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Nazi Having Fun Bombing Houses in Gaza

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10 Nazi Jews charged with attempted lynch of Palestinians

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Haaretz

The Jerusalem district attorney filed an indictment Monday against seven young Jewish men, aged 18-27, for the attempted lynching of two Palestinians, apparently due to nationalistic motives. All seven suspects are accused of aggravated assault; five are also accused of obstructing justice. An indictment against three minors who allegedly took part in the incident, two weeks ago, was also filed in the Jerusalem District Juvenile Court; they, too, are accused of aggravated assault.

The prosecution is seeking remand in custody for all 10 suspects until the conclusion of legal proceedings.

The violent incident took place in an area between Beit Hanina and the Neveh Yaakov neighborhood in northern Jerusalem. Amir Shweiki and Samer Mahfouz from Beit Hanina, both 20 years old, were set upon by a mob of Jewish youths in an unprovoked attack, and brutally beaten with baseball bats and iron bars. Shweiki was seriously injured and is still hospitalized with a head injury in the neurosurgical ward at Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem. Mahfouz was lightly injured, but last week was hospitalized again after his condition deteriorated.

According to the indictment filed by attorney Yael Igra Unger, on the night in question, Shweiki and Mahfouz were sitting in a public park in Neveh Yaakov: “At a certain point, one of the accused came up to the plaintiffs and asked if they had a cigarette and a lighter in order to ascertain whether the plaintiffs were Arabs. The plaintiffs said no and he left. A few minutes later, all of the accused plus three minors approached the plaintiffs as a group, armed with iron bars and boards.”

Then, says the prosecution, “the accused and the minors surrounded the plaintiffs, calling out, ‘Arabs, Arabs …’ Curses were exchanged. Then the accused and the minors pounced as one on the plaintiffs, some of them wielding iron bars and wooden bats, and began savagely beating the plaintiffs, just because they are Arabs. One of the accused struck one of the plaintiffs on the head very forcefully from behind with a baseball bat; another one struck him with his fist and the plaintiff fell to the ground and lost consciousness. Meanwhile, some of the accused and the minors beat the second plaintiff with iron bars, fists and kicks until he too fell to the ground and lost consciousness for a few minutes.”

Even after the two young Palestinians lost consciousness, the incident didn’t end.

“The accused and the minors continued to beat the plaintiffs as they lay on the ground,” says the indictment. “They beat them fiercely with iron bars and fists, and kicked them hard in the head and face, and all over their bodies. Then the accused and the minors immediately ran away, leaving the plaintiffs lying on the ground in the park, bleeding.”

The charges of obstruction of justice relate to what occurred following the attack. At that time, according to the indictment, five of the adult suspects and one of the minors met. They were concerned that someone might have seen them beating the Arab men, and agreed that if anyone were arrested by the police “he won’t say anything.” In addition, “a few days later, one of the accused instructed another one to delete everything in his phone.”

The beating of Mahfouz and Shweiki marked a peak in the violence and harassment against Palestinians in Jerusalem in recent weeks. Among other incidents, Arab taxi drivers have been beaten or attacked with tear gas, riders on the light rail train have been harassed, and passersby have been subjected to verbal and physical violence.

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Abu Khdeir murder suspect gives account of killing

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Ed note–pay attention to the statement made by these murderers at the end–

“We’re not like the sons of Ishmael [meaning Arabs]…We’re Jews. We have a heart…We are merciful Jews. We are human beings.’”

And herein lies the madness that rots the core of these people. No matter what they do, no matter how heinous, vicious and evil, they refuse to accuse themselves. They are an unrepentant, unregenerate people,  made so by their ‘chosen’ mindset, coupled with a religion that gives the green light to every form of evil imaginable in the minds of men or in the mind of Satan.

And people are shocked at the lack of compassion in these people when 2,000 innocent ‘sons of Ishmael’ are incinerated in Gaza?

Times of Israel

Israeli police have released the chilling testimony of the prime suspect in the murder of Arab teenager Muhammed Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem on July 2.

“We were hot-headed and angry and we determined to burn something of the Arabs,” Yosef Haim Ben-David told police in his investigation, saying watching the funerals of three Israeli teenagers kidnapped and murdered in the West Bank on June 12 – Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-ad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach — had sparked the decision.

Ben-David was indicted for the murder in mid-July along with two accomplices, both minors. The indictment said that the three suspects went on “a human hunt,” during which they “cruelly kidnapped and murdered the minor Muhammed Abu Khdeir simply for being an Arab.”

Ben-David, 29, is a resident of the West Bank settlement of Adam and owns an eyewear store in Jerusalem. His lawyers have sought to declare him temporarily insane. The other two suspects are 16 years old — one from Jerusalem, the other from Beit Shemesh. According to the indictment, Ben-David and one of the minors have a history of mental illness and are presently on medication.

Two of the defendants were also charged with the attempted kidnapping of a seven-year-old Palestinian boy in Beit Hanina, Moussa Zaloum, the night before the killing, attempted arson, and the torching of a Palestinian store in the West Bank village of Hizme in June.

A day before the murder, the three made the first attempt at an abduction, attacking the seven-year-old Zaloum and his mother as they strolled down the street in East Jerusalem with a baby carriage.

Moussa Zaloum recounts his attempted kidnapping by the suspects a day before they abducted and murdered Muhammed Abu Khdeir (Photo credit: Channel 2 screen capture)

“We decided to beat her up,” Ben-David said. One of his friends grabbed the child and choked him, then punched his mother in the face. The three then ran away, but decided to make another attempt the next evening.

Security camera footage gathered by police shows the suspects fill bottles with gasoline at a gas station in the West Bank, north of Jerusalem.

Ben-David said he and his two alleged accomplices had first planned to burn an Arab store in the city but then “decided to raise the bar.”

One of the suspects in the murder of Muhammed Abu Khdeir is seen filling bottles with gasoline on the night of the killing (Photo credit: Channel 2 screen capture)

“We said ‘they took three of ours, let’s take one of their’s,’” he explained. “We decided to pick someone up, kidnap him, beat the hell out of him and throw him out.”

The suspects were identified in the camera footage of a small supermarket buying energy drinks, after having removed their kippahs and switched their traditional religious garb for secular-looking clothing.

The three suspects then drove around looking for a target, eventually spotting Abu Khdeir sitting alone outside.

Two of the suspects in the murder of Muhammed Abu Khdeir seen at a supermarket before the attack (Photo credit: Channel 2 screen capture)

“This one we can overpower,” Ben-David told his two accomplices, who went out of the car and asked the teen for directions. “He didn’t really answer and didn’t speak Hebrew too well, said ‘straight and to the right.’

Ben-David noted that Abu Khdeir appeared to become suspicious, stood up and began dialing on his phone. A this point Ben-David’s two friends hit the teen and grabbed him, dragging him to the car while covering his mouth to prevent him from crying out.

“The guy tried to fight and stretched out his leg to prevent us closing the door” but was forced in nonetheless, Ben-David said. “He began shouting Allahu Akbar [God is Great] and cursed…I didn’t believe it was really happening at that moment. A this point Yud [one of the suspects, identified only by the first letter of his name due to being a minor] choked the guy’s throat and I shouted to him ‘finish him, finish him, kill him.’ The guy started gurgling, eventually he stopped fighting.”

Ben-David and the other two suspects then decided to drive to the Jerusalem Forest “to get rid of him.”

“I told Yud to press hard and finish him because those people have seven lives. Don’t let him get up,” he said.

The home of Muhammad Abu Khdeir in Shuafat, Jerusalem, July 8, 2014 (photo credit: Elhanan Miller/Times of Israel)

The group came to a stop in the forest and Ben-David turned off the car lights. The unconscious Abu Khdeir was removed from the vehicle and thrown to the ground. Ben-David then took an iron bar and struck the teen repeatedly on the head.

“I hit the guy in the head with the bar while saying ‘This is for the Fogel family [a family of five murdered in the settlement of Itamar in 2011], this is for Shalhevet Pas [a baby girl murdered by a sniper in Hebron in 2001],’” Ben-David recounted.

The three suspects then poured gasoline over Abu Khdeir, who according to a coroner’s report was likely still alive at the time. “I kicked the guy three times in the legs, and said while I kicked, ‘This is for Eyal, and this is for Naftali and this is for — I don’t remember the third one’s name, maybe Gil-ad.”

“I took out a lighter and set the guy on fire…and everything was alight,” he said. “The purpose wasn’t god forbid to burn [him]…we heard a noise and we were afraid he’d gotten up so we decided to kill, to get rid of him.

Ben-David said the three later spoke about the murder and regretted their actions. “We’re not like the sons of Ishmael [meaning Arabs]…We’re Jews. We have a heart.

“I told them: ‘I’ll tell you the truth, we had a purpose but this is not for us. We were wrong. We are merciful Jews. We are human beings.’”

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Nazi Deliberately Attacking Medical Workers in Gaza, Amnesty Says

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Since the military offensive in Gaza began a month ago, Israeli fire has killed at least six ambulance workers and 13 aid workers while they were attempting to rescue injured people or retrieve the dead, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

 

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In addition to those killed, 49 doctors, nurses and paramedics and 33 aid workers have been injured while carrying out their duties. Israel has directly struck major hospitals throughout the Gaza Strip, and forced five hospitals and 34 medical clinics to shut down due to either extensive damage to their facilities or increasing hostilities in the vicinity.

“We were on our way back to Nasser hospital, driving with the lights and sirens on as always. The ambulance was clearly marked as such. The doctor, nurse and I were all wearing medical uniforms. When we reached the Islamic University I heard an explosion right next to us and the front and back windows of the car fell out,” Gaza ambulance driver Mohammad Abu Jumiza, told Amnesty International about a terrifying 24 July chase between him and Israeli artillery as he was transferring injured people in Khan Younis to the hospital.

“As I was turning another missile hit next to us, and then a third one. When the fourth missile hit, I lost control and we crashed, so we ran out of the car and found shelter in a building. Then there were two more missiles fired and some people were injured.”

His case is not unique. The firing on and striking of clearly marked ambulance vehicles with flashing lights and medical workers wearing fluorescent vests while tending to the injured has been documented repeatedly throughout Israel’s offensive on Gaza.

Continue reading at the Electronic Intifada.

See also: 08/09/14 “Gazans Again Fleeing to UN Schools as Israeli Strikes Resume”

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Nazi distributed Gaza destruction photos to motivate reservists

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The IDF, which has engaged in relentless efforts to dominate social media information flows during the Gaza assault, now stands embarrassed after distributing before and after photos of the destroyed Gazan neighborhood to motivate soldiers fighting there.

Scenes of destruction from tank and missile shelling of Gaza City’s Shejaia neighborhood – home to around 100,000 Palestinians – were distributed as a “victory memento,” as one IDF soldier called it, to a unit that fought there, Haaretz reported.

Official army sources confirmed the allegation to the publication, but refused to release copies of the pictures, originally part of an operational inquiry into the fighting in Shejaia that started on the night of July 20-21. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said the matter is being investigated.

One soldier from that unit told Haaretz that he was disturbed by such a “victory album,” even though he supports the Israeli offensive on the enclave and claims he would willingly participate in similar operations. Yet he says that “distributing such pictures as a souvenir is contrary to the IDF’s ethos and does no honor to the brigade and its officers.”

The Israel Defense Forces command apparently did not know about the distribution of pictures from the internal report that looked into the Golani Brigade’s actions in the neighborhood, as well as subsequent shelling. The images were allegedly distributed among Brigade 828, which was deployed at a later stage of the continued offensive, to motivate their fighting spirit there.

A Palestinian woman reacts next to the rubble of her relatives' house, which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in the southern Gaza Strip July 21, 2014. (Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)A Palestinian woman reacts next to the rubble of her relatives’ house, which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in the southern Gaza Strip July 21, 2014. (Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

As Israel heavily shelled Gaza’s eastern suburb of Shejaia while battling alleged Hamas militants in the bloodiest fighting in the 13-day offensive, officials said that 35,000 people fled the fighting as the artillery bombardment began. Over 60 Palestinians were killed during the shelling on that day.

World leaders and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the killings on that day as an “atrocious action” of what has been referred to as a “Shejaia massacre.”

Meanwhile, UN Human Rights Council President Baudelaire Ndong Ella announced that a three-member commission panel has been formed to investigate human rights violations in the conflict-torn Gaza Strip.

The present Israeli offensive in Gaza that began July 8 in the restive enclave has killed over 1,900 Palestinians and left over 9,500 wounded – including around 2,800 children. Sixty-seven Israelis have also been killed since the start of the IDF operation. An Egypt-proposed 72-hour Gaza ceasefire is currently being observed. The agreement was reached on Sunday.

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How Far Can We (the World) Get in Taking I$araHell to ICC?

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Third day of ceasefire between Hamas, I$raHell in Gaza

The 72-hour truce between Israel and Hamas has entered its third day in the Gaza Strip as Palestinian and Israeli officials hold indirect talks in Cairo. Reports say the negotiations have been difficult and grueling. The talks are being held at the headquarters of Egypt’s General Intelligence, where Egyptian mediators shuttle between the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. According to the Israeli side, no progress has been made so far and the gaps are still very wide. The contentious subject is the issue of Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

Hamas wants the seven-year siege lifted, but Tel Aviv says it will only take the measure if Hamas disarms. And the condition has been rejected by Palestinian resistance groups. Meanwhile, Israel’s minister of military affairs has warned that Israel’s offensive against Gaza will be resumed on Wednesday night if the two sides are unable to reach an agreement.

++At this point, the hell may have begun to rain-down, some more.  Am waiting to hear.

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Boycott Zionist Good’s

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Tesco shelves banning Israeli products

By JERRY LEWIS
UK grocer ends sale of dates for financial reasons; company says origins of other products requested too but can’t give examples.

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Tesco, the UK’s largest food retailer, has strongly rejected claims that the Gaza crisis is forcing it to stop selling Israeli produce and products, saying that in the case of Israeli dates packaged under its own label it had decided to stop selling them in September “for commercial reasons.”According to the grocery chain, the dates are grown in Israel but packaged in the West Bank.“It is clearly marked as “West Bank (Israeli settlement produce)” so customers are fully aware of what they are buying,” a spokesman told The Jerusalem Post. “As part of our regular review of our range, we will not be selling this product for much longer.”The spokesman said that in line with the recent request from the British government on “origin of food” labeling, the dates have to be marked and sold as such, and as Tesco customers have been asking for such information, the company has to supply it.Nevertheless, he emphasized that the decision had nothing to do with Gaza and that any report to the contrary was “erroneous.”

“Like all major UK retailers we sell some products that are sourced from Israel,” he said.

“We do this in line with the government position on trade with Israel, and we mark all products clearly with the country of origin so customers can make informed choices about what to buy.”

The spokesman said Tesco had “no plans to change our sourcing arrangements, which are in line with other retailers and in accordance with the Government’s position.”

Explaining the background to its decision, Tesco confirmed it had received questions from customers about products from Israel or the West Bank.

“To make sure we answered their questions with the most accurate and up to date information, we contacted suppliers to double-check our own information, particularly for branded products,” the chain said.

As to whether just the suppliers of kosher products had been approached or whether the company had sought similar information from other suppliers, the spokesman told the Postthat while it had not asked all its suppliers, many had been requested to indicate the country of origin of their products.

He declined to name any examples of those approached.

2013’s figures for the Tesco chain of 2,500 stores showed a £3.3 billion profit.

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My Money’s on Putin

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28 July 2014
The Latest in the New Cold War
by MIKE WHITNEY

“History shows that the United States has benefited politically and economically from wars in Europe. The huge outflow of capital from Europe following the First and Second World Wars, transformed the U.S. into a superpower … Today, faced with economic decline, the US is trying to precipitate another European war to achieve the same objective.”… Sergey Glazyev, Russian politician and economist

“The discovery of the world’s largest, known gas reserves in the Persian Gulf, shared by Qatar and Iran, and new assessments which found 70 percent more gas in the Levantine in 2007, are key to understanding the dynamics of the conflicts we see today. After a completion of the PARS pipeline, from Iran, through Iraq and Syria to the Eastern Mediterranean coast, the European Union would receive more than an estimated 45 percent of the gas it consumes over the next 100 – 120 years from Russian and Iranian sources. Under non-conflict circumstances, this would warrant an increased integration of the European, Russian and Iranian energy sectors and national economies.” Christof Lehmann, Interview with Route Magazine

The United States failed operation in Syria, has led to an intensification of Washington’s proxy war in Ukraine. What the Obama administration hoped to achieve in Syria through its support of so called “moderate” Islamic militants was to topple the regime of Bashar al Assad, replace him with a US-backed puppet, and prevent the construction of the critical Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline. That plan hasn’t succeeded nor will it in the near future, which means that the plan for the prospective pipeline will eventually go forward.

Why is that a problem?

It’s a problem because–according to Dr. Lehmann–”Together with the Russian gas… the EU would be able to cover some 50 percent of its requirements for natural gas via Iranian and Russian sources.” As the primary suppliers of critical resources to Europe, Moscow and Tehran would grow stronger both economically and politically which would significantly undermine the influence of the US and its allies in the region, particularly Qatar and Israel. This is why opponents of the pipeline developed a plan to sabotage the project by fomenting a civil war in Syria. Here’s Lehmann again:

“In 2007, Qatar sent USD 10 billion to Turkey´s Foreign Minister Davotoglu to prepare Turkey´s and Syria´s Muslim Brotherhood for the subversion of Syria. As we recently learned from former French Foreign Minister Dumas, it was also about that time, that actors in the United Kingdom began planning the subversion of Syria with the help of “rebels”’ (Christof Lehmann, Interview with Route Magazine)

In other words, the idea to arm, train and fund an army of jihadi militants, to oust al Assad and open up Syria to western interests, had its origins in an evolving energy picture that clearly tilted in the favor of US rivals in the region. (Note: We’re not sure why Lehmann leaves out Saudi Arabia, Kuwait or the other Gulf States that have also been implicated.)

Lehmann’s thesis is supported by other analysts including the Guardian’s Nafeez Ahmed who explains what was going on behind the scenes of the fake civil uprising in Syria. Here’s a clip from an article by Ahmed titled “Syria intervention plan fueled by oil interests, not chemical weapon concern”:

“In May 2007, a presidential finding revealed that Bush had authorised CIA operations against Iran. Anti-Syria operations were also in full swing around this time as part of this covert programme, according to Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker. A range of US government and intelligence sources told him that the Bush administration had “cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations” intended to weaken the Shi’ite Hezbollah in Lebanon. “The US has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria,” wrote Hersh, “a byproduct” of which is “the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups” hostile to the United States and “sympathetic to al-Qaeda.” He noted that “the Saudi government, with Washington’s approval, would provide funds and logistical aid to weaken the government of President Bashir Assad, of Syria”…

According to former French foreign minister Roland Dumas, Britain had planned covert action in Syria as early as 2009: “I was in England two years before the violence in Syria on other business”, he told French television:

“I met with top British officials, who confessed to me that they were preparing something in Syria. This was in Britain not in America. Britain was preparing gunmen to invade Syria.”
… Leaked emails from the private intelligence firm Stratfor including notes from a meeting with Pentagon officials confirmed US-UK training of Syrian opposition forces since 2011 aimed at eliciting “collapse” of Assad’s regime “from within.”

So what was this unfolding strategy to undermine Syria and Iran all about? According to retired NATO Secretary General Wesley Clark, a memo from the Office of the US Secretary of Defense just a few weeks after 9/11 revealed plans to “attack and destroy the governments in 7 countries in five years”, starting with Iraq and moving on to “Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.” In a subsequent interview, Clark argues that this strategy is fundamentally about control of the region’s vast oil and gas resources.”
(“Syria intervention plan fueled by oil interests, not chemical weapon concern, The Guardian)

Apparently, Assad was approached by Qatar on the pipeline issue in 2009, but he refused to cooperate in order “to protect the interests of [his] Russian ally.” Had Assad fallen in line and agreed to Qatar’s offer, then the effort to remove him from office probably would have been called off. In any event, it was the developments in Syria that triggered the frenzied reaction in Ukraine. According to Lehmann:

“The war in Ukraine became predictable (unavoidable?) when the great Muslim Brotherhood Project in Syria failed during the summer of 2012. …In June and July 2012 some 20,000 NATO mercenaries who had been recruited and trained in Libya and then staged in the Jordanian border town Al-Mafraq, launched two massive campaigns aimed at seizing the Syrian city of Aleppo. Both campaigns failed and the ”Libyan Brigade” was literally wiped out by the Syrian Arab Army.

It was after this decisive defeat that Saudi Arabia began a massive campaign for the recruitment of jihadi fighters via the network of the Muslim Brotherhoods evil twin sister Al-Qaeda.

The International Crisis Group responded by publishing its report ”Tentative Jihad”. Washington had to make an attempt to distance itself ”politically” from the ”extremists”. Plan B, the chemical weapons plan was hedged but it became obvious that the war on Syria was not winnable anymore.” (“The Atlantic Axis and the Making of a War in Ukraine, New eastern Outlook)

There were other factors that pushed the US towards a conflagration with Moscow in Ukraine, but the driving force was the fact that US rivals (Russia and Iran) stood to be the dominant players in an energy war that would increasingly erode Washington’s power. Further economic integration between Europe and Russia poses a direct threat to US plans to pivot to Asia, deploy NATO to Russia’s borders, and to continue to denominate global energy supplies in US dollars.

Lehmann notes that he had a conversation with “a top-NATO admiral from a northern European country” who clarified the situation in a terse, two-sentence summary of US foreign policy. He said:

“American colleagues at the Pentagon told me, unequivocally, that the US and UK never would allow European – Soviet relations to develop to such a degree that they would challenge the US/UK’s political, economic or military primacy and hegemony on the European continent. Such a development will be prevented by all necessary means, if necessary by provoking a war in central Europe”.

This is the crux of the issue. The United States is not going to allow any state or combination of states to challenge its dominance. Washington doesn’t want rivals. It wants to be the undisputed, global superpower, which is the point that Paul Wolfowitz articulated in an early draft of the US National Defense Strategy:

“Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power.”

So the Obama administration is going to do whatever it thinks is necessary to stop further EU-Russia economic integration and to preserve the petrodollar system. That system originated in 1974 when President Richard Nixon persuaded OPEC members to denominate their oil exclusively in dollars, and to recycle their surplus oil proceeds into U.S. Treasuries. The arrangement turned out to be a huge windfall for the US, which rakes in more than $1 billion per day via the process. This, in turn, allows the US to over-consume and run hefty deficits. Other nations must stockpile dollars to purchase the energy that runs their machinery, heats their homes and fuels their vehicles. Meanwhile, the US can breezily exchange paper currency, which it can print at no-expense to itself, for valuable imported goods that cost dearly in terms of labor and materials. These dollars then go into purchasing oil or natural gas, the profits of which are then recycled back into USTs or other dollar-denominated assets such as U.S. stocks, bonds, real estate, or ETFs. This is the virtuous circle that keeps the US in the top spot.

As one critic put it: “World trade is now a game in which the US produces dollars and the rest of the world produces things that dollars can buy.”

The petrodollar system helps to maintain the dollar’s monopoly pricing which, in turn, sustains the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. It creates excessive demand for dollars which allows the Fed to expand the nation’s credit by dramatically reducing the cost of financing. If oil and natural gas were no longer denominated in USDs, the value of the dollar would fall sharply, the bond market would collapse, and the US economy would slip into a long-term slump.

This is one of the reasons why the US invaded Iraq shortly after Saddam had switched over to the euro; because it considers any challenge to the petrodollar looting scam as a direct threat to US national security.

Moscow is aware of Washington’s Achilles’s heel and is making every effort to exploit that weakness by reducing its use of the dollar in its trade agreements. So far, Moscow has persuaded China and Iran to drop the dollar in their bilateral dealings, and they have found that other trading partners are eager to do the same. Recently, Russian economic ministers conducted a “de-dollarization” meeting in which a “currency switch executive order” was issued stating that “the government has the legal power to force Russian companies to trade a percentage of certain goods in rubles.”

Last week, according to RT:

“The Russian and Chinese central banks have agreed a draft currency swap agreement, which will allow them to increase trade in domestic currencies and cut the dependence on the US dollar in bilateral payments. “The draft document between the Central Bank of Russia and the People’s Bank of China on national currency swaps has been agreed by the parties…..The agreement will stimulate further development of direct trade in yuan and rubles on the domestic foreign exchange markets of Russia and China,” the Russian regulator said.

Currently, over 75 percent of payments in Russia-China trade settlements are made in US dollars, according to Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper.” (“De-Dollarization Accelerates – China/Russia Complete Currency Swap Agreement, Zero Hedge)

The attack on the petrodollar recycling system is one of many asymmetrical strategies Moscow is presently employing to discourage US aggression, to defend its sovereignty, and to promote a multi-polar world order where the rule of law prevails. The Kremlin is also pushing for institutional changes that will help to level the playing field instead of creating an unfair advantage for the richer countries like the US. Naturally, replacing the IMF, whose exploitative loans and punitive policies, topped the list for most of the emerging market nations, particularly the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) who, in July, agreed to create a $100 billion Development Bank that will “will counter the influence of Western-based lending institutions and the dollar. The new bank will provide money for infrastructure and development projects in BRICS countries, and unlike the IMF or World Bank, each nation has equal say, regardless of GDP size.

According to RT:

“The big launch of the BRICS bank is seen as a first step to break the dominance of the US dollar in global trade, as well as dollar-backed institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, both US-based institutions BRICS countries have little influence within…

“This mechanism creates the foundation for an effective protection of our national economies from a crisis in financial markets,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said.”
(BRICS establish $100bn bank and currency pool to cut out Western dominance, RT)

It’s clear that Washington’s aggression in Ukraine has focused Moscow’s attention on retaliation. But rather than confront the US militarily, as Obama and Co. would prefer, Putin is taking aim at the vulnerabilities within the system. A BRICS Development Bank challenges the IMF’s dominant role as lender of last resort, a role that has enhanced the power of the wealthy countries and their industries. The new bank creates the basis for real institutional change, albeit, still within the pervasive capitalist framework.

Russian politician and economist, Sergei Glazyev, summarized Moscow’s approach to the US-Russia conflagration in an essay titled “US is militarizing Ukraine to invade Russia.” Here’s an excerpt:

“To stop the war, you need to terminate its driving forces. At this stage, the war unfolds mainly in the planes of economic, public relations and politics. All the power of US economic superiority is based on the financial pyramid of debt, and this has gone long beyond sustainability. Its major lenders are collapsing enough to deprive the US market of accumulated US dollars and Treasury bonds. Of course, the collapse of the US financial system will cause serious losses to all holders of US currency and securities. But first, these losses for Russia, Europe and China will be less than the losses caused by American geopolitics unleashing another world war. Secondly, the sooner the exit from the financial obligations of this American pyramid, the less will be the losses. Third, the collapse of the dollar Ponzi scheme gives an opportunity, finally, to reform the global financial system on the basis of equity and mutual benefit.”

Washington thinks “modern warfare” involves covert support for proxy armies comprised of Neo Nazis and Islamic extremists. Moscow thinks modern warfare means undermining the enemy’s ability to wage war through sustained attacks on it’s currency, its institutions, its bond market, and its ability to convince its allies that it is a responsible steward of the global economic system.

I’ll put my money on Russia.

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Even Wieseltier is upset by ‘indifference in Jewish world’ to Gaza slaughter and wholehearted I$raHell support for it

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9 August 2014

Leon Wieseltier

Here are more signs that the Gaza onslaught has reshaped the American discussion of Israel and Palestine, in three arguments from intellectuals.

1, Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch said on  Democracy Now yesterday that Palestinians should end the “charade” and go to the International Criminal Court to have Israel hauled up on war crimes. Roth has been more careful in his indictments in the past. He is obviously angry about the Israeli slaughter, and about Israeli immunity.

“They seem not to learn… they are completely on notice. We’ve accused them of this in the past. They just keep repeating it.”

Roth sees a design, of targeting civilians: “to try to make the people of Gaza pay a price because Hamas is ruling over them.”

Full excerpt below.

2, Leon Wieseltier, a longtime supporter of anything Israel wants to do, confesses in The New Republic that he finds Israel’s failure to sort out militants from civilians “sickening,” and more importantly, that he needs to distance himself from the Israel lobby and Israeli society. The overwhelming Israeli support for the the slaughter makes him “queasy.” And as for the lobby, “I have been surprised by the magnitude of the indifference in the Jewish world to the human costs of Israel’s defense.” In refusing to defer to Israelis in his judgment of the massacre, Wieseltier parts company with Michael Walzer, who said on an Americans for Peace Now call that it was too easy to sit in Princeton and judge people in Israel, or Bill Kristol, who has said that it is “cavalier” to sit on the Upper West Side and second-guess Israelis. These men defer to Israeli judgment (presumably in part out of a religious understanding that Israeli Jews are aliyah, higher, while we in the Diaspora are yoredim, or lower); Wieseltier has no such astral body.

Full excerpt below.

3. Finally I’ve thrown in great analysis of the Israeli tactics by David Bromwich at Huffpo. Bromwich hasn’t shifted any from his recent book, but the Vietnam “Free Fire Zone” analogy he makes is one I’ve heard from other Americans and needs to be highlighted.

 

1. Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, interviewed by Nermeen Shaikh at Democracy Now! Roth doesn’t parse anything; he says Israel committed war crimes:

And no matter how many times the Israeli military spokesmen scream, “Human shields! Human shields!” most of the people being killed in Gaza are being killed because Israel is paying insufficient care to saving civilian lives. There’s been case after case in which Israel has used the wrong weaponry or has shot at people with many civilians around. And these, in our view, are war crimes.

He calls on Palestine to go to the ICC as “the only realistic proposal” to deal with these war crimes:

Now, Palestine, having now been recognized by the U.N. General Assembly as a state, actually is entitled to ratify the International Criminal Court treaty, or even short of that, to simply invite the International Criminal Court to come in and conduct an investigation. I don’t quite understand what the Palestinian representative was doing in The Hague, because this is not just a matter of going and discussing whether maybe the International Criminal Court might get involved. You know, they should stop the charade and just invite the International Criminal Court in. It’s a simple thing to do.

Now, of course, the reason they’re not doing it is probably twofold. I mean, one is that the U.S. government and certain Western governments are shamefully putting pressure on the Palestinian Authority not to do that, threatening to withhold aid and all kinds of severe consequences. And this is their effort to protect Israel from a proper war crimes investigation. The other factor which may be playing a part is, of course, Hamas’s vulnerability to prosecution, as well. And we don’t know to what extent Hamas is telling the Palestinian Authority, you know, “Don’t you dare really bring in the International Criminal Court, because we’re at jeopardy, as well.”

But, you know, the bottom line is that this charade is not real, and we hope that the Palestinian Authority will get off the fence and go forward and actually invite in the International Criminal Court as the only realistic prospect for bringing justice to the many, many victims of these war crimes….

Here he expresses his anger at Israel’s contempt for the distinction between militants and civilians:

you know, for example, when they hit the beach cafe killing nine people watching the World Cup, we don’t even know if there was a militant there, but that was a wholly inappropriate time to shoot. Or when they claimed to have been going after a militant, hit his family home and killed 25 civilians who were breaking the Ramadan fast. These are clearly disproportionate harm to civilians, a war crime regardless of whether there might have been a militant in the vicinity or not..

They seem not to learn. I mean, we’ve gone through this in the prior Gaza efforts. We went through it with the Hezbollah war. I actually, you know, after the Hezbollah war, went and briefed the senior Israeli lawyer for the military, describing many of these same problems, the fact that you can’t just issue a warning and assume that everybody left, in that case, is Hezbollah. So, you know, they are completely on notice. We’ve accused them of this in the past. They just keep repeating it. And it seems to be almost by design to try to make the people of Gaza pay a price because Hamas is ruling over them. But, of course, you know, that’s the same logic that they criticize Hamas for, where Hamas will say, “Oh, well, you know, Israel elected Netanyahu, therefore any Israeli civilian is fair game,” or, “All Israeli males might go into the military, so therefore we can fire indiscriminate rockets.” I mean, that’s a war crime logic, and Israel is oftentimes acting according to the same logic in Gaza.

2. Here is Leon Wieseltier in the New Republic. I’m leaving out his condemnations of Hamas and the validation of Israel’s war on Gaza. Though you will see that he is excited that Israelis are shooting guns. I am focusing on his fine response to the enormity, his moral rage at the idea of “mowing the lawn.”

I do not know how to do the arithmetic of conscience. Officials in Gaza say that 1,834 Palestinians have been killed. An IDF spokesman says that “approximately 900 militants in combat” have been killed. That leaves about 900 dead civilians. Is that doctrinally acceptable? Is it “mowing the lawn”? What is the concept which can confidently prescribe that when three Hamas operatives are on a motorcycle at a school where people are waiting in line for food supplies, the trigger should be pulled? If the villains can be identified, so can the people. There are no concepts that can catch up with the murder of children. After all, even Satan has not yet devised the proper vengeance for the death of a child. I have been surprised by the magnitude of the indifference in the Jewish world to the human costs of Israel’s defense against the missiles and the tunnels. Some of the e-mails I have received have been lunatic in their lack of compassion. According to a poll by the Israel Democracy Institute, 95 percent of Jewish Israelis believe the war in Gaza is just. It is easy to see why: Self-defense is also a moral duty. But only 4 percent believe that the Israeli military has used excessive force. This makes me queasy. Unanimity, or close to it, is no guarantee of truth. No excessive force, anywhere?

There are two ways to interpret my disquiet. The first, a canard of the right, is to view it as a breach of solidarity, as a wobble in hard times. The second, a canard of the left, is to view it as moral complacence, as a cunning form of complicity with what it deplores. Needless to say, I do not regard myself as a turncoat or a pawn. It is not sickening that Israel is defending itself—it is, by the standard of Jewish historical experience, exhilarating; but some of what Israel is doing to defend itself is sickening.

3. Finally here is David Bromwich in Huffington Post, “Actions and Intentions in Gaza,” saying what Ken Roth is saying, that Israel’s contempt for the distinction between militants and civilians demonstrates that it has an implicit policy of harming civilians. The Vietnam analogy is extremely helpful.

You do not kill unarmed people in such numbers, and you do not kill women and children on such a scale, when the constantly considered aim of your forces is not to inflict unnecessary injury on civilians. Conversely, when you take the most scrupulous measures to avoid the killing of innocents, it does not turn out that the vast majority of the people you have killed are innocents.

Because the pattern admits of no misunderstanding, we should withdraw credence from Netanyahu’s profession of his secondary aim: the great care taken against harm to civilians. The facts suggest, rather, a tacit condoning of retaliation against any Palestinian who comes into view. The Netanyahu government has permitted such killing to recur, and at the same time has denied that it is happening. “I’m 60,” says the Gazan human rights lawyer Raji Sourani:

“I lived all my entire life in this part of the world, and I’m working in this field for the last 40 years. I attended the last wars, in 2008, 2009 and 2012. I can assure you one thing: Yes, war crimes happened, and entire families have been erased — Samouni, Daya, and others. Houses were destroyed. Civilian targets were targeted. And we documented that. But the scale never, ever was on this level … We never, ever have had entire areas, like Shejaiya, like Khuzaa, like Zanaa, like Beit Hanoun, like Beit Lahia, razed. Doesn’t exist anymore. Hundreds of bombs, weighing one ton, dropped on the heads of the people while they are there.”

Other witnesses have said the same. There are whole streets and sections of towns in Gaza that look as if they had become free-fire zones for Israeli soldiers.

“Free-fire zone” was an unwritten concept of American combat in Vietnam. (One of the returning soldiers to expose the fact and explain its meaning was John Kerry.) Americans who have read that history know that the killing of women and children on such a scale does not happen by accident. It happens when soldiers who are angry at the loss of comrades have been shown, by unwritten orders or by a leeway that amounts to permission, that they are free to decide “in the heat” whom they want to kill, and that those whom they target need not be armed or anywhere close to anyone armed. Naval shelling that kills four children playing on a beach can be classified as one of the mysteries of war. The response of the IDF to similar incidents in 2008-2009, “We will investigate,” is seldom heard these days. The response is now, “We have no record of that.”

 

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