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Entitled ideology supporting ‘incineration’ of Gaza resonates with Nazi ideology

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Henry Siegman

Henry Siegman

An astonishing piece by Henry Siegman, at the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center, goes further than this Jewish leader, who escaped the Holocaust himself, has gone before. Siegman categorically defends the right of resistance for a subject people exposed to the violence of occupiers in occupied lands and says Palestinians may exercise the same right of resistance exercised by Jewish people in the 1940s. He uses the words “Dresden” and “incineration” to describe the destruction of Gaza, and then explicitly likens Netanyahu’s ideology of Jewish exceptionalism to the ideology of the Nazis.

Siegman’s argument about the right of resistance of a people told their “subjugation is permanent”:

An occupying power is under obligation in international law to do two things: to end the occupation, and until it does so, to protect the population under its occupation.

Israel is in blatant violation of both of these obligations.  The security threats to its own citizens it invokes to justify its assaults which regularly result in the killing of far more Palestinian non-combatants than militants are triggered by its occupation.  An occupied people told by its occupiers its subjugation is permanent, and that they will never be allowed to exercise the right to national self-determination and sovereign existence on territories recognized by the international community as their rightful patrimony, has every right to resort to resistance, including violent resistance, to achieve its freedom, for they are reacting to the violence that is keeping them illegally under occupation. It is a right exercised by the Jewish people when their own struggle for statehood was challenged.

Here he speaks of the Nakba and the hypocrisy of the liberal Zionists who say that it was justified to create Israel, but offer no such immunity to Palestinians seeking self-determination today:

The war crimes committed by Israel’s armed forces during its War of Independence have been documented by Benny Morris in his book Righteous Victims, and more recently by Ari Shavit in his book My Promised Land. Both argue that because there would have been no Jewish state without these crimes (an unproven and doubtful claim), they must be accepted as a necessary evil. It is a dispensation that neither author, nor Israelis in general, are prepared to extend to Palestinians still struggling for their people’s independence and statehood.

Here he says that messianic Zionism recalls Nazi ideology:

Too many Israelis seem to believe they have a God-given right to occupy, suppress, disenfranchise and displace non-Jews—particularly Arabs—in Israel. That right seems to be implied in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s insistence that Palestinians affirm the State of Israel as the historic homeland of the Jewish people…

That belief may also account for the fact that adherents to a Jewish religious tradition that stresses the sanctity of human life and man’s creation in the image of the divine react so callously to the destruction of innocents, as Israelis have, 80 to 90 percent of whom have approved Israel’s incineration of so many of Gaza’s non-combatant population. It seems not to have occurred to them that this sense of special entitlement that characterizes their behavior resonates an ideology that led to the Holocaust even as they invoke the memory of the Holocaust in justification of measures they say are intended to prevent its recurrence.

Of all democracies in the world, Israel is probably the only one in which a member of its parliament, Ayelet Shaked, who publicly advocates genocide of the residents of Gaza, has not been expelled from her political party, Habayit Hayehudi, or from Israel’s parliament…

Here he describes Israel’s growing isolation and the prison that it has built for Palestinians in the name of two-state solution, entailing ethnic cleansing and apartheid. Notice that he repeats the word “incinerate” and says that the memory of that incineration will keep Palestinians from accepting subjugated status.

Now that Israel is faced with a rising wave of  orldwide outrage—yet to reach its apogee—as the true scope of the killing and destruction wrought by Israeli forces in Gaza is being exposed, Netanyahu again finds it expedient to describe Abbas as a peace partner who can be relied upon by Israel to serve as gatekeeper for the prison in which the victims of Israel’s latest “lawn mowing,” both living and dead, are interred. …

He is counting on the Palestinians and the international community’s frustration and despair over a two-state outcome to enable Israel to proceed with unilateral measures that create disconnected Palestinian enclaves and the annexation to Israel of much of the West Bank. It is an arrangement, he believes, that would enable Israel to escape the stain of apartheid by granting nominal “full citizenship” to the few Palestinians remaining in the areas annexed to Israel.
But he is mistaken; it will not happen. Too many Palestinian mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters have seen their loved ones incinerated to allow Israel to escape the consequences of its ethnic cleansing and the resulting apartheid.

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‘Common Dreams’ website traps Hasbara troll spewing anti-Semitism

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Jewish Harvard Grad poses online as Jew-hating troll

Anti-Semitic icon chosen by Jewish Harvard Grad “Jason Beck” posting as a Jew-hater under the alias of “DeShawn Williams”

A Jewish student posting virulently anti-Semitic comments at various internet forums, allegedly “to gauge how pervasive anti-Semitism” is online, has been busted by the progressive website Common Dreams (CD).

Investigative journalist Lance Tapley leaves few stones unturned in his report The Double Identity of an ‘Anti-Semitic’ Commenter” exceptthe identity of the culprit. “Let’s call the student Jason Beck”, Tapley says, protecting the perpetrator.

Beck, a Harvard graduate now a grad student at a midwestern university, created literally dozens of online personas to support his true objective: poisoning online discourse critical of Israel. So if evidence of anti-Semitism wasn’t there, he’d create it himself.

His posting on Common Dreams illustrates the susceptibility of website comment threads to massive manipulation.

And what was the goal of this pollution? Common Dreams says the hate speech undermined fundraising efforts, and was intended to do so.

The website’s executive director, Craig Brown, was personally appalled at the anti-Semitic comments–and had a financial motivation to block these commenters. One generous funder had told him, he said, referring to the stream of anti-Semitism, “I gave you five thousand dollars last year, but I’m not doing it again.”

“We’ve had hundreds of donors say similar things,” Brown added. “People are right to be offended by the anti-Semitism, and it has a serious impact on our reputation and our fundraising.” But when Common Dreams tried to block [Beck handles] DeShawn, HamBaconEggs, et al, they kept coming back.

Here’s how Beck jumpstarted the comment thread at the base of Max Blumenthal’s The Desert of Israeli Democracy on CD:

Just imagine how many millions of people would have been saved from the scourge of Judeo-imperialist wars and Jewish financial predations had Hitler actually finished the job.

After years and years of spewing classic vile Jew-hatred all over the internet fate caught up with him because he was using the university’s computers.

Interviewed by Common Dreams, the man, in his thirties, conceded he has a “psychological obsession” with trolling. A “tic”.  So he came up with multiple personas, including a “JewishProgressive” who trails his other personas expressing his disgust at the viciousness he’s just penned, and then launches into a diatribe on the pervasiveness of anti-Semitism online. These lectures dominated, poisoned and diverted online discussions.

So why grant him another anonymous handle? Common Dreams says it feared that disclosing his identity could put his life in danger; contributors to hate sites he frequented might seek revenge, having discovered he was himself Jewish.

Described by the professor in charge of his academic unit as “the sweetest guy you can imagine,” the man claims he became “frustrated” by what he perceived as “the blurring of criticism [of] Israel and anti-Semitism”.

Beck adamantly claims he was a “lone-wolf” acting alone all these years but curiously, when Common Dreams confronted Beck after tracking him down at the university, Beck stated he had been “ill-advised”.  Yes but ill-advised by whom?

Should any of this surprise us? Heck no! Millions have been invested in shutting down discussion of Israel online, and what better way to do it than close down progressive websites that host discussion of Israel.

When Common Dreams examined hundreds of posts in this ugly charade, the aim appeared clear-cut: to cast a deep shadow on, and drive support from, one of the largest and oldest progressive-news websites.

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In Photos: Thousands pack Rafah streets for funeral of top Hamas commanders

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Thousands of mourners packed the streets of Rafah to pay tribute to the Hamas commanders Muhammad Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad Barhoum. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Thousands of mourners packed the streets of Rafah to pay tribute to the Hamas commanders Muhammad Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad Barhoum. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Last night, Israel dropped several one-ton bombs on a house in Rafah, killing three top Hamas commanders, Muhammad Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad Barhoum. The airstrikes also killed Hasan Hussein Younis, 75, his wife Amal Ibrahim Younis, Ahmad Nasser Kallab, 17, Nathira Kallab, Aisha Attiya, and children Abdullah Kallab and Youssef Kallab.

Mourners carry a body from the al-Awda mosque to the East Rafah cemetery. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Mourners carry a body from the al-Awda mosque to the East Rafah cemetery. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Thousands packed the streets of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip today to mourn in the largest funeral gathering since the assassination of the Hamas military leader Ahmed Jabari in 2012. Drone strikes could be heard in the distance and Israeli flares were launched above the cemetery.

Mourners shovel and push dirt by hand into a grave. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Mourners shovel and push dirt by hand into a grave. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

A mourner passes a brick that will serve as a temporary grave marker. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

A mourner passes a brick that will serve as a temporary grave marker. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Professor Abu Neqira speaks at the funeral. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Professor Abu Neqira speaks at the funeral. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

A group of dejected mourners sit over a fresh grave. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

A group of dejected mourners sit over a fresh grave. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Mourners grieve after the funerals. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Mourners grieve after the funerals. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

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Wake Up America: Unprovoked armed assault on people in Ferguson

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Unprovoked armed assault on people in Ferguson

I was at the front of a non-violent march of 3,000 people on the night of Aug. 17 when police forces in Ferguson, Mo. unleashed a coordinated military offensive against unarmed, peaceful marchers.

The police say that they opened fire, using armored vehicles, tear gas, grenades and rubber bullets, in response to Molotov cocktails and shots being fired at them.

That is nonsense. Again, I was there, at the front of the march when the assault vehicles rushed toward and attacked marchers and cops immediately began firing tears gas, rubber bullets and flash-bang grenades into a crowd of defenseless people. For hours, they continued the assault on the retreating crowd.

If their phony story of self-defense is true, why isn’t there video evidence to back that up—especially when you consider that Ferguson is being covered by an army of international media? And, even if their story were true, it would not justify the incredible amount of force that was used.

But there was no Molotov cocktail. It was dark, night-time, at the time of the assault. I would have seen the explosion. Other marchers would have seen the explosion.

The simple truth is that the powers of the state—from the federal to the local level—turned a lawful first-amendment assembly for justice into a war zone. The goal of the protesters is getting justice for Michael Brown and his family. Their demand is the indictment of Michael Brown’s murderer, police officer Darren Wilson.

Yet every single media outlet, from the New York Times to local media outlets is reporting the state’s fraudulent version of events. But history will remember the truth. The state has used overwhelming violence in the streets of Ferguson in an attempt to kill a righteous movement for justice.

What are the national and local authorities so afraid of that they have used devastating force against the population? Are they afraid of the protesters? Yes they are, but why? The police forces and the state enjoy a completely lopsided position of power and authority in society. They can get away with murder and then brutalize those who peacefully seek justice—and the media will report their version of events.

Here’s why: When the protests started, the local police forces tried to violently repress them with guns and dogs and assault vehicles. They failed. In response to the police aggression, the people justifiably rebelled and took over the main street of their community. The cops were then forced to adjust their strategy and pretend to make nice with the protesters. But it would only be a matter of days, with the backing of the highest levels of the U.S. government, that the state would escalate the violence.

Why? They know that if they indict Wilson while the people maintain control of the streets that would send a message to every Black, oppressed and poor community across the country that if you rebel you can defeat the police and the powers that be, you can achieve justice.

But the authorities are not interested in justice. Ferguson shows that clearly. They want to maintain the status quo of poverty and racist police terror.

Despite all the odds, thousands of people again took to the streets of Ferguson on the night of Aug. 18. They were again met by police violence. The people won’t be stopped! Victory to the Ferguson Rebellion!

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Eyewitness Ferguson: ‘most brutal attack yet on protesters’

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Last night, more than 3,000 people thought they would be safe as they joined together to march peacefully down W. Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, four hours before the 12:00 midnight curfew imposed yesterday by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

But at 8:30 p.m., the police forces waged their most brutal attack yet on protesters in the days since young Mike Brown was murdered on August 9.

At the end of the assault, the government announced that the National Guard will be deployed to Ferguson.

The war on Ferguson’s Black community is employing all the weapons of a modern military. The question is: Do the powers-that-be truly believe they can extinguish the people’s quest for justice with more and more police forces?

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The truth is, the federal, state and local governments see much deeper implications if they accede to the people’s struggle and bring peace on a community suffering the loss of another Black youth, by putting a cop on trial.

They fear the example. They fear the power of the people to challenge the enormous police state of towns, states and the federal government.

That is why almost 50 FBI agents are coming into Ferguson.

They are not coming to investigate the killing of Brown.

Nobody in the Black community believes that. Nor does anyone believe that it takes weeks and months, as some officials have claimed, for the investigation to be completed.

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In response to Gov. Nixon’s claim that he is seeking to keep the peace in Ferguson, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Meet the Press today, challenged him. “Well, governor, there was peace on Thursday night, on Thursday night after you appointed the state police chief to take over from the county. But then the Ferguson police chief released that video [alleging Mike Brown shoplifted cigars]. What justifies releasing the video about the convenience store while there are still no details about what happened with the shooting itself. That is what caused everything again to erupt on Friday night and eventually led to the curfew to be imposed. …

“Shouldn’t Chief Jackson be fired or told to step down?”

After the hours-long attack was over, in the midst of a heavily militarized zone of siege by the cops, the police forces held an emergency press conference at 1:15 a.m., to justify the attack.

The scenario the police depicted to the media was false. They claim they had to fire on the crowd and order dispersal after several gunshots were fired at them.

Those of us at the front of the march who experienced firsthand the attack by the police know that is not what happened.

The evening’s incident began at 8:00 p.m. Starting at the corner of Chambers and W. Florissant Ave., we walked together with a committed and energetic crowd of 2,000, which quickly grew to 3,000. In this march there were many more young women and girls, parents with children and babies.

As a veteran of hundreds of marches and protests, I was struck by the respect that the people had for the leaders and monitors of the march, and with each other. Later, as the police assault took hold, I would witness and experience great acts of courage as young men put themselves in harm’s way to help escape the police rout.

The likely reason for the police attack is that local community leaders announced that the people would march to the police station. The police claim they acted against the lead part of the march because we were going to march to their command post at a nearby shopping mall.

That again is false. The lead organizer announced over the bullhorn several times that the march would go to the police station. There was no inflammatory language used.

As the protesters approached Jenning Station Rd. to turn right to the police station, several armored, militarized vehicles appeared suddenly near the Target store complex to completely block the protest.

A flash grenade was fired at the front of the march and rubber bullets began to hit the crowd. Tear gas choked and incapacitated many people.

The next hour was an all-out assault on a march in full retreat. There was no justification for rubber bullets or the tear gas being used on a crowd that was clearly walking or running to the far end of Florissant Ave., where the march started.

Despite the retreat of the protesters, the trucks continued to fire rubber bullets and tear gas into the crowd, along a straight route where there were very few places to hide from the projectiles.

Several people, including ANSWER activists Ana Santoyo and Arthur Sangster, were trapped by the police. They could not leave and were arrested on failure-to-disperse charges. Jamier Sale, also an ANSWER activist, was forced to hide from the marauding police and stayed hidden behind a building until curfew was over, along with several other men.

Many people were not allowed to return home in that area after they were driven out, nor allowed to retrieve their cars. Consequently many people were stranded on the outskirts of the militarized zone, exposed to further danger.

The Black community of Ferguson has a clear and simple demand: Indict police officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown.

But the rulers and police have a different answer, they are heaping more repressive forces in Ferguson.

The demand for indictment of the cop who murdered Mike Brown has not abated one bit, it has only grown.

It is urgent that communities and organizations across the United States join in solidarity to demand that the police repression in Ferguson end, and that Darren Wilson be indicted for murder.

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Hamas Executes 18 Palestinians, Accusing Them of Spying for Nazi regime

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Supporters of Hamas hold posters of three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing, Mohammed Abu Shamaleh, Raed Attar and Mohammed Barhoum, who were killed in Thursday’s Israeli strikes
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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque and shot after midday prayers, in response to Israel’s deadly airstrikes against top Hamas military commanders.Hamas media portrayed the killings as the beginning of a new crackdown,Hamas media portrayed the killings as the beginning of a new crackdown, under the rallying cry of “choking the necks of the collaborators.”It was the largest number of suspected informers killed by Hamas in a single day since it seized Gaza by force in 2007.The Al Majd website, which is close to the Hamas security services, said suspects would now be dealt with “in the field” rather than in the courts in order to create deterrence. Hamas said it would not release the names of those killed because it wanted to protect the reputation of their families. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said two of those killed Friday were women. It called for an immediate halt to what it said were “extra-judicial executions.”

The killings came a day after an Israeli airstrike on a house in southern Gaza killed three senior military leaders of Hamas. The three had played a key role in expanding Hamas’ military capabilities, including building a network of attack tunnels into Israel and smuggling weapons.

Earlier in the week, another strike killed the wife and two children of Mohammed Deif, the shadowy leader of the Hamas military wing. Deif’s fate remains unclear.

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Palestinians look at a crater made after a house was hit by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza in the northern Gaza Strip, Friday, Aug. 22

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Friday’s events began with the shooting of 11 alleged informants at the Gaza City police headquarters in the morning. Of the 11, two were women, the Palestinian rights center said.

Later in the day, seven people were killed outside the city’s downtown al-Omari mosque as worshippers wrapped up noon prayers. Several dozen people were outside the mosque at the time, said one of the witnesses, 42-year-old Ayman Sharif. Another witness said the faces of the seven had been covered. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was afraid for his own safety.

Sharif said masked gunmen lined up seven people against a wall. A piece of paper was affixed above the head of each of them, with his initials and his alleged crime. Sharif quoted one of the gunmen as saying the seven “had sold their souls to the enemy for a cheap price” and had caused killing and destruction. The commander of the group then gave the order to the others to open fire with their automatic rifles. He said the bodies were collected by an ambulance and the gunmen left.

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A Palestinian supporter of Hamas holds a poster of its military wing, Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, with Arabic writing that reads, “Allegiance for al-Qassam,”

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Friday’s killing marked the third time since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war six weeks ago that Hamas announced the killing of alleged collaborators. On Thursday, Al Majd said seven people were arrested on suspicion of working with Israel and that three of them were killed.

In pinpointing the whereabouts of the Hamas commanders, Israel likely relied to some extent on local informers.

Israel has maintained a network of informers despite its withdrawal from Gaza in 2005,Israel has maintained a network of informers despite its withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, at times using blackmail or the lure of exit permits to win cooperation.Meanwhile, Israel-Gaza fighting continued for a third day since the collapse of Egyptian-led cease-fire talks earlier this week.

By early afternoon, Gaza militants had fired at least 56 rockets and mortar shells at Israel, while Israel carried out at least 28 airstrikes in Gaza, the military said.

One of the strikes hit a livestock farm where two workers were killed and three people were wounded, said Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra. The Israeli military said its strikes targeted concealed rocket launchers and weapons sites.

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Palestinians check their home in the middle of rubble of destroyed buildings in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanun on August 22, 2014.

In Israel, one civilian was moderately wounded by a rocket in the southern city of Beersheba and another was lightly hurt by a rocket that landed in the border town of Sderot.

Since Israel-Hamas fighting erupted on July 8, at least 2,091 Palestinians have been killed in the coastal territory, according to Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra. Nearly a quarter of the dead — 469 — are children, according to a UNICEF field officer in Gaza, Pernilla Ironside. Of the more than 10,500 Palestinians wounded, nearly one-third are children, according to UNICEF figures, while some 100,000 Gazans have been left homeless.

On the Israeli side, 67 people have been killed in the past six weeks, including 64 soldiers, two civilians and a Thai worker.

The renewed fighting dashed hopes for a lasting truce.The renewed fighting dashed hopes for a lasting truce. Earlier this week, Hamas rejected an Egyptian truce proposal under which Israel would gradually ease its blockade of Gaza, without giving specific commitments.
Hamas demands a lifting of the border closure imposed by Israel and Egypt after the militant group’s takeover of the coastal strip in 2007.A quick resumption of indirect talks between Israel and Hamas in Cairo also seems unlikely, particularly after the killing of the three Hamas commanders. Senior Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh said late Thursday that his group would not budge from its demands.

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Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh speaks during a press conference on October 19, 2013 in Gaza City, Gaza

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“We will not accept anything less than an end to the (Israeli) aggression and an end to the blockade,” Haniyeh said in a statement posted online by Hamas-run news service Al Rai. “Anyone involved in cease-fire efforts must understand that our people will not accept anything less than this.”

Israel says the Gaza blockade is needed to prevent Hamas and other militant groups from getting weapons. The restrictions prevent most Gazans from traveling outside the crowded coastal strip and bar most exports.

Despite the crisis, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was in Qatar meeting Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal to push Hamas negotiators to return to cease-fire talks, and to encourage Qatar to support Egyptian cease-fire efforts, a Palestinian official said.

Abbas was set to travel to Egypt later Friday to meet with Egyptian intelligence officials to discuss cease-fire efforts, the official added, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss issues related to the negotiations.

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Fighting Al Qaeda by Supporting Al Qaeda in Syria: The Obama Administration is a “State Sponsor of Terrorism”o

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First published by GR on June 19, 2013

A major transition in US counter-terrorism doctrine is unfolding.

While Barack Obama, following in the footsteps of George W. Bush, remains firmly committed to waging a “Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT), his administration is now openly supporting selected rebel units in Syria which are part of the Al Qaeda network.

Known and documented, Al Qaeda is a creation of the CIA, which has covertly supported the “Islamic Terror Network” since the heyday of the Soviet Afghan war.

While Al Qaeda is a US sponsored “intelligence asset”, a “New Normal” has been established.

An Al Qaeda affiliated organization, namely Syria’s Al Nusrah, is being supported “overtly” by the US President, rather than “covertly” by the CIA.

The support of Al Nusrah, an affiliate of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), is no longer channeled in secrecy as part of a CIA-MI6 covert operation, it is now being supported –in a semi-official fashion– as part of a US foreign policy agenda. The latter is also part of America’s diplomatic discourse, implemented in consultation with Britain, Canada, Germany and France. Although Al Nusrah was not mentioned explicitly, “support to the Syrian rebels” was the main topic of debate at the June 2013 G-8 meetings in Northern Ireland.

While intelligence covert ops continue to perform an important role, Washington’s support to Al Qaeda in Syria is now “out in the open”, within the public domain. It is no longer part of a secret undertaking. It is part of the mainstay of US foreign policy, carried out under the helm of Secretary of State John Kerry.

“Support to the rebels” is also debated in the US Congress. It is the object of a bill which has already been adopted by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Senator Corker who co-sponsored the bill stated that:

“The future for Syria is uncertain, but the U.S. has a vested interest in trying to prevent an extremist takeover, which poses a very real risk for us and the region,” (emphasis added)

In a twisted logic, the bill purports to prevent “an extremist takeover” by supporting an Al Qaeda terrorist formation.

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations voted 15-3 in favor of the proposed bill.

Ironically, the pro-Israeli lobby was also actively involved in lobbying in favor of aid to jihadist rebels.

Israel has supported Al Nusrah militarily in areas adjacent to the occupied territories of the Golan Heights.

Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky (left) voted against the bill, warning:

You will be funding today the allies of al Qaeda” (quoted by RT)

Al Qaeda, Osama and “The Blowback”

Everybody knows that Al Qaeda is now directly supported by the US government.

The implications are far-reaching. Obama’s decision not only undermines the legitimacy of the “Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT), it also casts doubt on the “blowback” thesis.

Moreover, it begs the embarrassing question: Why is the US president supporting Al Nusrah, which is on the US State Department list of terrorist organizations?

The CIA refers to the so-called “blowback” thesis whereby an “intelligence asset”, (i.e. the Islamic jihad) is said to “have gone against its sponsors”; ”

The sophisticated methods taught to the Mujahideen, and the thousands of tons of arms supplied to them by the US – and Britain – are now tormenting the West in the phenomenon known as `blowback’, whereby a policy strategy rebounds on its own devisers. (The Guardian, London, September 15, 2001).

“What we’ve created blows back in our face.” The US government and the CIA are portrayed as the ill-fated victims. The CIA had been tricked by a deceitful Osama. It’s like “a son going against his father”.

While the CIA acknowledges that the late Osama bin Laden, leader of Al Qaeda, was an “intelligence asset” during the Cold War, the relationship is said to “go way back”. In the wake of 9/11, news reports would invariably dismiss these Osama-CIA links as part of the “bygone era” of the Soviet-Afghan war. They are invariably described as “irrelevant” to an understanding of the post-9/11 era:

Bin Laden recruited 4,000 volunteers from his own country and developed close relations with the most radical mujahideen leaders. He also worked closely with the CIA, … Since September 11, [2001] CIA officials have been claiming they had no direct link to bin Laden. (Phil Gasper, International Socialist Review, November-December 2001)

Afghan Mujahideen Commanders meet with President Ronald Reagan

While the “blowback” thesis is an obvious fabrication, it has nonetheless served to provide legitimacy to the “Global War on Terrorism”. With “overt” support channeled by the US government to an Al Qaeda affiliated organization, the blowback thesis falls flat, it is no longer credible.

The evidence amply confirms that the CIA never severed its ties to the “Islamic Militant Network”. Historically, US covert support to terrorists was a safely guarded secret, unknown to the broader public. Moreover, the CIA would never channel its support directly. It would proceed through its intelligence counterparts in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Since the end of the Cold War, these covert intelligence links have not only been maintained, they have become increasingly sophisticated.

The broad political and media consensus in the wake of the 9/11 attacks was built around the blowback: Al Qaeda had attacked America.

The Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) against Al Qaeda and its affiliates had been launched. Yet the evidence amply confirms that US intelligence continues to harbor several terrorist organizations which are on the US State Department’s list.

Paradoxically, covert support to the terrorists by Western intelligence agencies (including the CIA, MI6, Germany’s BND) is an essential instrument of the “Global War on Terrorism”. Namely the war on terror to protect the Homeland is waged by using US-NATO sponsored terrorists and mercenaries as foot-soldiers of the Western military alliance.

The support provided covertly to “jihadist” terrorist organizations in a large number of countries (e.g. former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Niger, Mali, Algeria, Egypt, etc.) has been used by the US-NATO alliance to destabilize sovereign states.

Obama and Al Nusrah. The “State Sponsors of Terrorism”

Al Qaeda was identified as the mastermind of the 911 attacks on the World Trade Center Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11 was immediately identified as a “state sponsor of terrorism” leading to the bombing and invasion of Afghanistan by US and NATO forces on October 7, 2001. In turn, a gamut of counterterrorism legislation and executive orders were put in place in the immediate wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Executive Order 13224, signed by President George W. Bush on September 23, 2001 “authorizes the seizure of assets of organizations or individuals designated by the Secretary of the Treasury to assist, sponsor, or provide material or financial support or who are otherwise associated with terrorists.” (Sept. 23, 2001).

The US Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act 2001, signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001. The legislation was in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, which allegedly had been perpetrated by Al Qaeda.

According to the 2001 Patriot Act, those “who pay for the bomb“, namely those who fund affiliates of Al Qaeda, are terrorists. In the words of George W. Bush on September 11, 2001, “We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.”

The Act pertains to the harboring and financing of terrorist organizations. Al Qaeda and its affiliates are defined in the PATRIOT Act as a terror network. Persons and organizations which support or abet Al Qaeda are considered as terrorists.

The forbidden question: Does the substance of Executive order 13224 and the PATRIOT legislation quoted above apply to a US president, a Secretary of State, a Member of the US Congress?

The Department of Justice “has prosecuted individuals and organizations for providing material support to the terrorist organization, while the Department of Treasury has frozen the assets of dozens of terrorist financiers and networks.” (See Council on Foreign Relations)

Similar measures, including the freezing of assets or organizations supportive of terrorism, were adopted in the European Union. “Since 2007, Britain’s Ministry of Finance has frozen the assets (PDF) of hundreds of individuals and organizations connected to al-Qaeda via its Asset Freezing Unit.” (Ibid)

National governments which provide support to Al Qaeda are categorised as “State-sponsors of terrorism”.

The designation is determined by the US State Department. In fact, the Secretary of State, namely John Kerry has the authority “to determine that the government of such country has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.” (State Department List), See also the Counterterrorism Bureau)

Barack Obama and John Kerry: Are They “Terror Suspects”?

Now let us examine in more detail the Al Nusrah Front, which constitutes the main rebel fighting force in Syria. Al Nusrah is affiliated to Al Qaeda. The leader of Al Nusra, Abu Mohammad al-Golani, has pledged his allegiance to Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who replaced Osama bin Laden after his death.

According to the State Department Bureau of Counter-terrorism, Jabhat al Nusrah, the main rebel force in Syria is a terrorist organization, an affiliate of Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI).

The State Department has issued a “prohibition against knowingly providing, or attempting or conspiring to provide, material support or resources to, or engaging in transactions with, al-Nusrah Front, and the freezing of all property and interests in property of the organization that are in the United States, or come within the United States or the control of U.S. persons.” (emphasis added).

It is understood that US State Department Counter-terrorism policy also applies to “state sponsors of terrorism”.

Al Nusrah is financed by Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Israel in close consultation with NATO and the Pentagon.

The Obama administration has openly confirmed its support for the Syrian rebels with most of this aid channeled to Al Nusrah.

The PATRIOT Act “prohibits knowingly harboring persons who have committed or are about to commit a variety of terrorist offenses”.

Moreover, an entire gamut of executive orders as well as the 2001 Patriot legislation prohibit “the harboring of terrorists”.

According to the US Justice Department:

The Patriot Act imposed tough new penalties on those who commit and support terrorist operations, both at home and abroad.” The terror threat emanates both from “the terrorist who pays for a bomb as by the one who pushes the button”.

According to the Patriot legislation, those “who pay for the bomb”, namely funding affiliates of Al Qaeda, constitutes a terrorist act.

In other words, the Obama administration and its allies are harboring a terror organization which is on the US State department list.

In this regard, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry could be held responsible for knowingly providing, or attempting or conspiring to provide, material support or resources to, or engaging in transactions with, al-Nusrah Front:

“The [PATRIOT] Act created a new offense that prohibits knowingly harboring persons who have committed or are about to commit a variety of terrorist offenses”, yet the Obama administration is openly supporting a terrorist entity, in violation of its own counter-terrorism legislation.

Media Complicity

According to CNN, quoting intelligence sources, Al Nusrah is “the best-equipped arm of the terror group” in Syria, with an estimated 10,000 forces. Where do they get their money and weapons? CNN does not provide any details as to Why Al Nusrah is the best equipped, in relation to the various so-called moderate rebels factions, which from a military standpoint are broadly inoperative.

How many of these Al Nusrah forces remain operative following the government’s counteroffensive remains to be established.

Ironically, this latest CNN report (June 18, 2013 suggests that the rebels rather than the government have chemical weapons in their possession:

“They [Al Nusrah] are making desperate attempts to get chemical weapons,” the analyst told CNN, noting that in the past few weeks, security services in Iraq and Turkey arrested [Al Nusrah] operatives who were “trying to get their hands on sarin.”

In relation to the later, Turkish Police confirmed that the arrested Al Nusrah operative was in possession of sarin gas.

CNN contradicts its own reports. The same CNN article which intimated that the rebels were “attempting to get” chemical weapons, makes the case for “arming the rebels”:

The Obama administration announced last week that it will start arming rebels because Syria crossed a “red line” by using chemical weapons — including sarin gas — against the opposition.

The development is likely to be at the center of the Group of Eight summit in Northern Ireland on Monday, setting a riveting backdrop to the meeting after Syria’s longtime ally Russia said the move supports “those who kill their enemies and eat their organs.”

…Obama has not detailed the increased military support, but Washington officials told CNN that the plan includes providing small arms, ammunition and possibly anti-tank weapons to the rebels.

The Broader Implications of Obama’s Support of Al Nusrah

The blowback thesis is now defunct. The US has never ceased to support Al Qaeda. These terrorist organizations were created by US intelligence and supported by Washington. The blowback thesis is refuted not only by Obama’s “overt support” of Al Nusrah but also with regard to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), an Al Qaeda affiliate, which was directly supported by NATO from the outset of the insurgency and Libya bombing campaign in 2011.

The “Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT) has become an increasingly fragile concept. Waging a “War on Terrorism” with the active participation of an Al Qaeda affiliated organization constitutes an obvious fallacy, a big lie, a non sequitur.

The propaganda and media disinformation campaign behind the “Global War on Terrorism” has also entered a dead alley. Going after the terrorists by supporting the terrorists? Will the American public support a government which funnels billions of tax dollars to a terrorist organization as a means to “combating terrorism”?

The Pentagon’s post-911 military doctrine is predicated on the “Global War on Terrorism”. It is a consensus within US military. It is used in the recruitment, training and indoctrination of US forces.

Will American servicemen and women accept to swallow the big lie and fight in what visibly constitutes a fake “war on terrorism”.

The Criminalisation of the US State

President Obama’s “overt” support to Syria’s Al Qaeda rebels “opens up a can of worms”.

How are we to categorize an American President who says he is committed to fighting Al Qaeda, while at the same time supporting Al Qaeda?

The entire Homeland Security doctrine tumbles like a deck of cards.

The US government is in blatant violation of its own counter-terrorism legislation.

Order Directly from Global Research

America’s “War on Terrorism”

Michel Chossudovsky

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In this new and expanded edition of Michel Chossudovskys 2002 best seller, the author blows away the smokescreen put up by the mainstream media, that 9/11 was an attack on America by Islamic terrorists. Through meticulous research, the author uncovers a military-intelligence ploy behind the September 11 attacks, and the cover-up and complicity of key members of the Bush Administration.

The expanded edition, which includes twelve new chapters focuses on the use of 9/11 as a pretext for the invasion and illegal occupation of Iraq, the militarisation of justice and law enforcement and the repeal of democracy.

According to Chossudovsky, the war on terrorism is a complete fabrication based on the illusion that one man, Osama bin Laden, outwitted the $40 billion-a-year American intelligence apparatus. The war on terrorism is a war of conquest. Globalisation is the final march to the New World Order, dominated by Wall Street and the U.S. military-industrial complex.

September 11, 2001 provides a justification for waging a war without borders. Washingtons agenda consists in extending the frontiers of the American Empire to facilitate complete U.S. corporate control, while installing within America the institutions of the Homeland Security State.

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Nazi forces continue their offensive on the Gaza Strip and commit more crimes against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

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  • ·Nazi warplanes launched dozens of airstrikes on civilian targets in the Gaza Strip.

–          22 Palestinians, including 19 civilians, were killed.

–          The civilian victims include 8 children and 3 women.

–          14 houses were completely destroyed and dozens of others were extensively damaged.

  • ·6 Palestinian civilians, including 2 women, died of previous wounds in the Gaza Strip.
  • ·Israeli forces continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.

–         13 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children, were wounded in protests against the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.

–         A Palestinian child was wounded in the weekly protest against the construction of the annexation wall in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah.

  • ·Israeli forces conducted 63 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

–         90 Palestinians were arrested, including 48 ones, in East Jerusalem.

–         Israeli forces issued a decision forcibly transferring MP Khalida Jarrar to Jericho for 6 months.

  • ·Israel continued to impose a total closure on the oPt and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

–         Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank.

–         At least 3 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a leader of Islamic Jihad, were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

  • ·Israeli authorities continued efforts to create a Jewish majority in Jerusalem.

–         Israeli forces demolished a house and a store in Jabal al-Tour neighbourhood.

  • ·Israeli forces continued to support settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

–         Israeli forces demolished 9 homes in Nablus and Ramallah, rendering 63 Palestinian civilians, including 33 children, homeless.

–         Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian civilians in Jerusalem and Hebron.

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Nazi Forces Continue Their Offensive on Gaza Amidst Threats to Expand It;

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30 Palestinians, 22 of Whom Are Civilians, Including 10 Children and 3 Women, Killed and 110 Others, Including 36 Children and 22 Women Wounded;

Victims Include Father and Stepmother of Essam Younis, Director of Al Mezan Center for Human Rights;

14 Houses Destroyed

 

Since the Beginning of the Nazi Offensive, 2,086 Palestinians, 1,602 of Whom Are Civilians, Including 494 Children and 287 Women, Killed, and 10,381 Others, Mostly Civilians, Including 3,149 Children and 2.011 Women, Wounded;

865 Houses Targeted and Destroyed by Nazi Warplanes;

Thousands of Houses Destroyed Completely or Partially by Nazi Shelling

Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for 45 days in violation of the international law.  They have employed their full-fledged arsenal to attack the Gaza Strip from the air, sea and land, killing and wounding thousands of Palestinians, mostly civilians, including children and women.  Many Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes that attacked their homes without prior warnings.  Israeli forces have attacked homes, trees, sands and civilian facilities and property. On Wednesday evening, 20 August 2014, Israeli forces escalated attacks on Palestinian civilians and property.  They attacked more houses and civilian gatherings, and extra-judicially executed a number of members of Palestinian armed groups.  As a result of these attacks, 30 Palestinians, 22 of whom are civilians, including 10 children and 3 women, were killed. The victims include 5 members of one family, and the father and stepmother of Mr. Essam Younis, Director of Al Mezan Center for Human Rights.  Additionally, 110 Palestinians, including 36 children and 22 women, were wounded, and 14 houses were destroyed.  Humanitarian shelters throughout the Gaza Strip are over-crowded as thousands of Palestinian civilians have resorted to them.  According to UNRWA’s statistics, the number of displaced civilians has amounted to at least 240,000.  Most areas in the Gaza Strip lack water and electricity services due to the ongoing offensive.

The latest developments from 10:00 (07:00 GMT) on Wednesday, 20 August 2014, to 10:00 on Thursday, 03 August 2014, have been as follows:

The Northern Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes launched a number of airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural plots and open areas.  As a result of these attacks, 7 Palestinians, 5 of whom are civilians, including a child, were killed, and 11 others, including 2 children, were wounded.  Additionally, 4 houses were targeted and 3 of them were destroyed, and a number of other houses were damaged.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 12:15 on Wednesday, 20 August 2014, an Israeli drone attacked Sofian Darwish Muhaisen, 48, and his son Mustafa, 29, from Jabalya refugee camp, when they were in a hut on their land in Beit Lahia.  The father and son were killed.

–       At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired dozens of artillery shells at agricultural plots and open areas in the northern Gaza Strip.  The shelling continued until 23:00, damaging a number of houses.

–       At approximately 17:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to ‘Abdullah al-Hajin in Beit Hanoun.  The house was extensively damaged.

–       At approximately 20:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in ‘Assaliya Street in Jabalya.  As a result, 2 Palestinian civilians were wounded when they were inside their house.

–       At approximately 21:15, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a members of a Palestinian armed group in al-Twam area in the west of Jabalya, killing 2 of them.

–       Also at approximately 21:15, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to Mohammed Shihada in al-Boura area in the north of Beit Hanoun.  The house was destroyed and a number of neighboring houses and the building of Ghassan Kanafani Society were damaged.

–       At approximately 21:45, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Mohammed Ahmed al-Hamadain in al-Na’ima Street in Beit Hanoun.  The house was destroyed.

–       At approximately 03:15 on Thursday, 21 August 2014, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Jalal Humaid in al-Falouja area in Jabalya.  The house was destroyed and a number of nearby houses and shops were damaged.

–       At approximately 06:45, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Hussam ‘Abed Rabbu Abu Jasser, 45, when he was on his land in Jabalya.  He was instantly killed.

–       At approximately 08:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Sorour Mohammed Tanboura, 35, and his child, 13, when they were walking near their house in al-‘Atatra area in Beit Lahia.  The man and the child were killed.

Gaza City:

Israeli warplanes launched 12 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural plots, open areas, civilians and members of Palestinian armed groups.  As a result of these attacks, 9 Palestinians, 8 of whom are civilians, including 4 children, were killed.  The victims include 5 members of the al-Reefi family.  Additionally, 13 Palestinians, including 4 children and a woman, were wounded, and 2 houses were targeted and destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 20 August 2014, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at members of a Palestinian armed group near al-Maqqoussi buildings in the northwest of Gaza City, killing one of them.

–       At approximately 11:30, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a number of Palestinian civilians who were near Hassan al-Banna Mosque in al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. As a result, 3 civilians, including a child, were killed: Sami Hassan ‘Ayad, 33; Nour Mahmoud Abu Hassira, 2; and Zaki Suleiman al-Ra’ei, 60.  Four civilians were also wounded.

–       At approximately 16:00, an Israeli warplane launched 2 missiles at a 5-storey house belonging to Mo’een Yousef al-Hadidi, in which 5 families, including 9 women and 15 children, near Humaid intersection in al-Shati refugee camp in the west of Gaza City.  The house was extensively damaged, but no casualties were reported.

–       At approximately 19:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 5-storey house belonging to Falah ‘Aashour Dughmosh, in which 10 families, including 20 children and 10 women, in al-Mughrabi Street in the south of Gaza City.  Soon after, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the houses, damaging it extensively.

–       At approximately 09:30 on Wednesday, 21 August 2014, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at members of the al-Reefi family who were on an agricultural plot belonging to the family in al-Nafaq Street in the north of Gaza City.  As a result, 5 members of the family, including 2 children, were killed: Nasser Ziad al-Reefi, 37; his child ‘Omar, 4; Mohammed Zaid al-Reefi, 28; ‘Abdullah Tariq al-Reefi, 6; and Ziad Tariq al-Reefi, 13. Four others, including 2 children, were also wounded.

The Central Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes launched 9 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural plots and a cemetery.  As a result of these attacks, 4 Palestinians, including 2 children, were killed, and 27 others, including 4 women and 8 children, were wounded.  Two houses were also destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–          At approximately 14:30 on Wednesday, 20 August 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 3-storey house belonging to Kamel ‘Abdullah Hamdan, in which 8 people live. A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–          At approximately 15:45, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Saher Mohammed al-‘Abeet, 11, and his cousin, Mohammed ‘Ammar al-‘Abeet, 16, when they were walking 50 meters awat from an UNRWA shelter in Deir al-Balah.  The two children were killed, and 2 others were wounded.

–          At approximately 22:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at Gaza Valley Cemetery in Juhor al-Dik village.  The cemetery was damaged.

–          At approximately 01:30 on Thursday, 21 August 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at 2 members of a Palestinian armed group in Street 20 in al-Nussairat refugee camp, killing them.

–          At approximately 09:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house rented by Yousef Mohammed Abu Matar, in which 10 people live.  The house was destroyed.

Khan Yunis:

Israeli warplanes launched 31 airstrikes targeting houses and agricultural plots.  As a result of these attacks, 4 Palestinian civilians were wounded. Israeli warplanes targeted and destroyed 4 houses.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–          At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 20 August 2014, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in al-Fukhari village, southeast of Khan Yunis.

–          At approximately 10:10, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in ‘Abassan village, east of Khan Yunis.

–          At approximately 20:10, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in ‘Abassan village, east of Khan Yunis

–          At approximately 11:00, an Israeli warplane launched 2 missiles at 2 house belonging to ‘Abdul Karim Abu Lihya and Mohammed Suleiman Abu Jame’ in al-Zanna area, east of Khan Yunis.

–          At approximately 12:05, an Israeli drone fired a missile at the vicinity of a house belonging to the al-Agha family in al-Satar al-Gharbi area, after Israeli forces had phoned a resident of the area ordering its evacuation.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched 3 missiles at an adjacent open area.  A house belonging to Bassam Nayef al-Agha was damaged.

–          At approximately 12:10, Israeli warplanes launched 6 airstrikes on agricultural plots in various areas in Khan Yunis.  No casualties were reported.

–          At approximately 14:05, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in al-Fukhari village, southeast of Khan Yunis.

–          At approximately 15:10, an Israeli drone fired 2 missile at a garage in a house belonging to ‘Abdul Rahman Mohammed al-‘Abadla in al-Qarara village.  Half an hour later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the place and destroyed it.  As a result, a nearby house belonging to Wajeeh Mohammed al-‘Abadla, in which 8 people live, was destroyed.

–          At approximately 15:15, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a garage in a house belonging to Haidar al-Agha, in which 18 people live, in al-Satar al-Sharqi area.  The garage was destroyed and the house was damaged.

–          At approximately 18:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in al-Satar al-Gharbi area.  As a result, 3 Palestinian civilians were wounded.

–          At approximately 18:10, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a balcony of a house belonging to Mohammed Karim al-Farra in Ma’an area.  The house was damaged.  Soon after, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the yard of the house destroying it.  The electricity network in the area band a nearby house belonging to ‘Abdul Malik ‘Abdul Salam al-Farra were damaged.  It is worth noting that the house was bombarded by Israeli warplanes on 01 August 2014, an attack which killed 9 members of the family.

–          At approximately 19:45, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at ‘Abassan village, east of Khan Yunis.  A number of nearby houses were damaged, but no casualties were reported.

–          At approximately 22:30, Israeli warplanes launched 6 airstrikes on agricultural plots in various areas in Khan Yunis.  As a result, a Palestinian civilian was wounded.

–          At approximately 00:10 on Thursday, 21 August 2014, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at Qudaih quarter in ‘Abassan village, but it did not explode.

–          At approximately 06:05, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in al-Satar al-Gharbi area.

–          Also at approximately 06:05, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in al-Zanna area, east of Khan Yunis.

Rafah:

Israeli warplanes launched 24 airstrikes on Rafah targeting houses, agricultural plots, open areas and tunnels at the Egyptian border.  As a result of these attacks, 10 Palestinians, 7 of whom are civilians, including 3 children and 3 women, were killed.  The victims include the father and stepmother of Mr. Essam Younis, Director of Al Mezan Center for Human Rights.  Additionally, 55 Palestinians, including 22 children and 17 women, were wounded, and 2 houses were destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–          From 13:10 to 15:00 on Wednesday, 20 August 2014,Israeli forces fired a number of artillery shells at houses and agricultural areas in al-Shouka village, east of Rafah.

–          At approximately 13:50, an Israeli warplane launched 2 missiles at an open area near the Swedish Village, southwest of Rafah.

–          At approximately 16:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in Tabbet Zare’ neighborhood in the east of Rafah.

–          At approximately 00:55 on Thursday, 21 August 20114, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Jebara Ahmed Jazariya, in which 29 people live, in Musabbeh neighborhood in the north of Rafah.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it. A woman was wounded.

–          At approximately 02:35, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in al-Salam neighborhood in the south of Rafah.

–          At approximately 02:30, Israeli warplanes launched 9 missiles at a 3-storey house belonging to Nasser Hussein Killab, in which 14 people live, in Tal al-Sultan neighborhood in the west of Rafah.  As a result, 10 Palestinians, including 3 leaders of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas): Mohammed Ibrahim Abu Shammala, 40, the leader of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades in the southern Gaza Strip; Ra’ed Subhi al-‘Attar, 40, the leader of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades in Rafah; Mohammed Hamdan Barhoum, 45, a field leader; 4 residents of the house: Nazira Ramadan Killab, 40; and her sons, Ahmed, Yousef and ‘Abdullah Nasser Killab, 17, 15 and 9 respectively; and 3 neighbors: Hassan Hussein Yunis, 75; his wife Amal Ibrahim Younis, 53; and ‘Aisha Isma’il ‘Atiya, 63.  Additionally, 54 Palestinians, including 21 children and 16 women, were wounded, and 6 nearby house was partially destroyed.

–          At approximately 02:35, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in Tabbet Zare’ neighborhood in the east of Rafah.

–          At approximately 05:25, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a tunnel in al-Salam neighborhood at the Egyptian border, south of Rafah.

–          At approximately 07:15, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in al-Nasser village, northeast of Rafah.

–          At approximately 07:40, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in Tabbet Zare’ neighborhood in the east of Rafah.

–          At approximately 07:50, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in al-Shouka village, southeast of Rafah.

–          At approximately 08:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in al-Shouka village, southeast of Rafah.

–          At approximately 08:40, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in Tabbet Zare’ neighborhood in the east of Rafah.

–          At approximately o8:45, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in al-Shouka village, southeast of Rafah.

PCHR reiterates condemnation, expresses utmost concern for these crimes, and:

1)   Calls upon the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to promptly visit the Gaza Strip, to fulfill her responsibilities to stop this barbaric offensive and to closely watch the systematic destruction caused and deliberate targeting of Palestinian civilians and property protected under the international law;

2)   Calls upon the UN Human Rights Council to accelerate the formation of the fact-finding mission as decided by the Council in the resolution taken in its special session that was held on 23 July 2014 to investigate violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law in the occupied Palestinian territory without any delay related to bureaucratic restrictions and procedures;

3)   Calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their contractual obligations not only to respect the Convention, but also ensure respect for the Convention, and to immediately intervene to stop war crimes committed by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians, and calls upon the Swiss Government, the depository of the Geneva Conventions, to call for a new conference of the High Contracting Parties as soon as possible;

4)   Stresses that holding war criminals accountable is an essential condition for any future settlement, and the international community should confirm that no impunity for war criminals, and the achievement of peace is conditioned by respect for human rights and the international law, and prosecution of war criminals;

5)   Calls upon the Palestinian leadership to immediately accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which will provide opportunities to prosecute Israeli war criminals before the Court;

6)   Stresses that the Gaza Strip is a disaster area and there is an urgent need to treat the disastrous humanitarian situation resulting from deliberate Israeli attacks on the civilian infrastructure, including electricity, water, hospitals, shelters and houses, forcible displacement of more than 500,000 civilians ad systematic and mass destruction of civilian communities;

7)   Calls upon the international community to intervene to stop the policies of collective punishment and left the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip for more than seven years, allowing the freedom of movement and goods, away from artificial improvements which have contributed to institutionalizing and prolonging the closure.

 

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Let Congress Vote on Iraq War III

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By Patrick J. Buchanan
 
Last week, we were told there were 40,000 Yazidis on Sinjar Mountain facing starvation if they remained there, and slaughter by ISIS if they came down.
But a team of Marines and Special Forces that helicoptered in has reported back that, with a corridor off the mountain opened up by U.S. air strikes, the humanitarian crisis is over. The few thousand who remain can be airdropped food and water. The rest can be brought out.
The emergency over, President Obama should think long and hard about launching a new air war in Iraq or Syria. For Iraq War III holds the promise of becoming another Middle East debacle, and perhaps the worst yet.
America would be entering this war utterly divided. We are not even agreed on who the enemies are. Hillary Clinton thinks we should be tougher on Iran and that Obama blundered by not aiding the Syrian rebels when they first rose up to overthrow President Bashar Assad.
Veteran diplomats Ryan Crocker, William Luers and Thomas Pickering argue that Assad is not the real enemy. The Islamic State is, and we should consider a ceasefire between the Free Syrian Army and Assad.
“It makes no sense for the West to support a war against Assad as well as a war against the Islamic State,” they write, “Assad is evil but … he is certainly the lesser evil.”
Crocker-Luers-Pickering also argue that the crisis calls for the United States to accept the nuclear deal with Iran that was on the table in July and work with Tehran against ISIS. Iranians and Americans are already rushing weapons to the Kurds, who have sustained a string of defeats at the hands of the Islamic State.
“A new strategic relationship between the United States and Iran may seem impossible and risky,” the diplomats write, “yet it is also necessary and in the interests of both. While an alliance is out of the question, mutually informed parallel action is necessary.”
If we could work with the monster Stalin to defeat Hitler, is colluding with the Ayatollah beyond the pale?
Other arguments shout out against a new American war.
How could we win such a war without the U.S. ground troops Obama pledged never to send, and the American people do not want sent?
Air power may keep ISIS from overrunning Irbil and Baghdad, but carrier-based air cannot reconquer the vast territory the Islamic State has occupied in Iraq.
Nor can it defeat ISIS in Syria.
If Obama did launch an air war on ISIS in Syria, our de facto ally and principal beneficiary of those strikes would be the same Syrian regime that Obama and John Kerry wanted to bomb a year ago, until the American people told them no and Congress refused to vote them the authority.
For such reasons, the demand of Sens. Tim Kaine and Rand Paul — that before Obama takes us back to war in Iraq, or into a new war in Syria, Congress must debate and authorize this war — is a constitutional and political imperative.
The questions Congress needs to answer are obvious and numerous.
Who exactly is our enemy? ISIS only, or Assad, Hezbollah and Iran as well? Will our involvement be restricted to air power — fighter-bombers, gunships, cruise missiles, drones? Or should the president be authorized to send U.S. ground troops to fight?
If we are to be restricted to air power, is it to be confined to Iraq, or can it be used in Syria — and against Assad as well as ISIS?
If U.S. combat troops cannot be used, what are the prospects of expelling ISIS from Iraq? And if we should drive them out, what is the probability they will come back as soon as we leave, especially if we have left them in control of northern Syria?
Is annihilation of ISIS the only permanent solution? How long and bloody a war would that require?
Will the president be authorized to coordinate war planning with Tehran? And if Assad is to become our de facto ally, should we end our support for the Free Syrian Army and negotiate an armistice and amnesty for the FSA?
Congress must be forced to debate and vote on this war, first, so we can hold them accountable for what is to come. Second, so we can force them to come to consensus on just what kind of outcome in this region is acceptable, and attainable, and at what cost.
What will victory look like? What will be the cost in blood and treasure? How long are we prepared to fight this war, an end to which does not today seem to be anywhere in sight?
How reasonable is it to expect that the Kurdish peshmerga and an Iraqi Army that fled Kirkuk, Fallujah and Mosul, will be able to recapture the Sunni regions of Iraq?
Finally, why is this our fight, 6,000 miles away, and not theirs?

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