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Gaza bloodbath brings shame on all Jews worldwide

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Not all Jews bear the burden of guilt, James Petras argues, but most Jews are now rightly perceived as complicit in Israel’s war crimes.

An edited abridgement of this outstanding article by James Petras, with pictures, captions and added endnote by Lasha Darkmoon

KILLING  CHILDREN FOR SPORT (Click to expand)

“Some of the greatest murderers of modern times were Jewish.” — Jewish writer Sever Plocker

Gaza and the Ghetto were first set up to be open-air prison camps — temporary measures to mask the real plans. Gaza’s young population had grown to over 1.8 million entrapped human beings by 2014. Obviously, if the Gazans could not travel, farm, fish and trade by normal means, they would dig tunnels for supplies and fight against their relegation to the status of caged animals by the Israeli state.

The next steps after the successful enclosure would be systematic and premeditated: the Zionists launched total war against the inevitable acts of resistance by the oppressed. They sent planes, tanks, missiles, and bombs to level populated areas, especially neighborhoods where young fighters rose up to resist this unendurable cruelty.

In line with this super race mythology, Israel’s killing machine is really most effective at murdering unarmed civilians — invalids who cannot run, doctors who stay to care for the wounded, and mothers and children in their flimsy shelters — and rather pathetic when it confronts face to face determined armed resistance fighters.

As of 6 August 2014, the Israeli Air Force, Navy, and artillery slaughtered 1,594 Palestinian civilians — via long distance high tech warfare — compared to 3 civilians in Israel (one Bedouin, one Thai farm worker and an Israeli Jew), a mind-boggling ratio of over 1,500 Palestinian civilians to one of the ‘Chosen’.

But when it came to ‘ground fighting’, 64 Israeli soldiers were killed compared to 281 Palestinian partisans, a 4.4 to 1 ratio. Despite all the Israeli air cover support and high tech protective gear, the Israelis took heavy military casualties when their invasion came down to a more level fighting field where poorly equipped partisans are willing to die for their homes and liberation.

Clearly the commanding officers of the Israeli armed forces, the self-styled Israel Defense Forces, who are responsible for the systematic land, aerial, and maritime attacks on civilians, hospitals, schools, refugee sanctuaries are first in line for the war crimes docket.

There is eye-witness testimony and documentation showing middle and lower rank soldiers engaged in wanton shootings of school children, shoppers, and mothers with babies fleeing combat zones. War crimes prosecutions cannot be confined merely to a few dozen senior officers – these crimes were committed at all levels of the IDF.

Political leaders and policymakers, starting with Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and his Cabinet, leading Party and Knesset members, who were the prime movers in launching the blitz against Gaza and justified the massive civilian killings, clearly should be at the center of any International War Crimes Tribunal.

But what about the Israeli public, the great mass of Israeli Jews, who view themselves as morally above world public opinion despite a near-universal revulsion over Israel’s crimes?

More than 90% of Israeli Jews gave unstinting support to the ongoing blood bath, knowing, indeed cheering daily from grandstands erected on hills overlooking Gaza, the criminal consequences of their support – they also are an essential part of this criminal enterprise.

screen-shot-2014-07-29-at-5-08-23-pm-635x357Jews who were deeply shocked by this “anti-Semitic” cartoon showed not the slightest concern at the wanton murder and maiming of Palestinian children — like THIS child, her head half blown off by an Israeli sniper. (LD)

No Israeli can absolve himself by claiming ignorance of the nature of the crimes committed in their name – nor do they want to claim ignorance! The majority of informed Israeli Jews demanded this war from the beginning, many joining racist marches with banners and chants demanding ‘Death to Arabs’! They wear their endorsement of the Gaza holocaust as a badge of honor.

Ninety percent of the Jewish citizens in Israel rejected any humanitarian ceasefire: newspaper columnists and the vast majority of letter writers in the daily press argued openly for extermination! Self-declared war criminals are feted as Israeli heroes by their overseas brethren who hasten to endorse or even join the slaughter.

Any serious researcher, who has looked at American domestic politics, knows that the Presidents of the 52 Major American (sic) Jewish Organizations are complicit in Israel’s terror bombings of Gaza. And polls show that a majority of young Americans sympathize with the rights of the Palestinians.

We have identified a chain linking Israel’s political elite, military command and the mass of the Israeli public directly to war crimes and genocide with the active material complicity of overseas Zionist organizations. They act as one cohesive force plunging forward into the blood and gore of total war against the Palestinians – the original inhabitants and rightful owners of what is now called ‘Israel’.

The question arises: What unites them in this horrible undertaking? What moral blindness so afflicts them that they ignore the bookshelves cluttered with the writings and humanist teachings of Spinoza, Kant, Babel, or Buber? Are these tribal loyalties derived from Old Testament tales of vengeance and infanticide? Are these expressions of an ethno-religious fanaticism linked to the quest for a regional empire and plunder?

Racist ideology and its virulent expression both from high office and the “Jewish Street” are wide-spread and open. Degrading Palestinians, while claiming to be a superior race above the laws of the rest of the world, serves to justify all crimes against the people of Gaza.

Near and far, this expression of “collective Jewish identity and solidarity”, based on ethnic-religious superiority always threatened by hostile, inferior ‘native’ people, accounts for the unflinching support by top Hollywood moguls, Ivy League professors, French intellectuals, British peers and prominent investment Wall Street bankers.

Ideological affinities and ethno-religious loyalties aside, many Israeli Jews also have a major, material stake in robbing and expelling the people of Palestine.

Seized Palestinian lands result in new cheap subsidized housing, swimming pools for Jews only, developments on lands where olive groves once flourished and extended families had lived and died.

Middle and working class Jews obtain free housing; real estate speculators seize choice ocean front properties for luxury condos and tourist destinations. Building contractors secure lucrative construction contracts from the state.

Pillage forms an important material basis for Israel’s high standard of living, many times higher than that of Palestinians, much higher that that of Israel’s non-Jewish population and higher even than the Americans who have been forced to subsidize the ‘Jewish State’ for almost 50 years.

ARIEL, AN ILLEGAL SETTLEMENT IN THE WEST BANK,  WITH ITS LUXURY SWIMMING POOL

“Pillage forms an important material basis
for Israel’s high standard of living.”
—  James Petras

Equally important, Israel’s assault on Gaza serves as a testing ground for its weapons of mass destruction and its anti-missile Dome. In this regard, the slaughter in Gaza serves as a dress rehearsal (and a graphic warning) for new wars across the region in association with the US and its clients.

NSA analyst Edward Snowden’s latest documents reveal that Israel works in tandem with the US throughout North Africa, the Middle East, The Persian Gulf, South Asia and Islamic countries in choosing targets and making war plans.

Greater Israel is no longer the crackpot dream of Jewish visionaries: it is underway and its bloody beginnings in Gaza foreshadow bigger and bloodier wars against humanity in the future.

Israel’s total war against Gaza has provoked condemnation from millions of people around the world, greater outrage at their crimes against humanity, and calls for an international war crimes tribunal. If such a tribunal were to be convoked, the question arises of how wide the net should be cast – where to draw the line between leaders, soldiers, masses and complicit overseas supporters, all implicated to one degree or another? How many ‘willing accomplices’ to mass murder should be investigated and tried?

The rising horror and indignation has isolated Israel from the greater majority of mankind, including from thousands of Jews — but it has hardened its leaders and aroused its powerful core of influential supporters, especially in the US.

The hardliners openly flaunt their blind support for Israel’s war crimes. These fanatics are convinced that every critic of Israel’s war crimes, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jew or atheist, is an anti-Semite, a pervert or terrorist to be censored or crushed.

Endnote by Lasha Darkmoon

The world is justifiably sickened not only by the disproportionate number of civilians killed in Gaza by “the most moral army in the world”, but also by the huge number of Israeli “atrocity tourists” who flock to view the carnage with binoculars and bloodthirsty jubilation.

“The emerging number of casualties from recent rounds of violence suggests that Israel’s tactics are homicidal,” Gilad Atzmon points out angrily. “They target innocent civilians and on purpose. This shows clearly that the Jewish State is an outlaw among nations.”

Many Israelis cheer and whoop with delight as the bombs fall. Others even boast of being brought to the point of orgasm by the sight of Palestinian children being cruelly butchered — like this Israeli woman, for example:

927391_333900180103357_1293136292_n60 million Christian Zionists give their full support to this Jewish sexual deviant and her kind. The American government meanwhile cannot give these mentally deranged people enough money and lethal weapons with which to conduct their genocidal campaign of sadistic cruelty. Whatever the childkillers want, they get — and more — all at the expense of a justifiably enraged American public. [LD]

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Pakistan: Appreciating Media During North Waziristan Operation

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By Sajjad Shaukat

Although in the western counties electronic TV channels enjoy much freedom of expression,

yet they follow self-imposed code of conduct during serious national issues, especially like war.

For example, in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy in the US homeland, American

government, opposition, media and public had become one, because the country was at war

against the non-sovereign entities, popularly called terrorists.

As regards Pakistan, in the recent past, the electronic media was playing irresponsible role by

showing the panic-ridden messages of the terrorists, and live coverage of the counter-terrorism

operations. For example, the electronic media recklessly failed to demonstrate sense of censor,

showing maturity in live coverage of the Karachi Airport operation against the militants. In

this context, certain information including move of own echelons, different steps or techniques,

used by our security forces, supervision of operation by a particular tier of command, arrival of

higher officials and reports submitted to Army’s high command were required to be strongly

censored, as the same information was also made available to terrorists through live coverage.

Live coverage of security personnel moving in a particular direction was utterly irresponsible,

as such movements were part of the operation, the outcome of which was yet to be decided.

The operation was to proceed in different phases to imbalance and eliminate the terrorists. This

required media to show sustainable patience, calmness, self-control and forbearance. A line must

be drawn beyond what media should not be allowed to operate and make noise.

Both Pakistan’s intellectual and non-intellectual citizens started raising questions that

irresponsible media coverage creates misperceptions and demoralizes own security forces. This

also entails conducting proper training of media reporters and anchors which must be ensured by

media houses.

They opined that in crisis situation, lives are at risk. Hence, media should not disclose names of

victims, vital locations, forces, weapons, and tactics adopted. It is also duty of media to create

maintain sense of hope among domestic audience, especially when the operation is still going

on. Noting the irresponsible approach of the electronic media, even general messes said that

there should be an effective media controlling body to monitor and direct the media to engage in

coverage of sensitive installations such as airports, air bases and other security outfits.

But by setting aside past practice, during the ongoing military operation Zarb-e-Azb against

the militants in North Waziristan Agency (NWA), Pakistan’s media proved that it can play its

positive role against terrorists by standing side by side with the Armed Forces. Particularly, TV

channels of the country displayed that they have been observing self-control mechanism, related

to the war against terrorism, which is essential to defeat the merciless insurgents of the state.

Since June 15, 2014 when the military operation started, and the jets of Pakistan Air Force have

been bombing militants’ hideouts in North Waziristan, while Pak Army has been killing the

insurgents including foreign fighters through ground offensive which has successfully been

achieving its goals, covering the details of operation Zarb-e-Azb, Pakistan’s domestic media has

conducted itself in a dignified manner, showing sense of maturity and reverence for the Armed

Forces. Media appears to have exercised restrain and prudence, while covering the operation.

Irresponsible reporting and signs of sensationalism have been kept out, thereby, attaining

credibility and earning appreciation of the nation.

It is notable that domestic media of the country did not provide much space to the terrorists to

express their pessimistic viewpoint during the ongoing military operation in NWA. Therefore,

there was no chance for the terrorists to get glorified through indirect means of media projection.

Everyone knows that operation Zarb-e-Azb has been launched in North Waziristan to destroy

and eliminate the threat, posed by the militants who were challenging the writ of the government

and were disturbing law and order situation in the country. The entire nation abhorred them

for their elusive conduct, power motives and designs to undertake violent acts of terrorism

including suicide bombings, attacks against Armed Forces, vital installations and innocent

civilians. Government of Pakistan and general public were fed up from shadow acts of terrorists,

as they frequently engaged in kidnapping for ransom, looting, target-killings, extortion, coercive

methods of recruiting and mischievous techniques of fundraising.

Upsurge in terrorist activities and their open proclamations to continue with their devastative

strategy of frightening terrorism and exploitation led to public anger and frustration. Hence,

Pakistan’s government undertook tough decision to eliminate all terrorists and destroy their

sanctuaries in North Waziristan Agency which had become hub of these culprits.

In this regard, when the Pakistan Government decided to launch the ongoing military operation

Zarb-e-Azb against the militants in North Waziristan Agency, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

took the nation into confidence through parliament and senate, asserting that Pakistan would not

be allowed to become safe havens of terrorists. He further stated that military operation would

continue till achievement of ultimate objectives. Earlier, DG, ISPR Directorate, Major-Gen.

Asim Saleem Bajwa stated, “On the directions of the Government, Armed forces of Pakistan

have launched the operation against foreign and local terrorists…who had been waging a war

against the state of Pakistan by disrupting our national life in all its dimensions, stunting our

economic growth and causing enormous loss of life and property…with the support of the entire

nation, these enemies will be denied space across the country.” On June 16, 2014, Chief of Army

Staff, General Raheel Sharif also pointed out, “Operation Zarb-e-Azb has been launched with

the objectives of rooting out terrorists, eliminate their sanctuaries in NWA and rid the country of

However, the entire nation including media, civil society, political parties, social workers,

intellectuals, and general masses appreciated the government’s decision to undertake military

operation in NWA with a view to getting rid of terrorists from FATA.

While the international community appreciated PML (N) government for going after the

terrorists, the domestic media played a positive role in projecting the achievements of Armed

Forces in cleansing NWA/FATA of the terrorists. The collective national urge and longstanding

desire of Pakistani masses to eliminate the militants from these areas have been optimistically

projected by domestic media. The nation took a sigh of relief, hoping that disruption, destruction,

sense of fear, uncertainty and prevailing disorder created by terrorists, will soon come to an end.

As media reports revealed precision strikes by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) against registered and

well-identified positions of terrorists, the nation expressed its indebtedness to PAF for their

remarkable performance. Similarly, the ground operation has also been objectively projected by

domestic media, giving all possible details of the present operation. In fact, unlike the past, our

internal media has been showing sense of responsibility, maturity and high esteem for national

concerns and interests in its efforts to project or cover operation Zarb-e-Azb, for which media’s

optimistic role be eulogized.

It is mentionable that Pakistan’s media, politicians, leaders of religious parties and general

masses are showing solidarity with the armed forces, which could also be judged from the

recently-held countrywide protests and rallies in support of the North Waziristan operation, and

assistance to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Nevertheless, media coverage of operation Zarb-e-Azb proves that domestic media has shown

signs of conscientiousness, sense of patriotism and proclivity to support anti-terror campaign. As

terrorists pose a serious threat to Pakistan’s internal security, therefore, all segments of society

including media anchors fully support the government’s decision to eliminate the terrorists.

No doubt, we can conclude that the entire nation is at war against the ruthless insurgents, but the

positive role of media is appreciating during the North Waziristan operation due to the fact that

all our TV channels have been encouraging the Armed Forces in their fight against the militants,

while projecting that state is more powerful than the misled bands of terrorist outfits.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants,

Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

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India: Selling Out To Monsanto. GMOs and the Bigger Picture

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Global Research

On 15 August, India will mark its 67th anniversary of independence from Britain. It may seem strange to some that a nation would publicly celebrate its independence while at the same time it less publicly cedes it to outsiders. The gleaming façade of flags and fly-pasts will belie the fact that national security and independence do not depend on military might and patriotic speeches. Eye-catching celebrations will take place in Delhi and much of the media will mouth platitudes about the strength of the nation and its independence. The reality is, however, an ongoing, concerted attempt to undermine and destroy the very foundation and security of the country.

The bedrock of any society is its agriculture. Without food there can be no life. Without food security, there can be no genuine independence. A recent report by the organisation GRAIN revealed that small farms produce most of the world’s food and are more productively efficient than large farms [1]. Facilitated by an appropriate policy framework, small farmers could easily feed the global population. But small farmers are currently squeezed onto less than a quarter of the world’s farmland and the world is fast losing farms and farmers through the concentration of land into the hands big agribusiness and the rich and powerful. If nothing is done to reverse this trend, the world will lose its capacity to feed itself.

By definition, peasant agriculture prioritises food production for local and national markets as well as for farmers’ own families. Corporations take over scarce fertile land and prioritise non-food commodities or export crops for profit and markets far away that cater for the needs of the affluent. This process impoverishes local communities and brings about food insecurity. GRAIN concludes that the concentration of fertile agricultural land in fewer and fewer hands is directly related to the increasing number of people going hungry every day.

The Oakland Institute in the US recently stated that the first years of the 21st century will be remembered for a global land rush of nearly unprecedented scale [2]. An estimated 500 million acres, an area eight times the size of Britain, was reported bought or leased across the developing world between 2000 and 2011, often at the expense of local food security and land rights. This trend could eventually result in the permanent shift of farm ownership from family businesses to institutional investors and other consolidated corporate operations.

Monsanto in India

In India, small farms account for 92 percent of farms and occupy around 40 percent of all agricultural land. They form the bedrock of food production. However, there is a concerted effort to remove farmers from the land. Hundreds of thousands of farmers have taken their lives since 1997 and many more are experiencing economic distress or have left farming as a result of debt, a shift to (GM) cash crops and economic liberalisation [3].

Monsanto already controls the cotton industry in India and is increasingly shaping agri-policy and the knowledge paradigm by funding agricultural research in public universities and institutes. Its practices and colonisation of institutions have led to it being called the ‘contemporary East India Company’ [4], and regulatory bodies are now severely compromised and riddled with conflicts of interest where decision-making over GMOs are concerned [5].

In the meantime, Monsanto and the GM biotech sector forward the myth that GM food is necessary to feed the world’s burgeoning population. They are not. Aside from the review by GRAIN, the World Bank-funded International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge and Science for Development Report stated that smallholder, traditional farming (not GMOs) can deliver food security in low-income countries through sustainable agri-ecological systems [5].

The Standing Committee on Agriculture in Parliament unequivocally concluded that GM seeds and foods are dangerous to human, animal and environmental health and directed the former Government of Manmohan Singh to ban GMOs [6]. Despite such evidence and the recommendations to put a hold on open field GM trials by the Supreme Court-appointed Technical Expert Committee, the push is on within official circles to give such trials the green light.

Monsanto cannot be trusted

The GM biotech sector cannot be trusted. As its largest player, Monsanto is responsible for knowingly damaging people’s health and polluting the environment and is guilty of a catalogue of decades-long deceptive, duplicitous and criminal practices [7]. It has shown time and again its contempt for human life and the environment and that profit overrides any notion of service to the public, yet it continues to propagate the lie that it has humanity’s best interests at heart because its so-called GMO ‘frontier technology’ can feed the hungry millions.

The sector attempts to control the ‘science’ around its products by carrying out inadequate, secretive studies of its own, placing restrictions on any independent research into its products and censoring findings that indicate the deleterious impacts of its products [8]. It has also faked data [9] and engages in attacking scientists who reach conclusions not to its liking [10,11]. It cannot demonstrate that yields are better, nutritional values are improved, health is not damaged or that harm to the environment does not occur with the adoption of GMOs. Independent studies and evidence, not inadequate industry funded or back ones, have indicated yields are often worse and herbicide use has increased [12,13,14], health is negatively impacted [15,16], soil is damaged [17] and biodiversity is undermined [18], among other things.

GRAIN found that around 56 percent of Russia’s agricultural output comes from family farms which occupy less than 9 percent of arable land. Russia does not need or want GM crops, which the Russian Prime Minister has described as amounting to little more than a form of biological warfare weapon [19]. And here lies the real heart of the matter. Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once said that if you control oil you control nations, but if you control food you control people. GMOs are not needed to feed the world. Science cannot justify their use. They are a weapon.

In India, there is a drive to remove small/family farms, which are capable of ensuring the nation’s food security, and eventually replace them with larger biotech-controlled monoculture farms with GM crops for Western styled processed-food supermarkets and export [20]. It is no surprise that the likes of Syngenta, Monsanto and Walmart had a direct hand in drawing up the Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture, which was in turn linked to the US sanctioning the opening up of India’s nuclear power sector.

Despite India not being a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, US corporations are now actively involved in helping India develop its civil nuclear capabilities. Payback appears to come in the form of handing over the control of India’s agricultural land and food system to the US via that country’s biotech companies.

GMOs and the bigger picture

Russia is correct to conflate bio-terror and GMOs. The oil-rich Rockefeller family set out to control global agriculture via the petrochemical-dependent ‘green revolution’. The destruction of traditional farmer-controlled agriculture was actively supported by the US government and its Trojan horse agritech corporations under the agenda set out by Kissinger. GMOs now represent the ultimate stranglehold over food via ‘terminator’ seed technology, seed patenting and intellectual property rights.

Moreover, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Gates Foundation – which have teamed up with Monsanto in Africa – have long-standing concerns about overpopulation in ‘third world’ countries and how they could develop and threaten resources that the West has used to enrich itself with [21]. In fact, Monsanto now own the Epicyte gene, which causes sterility. What will be the ‘final solution’ for the likes of 600 million in India or millions in Africa or elsewhere who are to be removed from agriculture [22]? The eugenicists are knocking at the door.

Despite compliant politicians and officials in high places who seem hellbent on capitulating to Monsanto and the US, many recognise the dangers associated with GMOs and are working hard to resist their introduction. However, they are attacked and accused of slowing down growth because of their resistance to GMOs [23]. Certain activists and civil organisations are also accused of working against the national interest by colluding with foreign interests to undermine ‘development’. The hypocrisy is blindingly obvious: the state itself has for a long time been colluding with foreign interests to undermine the basis of traditional agriculture.

The political backing for GMOs by the US State Department, the strategic position of the US GM biotech sector in international trade agreements and the push to get GMOs into India and to contaminate agriculture via open-field trials with the compliance of key officials and official bodies does not bode well. Independence is much more than military might, patriotic slogans and a self-congratulatory media-induced frenzy on a designated day each year. In terms of GMOs, Russia is aware of this. It is actively committed to putting the GMO genie back in the bottle [24]. Why isn’t India?

“It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity… The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us. Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future?… A new star rises, the star of freedom in the east, a new hope comes into being, a vision long cherished materialises. May the star never set and that hope never be betrayed!” Jawaharlal Nehru from his “tryst with destiny” speech at Parliament House in New Delhi in 1947.

Notes

[1]http://www.grain.org/article/entries/4929-hungry-for-land-small-farmers-feed-the-world-with-less-than-a-quarter-of-all-farmland

[2]http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/sites/oaklandinstitute.org/files/OI_Report_Down_on_the_Farm.pdf

[3]http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/new-evidence-of-suicide-epidemic-among-indias-marginalised-farmers

[4]http://dissidentvoice.org/2009/07/monsanto-a-contemporary-east-india-company-and-corporate-knowledge-in-india/

[5]http://www.countercurrents.org/rodrigues120813.htm

[6]http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2014/03/13/leaving-a-scorched-india?tempskin=basic

[7]http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/06/20/complete-history-monsanto-worlds-evil-corporation/

[8]http://www.globalresearch.ca/gmo-scandal-the-long-term-effects-of-genetically-modified-food-on-humans/14570

[9]http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/Monsanto+’faked’+data+for+approvals+claims+its+ex-chief/1/83093.html

[10http://www.gmwatch.org/latest-listing/1-news-items/12715-seralini-vs-fellous-a-gmo-libel-case-over-independent-expertise-and-science

[11]http://www.globalresearch.ca/gmo-researchers-attacked-evidence-denied-and-a-population-at-risk/5305324

[12]http://naturalsociety.com/breaking-new-usda-report-proves-environmental-impact-gmo-questionable/

[13] http://www.alternet.org/food/why-monsanto-wrong-about-gm-crop-promises

[14] http://fieldquestions.com/2013/02/09/bt-cotton-is-failing-blame-the-farmers/

[15] http://www.globalresearch.ca/potential-health-hazards-of-genetically-engineered-foods/8148

[16] http://www.gmoseralini.org/republication-seralini-study-science-speaks/

[17] http://www.psrast.org/soilecolart.htm

[18] http://gmo-journal.com/2011/06/17/loss-of-biodiversity-and-genetically-modified-crops/

[19] http://bodhita.com/russia-labels-gmo-foods-as-biological-warfare-weapon/

[20] http://www.bhoomimagazine.org/article/cash-food-will-strike-very-foundation-economy

[21] http://farmwars.info/?p=11879

[22] http://reimagining.cepa.lk/index.php/en/development-news/item/229-corporate-power-women-and-resistance-in-india-today-an-interview-with-arundhati-roy

[23] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/ngos-stance-on-development-projects-to-hit-growth-ib/article6105289.ece

[24] http://rt.com/op-edge/159948-gmo-food-russia-law/

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“DESPITE MY PAIN, I WILL RESIST. I WILL NOT GIVE UP, I WILL NOT GIVE IN.” ”VIDEO”

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Samih al-Qasim Palestinian Hero

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Samīħ al-Qāsim

سميح القاسم
סמיח אל קאסם

Samih al-qasim.jpg

Samīħ al-Qāsim in Madrid
Born May 11, 1939
az-Zarqa, Palestine
Died August 19, 2014

Occupation Poet and writer
Nationality Palestinian
Ethnicity Palestinian
Period 1963-
Genre Nationalist, tragedy

Samīħ al-Qāsim (Arabic: سميح القاسم‎;[1] May 11, 1939 – August 19, 2014) was a Palestinian Druze whose Arabic poetry is well known throughout the Arab World. His poetry is influenced by two primary periods of his life: Before and after the 1967 War. He joined the Communist Hadash political party in 1967. Al-Qasim has published several volumes and collections of poetry.

 

Early life

Al-Qasim was born in 1939 in the city of az-Zarqa Palestine while his father served in the Arab Legion of King Abdullah. He came from a Druze family from the town of Rameh Palestine  in the Upper Galilee. He attended primary school there and then later graduated from secondary school in Nazareth. His family did not flee Rame during the Palestinian Holocaust (Nakba) of 1948.[4] In his book About Principles and Art, he explains,

While I was  still at  primary school  the Palestinian tragedy occurred. I regard that date as the date of my birth, because the  first  images I can remember are of the 1948 events. My  thoughts  and images  spring from the number 48'.[4]

Life as a poet and journalist:

As of 1984, al-Qasim had written twenty-four volumes of nationalist poetry and published six collections of poems. His poems in general are relatively short, some being no more than just two verses.[4] Some of his famous poems include:

  • Slit Lips
  • Sons of War
  • Confession at Midday
  • Travel Tickets
  • Bats
  • Abandoning
  • The Story of a City
  • Conversation between Ear of Corn and Jerusalem Rose Thorn
  • How I became an Article
  • Story of the Unknown Man
  • End of a Discussion with a Jailer
  • The Will of a Man Dying in Exile
  • The Boring Orbit
  • The Clock on the Wall

Al-Qasim has contributed to the journals of Al-IttihadAl-JadidIndex and others.[4] He claims, that the pan-Arab ideology of Nasserism impressed him during the nationalist post-1948 era.[5] Most of his poetry relates to the change of life before and after the Nakba, the Palestinian and broader Arab struggle to free their lands from foreign influence, Arab nationalism, and various Arab tragedies. In 1968, he published his first collection of poetry, Waiting for the Thunderbird.[5] Al-Qasim wrote about these subjects while they were at the climax of their popularity among the Arab population in the later half of the 20th century. When asked by his Iraqi friend, poet Buland al-Haidari if he had visited Baghdad, he replied by saying he did not have to, since he views any Arab city as equal to his own Arab residence.

Political influence:

Al-Qasim claims that the pan-Arab ideology of Nasserism impressed him during the nationalist post-1948 era.[5] He has been jailed several times for his political activities that have involved advocacy for Palestinian rights and dissent against government policies, starting in 1960 for refusal to enlist in the Israeli army which is required of Israeli Druze.[6] He has also been under house arrest. He joined the Israeli Communist party Hadash in 1967 and was detained along with other members of the party at the outbreak of the Six-Day War. He was sent to al-Damoun prison in Haifa.[7] During this time, he virtually lost his nationalistic emotions upon hearing Israeli radio announcing its territorial gains after their victory.[5]

Life in Palestine:

Al-Qasim worked as a journalist in Haifa where he ran the Arabesque Press and the Folk Arts Centre and was the editor-of-chief of the  Arab newspaper Kul al-Arab.[8] He would recite many of his poems to large audiences at monthly gatherings in the Arab towns and cities of the Galilee. Al-Qasim refused to leave Palestine; In an interview with Index he is quoted as saying:

"I have chosen to remain in my own country not because I love myself less, but because I love my country more".[4]

Death

Al-Qasim passed away on August 19, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. His funeral has been tentatively set for the following day, August 20th, in Rameh

External links

Notes:

  1. Jump up^ Interview with Mira AwadMaariv, 22 May 2009
  2. Jump up^ Alternatively spelt סמיח אל-קאסם by some media
  3. Jump up^ Samīħ al-Qāsim reads one of his poem at the Sha’ar International Poetry Festival 2009
  4. Jump up to:a b c d e A Bilingual Anthology of Arabic Poetry – Victims of A Map by Samih al-Qasim, Adonis, and Mahmoud Darwish. Al-Saqi Books 26 Westbourne Grove, London W2 1984
  5. ^ Jump up to:a b c d Palestinian Writers in Israel Hardy, Rogers. December 1982, Boston Review
  6. Jump up^ The Druzes in the Jewish State: A Brief History 171.
  7. Jump up^ Lines of Resistance Palattaella, John. The Nation
  8. Jump up^ Poet Profile: Samih al-Qasim PBS Online

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The Guardian Rejects Racist Zionist Dershowitz Ad on ‘Human Shields’ In Gaza

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The British Guardian newspaper rejected an ad written by Racist Zionist Alan Dershowitz, JNS.org reported over the weekend.

The ad, titled “The Empty Spaces in Gaza,” counters the claims that Gaza is “one of the most densely populated areas in the world,” and is based on a an article of the same name that Dershowitz wrote earlier this month for the Gatestone Institute.

“The fact that these sparsely populated areas exist in the Gaza Strip raises several important moral questions,” Dershowitz wrote: “Why don’t the media show the relatively open areas of the Gaza Strip? … Why doesn’t Hamas use sparsely populated areas from which to launch its rockets and build its tunnels?” and “Why does the United Nations try to shelter Palestinian civilians right in the middle of the areas from which Hamas is firing?” The article ends with a call to the international community to enforce international law against Hamas and put a stop to the use of civilians as human shields.

After the ad was rejected, Dershowitz was quoted by JNS.org as saying that “The Guardian, which holds itself out to be a purveyor of diverse truth, clearly reflects a bias against Israel on its editorial pages, as well as in its presentation of the news. Now that bias has spread to the advertising pages.”

A spokesman for the newspaper told JNS.org that “The Guardian reserves the right to reject any advertisement.”

Last week, The Guardian agreed to run an advertisement accusing Hamas of “child sacrifice” as another British newspaper, The Times, came under fire for refusing to print it.

The ad, written by Nobel prize-winning author Elie Wiesel, calls on U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders to condemn Hamas’ “use of children as human shields.”

On Saturday, British newspaper The Jewish Chronicle apologized for running an advertisement for a charity raising funds for the crisis in Gaza.

The weekly paper said running the ad for the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Gaza Crisis Appeal was “meant as a purely humanitarian gesture.”

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NYT Finds ‘Disproportionate Role’ of Zio-Nazi In World Organ Trafficking

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A report Sunday in the New York Times sheds light on the role of Zio-Nazi in international organ trafficking. Through the story of Ophira Dorin, a 36-year-old Israeli woman, the report demonstrates how easy it is to illegally buy a kidney in I$raHell.

Costa Rican authorities announced last year that they had uncovered an international organ trafficking ring that specialized in selling kidneys to Israeli and eastern European patients. The Times said it was able to identify 11 patients – six of them Israelis – who underwent kidney transplants in San Jose, as well as two other Israelis who arrived to the Costa Rican capital with donors for procedures they said would not have been approved back home. The report puts Dr. Francisco Mora Palma, head of nephrology at the large Calderon Guardia Hospital in San Jose, at the center of the operation in Costa Rica.

By following Doris’ story, the Times identified three Israelis it said were involved in the trafficking case – Avigad Sandler, Boris Volfman and Yaacov Dayan – describing them as being “among the central operators in Israel’s irrepressible underground kidney market.”

Doris was originally referred to Sandler, but later changed to Volfman after she was told he could arrange transplants at a lower price. A day after their meeting, Volfman was arrested along with Sandler and others on suspicion of organ trafficking in an unrelated case. Soon after, Dorin was referred by one of her clients to Dayan.

When confronted by the Times reporter to explain his involvement in the case, Dayan said, “We help people,” but refused to elaborate, only adding that he had been out of business for over 18 months at the time.

In a phone interview with the Times, Volfman described himself as a middleman who accompanied patients abroad to organize them accommodation, contacts and medical examinations. He insisted on never having any contact with the organ donors themselves and that it was up to the patients to choose the transplant center and pay them directly.

The story says Dorin wired money to the hospital in San Jose and to Dr. Mora, who then paid some $18,500 to an unemployed 37-year-old man for his kidney. This case is merely one of thousands of illicit transplants that take place around the world each year, experts cited in the report estimate.

Dorin told the Times that she even if what she was doing was illegal, after five years with a kidney disease, she felt she had no choice.

In recent years, more than a few Israelis have been mentioned in media reports involving international organ trafficking, whether in Ukraine, Kosovo, Turkey or Costa Rica.

The Times attributes the “disproportionate role” of Israelis involved in major organ trafficking cases partially to Jewish religious restrictions, which keep donation rates low in Israel.

According to the Israeli Health Ministry, less than 10 percent of the overall population in Israel is registered as organ donors – among the lowest rate among developed countries. The ministry reported an increase in registration after the Knesset passed a law in 2012 granting registered donors priority if they ever need a transplant. Also, in 2010, living donors began receiving compensation of several thousand shekels, which may have contributed to the increase. The compensation is meant to cover lost wages and related expenses.

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The Realist Report – Are nuclear weapons a hoax?

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 By: John Friend’s
Photographers connected to a military funded movie studio based in Laurel Canyon filming a “nuclear weapon” test.
On this edition of The Realist Report, we’ll be joined by Rae West of www.Big-Lies.org and www.NukeLies.org. Rae and I will be discussing the very real possibility that nuclear weapons are in fact a hoax and a variety of other subjects. You can download the entire program here

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Gaza Holocaust: Nazi Massacr in Shujaiya Neighborhood

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Gruesome tales surface of Israeli massacres against families in Gaza’s Shujaiya neighborhood

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Khalil Atash with his grandson in the ruins of his home in Shujaiya. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

As the five-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on August 15, residents of Shujaiya returned to the shattered remains of their homes. They pitched tents and erected signs asserting their claim to their property, sorting determinedly through the ruins of their lives.

Those who managed to survive the Israeli bombardment have come home to bedrooms obliterated by tank shells, kitchens pierced by Hellfire missiles, and boudoirs looted by soldiers who used their homes as bases of operations before embarking on a series of massacres. Once a solidly middle-class suburb of Gaza City comprised of multi-family apartments and stately homes, the neighborhood of Shujaiya was transformed into a gigantic crime scene.

The attack on Shujaiya began at 11pm on July 19, with a combined Israeli bombardment from F-16s, tanks and mortar launchers. It was a night of hell which more than 100 did not survive and that none have recovered from. Inside the ruins of what used to be homes, returning locals related stories of survival and selflessness, detailing a harrowing night of death and destruction.

Outside a barely intact four-level, multi-family home that was hardly distinguishable from the other mangled structures lining the dusty roads of Shujaiya, I met members of the Atash family reclining on mats beside a makeshift stove. Khalil Atash, the 63-year-old patriarch of the family, motioned to his son heating a teapot above a few logs and muttered, “They’ve set us back a hundred years. Look at us, we’re now burning wood to survive.”

Khalil Atash led me inside the home to see the damage. The walls of the second floor that was to have been home to two of his newly married children had been blown off by tank shells. All that was left of the bathroom were the hot and cold knobs on the shower. On the next floor, four small children scampered barefoot across shattered glass and jagged shards of concrete. A bunk bed and crib were badly singed in the attack. But the damage could have been far worse.

As the attack on Shujaiya began, the Israeli army attempted to evacuate the Atash family, according to Khalil Atash, phoning them and ordering them out in Arabic. But the family was sure the call was a prank. When the army called again, a soldier exclaimed, “You think this is a joke? You have five minutes.” Three minutes later, an F-16 sent a missile through the roof. In an incredible stroke of luck, the missile did not explode. It remained lodged in the ceiling until a day prior to my visit, when a bomb detonation crew dismantled it.

I asked why the family remained in ruins when the army could attack again at any time.

“We have nowhere else to go now,” Khalil Atash explained. “You only die once and we’re not afraid after what we’ve been through. So we just decided to live in our house.”

The Atash family was among only a small handful willing to brave the nights in an area that was comprehensively flattened. Shujaiya stood within the long swath of Gaza Strip towns and cities that had been rendered uninhabitable by Israeli bombardment. All of these areas had one thing in common: They abutted the vast buffer zone the Israeli military had established between its border and the Gaza Strip. By pounding neighborhoods like Shujiaya and cities like Beit Hanoun until nearly all of their residents were forced to flee west for shelter, Israel was tightening the cage on the entire population.

Sprint for Survival

Khalil Atash’s son, 30-year-old Tamer, related his story of survival.

“The missiles started getting closer and began to hit everywhere so randomly,” he recalled, detailing how the strikes on Shujaiya gradually intensified after the first hour. “So I just lost it. I was watching my neighbors die and I was so close to them, I felt like I was dead too. I had two choices: Either I die doing nothing at that house or do something about it. So I chose to do something.”

Tamer called an ambulance crew and begged the driver to help transport his family out of the attack. “All I can do is pray for you,” the driver told him. But other first responders rushed headlong into the maelstrom, risking their lives to save as many of the fleeing residents as they could. By this time, the neighborhood was engulfed in flames and shrouded in darkness — Israeli forces had bombed all of its electricity towers. He and his family decided to make a run for it in the street. Neighbors followed closely behind them, embarking on a desperate sprint for survival as homes went up in flames around them.

Relying on cellphone flashlights to illuminate their path, the fleeing residents rushed ahead under withering shelling. Tens of people fell every few hundred meters, Tamer told me. But they continued anyway, sprinting for a full kilometer until they reached safety close to Gaza City.

As soon as he reached sanctuary, Tamer said he was overcome with guilt. Friends and neighbors were stuck in the neighborhood with no one to evacuate them. He decided to return to help anyone he could. “I’m from Shujaiyia, I have no other place to go, and we don’t own land,” he explained. “This is our only place here. So of course I came back.”

It was well past midnight, Shujaiya was in flames, and the Qassam Brigades — Hamas’ armed wing — was beginning to mobilize for a counterattack. “The situation outside was literally hell,” Tamer said.

In previous assaults on Gaza, Israeli forces met only light resistance. During Operation Cast Lead in 2008-09, when the army attacked Gaza’s civilian population with indiscriminate firepower, most Israeli casualties were the result of fratricide. But this time was different. With little more than light weapons at their disposal, uniformed Qassam fighters engaged the Israelis at close distances, sometimes just a few meters away, exposing a glaring weakness of the Middle East’s most heavily equipped, technologically advanced armies. During the battle, Qassam fighters scored a hit on an Israeli armored personnel carrier, killing five soldiers inside, then momentarily captured the fatally wounded Lt. Shaul Oron.

The loss of soldiers and the possible capture of Oron — a situation that raised the specter of a politically devastating prisoner swap — sent Israeli forces into a vengeful frenzy. “The F-16s were no longer up in the sky bombing us, they were flying just above the houses,” Tamer recalled. “It felt like an atomic bomb with four F-16s coming one way and another four from the opposite direction, weaving between the houses. At this point, we realized we were not surviving. We said our last prayers, and that was it. Because we know that when the Israelis lose one of their soldiers they become lunatics. We just knew they had suffered something, we could sense it.”

Tamer watched some of his neighbors jump from fourth-floor windows as their homes burst into flames. Others rushed out in their night clothes, nearly nude, prompting him and other men to hand over their shirts and even their trousers to women scurrying half exposed through the darkened streets. After giving the shirt off his back to one woman, he gave his sandals to another who had sliced her feet open on rubble.

“Sure, I was crazy and stupid, but I just wanted for them to survive,” he said. “If I had to die, then fine, but someone had to make a sacrifice.”

By dawn, waves of survivors poured from Shujaiya into Gaza City. Sons had carried their fathers on their backs; mothers had hoisted children into lorries and ambulances; others searched frantically for missing family when they arrived, only to learn that they had fallen under the shelling. For many, it was another Nakba, a hellish reincarnation of the fateful days of 1948 when Zionist militias forcibly expelled hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their land. This time, however, there was almost nowhere for the refugees to flee.

Evidence of Chilling Plans

Back in Shujaiya, the shelling momentarily subsided for a one-hour ceasefire. But the International Committee of the Red Cross proved unable to evacuate those trapped in the area, possibly because of the Israeli army’s refusal to coordinate with its first responders or because the army had targeted its ambulances in airstrikes. Thus the stragglers and wounded were at the mercy of Israel’s Golani Brigade special forces troops, which had taken up positions at the edge of Shujaiya, occupying homes just east of the area’s main mosque.

I visited almost a dozen homes occupied by Israeli soldiers in eastern Shujaiya, wading through rubble and piles of shattered furniture in search of clues into the Israeli plans of operation. I found floors littered with bullet casings, sandbags used as foundations for heavy machine guns, sniper holes punched into walls just inches above floors, and piles of empty Israeli snack food containers.

In the stairwell at the entrance to one home I visited, soldiers had engraved a Star of David. In another, soldiers used markers to scrawl in mangled Arabic, “We did not want to enter Gaza but terrorist Hamas made us enter. Damn terrorist Hamas and their supporters.”

Graffiti by Israeli soldiers in a home in Shujaiya reads, "Price Tag." (Photo: Max Blumenthal)

Graffiti by Israeli soldiers in a home in Shujaiya reads, “Price Tag.” (Photo: Max Blumenthal)

I found a wall in another home vandalized with the symbol of Beitar Jerusalem, the Jerusalem-based football club popular among the hardcore cadres of Israel’s right-wing. Below the Beitar logo was the slogan, “Price Tag,” referring to the vigilante terror attacks carried out by Jewish settlers against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

In each home the soldiers occupied, I found walls etched with crude maps of the immediate vicinity. Each house was assigned a number, possibly to enable commanders to call in air and artillery strikes ahead of their forward positions. Names of soldiers, including those wounded or missing, were listed on several walls, but they were concealed with spray paint upon the troops’ departure.

In the ruins of a second-floor bedroom, in an empty ammo box under a tattered bed, a colleague discovered two laminated maps of Shujaiya. They were photographed by satellite at 10:32am on July 17, just days before the neighborhood was flattened. The date in the upper-right-hand corner of one map was written American-style, with the month before the day, raising the question of whether a US or Israeli satellite had captured the image. Outlined in orange was a row of homes numbered between 16 and 29; the homes immediately to their west were labeled with arrows indicating forward troop movements.

A map of Israeli army operations discovered in a destroyed home in Shujaiya. (Photo: Max Blumenthal)

A map of Israeli army operations discovered in a destroyed home in Shujaiya. (Photo: Max Blumenthal)

A local man who had accompanied us into the house pointed at the homes on the map outlined in orange, then motioned out the window to where they once stood. Every single house in that row had been obliterated by airstrikes. I looked back at the map and noticed that the dusty field we faced was labeled in Hebrew, “Soccer Field.” Two areas just west of the field were marked, “T.A. South” and “T.A. North,” perhaps a cryptic reference to Tel Aviv. Devised at least two days before the assault, the map sectioned Shujaiya into various areas of operation, with color-coded delineations that were impossible to decipher but suggested disturbing intentions.

Eran Efrati, a former Israeli combat soldier turned anti-occupation activist, interviewed several soldiers who participated in the assault on Shujaiya. “I can report that the official command that was handed down to the soldiers in Shujaiya was to capture Palestinian homes as outposts,” Efrati wrote. “From these posts, the soldiers drew an imaginary red line, and amongst themselves decided to shoot to death anyone who crosses it. Anyone crossing the line was defined as a threat to their outposts, and was thus deemed a legitimate target. This was the official reasoning inside the units.”

In the area occupied by Israeli soldiers, the killing that had previously taken place by air and distant artillery assaults took on a gruesomely intimate quality. It was there, in the ruins of their homes, that returning locals told me of the cold-blooded execution of their family members.

Massacres in Broad Daylight

At the eastern edge of the “Soccer Field” now occupied by tents and surrounded by demolished five-story apartment complexes, I met Mohammed Fathi Al Areer. A middle-aged man wearing an eyepatch, he led me through the first floor of his home, which was now a virtual cave furnished with a single sofa, then into what used to be his backyard, where the interior of his bedroom had been exposed by a tank shell. It was here, Al Areer told me, that four of his brothers were executed in cold blood. One of them, Hassan Al Areer, was mentally disabled and had little idea he was about to be killed. Mohammed Al Areer said he found bullet casings next to their heads when he discovered their decomposing bodies.

Just next door was the Shamaly family, one of the hardest hit in Shujaiya. Hesham Naser Shamaly, 25, described to me what happened when five members of his family decided to stay in their home to guard the thousands of dollars of clothing stocks they planned to sell through their family business. When soldiers approached the home with weapons drawn, Shamaly said his father emerged from the home with his hands up and attempted to address them in Hebrew.

“He couldn’t even finish the sentence before they shot him,” Shamaly told me. “He was only injured and fainted, but they thought he was dead so they left him there and moved on to the others. They shot the rest — my uncle, my uncle’s wife, and my two cousins — they shot them dead.”

Miraculously, Shamaly’s father managed to revive himself after laying bleeding for almost three days. He walked on his own strength toward Gaza City and found medical help. “Someone called me to tell me he was alive,” Shamaly said, “and I thought it was a joke.”

Hesham Shamaly’s 22-year-old cousin, Salem, was also executed by the Israeli soldiers who had taken up positions in the neighborhood. When Salem Shamaly returned to his neighborhood during the temporary ceasefire at 3:30pm on July 20 to search for missing family members alongside members of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), he apparently crossed the imaginary red line drawn by the soldiers. When he waded into a pile of rubble, a single shot rang out from a nearby sniper, sending his body crumpling to the ground. As he attempted to get up, another shot struck him in the chest. A third shot left his body limp.

The incident was captured on camera by a local activist named Muhammad Abedullah, then disseminated across the world by the ISM. Israeli military spokespeople were strangely silent. Back in Gaza City, where survivors of the Shamaly family had taken shelter in a relative’s apartment, Salem Shamaly’s sister and cousin received an emailed link to the video.

Over the next three minutes, they watched Salem die. They knew it was him because they recognized the sound of his voice as he cried out for help.

Despair and Resistance

In an apartment on Remad Street in Gaza City, I met the parents, siblings and cousins of Salem Shamaly. They had been forced to relocate here after their home was completely obliterated by Israeli tank shells and drone strikes in Shujaiya. The apartment was crowded but impeccably clean. It was a more desirable arrangement than one of the UN schools where most of their neighbors lodged in squalid conditions with little to no privacy, though no less an indignity.

Salem Shamaly’s father, 62-year-old Khalil, said the family evacuated Shujaiya at 8am. As soon as they reached safety, they realized Salem was missing. “It’s impossible to put into words how difficult it was,” Khalil Shamaly said. “We waited for two or three days not knowing and when we found out, it was too difficult to handle. I have had to call on God and he helped me.”

The attacks on Shujaiya continued for days, making it impossible for the Shamaly family to retrieve Salem’s body. They beseeched the ICRC for help but after so many attacks on their vehicles from the Israeli army, which had declared all of Shujaiya a “closed military zone,” they were unwilling to approach the area. Salem’s father, Khalil, still believes his son might have been saved if he was evacuated right away.

When Salem’s family finally retrieved his body, they found it badly burned, almost unrecognizable, and tossed dozens of meters from the location where he had been killed by subsequent bombardments. The death toll had reached such unbearable levels he could not be buried in Shujaiya, where the cemetery was overfull. When Shamaly’s finally found a place to bury him, they had to open a pre-existing grave because that cemetery was also full. This was just one of many stories I heard this week of a rushed burial, a family thrown into chaos, and a young life truncated and denied dignity in death.

Salem’s cousin, Hind Al Qattawi, whipped out a laptop and played for me a clip of a report on the killing by NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin. Al Qattawi had wanted to demonstrate for me the international impact the incident made, but instead, she summoned barely submerged emotions back to the surface. As soon as the video of Salem’s murder began to play, his mother, Amina, sobbed openly.

“The real problem is not just losing your home in the bombardment,” Muhammad Al Qattawi, the brother of Hind, told me. “The problem is you have lost your future, you lose your hope, and you can even lose your mind. Two million people here are on the verge of losing their minds.”

He handed me a packet of pills that had been prescribed to various family members. Deprived of justice, they had been given antidepressants to numb their despair.

Among those suffering most was Salem’s younger brother. The slightly built 14-year-old recalled his brother as a bright accounting student who paid for his education by working in his father’s corner store. He was one of his best friends.

“We used to go out with him whenever we were bored and he used to take us places,” Waseem said, fighting back tears. “Now, he’s gone, and there’s no one else to fill his place.”

When Waseem recovered, I asked him what he wanted to be when he came of age. He replied without pause that he planned to join the resistance. A look of intentness had replaced his sorrow. He said he had not considered becoming a fighter until the war came down on Shujaiya.

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