raghd Mas’oud, 7, Rafah.

Killed Sunday, August 3:

Fares Abu Jazar, 2, Rafah.
Maria Abu Jazar, 2, (Twins) Rafah.
Amani Abu Jazar, 23, Rafah.

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

Ma‘an 2 Aug — 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. The muezzin whose job was to recite the call to prayer from the mosque’s minaret was also killed on Saturday in another strike on the mosque. His name was Daoud Zakariya Suleiman. More than 10 mosques have been completely destroyed in addition to 80 mosques and two churches that have been partially destroyed in the 26-day assault, according to PLO figures.

Israeli airstrike targets Islamic University of Gaza

BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 2 Aug — The Israeli military bombed the Islamic University in Gaza early Saturday, causing extensive damage to one of Gaza’s largest and most prominent institutions of higher education. The Israeli military said in a statement that the target was a Hamas “facility that was used for research and development of weapon manufacturing” inside the university.  The Islamic University has been repeatedly targeted by Israel in the past, especially in the 2008-9 offensive when Israel destroyed 74 labs in a series of airstrikes. At the time it gave the same justification for the attack, citing the existence of a Hamas research facility there. The United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, also known as the “Goldstone Report,” disputed the Israeli justification, saying the facilities were “civilian, educational buildings and the Mission did not find any information about their use as a military facility or their contribution to a military effort that might have made them a legitimate target in the eyes of the Israeli armed forces.” The PLO says that 137 schools have been damaged in the 26-day Israeli assault

5,510 Gaza homes destroyed by Israel: minister

Middle East Monitor 3 Aug — An ongoing Israeli onslaught against the Gaza Strip has completely destroyed 5510 homes in the embattled coastal enclave, a Palestinian cabinet minister said Saturday, “Some 5,510 housing units have been destroyed and nearly 30920 others partially damaged by Israel’s military operation in Gaza,” Minister of Public Works and Housing Mufeed al-Hassayna told Anadolu Agency. The tally is preliminary as some of the enclave’s areas are still inaccessible to the ministry’s teams due to the intensity of the Israeli shelling, he added. Israel has been pounding the Gaza Strip – home to 1.8 million people – for the almost past four weeks with the stated aim of halting rocket fire.

Gaza City suffers from electricity outage for fifth day

GAZA (WAFA) 2 Aug – Gaza city has been suffering since last Tuesday from electricity outage after Israel targeted Gaza’s sole power plant earlier this week. Israel has also targeted the main electric power transmission line at Baghdad Street in the city transmitting electricity to Ash-Shaja‘iya and Al-Tuffah neighborhoods, compounding the suffering of Gaza population. Israeli forces have denied electricity technicians access to repair the power failure. A recent report published by Save the Children shows that as a result of the power outage, Gaza population are facing a complete collapse of essential services as electricity and water supplies run out and that health facilities are particularly badly affected, with some hospitals warning that they only have enough fuel to run electricity generators for another four to five days. According to the organization, this could leave nearly one million children trapped in a war zone without access to electricity, water or medical services. At present, following air strikes on Gaza’s sole power plant, residents are receiving electricity for a maximum of two hours a day, if at all. No water supplies are being delivered and sewage pumps are not working, meaning raw sewage is being pumped onto the streets, raising very serious concerns about outbreaks of disease. Internet and telephony lines have been disconnected to several areas across Gaza Strip … after being deliberately targeted and leveled by Israeli forces.

Egypt to increase electricity supply to Gaza

JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 3 Aug  — Egypt will increase the amount of electricity it is sending to Gaza from 27 megawatts to 32 megawatts beginning in August, the Palestinian ambassador to Egypt said.  Jamal al-Shawbaki said that Egypt informed the embassy that it will also supply 15 extra megawatts to Gaza Strip and will continue to allow medical and humanitarian supplies into the Strip.  The announcement comes after Israel bombed Gaza’s sole power plant earlier in the week, bringing daily electricity availability down from around eight hours a day to two, and even none in some areas…
Egypt has helped Israel maintain a severe blockade of the Gaza Strip for the last eight years that has crippled the coastal enclave’s economy by limited imports, exports, and movement of people. Despite a brief reprieve under the government of democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi in 2012-13, after he was ousted by the military last summer the siege was redoubled from the Egyptian side.

WFP steps up emergency food assistance in Gaza as situation deteriorates

GAZA (WPF Press Release) 1 Aug — Four weeks into the conflict in Gaza, the humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is responding to increased needs by stepping up provision of emergency food and other assistance. “WFP is extremely concerned about the breakdown of the ceasefire,” said WFP Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin. “WFP and humanitarian counterparts on the ground continue to remain operational and it is crucial that we have unhindered access to the people who need our help and that civilians are protected.” Working closely with the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), WFP has been providing emergency food rations to those sheltering in UNRWA schools and elsewhere. To date, WFP has reached more than 255,000 conflict-affected people in Gaza with emergency food assistance. This includes an increase of more than 50,000 people in two days. WFP, UNRWA and partners are constantly identifying new needs and are working to reach additional people. The emergency response includes:

Erdoğan accuses Israel of deliberately killing Palestinian mothers

ISTANBUL (Reuters) 3 Aug by Dasha Afanasieva and Humeyra Pamuk — Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan accused Israel on Sunday of deliberately killing Palestinian mothers and warned it would “drown in the blood it sheds”, pulling foreign policy to centre stage as a presidential race enters its final week. Addressing hundreds of thousands of supporters at his biggest rally so far ahead of the Aug. 10 election, Erdoğan again likened Israel’s actions to those of Hitler, comments that have already led Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accuse him of anti-Semitism and drawn rebuke from Washington. “Just like Hitler, who sought to establish a race free of all faults, Israel is chasing after the same target,” Erdoğan told the sea of cheering supporters at an Istanbul arena. “They kill women so that they will not give birth to Palestinians; they kill babies so that they won’t grow up; they kill men so they can’t defend their country … They will drown in the blood they shed,” he said.

US condemns school shelling in rare criticism of Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) 3 Aug — The United States declared Sunday it is “appalled” by the “disgraceful” shelling by Israel of a United Nations school sheltering some 3,000 displaced people in southern Gaza. In language that was rare in its directness and severity, the U.S. denounced the attack that killed 10 people earlier in the day, noting that the school had been designated a protected location.”The co-ordinates of the school, like all UN facilities in Gaza, have been repeatedly communicated to the Israel Defence Forces,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in the statement. “We once again stress that Israel must do more to meet its own standards and avoid civilian casualties.” The U.S. condemnation follows one by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who depicted the shelling near the Rafah school as both “a moral outrage and a criminal act.” Earlier, a senior Palestinian diplomat expressed outrage over killings and bloodshed on both sides in Gaza and called for negotiations to end the savage fighting that has gone on for nearly a month. “What we need now is to stop this fighting, to address the tragic humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip,” Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the U.N., said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” adding “these things need to be stopped.”

Ministry: Israel imposing collective punishment on prisoners

RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 3 Aug — The Palestinian Ministry of Prisoner Affairs said on Saturday that Israeli prison authorities have imposed collective punishments on Palestinian prisoners over the last two months in tandem with ongoing Israeli offensives. In a statement, the ministry quoted its lawyers who recently visited prisoners in Israeli jails as saying that the “collective punishment” which Israeli prison authorities began imposing about two months ago had intensified during the military offensive on Gaza over the last three weeks. The lawyers said that the collective punishments included fines, arbitrary inspections nearly every day, ransacking prisoners’ belongings, moving prisoners to different jails, deprivation of family visits, deprivation of access to the prison canteen, deprivation of daily breaks, and elimination of some TV channels. The statement highlighted that all prisoners affiliated to Hamas and the Islamic Jihad have been deprived of family visits for the last two months. An Israeli prison services spokeswoman did not return inquiries for comment. More than 6,500 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli jails, including 1,500 detained in just the last two months.

Henry Siegman, leading voice of US Jewry, on Gaza: ‘A slaughter of innocents’

Democracy Now 30 July — Given his background, what American Jewish leader Henry Siegman has to say about Israel’s founding in 1948 through the current assault on Gaza may surprise you. From 1978 to 1994, Siegman served as executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s “big three” Jewish organizations along with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. Born in Germany three years before the Nazis came to power in 1933, Siegman’s family eventually moved to the United States. His father was a leader of the European Zionist movement that pushed for the creation of a Jewish state. In New York, Siegman studied the religion and was ordained as an Orthodox rabbi by Yeshiva Torah Vodaas, later becoming head of the Synagogue Council of America. After his time at the American Jewish Congress, Siegman became a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He now serves as president of the U.S./Middle East Project. In the first of our two-part interview, Siegman discusses the assault on Gaza, the myths surrounding Israel’s founding in 1948, and his own background as a German-Jewish refugee who fled Nazi occupation to later become a leading American Jewish voice and now vocal critic of Israel’s policies in the Occupied Territories. “When one thinks that this is what is necessary for Israel to survive, that the Zionist dream is based on the repeated slaughter of innocents on a scale that we’re watching these days on television, that is really a profound, profound crisis — and should be a profound crisis in the thinking of all of us who were committed to the establishment of the state and to its success,” Siegman says. Responding to Israel’s U.S.-backed claim that its assault on Gaza is necessary because no country would tolerate the rocket fire from militants in Gaza, Siegman says: “What undermines this principle is that no country and no people would live the way that Gazans have been made to live. … The question of the morality of Israel’s action depends, in the first instance, on the question, couldn’t Israel be doing something [to prevent] this disaster that is playing out now, in terms of the destruction of human life? Couldn’t they have done something that did not require that cost? And the answer is, sure, they could have ended the occupation.”

Millennials are over Israel: a new generation is outraged over Gaza, rejects Washington’s reflexive support / David Palumbo-Liu 1 Aug — Angered by the immoral and inhumane assault on Gaza, Gen Y is shaking up the conventional view of Mideast politics — It might seem counterintuitive to make the argument that Israel should no longer count on U.S. support for its policies as assuredly it has in the past.  After all, hasn’t the Senate just passed not one but now two resolutions by unanimous consent declaring its backing of Israel’s deadly attacks on and invasion of Gaza? … Yet even with these unambiguous resolutions emanating from the Senate, we find more and more evidence that support for Israel from the American public is slipping.  A recent report in the Washington Post noted that “A new Pew Research Center poll is the second in the past week to show a huge generational split on the current conflict in Gaza. While all age groups north of 30 years old clearly blame Hamas more than Israel for the current violence, young adults buck the trend in a big way. Among 18 to 29-year olds, 29 percent blame Israel more for the current wave of violence, while 21 percent blame Hamas.” Clearly there are a number of possible explanations for this; here are three that come to mind … International support for Israel is ebbing because the Holocaust narrative can no longer offer an omnipotent shield against a critique of the second narrative regarding the founding of the state of Israel.  Israel is in fact risking losing the narrative war altogether, as more and more of the global public is asking questions that probe into that history, prompted by the evidence of Israeli’s current efforts to continue and expand Israeli power and land, efforts that are now increasingly regarded not as survival tactics but as violent colonial ones …  Second, the massive attack on Gaza and its obscene civilian death toll is now delivered to a global audience via a variety of media forms that far exceed the mainstream media. Contemporary forms of social media deliver images from Gaza and opinions on the invasion as it takes place.

Gaza is not as I expected. Amid the terror, there is hope / Paul Mason

The Guardian 3 Aug — I have been reporting from Gaza all week, and, amid the stream of dead and injured civilians wheeled on trolleys before me, frantic people gesturing in my face, and nights spent in an unlit city under bombardment, I’ve come to a conclusion I did not expect: Gaza “works”. What I mean is that, given resources, connections with the outside world, and time, this narrow political entity could function normally. With its smooth sand, blue sea and skies, it could even become a tourist destination. It already has a massive pool of trained and educated human capital – though, sadly, its most expert people are trauma surgeons. As it is, hotels stand deserted along the beachfront in Gaza City. Their embarrassed waiters struggle to boil coffee on single flames. The fishermen in the port sneak out maybe 20 yards in canoes, while hostilities are on, 100 yards in motor boats during the sporadic ceasefires.Everyday life, even for those with money and friends in the west, is becoming impossible. Water queues form, petrol stations are empty. Equally unnerving, for the young, urbanised kids, the internet is sporadic … I have been to Muslim countries where there is deep conservatism, low education and suspicion of the west. This is not one of them. I constantly meet highly educated people who speak English; cheerful and friendly people – which is amazing in itself, given the level of terror the night brings. The world is not so blessed with educated, resourceful people that it can afford to waste the lives of 1.8 million Palestinians behind the iron grilles and the concrete walls that delimit Gaza.

What, it took Washington 25 days to call the Gaza war barbaric? / Gideon Levy

Haaretz 3 Aug — The Palestinians’ famed barbarity has finally reached Washington in another Israeli public-relations feat — While Y. was crying massacre in Rafah, the White House spokesman released a statement calling the capture of the Israeli officer and the killing of his two comrades “a barbaric violation” of the cease-fire agreement. The restrained American spokesman used the word “barbaric” for the first time in this war. Nothing else was considered barbaric. Not the Israeli shell that landed two days earlier on Shujaiyeh’s crowded market killing 17 people and wounding 150 at the height of another cease-fire, not the shell that fell on an UNRWA school where 3,000 refugees were hiding, not the bombing of the Gaza power station, the bombing of the university, the bomb dropped by those excellent Israel Air Force pilots on a four-story dwelling in Khan Yunis without warning, killing 35, including 18 children and eight women – apparently the most deadly bombing in Gaza ever. Only the abduction and the killing of two soldiers. This is an American spokesman also afflicted with racism; “barbarity” is preserved only for one side. Yes, Hamas is known for its barbarity, as are all the Palestinians, and word of that barbarity has finally reached Washington in another Israeli public-relations feat. But the truth is that this war has been barbaric since it started … Relative to the size of Gaza’s population, the numbers are approaching the dimensions of the war in Syria, the one Israel bandies about to prove the Arabs’ animal nature. Last week, a record-breaking week, 1,700 people were killed in Syria. In Gaza, whose population is less than one-tenth that of Syria’s, about that same number have been killed in three and a half weeks of Israeli intoxication of the senses – not a major difference.

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Zio-Nazi Elie Wiesel plays the Holocaust trump card in Gaza

Elie Wiesel (Photo: AP/Bebeto Matthews)

Elie Wiesel (Photo: AP/Bebeto Matthews)

This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, it does. I’m not thinking about the actual war in Gaza – that’s bad enough.

It’s the Jewish civil war over Israel, a civil war that includes both sides appealing to non-Jews and American foreign policy.

Of course, it’s also about the Holocaust, that vast swathe of traumatized Jewish identity that keeps breaking open even as Israel’s occupation regime and war machine go haywire.

The veterans of Holocaust discourse are older now, all in their eighties, but periodically they’re trotted out to support Israel – especially when there isn’t any viable way of doing so.

Call it the Holocaust trump card. Elie Wiesel’s wild.

Elie Wiesel can’t help himself. If he hasn’t debased himself and his cause enough on the subject of Israel in recent years, his latest is a stunner.

Teaming up with Shmuley Boteach, a rabbi whose book on Kosher sex made a splash some years ago and has been gaming right ever since, Wiesel has just penneda paid statement making the rounds of major newspapers and other media outlets.

Wiesel’s theme? “Jews rejected child sacrifice 3,000 years ago. Now it’s Hamas’ turn.”

The theme is a play on God’s command to sacrifice Isaac. With Israel’s invasion of Gaza, God’s last minute decision to let Isaac live doesn’t work at all.

The press release lays out Wiesel’s campaign:

New York, NY August 1, 2014 – In a stirring advertising campaign organized by Rabbi Shmuley’s organization, This World: The Values Network, which seeks to disseminate universal Jewish values in politics, media, and culture as well as defend the State of Israel, Nobel Peace Laureate, Elie Wiesel, invokes the story of Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac to frame the modern conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Wiesel states that though Abraham lifts his knife to sacrifice his own son Isaac, his hand is stayed by God’s own command, thereby rejecting child sacrifice forever. He added that, “Jews rejected child sacrifice 3500 years ago. Now it’s Hamas’ turn.” Prof. Wiesel argues that while the suffering of those in Gaza is immense and a true tragedy, the blame lies solely with Hamas who use children as human shields and stores rockets and ammunitions in nurseries, schools, hospitals, and family homes.

Wiesel’s autobiographical classic, Night, has been read by millions. It’s required reading for vast numbers of American school children. Night’s new translation even received Oprah’s seal of approval.


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But the Jewish establishment doesn’t seem to get it. Playing the Holocaust trump card isn’t working anymore. Few respond to their Holocaust pleadings as they did almost reflexively decades ago.

Call it cognitive dissonance – using Jewish suffering as a rallying call while Jews causing suffering to others in the name of that suffering is too confusing for most folks. Say the Holocaust and people think Gaza. It isn’t a comparison. It’s a deep revulsion to violence in the name of innocents suffering.

The problem is the news that keeps coming from Israel. Israel’s bombing of residential areas, hospitals and UN schools and shelters is international news. In Gaza, even after Israel’s proclaimed “withdrawal,” the death toll mounts. Among the dead are children sacrificed for Israel’s obvious goal – to deny Palestinians statehood, their political and human rights, which include the right to resist occupation.

The question for Elie Wiesel and the Jewish establishment is not about Abraham’s binding of Isaac – a treasure trove for interpreters of all types – but how many Palestinians children in Gaza will be sacrificed on the altar of Israel’s national security.

If God stayed Abraham’s knife, who will stay Israel’s?

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Don’t be Fooled: The World Nazi Jewish Establishment Backs the Gaza Holocaust!


Contrary to claims by a tiny handful of apologists, the vast majority—the overwhelming, massive majority—of Jews and Jewish organizations throughout the world unequivocally support Israel and the ongoing Zionist mass murder campaign massacre in Gaza.


The World Jewish Congress—which is, according to its own description, an “international organization that represents Jewish communities and organizations in 100 countries around the world,” has even recently completed a “solidarity with Israel” special trip to Israel to demonstrate their unfailing support for the Jewish state.

It is the same story in the US. A public statement by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the umbrella body which represents every single of the 50 major Jewish organizations in America, has issued a formal statement titled “Jewish Leaders Support “Operation Protective Edge” in which they specifically support the Zionist murder plan in Gaza.


The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizationsrepresents the 50 largest Jewish organizations in America is, according to its own description, the “voice of organized American Jewry” which is “at the forefront” of countering the “global campaign to delegitimize Israel.” The organizations of “Jewish Advocacy” have hundreds of millions of dollars at their disposal.

In its statement released by Chairman Robert G. Sugarman, and Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations said that “On behalf of the Conference of Presidents, we express our support for “Operation Protective Edge” launched by the Israel Defense Forces . . .”

(The statement goes on to claim that the Israeli government has “shown great restraint seeking to avoid an all-out war and the civilian casualties that would entail. They have engaged in limited strikes against missile-launchers, storage facilities and manufacturing locations”—a blatant lie as the increasing toll in lives of women and children show all too clearly).

In Britain, the situation is also no different. The Board of Deputies of British Jews has also made its support for Israel clear: It states that support of Israel is “central” to its work, “which is why the Board remains unwavering in its approach, as stated in our Constitution, to take such appropriate action as lies within its power to advance Israel’ security, welfare and standing.”

Some uniformed people try to suggest that religious Jews, or “true Jews” don’t support the Zionist Criminal State. In fact, every major synagogue on earth supports Israel and they all voice solidarity with Israel in its latest mass murder!

There are a tiny few orthodox Jews who have doctrinal disagreements with the setup of the Jewish Zionist state. But, they are minute in a tiny in number and are virulently hated by all the main Jewish religious and secular groups. The problem is that these tiny splinter groups are used by uninformed Gentiles to create the impression that “true religious Jews” oppose Israel — when the the exact opposite is true.

You cannot fight the evils of Zionism unless you oppose the organizations, both religious and secular, that support it. Organized Judaism as well as secular Jewish community organizations all over the world are practically unanimous in supporting the horrific crimes of Israel.

The evidence is therefore clear: while there are a small number of Jews who oppose Zionism, the overwhelming majority of organized Jewry all over the globe speak with one voice: they support Israel, and they support the massacre of the innocents in Palestine.

So next time you hear about the “good Jews” who oppose the Zio-Murder machine, acknowledge those tiny few individuals are righteous, honest people, and Jews who we respect—but bear in mind that they are a microscopic part of a much larger and well-organized Jewish establishment which always puts Israel first.

The fact is that you cannot oppose Zionism unless you oppose the Jewish tribalist organization and influence all over the world that supports Zionism and corrupts and bends nations to the Zionist Agenda!


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The Mask Drops from Nazi Jewish Supremacist Hatred: Gaza must be “Concentration Camp”


Two leading Jewish Supremacists in Israel—one the serving deputy speaker of the Israeli Parliament, and another the former head of Israel’s National Security Council—have let the Jewish Supremacist mask slip.


The first outrageously racist comment came from Israeli Knesset deputy speaker, Nazi Moshe Feiglin, Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset and member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party who posted his message on his Facebook page this past weekend.

The post lays out a detailed plan for the destruction of Gaza—which includes shipping its residents across the world—in a letter which he addressed to Netanyahu.

Feiglin’s message, which received more than 8,000 likes on his page, lists four action points which he wants to be enforced as soon as possible.


Feiglin details the first one as “defining the enemy” and states:

“The strategic enemy is extremist Arab Islam in all its varieties, from Iran to Gaza, which seeks to annihilate Israel in its entirety. The immediate enemy is Hamas. (Not the tunnels, not the rockets, but Hamas.)”

He says another important part of his plan is the “conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters.”

Feiglin then details how he wants Israel to “turn Gaza into Jaffa, a flourishing Israeli city with a minimum number of hostile civilians.”

In 1948 Jaffa was a Palestinian town but there was an exodus of most of its Arab population when it fell to the fledgling Israeli army and Jewish militias.

He also then states that the Israeli Defense Force must “find areas on the Sinai border to establish tent encampments…until relevant emigration destinations are determined.”

In addition, “the supply of electricity and water to the Gaza would be disconnected before being shelled with maximum fire power.”

Feiglin explains how the IDF would then “exterminate nests of resistance, in the event that any should remain.”

Feiglin’s Facebook page is verifiable as it is linked from his official page on the Knesset website.

The second outburst of Jewish Supremacist hate came from Major-General Giora Eiland, a former head of Israel’s National Security Council. Writing in an op-ed piece in the Israeli YNet news service, Eiland announced that in Gaza there “is no such thing as innocent civilians.”


He states that Israel cannot hope to ultimately defeat Hamas without understanding that all Palestinians are the enemy:

“A state cannot defeat an efficient guerilla organization if the following three conditions exist: We and they are on two sides of a border; the organization enjoys the full protection of a state; their state or its citizens are not an accountable side. Whoever fails to understand that is entering a war without an ability to win” Eiland wrote.

What would have been the right thing to do? We should have declared war against the state of Gaza (rather than against the Hamas organization), and in a war as in a war.

“The moment it begins, the right thing to do is to shut down the crossings, prevent the entry of any goods, including food, and definitely prevent the supply of gas and electricity.

“We are dealing with an enemy state, not with a terror organization which is seemingly operating from within an innocent civilian population.”

What Eiland is actually saying here is that ALL the Gazans need to be treated as enemies, with no exception.

Both these outbursts from senior Israelis, as hate-filled and genocidal as they are, have passed completely without comment from any western politician or news source—precisely because the Jewish lobby in the west tightly controls the press and political institutions of those nations.

Anyone who doubts this need only contrast the Jewish Supremacist-controlled mass media’s repeated coverage of an alleged comment by an Iranian ex-president on Israel’s future existence.

That comment, even though thoroughly exposed as an outright lie, was, and still is, endlessly repeated by the mass media.

However, genuine comments about “concentration camps,” “extermination” and “no innocent civilians” made by leading Jews, are ignored by the same mass media.

Bear in mind that Feiglin is a senior Israeli government figure–equivalent to the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives in America. Imagine if a senior American government figure of that stature had called for any group–Jews in particular–to be put into concentration camps? The outrage would be never-ending…

It is the standard hypocrisy—one rule for Jews, and another for the hated Goiym.

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The true Gaza back-story that the Nazi’s aren’t telling


The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Getty Images)

OK, so by this afternoon, the exchange rate of death in two days was 40-0 in favour of Israel. But now for the Gaza story you won’t be hearing from anyone else in the next few hours.

It’s about land. The Israelis of Sederot are coming under rocket fire from the Palestinians of Gaza and now the Palestinians are getting their comeuppance. Sure. But wait, how come all those Palestinians – all 1.5 million – are crammed into Gaza in the first place? Well, their families once lived, didn’t they, in what is now called Israel? And got chucked out – or fled for their lives – when the Israeli state was created.

And – a drawing in of breath is now perhaps required – the people who lived in Sederot in early 1948 were not Israelis, but Palestinian Arabs. Their village was called Huj. Nor were they enemies of Israel. Two years earlier, these same Arabs had actually hidden Jewish Haganah fighters from the British Army. But when the Israeli army turned up at Huj on 31 May 1948, they expelled all the Arab villagers – to the Gaza Strip! Refugees, they became. David Ben Gurion (Israel’s first Prime Minister) called it an “unjust and unjustified action”. Too bad. The  Palestinians of Huj were never allowed back.

And today, well over 6,000 descendants of the Palestinians from Huj – now Sederot – live in the squalor of Gaza, among the “terrorists” Israel is claiming to destroy and who are shooting at what was Huj. Interesting story.

And same again for Israel’s right to self-defence. We heard it again today. What if the people of London were being rocketed like the people of Israel? Wouldn’t they strike back? Well yes, but we Brits don’t have more than a million former inhabitants of the UK cooped up in refugee camps over a few square miles around Hastings.

The last time this specious argument was used was in 2008, when Israel invaded Gaza and killed at least 1,100 Palestinians (exchange rate: 1,100 to 13). What if Dublin was under rocket attack, the Israeli ambassador asked then? But the UK town of Crossmaglen in Northern Ireland was under rocket attack from the Irish Republic in the 1970s – yet the RAF didn’t bomb Dublin in retaliation, killing Irish women and children. In Canada in 2008, Israel’s supporters were making the same fraudulent point. What if the people of Vancouver or Toronto or Montreal were being rocket-attacked from the suburbs of their own cities? How would they feel? But the Canadians haven’t pushed the original inhabitants of Canadian territory into refugee camps.

And now let’s cross to the West Bank. First of all, Benjamin Netanyahu said he couldn’t talk to Palestinian “President” Mahmoud Abbas because he didn’t also represent Hamas. Then when Abbas formed a unity government, Netanyahu said he couldn’t talk to Abbas because he had unified himself with the “terrorist” Hamas. Now he says he can only talk to him if he breaks with Hamas – even though he won’t then represent Hamas.

Meanwhile, that great leftist Israeli philosopher Uri Avnery – 90 years old and still, thankfully, going strong – has picked up on his country’s latest obsession: the danger that Isis will storm west from its Iraqi/Syrian “caliphate” and arrive on the east bank of the Jordan river.

“And Netanyahu said,” according to Avnery, “if they are not stopped by the permanent Israeli garrison there (on the Jordan river), they will appear at the gates of Tel Aviv.” The truth, of course, is that the Israeli air force would have crushed Isis the moment it dared to cross the Jordanian border from Iraq or Syria.

The importance of this, however, is that if Israel keeps its army on the Jordan (to protect Israel from Isis), a future “Palestine” state will have no borders and will be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory.

“Much like the South African Bantustans,” says Avnery. In other words, no “viable” state of Palestine will ever exist. After all, aren’t Isis just the same as Hamas? Of course not.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Getty Images)


But that’s not what we heard from Mark Regev, Netanyahu’s spokesman. No, what he told Al Jazeera was that Hamas was “an extremist terrorist organisation not very different from Isis in Iraq, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Boko Haram…” Tosh. Hezbollah is a Shia militia now fighting to the death inside Syria against the Sunni Muslims of Isis. And Boko Haram – thousands of kilometres from Israel – is not a threat to Tel Aviv.

But you get the point. The Palestinians of Gaza – and please forget, forever, the 6,000 Palestinians whose families come from the land of Sederot – are allied to the tens of thousands of Islamists threatening Maliki of Baghdad, Assad of Damascus or President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja. Even more to the point, if Isis is heading towards the edge of the West Bank, why is the Israeli government still building colonies there – illegally, and on Arab land – for Israeli civilians?

This is not just about the foul murder of three Israelis in the occupied West Bank or the foul murder of a Palestinian in occupied East Jerusalem. Nor about the arrest of many Hamas militants and politicians in the West Bank.  Nor about rockets. As usual, it’s about land.

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“We Just Moved to Heaven”: Zio-Terror Machine Starts Mass Murder Program—Again



“Excuse us, the owners of this house can’t host any guests anymore, we just moved to heaven”…..that is what is written on the collapsed ruins of this house in Gaza, where a Zionist missile killed seven people, six of them children, on July 9, 2014.

The Zionist state has launched what it calls “Operation Protective Edge”—the latest attempt in its master plan to ethnically cleanse the region of “greater Israel” of all non-Jews.



The destroyed house pictured above, is just one of the nearly 800 targets in the Gaza Strip which the Israeli Defence Force has attacked over the last three days, according to the Times of Israel.

AFP reports that 25 Palestinians were killed Thursday, bringing the total number of Palestinians deaths since Tuesday to at least 76, with the figure rising continuously.



Of course, the Zio-agents in America and the west’s mass media are presenting the conflict as “poor Israel” being attacked. The reality is, of course, the very opposite of what they claim it to be.



For example, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, a prominent Jewish Supremacist supporter of the racist state of Israel, gave a fervent speech backing the Jewish state on Wednesday, declaring that there was no “moral equivalence between the actions and reactions of Israel, and Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, to the violence that has occurred there.”

In other words, in the eyes of the Jewish Supremacists—and their coreligionists who run the mass media—Israel can do whatever it likes, murder as many children as it wants, bomb and blow up houses—and that is all perfectly alright and even “justified.”

If however, Palestinians dare to do anything at all in retaliation, they are at fault and Israel is “perfectly justified” in bombing civilians in the open-air prison camp called Gaza and the Occupied West Bank.

The US State Department—quick to condemn Iran and Syria—has politely called for “all sides to deescalate,”—but has, of course, “reiterated Israel’s right of self-defence.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of committing atrocities in Gaza. Mr Abbas said: “It’s genocide – the killing of entire families is genocide by Israel against our Palestinian people.”

In Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron also voiced his support for Israel and its response to what he called “appalling” rocket strikes “from Hamas militants”—deliberately creating, once again, the impression that Israel is somehow under attack from a sophisticated wave of advanced missiles instead of the highly ineffectual homemade weapons upon which the Palestinians are forced to rely to defend themselves.

The power and extent of the Jewish Lobby in America is also revealed in the special status that the racist Jewish Supremacist state has in US “aid” allocations. Israel is by far the largest recipient of U.S. foreign military aid.

According to the Congressional Research Service’s report “U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel,” written by Jeremy M. Sharp, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs, dated April 11, 2014, the Obama Administration gave $3.1 billion in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Israel for the Fiscal Year 2014.

In addition, the U.S contributed $504 million to the joint U.S.-Israel Missile Defense Program during the financial year (FY) 2014. If we include that number, American taxpayers give Israel $9.9 million per day, every day.

According to the CRS report, Obama’s request for Israel for FY 2015 will encompass approximately 55% of total U.S. foreign military financing worldwide.

Furthermore, the CRS report, “[a]nnual FMF grants to Israel represent 23% to 25% of the overall Israeli defense budget.”

Contrary to ordinary U.S. policy, Israel has been and continues to be allowed to use approximately 25% of this military aid to purchase equipment from Israeli manufacturers.

According to the CRS report, “no other recipient of U.S. military assistance has been granted this benefit.”

Thanks in part to this indirect U.S. subsidy, Israel’s arms industry has become one of the strongest in the world. “Between 2001 and 2008, it was the 7th largest arms supplier to the world with sales worth a total of 9.9 billion.”

The United States also contributes funds for a joint U.S.-Israeli Missile Defense Program designed to thwart short-range missiles and rockets fired by non-state actors (such as Hamas and Hezbollah) as well as mid- and longer-range ballistic missiles (this refers to Iran and/or Syria’s arsenals).

The only reason why Israel gets all this “aid” is because its lobby controls Washington D.C.. No-one on the Capitol dare call them out or oppose this mass-transfer of taxpayer cash to the Zionist state—because then they will have to contend with the Jewish lobby at the next election.

So the cycle of Zio-state sponsored terror is maintained, financed courtesy of the American taxpayer.

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