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Out of the carnage of Gaza a new spirit: we are all Palestinians

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A rally for peace in Gaza, in Santiago, Chile.

The world has witnessed the daily brutality of Israel’s collective punishment and our cause is now stronger.
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A rally for peace in Gaza, in Santiago, Chile. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

On this bloody international battlefield over truth, where thousands of Palestinians now die, Israel has lost. It is in possession of the most powerful and entrenched lobby in America that terrorises its now abject political class – most recently frightening the senate into unanimously voting in favour of its current aggression. In Britain, the BBC and a prime minister that have shamed and revolted the citizens they serve. It has tireless advocates and apologists manning editorial desks and television producers’ offices. It is ranked among the world’s top military powers.

Yet with all of this, it has lost, and the Palestinian cause has been made that much stronger. This is because the entire world has been able to grasp, very precisely and intimately, exactly what Palestinians have been facing day in day out for decades. The temporary safety of an Unrwa girls’ school in an overcrowded refugee camp, with its pile of children’s clothes and mattresses blood-soaked from long-range missiles; dusty roads filled with the debris of collapsed residential buildings, under which entire families groan and fall silent.

We learn what will happen immediately after Israeli soldiers die, or a ceasefire is about to come into force; the harbinger of new massacres. People shelled as they flee, exhausted ambulance workers murdered as they come to assist those wounded and dying; boys killed watching the World Cup in a beachside cafe, or simply fooling with a ball in the dunes by a hotel; overflowing makeshift mortuaries, where parents hold their children’s hands and kiss their foreheads one last time. In Gaza, as in Jenin, Karameh or Beirut, wherever the Palestinian people have been on their feet from 1947 to 2014, you will find this same story.

Today with images, eyewitness reports and videos sent direct from the killing fields of Gaza, anyone in the world with a phone, a laptop or even just a neighbourhood cafe with a television can experience the hourly atrocities that a high-tech occupying army is capable of imposing. They can experience the effects that the latest warships, tanks, drones, fighter aircraft, heavy artillery, endless American money, and British and US armaments can have on a hostage people.

Following the second world war, in revulsion at the suppression of civilian populations by occupying armies, the international law of armed conflict (the fourth Geneva convention) banned outright many of the practices being meted out with impunity in Gaza – shelling residential neighbourhoods or refugee camps and villages; the mass destruction of civic infrastructure, industry, essential utilities, schools, mosques, churches, hospitals, ambulances, cemeteries, entire neighbourhoods. In Gaza, such things are now laid to waste. People watching are brought to the history they learned at school, when heroes fought against military occupation, when they were educated to celebrate the valour of resistance to military rule. So they understand collective punishment as the war crime that it is, and its sinister purpose.

The shocking ability for anyone and everyone to witness much of the merciless carnage as it happens has also made crystal clear its logic. No matter what Israel or its defenders say, this is not about self defence, or tunnels, or rockets, or Hamas. It is, rather, a brutal colonial war waged on an imprisoned, blockaded, and besieged people who do not care to live on their knees.

These war crimes are what we Palestinians face whether we surrender or whether we stand. As one of the most ardent philosophers of freedom Jean-Jacques Rousseau pointed out, when explaining the uselessness of one people trying to subjugate another and expecting submission: “There is peace in the dungeons, but is that enough to make them desirable?” For the Palestinians, it is our story that can now be clearly seen: a decades-old struggle for freedom, and of united resistance to our collective destruction. And in this long and hard battle, a terrible beauty is born. It is a story replete with bravery, with sacrifice, with a grand collective spirit, of hearts full of grief and of love.

Collective spirit is tangible everywhere you find Palestinians. The very unity Israel set out to destroy by launching this war has manifested itself on a popular level both inside Gaza and outside of it to an unprecedented degree.

The head of the Catholic churches in Gaza, on seeing the demolished mosques over that terrible weekend of Eid, calling the people to bring their minarets and set them on the roof of the churches to pray with them together, as one people; young protesters at the biggest demonstration of the occupied West Bank in decades, shot in the head at Qalandiyawith live bullets by snipers with silencers, with others rushing to take their place; in Hebron, old men walking out alone in front of the young protesters who were being fired on at point blank range; families hurrying to give blood, to volunteer; the united Palestinian delegation made up of all the political factions at Cairo, demanding with one voice the lifting of the siege to free our people; and above all those who are defending our streets and neighbourhoods, heads held high.

These gestures, which illustrate a people standing , have brought people across the world shoulder to shoulder with Palestinians in anger at what they see, but also in love for that universal freedom so precious to all people, and to honour the universality of human dignity in the face of such ugliness.

Nelson Mandela, who left prison without renouncing the armed struggle, declared that South Africa would not be free until Palestine is free. He understood that a struggle for justice always unites ordinary people and always isolates oppression and injustice.

Each minute, more people raise their voice for embargoes, sanctions, and boycotts; more send support to Palestinians; more Latin American countries send Israel’s ambassadors home; more ministers resign on principle; more people speak up freely for, and with, the Palestinians in their epic battle for freedom. Israel has lost. The demonstrators’ chant that went out from Saturday’s march of more than 150,000 in London, from protests in cities across the world from South Africa to Santiago, shows that while the Palestinians resist they will never be alone, and that Palestine and its people will one day be free. Their chant has echoed straight to Gaza: “In our thousands, in our millions, we are all Palestinians.”

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Nazi systematically killing Palestinian kids

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Palestinian human rights groups say Israeli forces are systematically killing Palestinian children and youths in the occupied West Bank.

The rights groups say there is a growing trend among Israeli soldiers to target Palestinian children and youths.

They have also documented several instances of Palestinian youths shot dead by Israeli troops in recent days across the region.

Over 1,940 Palestinians, including 470 children, have lost their lives since the Israeli military unleashed fatal assaults on the densely-inhabited strip on July 8.

Figures show more than 22 Palestinian children and youths have been killed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank over the past month. Most of them were shot dead during continuous protest rallies against the Israeli onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israeli soldiers have frequently used live ammunition and plastic bullets to disperse thousands of angry anti-war Palestinian protesters in the occupied region.

Political experts believe Israel’s ongoing savagery and relentless attacks on youths is aimed at ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. They say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to empty the entire Palestine of its native inhabitants.

This comes as Israeli authorities are also systematically acting to change East al-Quds’ identity.

Meanwhile, a report published by the al-Aqsa Foundation in October 2013, said the Israeli regime is planning to build a synagogue in al-Aqsa Mosque compound as part of its efforts to further Judaize the occupied Palestinian territories.

Over the past decades, Israel has tried to change the demographic makeup of al-Quds by constructing illegal settlements, destroying historical sites, and expelling local Palestinian population.

Over half a million Israelis live in over 120 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds. The international community considers the settlements as illegal.

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Gaza Holocaust ” 10 ”: Ruins in Beit Hanoun, August 2014

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Photos of the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. Taken by Muhammad Sabah, B’Tselem field researcher in Gaza, on 5 August 2014, in the course of the ceasefire. Whole sections of Beit Hanoun have been demolished, making it one of the hardest hit communities in the recent offensive, along with Gaza City, Beit Lahiya, Khuza’ah and Rafah.

In the course of the fighting B’Tselem collected several testimonies from Beit Hanoun residents. All but one of the testimonies were taken by phone by B’Tselem field researchers in the West Bank:

Ambulance driver Rami ‘Ali recounts attacks that killed paramedic ‘Aaed al-Bura’i and injured team sent to rescue him, both despite coordination with Red Crescent Read testimony

Suhair Shabat describes mortal fear of bombing, leading her to take her children and flee Beit Hanoun Read testimony

Shadi Taleb tells of seeing Abu Jarad family home shelled, leaving 8 dead; recounts constantly fleeing with his family for fear of bombings Read testimony

Muhammad Hamad, 75, resident of Beit Hanun, relates how bombing killed his family members in their yard Read testimony

 

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Gaza Holocaust ”9”: Paramedic and photojournalist killed during an attempt to evacuate wounded people from a-Shuja’iyeh

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Palestinian woman walks past the wreckage of an ambulance in Beit Hanoun town. Suhaib Salem, Reuters, 1 August, 2014

Palestinian woman walks past the wreckage of an ambulance in Beit Hanoun town. Suhaib Salem, Reuters, 1 August, 2014

I work as a paramedic. On Saturday, 19 July 2014, at around 11:00 P.M., I was at work, at the call center that sends ambulances to people calling for help. We started getting calls from three areas in a-Shujai’yeh neighborhood in Gaza City: a-Nazaz Street, a-Sha’ath Street, and al-Beltaji Street. The callers sounded extremely distraught. They were shouting for help and asking that we come quickly to take wounded people to hospital. They said they were under massive artillery shelling and a lot of people had been hurt.

We realized that the shelling was still underway and we couldn’t reach the area. We called the Red Crescent and the Red Cross, but they said it was very dangerous, that we mustn’t go there, and that they were also waiting for the shelling to stop in order to go there. In a short space of time, we got more than 200 calls from the neighborhood of a-Shujai’yeh. I can say with almost absolute certainty that we received a call from every single house in the areas I mentioned. During the calls, we could hear young children screaming in the background and women crying. People had been injured and killed in every home we got a call from.

At around 5:00 A.M., we held an emergency meeting with the director of the First Aid and Trauma Unit, Diaa Abu Hassan. We decided to go out there, no matter what.

We left in three ambulances and two vehicles with civil defense teams. We were joined by Khaled Hamad, a photojournalist. The first house we got to was the a-Sarsak family home on a-Nazaz Street. We had gotten a report that a person had been killed and a child injured in the house. We got out of the vehicles about 200-300 meters away from the house. We couldn’t drive any closer because the street was covered with rubble from the shelled buildings.

We only took several steps when, suddenly, a missile was fired at us. It landed very close to me. It hit the photojournalist Khaled Hamad directly, killing killed him.

A 25-year-old paramedic named Fuad Jaber was hit in the back by shrapnel. We ran towards the a-Sarsaks’ home to take cover but then another missile landed, close to the house. I started treating a little boy, about four years old, who had been hit in the leg by shrapnel. Then I treated another paramedic, Fares ‘Afaneh, who was hit by stones that flew up because of the blast. We carried them both towards the vehicles. When we got to the vehicles, we saw they’d been damaged by the bombing, too. Two ambulances and one civil defense vehicle were useless. We were left with one ambulance and one civil defense vehicle. We got in with the injured child and Fares, the injured paramedic. We headed to the hospital in those two cars, leaving behind Khaled Hamad, the photojournalist who was killed, and Fuad Jaber, the other injured paramedic. We reached the hospital and left the injured people there for further treatment.

Despite the huge risk, we decided to go back to get Fuad. We hoped to find him alive. I’m sorry to say, but when we got there, he was dead. His wound was small, but he simply bled to death. He could have been with us now, if only we’d taken him in the ambulance with us. If they’d have let us take the injured people to hospital instead of bombing us.

We carried away the bodies of Khaled and Fuad. We couldn’t take any others. Only then did we understand the horror of what had happened there. Along the short distance I crossed, about 300 meters, I saw a woman and six or seven children lying dead. A few meters from there, I saw two dead men. Across the road, I saw a man, woman and two small children lying dead. They may have been from a single family.

Not a single house was left unharmed on that street. Every house was bombed. It was such a terrible sight. Your eyes see it, but your mind doesn’t comprehend.

So many people called us for help that day that I can’t even remember most of their names. It’s all registered in our records. I do remember one call, made from the house of Abu Muhammad Harazin. It was his son, calling to tell us his father had been injured. At the time, the massive bombing was still going on and we couldn’t reach him, to give emergency care and take him to hospital. Half an hour later, the son called us again. He said we shouldn’t risk trying to reach them, because his father had passed away.

Ahmad Sabah, 28, married, lives in Tal a-Za’tar neighborhood, Gaza City. He works as a paramedic with the Red Crescent. He gave his testimony by phone on 22 July 2014 to Salma a-Deb’i, B’Tselem’s field researcher in Nablus.

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Gaza Holocaust ”8”: Ambulance driver Rami ‘Ali recounts attacks that killed paramedic ‘Aaed al-Bura’i and injured team sent to rescue him, both despite coordination with Red Crescent

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Beit Hanoun resident leave town during brief humanitarian ceasefire. Photo: Muhammad Sabah, B’Tselem, 26 July 2014

Beit Hanoun resident leave town during brief humanitarian ceasefire. Photo: Muhammad Sabah, B’Tselem, 26 July 2014

On Friday afternoon, 25 July 2014, I was working at the medical emergency call center in Beit Hanoun. At around 4:30 P.M., we received a call reporting injured people in al-Masriyin Street in Beit Hanoun. We asked the International Red Cross to coordinate our going there. About 15 minutes after we received the call, we got authorization and an ambulance headed over there with paramedics ‘Aaed al-Bura’i, 25, Hatem Shahin, 38, and driver Jawad Bdeir, 52. The team didn’t make it to the wounded people. Soon after they reached the street, they reported back that a tank had fired at them and they were injured. They asked for another team to come and rescue them.

The call center coordinated the arrival of another team with the International Red Cross and got authorization to go rescue the injured team. I drove the second ambulance, and there were two medics with me – Muhammad Harb, 31, and Yusri al-Masri, 54. The street is only about 200-300 meters from the call center, so we were there within minutes. When we reached the entrance to the street, we were surprised to see three tanks and a military bulldozer in the street, about 100 meters away.

Suddenly, with no warning, they opened heavy machine-gun fire at us. The bullets penetrated the ambulance. I tried to turn the ambulance around to get out of there, but the steering wheel must have been hit. Suddenly, I felt sharp pain in my leg and realized I’d been hit by a bullet or shrapnel. Then the windshield shattered. Because I couldn’t turn the ambulance around, I decided to try reversing. They kept firing as I backed up, until we got far enough away. When they stopped, I managed to turn us around and head back to the center.

On the way there we met Hatem Shahin, one of the paramedics from the first ambulance. He’d been hit by shrapnel in his shoulder and leg. He told us that a shell fired from a tank had hit the front part of the ambulance. He said he’d managed to get away but the other paramedic, ‘Aaed, had been hit. He told us that after he ran away from there, he saw the tank fire another shell at the ambulance, completely destroying it. He thought ‘Aaed must have been killed, but we didn’t know for sure.

The next day, on Saturday, a ceasefire was declared from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. An ambulance team went to the spot and found ‘Aaed’s body in the burnt ambulance. My injury was minor. I was treated at hospital and released the same day. Jawad Bdeir, who drove the first ambulance, was injured in his face and leg. Hatem Shahin, the paramedic, was injured in his shoulder and leg. They were both treated at the hospital in Beit Hanoun. The other two members of the emergency medical team who were with me in the ambulance were not hurt. We found eight bullet entry holes on the ambulance I drove. The windshield was shattered and the radiator was damaged.

Rami ‘Abd al-Haj ‘Ali, 32, is married and has two children. He works as an ambulance driver for the Red Crescent and lives in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip. He gave his account by phone to Iyad Hadad, B’Tselem field researcher in Ramallah, on 27 July 2014.

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Gaza Holocaust ”7”: Families bombed at home, Gaza, July-August 2014 (initial figures)

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During the fighting in Gaza, dozens of residences were bombed while residents were at home. The following infographic lists members of families killed in their homes in 59 incidents of bombing or shelling. In these incidents, 458 people were killed, including 108 women under the age of 60, 214 minors, and 18 people over the age of 60. Mouse over the houses for more details.

The figures are based on B’Tselem’s initial investigation. We will continue to investigate the incidents and update the figures accordingly.

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Gaza Holocaust ”6”: Death Foretold: The inevitable outcome of bombing homes and inhabited areas in Gaza

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A house bombed in Gaza. Ronen Zvulun, Reuters, 26 July 2014

A house bombed in Gaza. Ronen Zvulun, Reuters, 26 July 2014

From 8 July 2014, when the recent bout of fighting in Gaza began, through 10 August 2014, at least 1,767 residents of the Gaza Strips were killed. This according to initial figures B’Tselem collected in the course of the fighting. This number includes 431 individuals under the age of 18 (including one of whom it is known that he took part in the hostilities); 200 women under the age of 60; and 85men and women over 60.

To the best of B’Tselem’s knowledge, at least 70 residential buildings were bombed or shelled, with three or more relatives from a single family killed in each case. A total of 542 persons, mostly minors and women, were killed in these 70 homes: 242 minors; 126 women under the age of 60; and 25 men and women over 60.

Airstrikes on homes formed a major part of the policy implemented by the Israeli military from the start of this bout of fighting in Gaza. The scope of these airstrikes as well as the length of time that they persisted indicate that they were likely authorized by senior military and political officials, and were also granted advance sanction by the Military Advocate General Corps and the Ministry of Justice.

As part of that policy, homes were bombed every day, more and more civilians were killed and entire families were obliterated. Even compared to previous bouts of fighting in Gaza, the number and frequency of incidents this time around was unusually high, with many people killed each time, mostly civilians who did not take part in the hostilities. For instance, on 20 July 2014 an airstrike on a building in Bani Suheila – a neighborhood northeast of Khan Yunis – killed 26 people from the Abu Jame’ family, including 19 minors and five women; the bombing of a residential buildings on 26 July 2014 killed 20 members of the a-Najar family, including 12 minors, six women, and a 60-year-old man; an airstrike on an apartment building in Khan Yunis on 29 July 2014 killed 35 people from four families – including 18 minors and eight women.

Nevertheless, to date – either during the fighting or subsequently – no official Israeli authority has troubled to offer an explanation for so many civilian fatalities, except with regard to a few cases in which an explanation was demanded by international bodies. It may be that the government and military consider these results reasonable and proportionate, or perhaps they see no need to explain to the public how and why so many people were killed in Gaza. Be that as it may, their silence implies that such extensive harm to civilians is seen as legitimate.

The grave consequences lend a hollow ring to Israel’s repeated claims that it has no intention of harming civilians. The massive bombardments of civilian locations were the rule rather than the exception in the last operation, routinely killing dozens of people a day. Whoever authorized the strikes must have known that they would result in many civilian fatalities, yet the bombardments continued day after day and even intensified. Authorizing attacks from the air, sea and artillery fire at heavily populated civilian areas and specific homes, constitutes willfully ignoring the inevitable killing of civilians – men, women and children – who did not take part on in the hostilities.

But Hamas is to blame – right?

Israeli officials – military and otherwise – repeatedly state that the military is doing all it possibly can to minimize harm to civilians. However, they argue, Hamas is endangering the lives of the civilian population, and is therefore solely responsible for the consequences of Israel’s actions: people killed, injured or displaced, and homes and infrastructure ruined.

In this vein, in response to a joint letter by several human rights organizations, including B’Tselem, the Israeli Attorney General wrote on 5 August 2004 to Att. Tamar Feldman of Israeli NGO ACRI (Association for Civil Rights in Israel) that Israel is committed to upholding the law, but “terrorist organizations make cynical, criminal use of the civilian population as human shields in the face of IDF activity. In this reality, unfortunately, even legal, proportionate attacks carried out in keeping with international law may cause unintentional and unwanted harm to civilians and civilian property”. Similarly, Israeli Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said in a press conference on 6 August 2014 that “the result in Gaza has been devastation, and the tragic blame lies with Hamas leaders, who operated from within concentrations of population”.

Hamas did, indeed, violate international humanitarian law (IHL) during the fighting: its operatives fired at civilians and civilian locations within Israel, concealed weapons in civilian buildings and institutions in the Gaza Strip, and even fired from locations close to civilian structures or from within such structures. In doing so, Hamas endangered civilians within Gaza, forcing the civilian population to be a part of the sphere of fighting. Such conduct is unlawful, as B’Tselem has repeatedly stated and wishes to underscore once more.

However, Israel is wrong in shirking responsibility for the consequences of its actions and in laying them at Hamas’ door. Israel and Hamas are each responsible for their own actions. The Israeli premise is faulty, on legal, factual and moral grounds:

From a legal standpoint, IHL – which stipulates rules of war for exactly such circumstances – actions during hostilities are not dependent on “reciprocity”: one party’s breach of the law does not give the other party carte blanche to do so. Israel is well aware of this issue. Therefore, along with depositing responsibility at Hamas’ doorstep, Israeli states it carefully abides by IHL. Those statements, however, issued by government and military officials, do not hold water:

  • Israel states that all the attacks on Gaza were only aimed at military targets – yet it defines “military target” so broadly that the term loses all meaning. In the last operation, the term came to encompass civilian buildings, such as the family homes of Hamas military operatives. This violates the fundamental IHL principle of distinction.
  • Israel states that all its strikes in Gaza were proportionate, and that the fact that civilians were killed does not in itself contradict that. Yet after dozens of strikes, each killing many uninvolved civilians, while Israel did not prove or even claim military gains significant enough to render such damage proportionate, this argument is no longer tenable. This conduct violates another central tenet of IHL – the principle of proportionality.
  • Israel states that the military warned residents in Gaza prior to attacks – but issuing warnings is not enough in itself. True, hundreds of thousands of Gazans – including children, the elderly and sick individuals – were given warning that they should leave their homes. Yet, if there is nowhere to go, when there in not always enough time to complete the evacuation, and when traveling is unsafe – as many Gazans reported in recent weeks – it is unreasonable to expect the entire civilian population to evacuate. Indeed, many civilians did not leave their homes, either for fear or because they could not. Under such circumstances, Israel should not have assumed that all civilians have indeed left their homes and fully heeded its warnings.

IHL places important restrictions on combatants, in order to minimize harm to civilians. While Israel argues that it operates within these parameters, in actuality it shifts them to its convenience, ignoring accepted interpretations of the law. The practical implication is sending the military to act in accordance with an unlawful policy, inevitably resulting in extensive damage to civilians in Gaza.

As for the facts: Israel did not bomb only those places that it claims Hamas used for military activity but also civilian locations, including dozens of homes with families in them, killing many civilians. As yet, the military has not provided proof that it attacked only targets used by Hamas’ military branch. Unlike previous incidents, almost no attempt has been made to explain the high civilian death toll. Instead, officials made only general claims about Hamas’ conduct and published footage of several instances in which Hamas concealed rockets at civilian sites, instances in themselves of unacceptable and unlawful conduct.

Morally: because civilians have paid a terrible price for this policy. Initial data gathered during the operation indicate that in four weeks of bombardment and shelling, more than 600 minors, women, and men over 60 were killed. It is certain that none of these persons took part in the hostilities nor did they threaten Israeli civilians or targets. Almost half a million people (more than a quarter of Gaza’s populace) were displaced on short notice, leaving behind all most of their belongings. It is unclear how many of them will have homes to return to. This is the direct result of the policy led by senior Israeli officials, who considered it a legitimate response to rocket fire into Israel and the threat of infiltration into Israel via tunnels. These officials must have had the capacity to predict such grave consequences, and the moral responsibility for choosing this course of action lies with them.

Hamas does fire at civilians, does operate within its own civilian populace, and does conceal weapons in civilian locations. These actions are breaches of the law and Hamas must be held accountable for such violations. However, Hamas’ responsibility does not absolve Israel of responsibility for its own actions. Hamas is not – and cannot be – responsible for the extreme damage that Israel caused civilians in Gaza. Holding Hamas responsible for Israel’s actions is tantamount to freeing Israel of any restrictions in its response, no matter how horrendous, to violations of the law by Hamas. This position is unjustifiable, either morally or legally: the responsibility for the harsh consequences of Israel’s policy in the last month lies with Israel’s government and top military commanders who authorized it, despite the foreseeable horrific results.

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Gaza Holocaust ”5”: Initial figures: At least 1,767 Palestinians killed by day’s end on 10 Aug. 2014; two Zionist civilians, one foreign national and 64 Nazi soldiers killed during same period

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Member of emergency services crew in Gaza; background: house bombed on 10 July 2014. Photo: Ahmad Zakut, Reuters

Member of emergency services crew in Gaza; background: house bombed on 10 July 2014. Photo: Ahmad Zakut, Reuters

According to B’Tselem’s initial figures, at least 1,767 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip and I$raHell from the time the fighting began through 10 Aug. 2014. The fatalities include:

431 minors (one minor participated in the hostilities);

200 women (under age 60);

85 persons aged 60 and over.

During the same period two Zionist civilians, one foreign national and 64 Nazi soldiers have been killed in I$raHell and the Gaza Strip.

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US-Nazi-ISIL plot in Syria has failed

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Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem

Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah says the plot hatched by the US, Nazi and the ISIL Takfiri militants in Syria has failed.

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem said in a Monday interview with Lebanon’s Al-Manar television that the ISIL Takfiri terrorists infiltrated into Syria with the help of the US and some countries in the region.

He stressed that the US-Nazi-ISIL plan in Syria has come to naught.

Referring to the ties between Hezbollah and the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, Qassem said that the ‘needle of the Hezbollah compass has always pointed and will always point to I$raHell.’

Over the past months, the Syrian army, backed by Hezbollah resistance fighters, has managed to make major gains in its fight against foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists that have been operating to inside Syria roughly since March 2011.

In May, Qassem described Nazi gegime as the Lebanese movement’s “main enemy” and said armed resistance was proven to be the right way to confront the Tel Aviv regime.

Sheikh Qassem further pointed to Hezbollah’s fight against the extremist militants in Syria, noting, “Our confrontation with Takfiri groups derives from the direct danger they (the militants) represent, and it does not affect our readiness to confront I$raHell.”

In March, Hezbollah’s Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said Takfiri militants would have eliminated all the people of Lebanon if the fighters of the resistance movement had not gone to war in Syria.

He also said on July 21 that Hezbollah would stand by the Palestinians against the Nazi attacks on the Gaza Strip, which started on July 8.

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Does Russia (And Humanity) Have A Future?

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, left, and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Philip Breedlove chat at the start of two days of talks at NATO headquarters in Brussels, where defense chiefs are meeting on a range of security challenges facing the 28-natiol alliance. Courtesy of NATO
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, left, and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Philip Breedlove chat at the start of two days of talks at NATO headquarters in Brussels, where defense chiefs are meeting on a range of security challenges facing the 28-natiol alliance.
May 24, 2014. Courtesy of NATO

The Russian government and Europe need to look beyond Washington’s propaganda, because the reality is much worse.

NATO commander General Breedlove and Senate bill 2277 clearly indicate that Washington is organizing itself and Europe for war against Russia (see my previously posted column).

by Paul Craig Roberts

The Russian government has finally realized that it has no Western “partners,” and is complaining bitterly about the propagandistic lies and disinformation issued without any evidence whatsoever against the Russian government by Washington, its European vassals, and presstitute media.

Russia and Europe relations

Perhaps the Russian government thought that only Iraq, Libya, Syria, China, and Edward Snowden would be subjected to Washington’s lies and demonization.  It was obvious enough that Russia would be next.

The Russian government and Europe need to look beyond Washington’s propaganda, because the reality is much worse.

NATO commander General Breedlove and Senate bill 2277 clearly indicate that Washington is organizing itself and Europe for war against Russia (see my previously posted column: US war against Russia is already underway).

Europe is reluctant to agree with Washington to put Ukraine in NATO. Europeans understand that if Washington or its stooges in Kiev cause a war with Russia Europe will be the first casualty. Washington finds its vassals’ noncompliance tiresome. Remember Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland’s “fuck the EU.” And that is just what Washington is about to do.

 

The US Senate’s Russian Aggression Prevention Act, about which I reported in my previous column, does even more mischief than I reported. If the bill passes, which it likely will, Washington becomes empowered to bypass NATO and to grant the status of “allied nation” to Ukraine independently of NATO membership. By so doing, Washington can send troops to Ukraine and thereby commit NATO to a war with Russia.

Notice how quickly Washington escalated the orchestrated Ukrainian “crisis” without any evidence into “Russian aggression.” Overnight we have the NATO commander and US senators taking actions against “Russian aggression” of which no one has seen any evidence.

With Iraq, Libya, and Syria, Washington learned that Washington could act on the basis of baldfaced lies. No one, not Great Britain, not France, not Germany, not Italy, not the Netherlands, not Canada, not Australia, not Mexico, not New Zealand, not Israel, nor Japan, nor S. Korea, nor Taiwan, nor (substitute your selection) stepped forward to hold Washington accountable for its blatant lies and war crimes. The UN even accepted the package of blatant and obviously transparent lies that Colin Powell delivered to the UN. Everything Powell said had already been refuted by the UN’s own weapons inspectors. Yet the UN pussies gave the go-ahead for a devastating war.

The only conclusion is that all the whores were paid off. The whores can always count on Washington paying them off. For money the whores are selling out civilization to Washington’s war, which likely will be nuclear and terminate life on earth. The whores’ money will incinerate with them.

It is hardly surprising that Washington now targets Russia. The world has given Washington carte blanche to do as it pleases. We have now had three administrations of US war criminals welcomed and honored wherever the war criminals go. The other governments in the world continue to desire invitations to the White House as indications of their worth. To be received by war criminals has become the highest honor.

Even the president of China comes to Washington to receive acceptance by the Evil Empire.

The world did not notice Washington’s war crimes against Serbia and didn’t puke when Washington then put the Serbian president, who had tried to prevent his country from being torn apart by Washington, on trial as a war criminal.

U.S. Senate unanimously approves resolution giving full support of Israel on Gaza.

U.S. Senate unanimously approves resolution giving full support of Israel on Gaza.

The world has made no effort to hold Washington responsible for its destruction of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and now Syria and Gaza. The world has not demanded that Washington stop murdering people in Pakistan and Yemen, countries with which Washington is not at war. The world looks the other way as Washington creates the US Africa Command. The world looks the other way as Washington sends deadly weapons to Israel with which to murder women and children in the Gaza Ghetto. Washington passes Senate and House Resolutions cheering on the Israeli murder of Palestinians.

Washington is accustomed to its free pass, granted by the world, to murder and to lie, and now is using it against Russia.

"There's a triple-lock in Europe: Germany doesn't want to do energy, France doesn't want to do defense, and the U.K. doesn't want to do finance," said Mujtaba Rahman, Europe director for the Eurasia Group consultancy.

“There’s a triple-lock in Europe: Germany doesn’t want to do energy, France doesn’t want to do defense, and the U.K. doesn’t want to do finance,” said Mujtaba Rahman, Europe director for the Eurasia Group consultancy.

Russian President Putin’s bet that by responding to Washington’s aggression in Ukraine in a unprovocative and reasonable manner would demonstrate to Europe that Russia was not the source of the problem has not payed off. European countries are captive nations. They are incapable of thinking and acting for themselves. They bend to Washington’s will. Essentially, Europe is a nonentity that follows Washington’s orders.

If the Russian government hopes to prevent war with Washington, which is likely to be the final war for life on earth, the Russian government needs to act now and end the problem in Ukraine by accepting the separatist provinces’ request to be reunited with Russia. Once (russian-aggression-prevention-act-of-2014S.2277 passes, Russia cannot retrieve the situation without confronting militarily the US, because Ukraine will have been declared an American ally.

Putin’s bet was reasonable and responsible, but Europe has failed him. If Putin does not use Russian power to bring an end to the problem with which Washington has presented him in Ukraine while he still can, Washington’s next step will be to unleash its hundreds of NGOs inside Russia to denounce Putin as a traitor for abandoning the Russian populations in the former Russian provinces that Soviet leaders thoughtlessly attached to Ukraine.

The problem with being a leader is that you inherit festering problems left by previous leaders. Putin has the problems bequeathed by Yeltsin. Yeltsin was a disaster for Russia. Yeltsin was Washington’s puppet. It is not certain that Russia will survive Yeltsin’s mistakes.

If Washington has its way, Russia will survive only as an American puppet state.

In a previous column I described the article in Foreign Affairs, the journal of the Washington foreign policy community, that makes a case that the US has such strategic advantage over Russia at this time that a “window of opportunity” exists for the US to remove Russia as a restraint on US hegemony with a preemptive nuclear attack.

It is almost certain that Obama is being told that President John F. Kennedy had this window of opportunity and did not use it, and that Obama must not let the opportunity pass a second time.

As Stephen Starr explained in a guest column, there are no winners of nuclear war. Even if the US escapes retaliatory strikes, everyone will die regardless.

The view in Washington of the neoconservatives, who control the Obama regime, is that nuclear war is winnable. No expert opinion supports their assumption, but the neocons, not the experts, are in power,

Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, who pushed for the Ukraine coup and helped pick the post-coup leaders.

Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, who pushed for the Ukraine coup and helped pick the post-coup leaders.

The American people are out to lunch. They have no comprehension of their likely fate. Americans are an uninformed people distracted by their mounting personal and financial problems. If Europeans are aware, they have decided to live for the moment on Washington’s money.

What life is faced with is a drive for hegemony on the part of Washington and ignorant unconcern on the part of the rest of the world.

Americans, worked into a lather about Washington’s unfunded liabilities and the viability of their future Social Security pension, won’t be alive to collect it.

Source: Paul Craig Roberts

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