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Here’s the Video of Schoolchildren Just Moments Before Being Massacred by U.S.-Backed Saudi Bombing

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“This blood is on America’s hands, as long as we keep sending the bombs that kill so many Yemenis.”

“By backing the Saudi coalition’s war in Yemen with weapons, aerial refueling, and targeting assistance, the United States is complicit in the atrocities taking place there,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wrote on Facebook. (Photo: CNN/Screengrab)

As funeral ceremonies for the 51 Yemenis—including 40 young children—massacred by the latest U.S.-backed Saudi bombing took place in the war-torn district of Saada on Monday, cellphone footage captured by one of the murdered children just moments before the coalition’s airstrike hit shows the dozens of kids excitedly gathered on a bus for a long-awaited field trip celebrating their graduation from summer school.

“By backing the Saudi coalition’s war in Yemen with weapons, aerial refueling, and targeting assistance, the United States is complicit in the atrocities taking place there.”
—Sen. Bernie Sanders

According to CNN—which obtained and publishedthe footage on Monday—most of the children on the bus were killed by the Saudi airstrike less than an hour after the video was captured.

This is just the latest horrific attack on civilians by the Saudi-led coalition, which has received explicit military and political backing from the United States. Images sent to Al-Jazeera by Yemen’s Houthi rebels suggest that Mark-82 bomb—which is manufactured by the massive American military contractor Raytheon—was used in the strike, though the photos have yet to be independently verified.

Watch the footage (warning, the video is graphic):

According to the Houthi Health Ministry, 79 people in total and 56 children were wounded in the attack, which quickly drew condemnation and demands for an independent investigation from international humanitarian groups, the United Nations, and a small number of American lawmakers.

“By backing the Saudi coalition’s war in Yemen with weapons, aerial refueling, and targeting assistance, the United States is complicit in the atrocities taking place there,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wrote on Facebook. “We must end our support for this war and focus our efforts on a U.N.-brokered cease-fire and a diplomatic resolution.”

As Al-Jazeera notes, the U.S. “has been the biggest supplier of military equipment to Riyadh, with more than $90 billion of sales recorded between 2010 and 2015.”

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has enthusiastically continued the long-standing U.S. policy of backing the Saudi regime no matter how many innocent people it slaughters in Yemen, openly applauding the kingdom for buying so much American weaponry.

Ahead of Monday’s funerals for the dozens of children murdered by the Saudi-led coalition last week, images on social media showed Yemenis digging graves in preparation for the ceremonies.

Nadwa Dawsari

@Ndawsari

Digging graves for 40 children killed in Saudi-led coalition’s airstrike in Dahian, Saada last Thursday. .

Al Jazeera News

@AJENews

“I didn’t find any of his remains, not his finger, not his bone, not his skull, nothing”: Families still searching for loved ones as funerals are held for 29 children killed in Yemen bus attack http://aje.io/94544 

As Philly.com‘s Will Bunch noted in a column on Sunday, the Saudi-led coalition’s school bus bombing forced the corporate media—which has almost completely ignoredthe humanitarian crisis in Yemen—”to pay at least a little bit of attention.”

“It shouldn’t have taken so long,” Bunch wrote. “This blood is on America’s hands, as long as we keep sending the bombs that kill so many Yemenis, and as long as we give the Saudis our unqualified diplomatic support in a messy regional conflict. And yet there’s been no public debate about the murky U.S. role out of this, and no clarification from the White House or the Pentagon over what we hope to accomplish by our support of the mayhem.”

“If the American people can take back control of what is being done in our name,” Bunch concluded, “maybe we can finally begin washing away this spreading moral stain.”

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Mike Pence’s Rank Hypocrisy Regarding US Defense of Christians Around the World

America’s wars in the Middle East, driven by Jewish neoconservative ideologues, have caused colossal persecution and death of Christians in the millions, and continue to do so. And what about Serbia?, US support for ISIS?, the Ukraine? Pence’s dishonesty is breathtaking.

On July 26 Vice President Michael (“Mike”) Pence addressed the first “Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom” in Washington D.C. Pence opened his remarks by asserting that “religious freedom is a top priority of this administration,” that this “most fundamental of freedoms . . . is in the interest of the peace and security of the world.” His subsequent list of abuses of that freedom around the world was remarkable for its sins of omission.

He owes his whole career to wealthy Jewish supporters

In Nicaragua, Pence said, the government of Daniel Ortega is virtually waging war on the Catholic Church. For decades, he went on, Tibetan Buddhists and Uyghur Muslims have been brutally repressed by the Chinese government. According to Pence, North Korea’s “persecution of Christians has no rival on the Earth.”

In Russia, he claimed, more than 170,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses face persecution. In Iran—“the leading state sponsor of terror,” according to Pence—“Christians, Jews, Sunnis, Baha’is, and other minority religious groups are denied the most basic rights enjoyed by the Shia majority.” In Europe, Pence warned, “attacks on Jews, even on aging Holocaust survivors, are growing at an alarming rate.” He singled out Britain, France and Germany as particularly problematic. His list also included the Islamic State: “ISIS has shown a savagery unseen in the Middle East since the Middle Ages.”

Pence announced a new U.S. initiative to “support the most vulnerable communities” in the Middle East and “embolden civil society to help stop violence in the future.” He concluded his address by pledging that “America will always stand for religious freedom, and we will always speak out boldly wherever and whenever it’s threatened.”

“Wherever”? “Whenever”? It is remarkable that Pence did not mention some of the worst religious freedom violators in the world, most notably the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As I noted in these pages three years ago, while the Saudis continue to build mosques all over the world, hundreds of thousands of Christians—among the millions of foreign workers from Asia, Europe and America—must worship in secret, risking arrest, lashing or deportation for public display of their beliefs.

The Saudi religious police, known as the Committee to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice, continues to routinely intimidate, abuse, and detain citizens and foreigners. According to the U.S. Department of State International Religious Freedom Report for 2017, which devotes 19 pages to Saudi Arabia,

Freedom of religion is not provided under the law. The government does not allow the public practice of any non-Muslim religion. [It] published a new counterterrorism law in November that replaced the 2014 counterterrorism law and criminalizes “anyone who challenges, either directly or indirectly, the religion or justice of the King or Crown Prince.”

The law criminalizes “the promotion of atheistic ideologies in any form,” “any attempt to cast doubt on the fundamentals of Islam,” publications that “contradict the provisions of Islamic law,” and other acts deemed contrary to sharia, including non-Islamic public worship, public display of non-Islamic religious symbols, conversion by a Muslim to another religion, and proselytizing by a non-Muslim.

As the Report notes, since 2004, Saudi Arabia has been designated as a “Country of Particular Concern” (CPC) under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, “for having engaged in or tolerated particularly severe violations of religious freedom.”

It also indirectly admits that this designation costs Riyadh nothing: last December “Secretary of State redesignated Saudi Arabia as a CPC, and announced a waiver of the sanctions that accompany designation as required in the important national interest of the United States pursuant to section 407 of the Act.” This all-important exemption may help explain Pence’s selective approach.

It is unfortunate that the Trump Administration has continued the practice of its predecessors of pandering to Saudi whims and covering up Saudi crimes. It need not have been so. In 2016 candidate Trump accurately described the Saudis as “bullies, cowards” who were “paying ISIS” and who imagined that they could “control our U.S. politicians.” He demanded the release of the missing 28 pages that had been redacted from the congressional report on the 9/11 terrorist attacks, hinting that the Saudi rulers had helped the hijackers: “it’s sort of nice to know who your friends are, and perhaps who your enemies are.”

Once in office, however, Trump radically revised his assessment of the Saudi connection. In May 2017, while visiting Riyadh on his first foreign tour, Trump praised his “gracious hosts” and announced the opening of a Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology there—the exact equivalent of sponsoring a center for ethno-racial pluralism in Berlin, ca. 1938. The decades-long Beltway conspiracy of silence on Saudi Arabia’s role in abetting Islamic terrorism has continued under Trump. The primary reason is his stridently anti-Iranian policy, which does not serve any rationally defined American interest.

In addition, it is noteworthy but of course unsurprising that Pence’s list of religious freedom violators did not include Israel. According to several Department of State reports on religious freedom published in recent years, Israel is not a tolerant pluralistic society. It routinely discriminates against Muslims, Reform Jews, Christians, women and Bedouins.

All 137 official holy sites recognized by Israel are Jewish, ignoring and neglecting Christian and Muslim ones. More than 300,000 immigrants who are not considered Jewish under rabbinical law are not allowed to marry and divorce in Israel, or be buried in Jewish cemeteries. Let it be added that the Jewish state’s treatment of Jehovah’s Witnesses does not appear to be worse than Russia’s: in both cases they are denied official recognition as a religious community; in both countries they routinely encounter local grassroots hostility; and in both countries their legal troubles often arise from their refusal to serve in the military.

What Mike Pence and other Beltway establishmentarians will never admit is that there exists a direct correlation between American “engagement” in the Middle East and the collapse of the Christian remnant there. The Christian community in Iraq was up to 1.5 million strong before the U.S.-led invasion of 2003.

Nine-tenths of them are estimated to have left the country since that time. Their numbers were down to 500,000 in 2009, and as low as 200,000 in mid-2014. While they were still there, the U.S. forces did next to nothing to protect them. The U.S.-trained and equipped Iraqi army and police have been either unable or unwilling to do so.

In Egypt the U.S. supported the Muslim Brotherhood government under Mohamed Morsi (2012-2013). In Syria, against all logic, Washington remains committed to supporting the rebels, although there are no “moderates” among them. They are all Sunni fundamentalists of some hue or another, and thus committed to persecuting Christians by default, including the U.S-supported “Syrian Democratic Forces.” In addition, policies pursued by our Middle Eastern “allies” have been hugely detrimental to the Christian remnant in the region.

For decades the Gulf monarchies have made massive investments in schools across the region that indoctrinate students in the ideology of Islamic supremacism. In recent years they “have played a significant role in the broader struggle for power that is affecting Christians, particularly with the flows of money from some Gulf countries to extremist and terrorist groups that have targeted Christians.” Successive U.S. administrations (including the current one) have not expressed concern over such practices, let alone acted to stop them.

So there: as a friend has noted, “religious freedom” simply turned into another club with which to beat designated bad guys and give a free pass to our favorites.

With friends like Mike Pence, Middle Eastern Christians and other truly beleaguered religious minorities—such as the Serbs of Kosovo, or Christian traditionalists in the militantly secular postmodernia of North America and Western Europe—need no detractors.

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In memorium: Uri Avnery

In memorium - Uri Avnery

Nureddin Sabir, Editor, Redress Information & Analysis, writes:

Redress Information & Analysis joins the Israeli Peace Bloc Gush Shalom in mourning the death of Uri Avnery, founder-member of the bloc, founding-member of the Israeli Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, former publisher and editor-in-chief of Haolam Hazeh news magazine, and thrice member of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, who has died at the age of 94.

Avnery was a valued contributor to our website since its creation 18 years ago. We did not agree with all his views, particularly in regard to the idea of a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the feasibility of a two-state solution and the inception of the Zionist project.

However, his knowledge and understanding of Israeli politics was next to none. He was decades ahead of his time. He was a visionary, a giant among the fascists, bigots, racists, opportunists and nincompoops who dominate Israeli politics. His death leaves a huge gap. We will miss him.

Below is Gush Shalom’s announcement of Avnery’s death, published today, 20 August.

Gush Shalom: Avnery’s opponents will ultimately have to follow in his footsteps

Gush Shalom grieves and mourns the passing of its founder, Uri Avnery. Until the last moment he continued on the way he had travelled all his life. On Saturday, two weeks ago, he collapsed in his home when he was about to leave for Rabin Square and attend a demonstration against the Nation-State Law, a few hours after he wrote a sharp article against that law.

Avnery devoted himself entirely to the struggle to achieve peace between the state of Israel and the Palestinian people in their independent state, as well as between Israel and the Arab and Muslim worlds. He did not get to the end of the road, did not live to see peace come about. We – the members of Gush Shalom as well as very many other people who were directly and indirectly influenced by him – will continue his mission and honour his memory.

On the day of the passing of Uri Avnery, the most right wing government in the history of Israel is engaged in negotiations with Hamas. Ironically, the same kind of demagogic accusations which were hurled at Uri Avnery throughout his life are now made against Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

In the history of the State of Israel, Uri Avnery will be inscribed as a far-seeing visionary who pointed to a way which others failed to see. It is the fate and future of the State of Israel to reach peace with its neighbours and to integrate into the geographical and political region in which it is located. Avnery’s greatest opponents will ultimately have to follow in his footsteps – because the State of Israel has no other real choice.

Contact: Adam Keller, Gush Shalom spokesperson, on +972-(0)54-2340749

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Racist Nazi editor’s joke about Iran-Iraq War

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Pro-Israel editor’s joke about Iran-Iraq War provokes Twitter anger

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Racist Zionist Stephen Pollard, Editor of the UK-published Jewish Chronicle [alchetron.com]

The editor of a prominent Jewish community newspaper has come under strong attack for making a joke about a war in which more than a million Iranians and Iraqis lost their lives.

Stephen Pollard, editor of Britain’s Jewish Chronicle, now stands accused of inciting hatred and bigotry following a tweet in which the staunchly pro-Israel and equally enthusiastic Tottenham Hotspur fan compared the Premier League game between Chelsea and Arsenal yesterday to the war between Iran and Iraq because he wanted both sides to lose.

“Time to wheel out my regular comment,” tweeted Pollard. “It’s Arsenal v Chelsea tonight, the football version of the Iran/Iraq war when you want both sides to lose.”

Stephen Pollard@stephenpollard

Time to wheel out my regular comment: It’s Arsenal v Chelsea tonight, the football version of the Iran/Iraq war when you want both sides to lose

Other twitter users condemned the JC editor for his insensitive and callous remarks about a war in which more than a million people were killed.

“I wonder what your reaction would of been if someone made football related jokes about the Holocaust!” one furious twitter user responded. Another said: “Wow, how callous can you be? 1 Million people died and 10s of thousand people suffer from chemical attack and you make this comment. What is next? you will compare it to Holocaust?”

Stephen Pollard, Editor of the UK-published Jewish Chronicle [alchetron.com]

Racist Zionist Stephen Pollard, Editor of the UK-published Jewish Chronicle

Others described the comment as “vile” and “disgusting”. Many were keen to point out the latent racism displayed by Zionist Pollard.

“You despicable man. A million people died & you make fun of them? Is this implicit #Islamophobia coming out? If someone had made such a hideous analogy with Israel etc you’d be crying antisemitism. Truly hideous man”.

Stephen Pollard@stephenpollard

Time to wheel out my regular comment: It’s Arsenal v Chelsea tonight, the football version of the Iran/Iraq war when you want both sides to lose

ali hadi@alihadi68

You despicable man. A million people died & you make fun of them? Is this implicit coming out? If someone had made such a hideous analogy with Israel etc you’d be crying antisemtisim. Truly hideous man

“His hate and contempt for Arabs and Muslims is so obvious. And this is the editor of a major Jewish paper!” wrote another angry user.

One took aim at Pollard’s well-known support for Israel: “Is it a bit like the Israeli Palestinian conflict where you wish Israel would just leave after their away game with Palestine, instead of permanently making the stadium their home?”

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UN chief suggests deploying UN-mandated armed forces to protect Palestinians

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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres holds a joint press conference with Prime Minister of Palestine Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah, West Bank on 29 August 2017 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres holds a joint press conference with Prime Minister of Palestine Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah, West Bank on 29 August 2017 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

The protection of Palestinian civilians could be improved by the deployment of UN-mandated armed forces or unarmed observers, a beefed-up UN civilian presence or expanded UN assistance, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote in a report on Friday.

The United Nations General Assembly requested the report in a resolution adopted in June that condemned Israel for excessive force against Palestinian civilians and denounced the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas.

The resolution asked for proposals to ensure “the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation, including … recommendations regarding an international protection mechanism.”

Guterres outlined four options, but he did not make a specific recommendation. He noted that all options would need the cooperation of both parties, a sustained cessation of hostilities and additional resources to ensure they were viable. He wrote:

The combination of prolonged military occupation, constant security threats, weak political institutions, and a deadlocked peace process provides for a protection challenge that is highly complex politically, legally and practically

Armed UN peacekeepers or armed forces from a group of like-minded states operating under a United Nations mandate could be deployed to offer physical protection, Guterres said. This option, however, would need a Security Council mandate and the United States, a close ally of Israel, would likely wield its veto.

A UN or non-UN civilian observer mission could be deployed “with a specific mandate to report on protection and well-being issues and provide local mediation,” Guterres said. This would also need a UN-mandate.

Read: UN Chief calls for supporting efforts to avoid escalation in Gaza

A third option could be expanding current UN programs and development and humanitarian aid to address the needs of Palestinian civilians more effectively and strengthen Palestinian institutions, he wrote.

The final option could be to send additional UN human rights, coordination and political officers to boost monitoring and reporting on the situation and increase the UN’s visibility, Guterres said.

The General Assembly resolution requesting the report was adopted with 120 votes in favour, eight against and 45 abstentions. It was put forward in the General Assembly after the United States vetoed a similar resolution in the 15-member UN Security Council.

“The best way to ensure the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population is still the negotiation of a comprehensive, just and final settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict,” Guterres said.

Read: US vows to veto UNSC proposal to protect Palestinians

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UK Labour leader slams Naziyahu’s ‘false’ claims

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UK Labour leader slams Netanyahu’s ‘false’ claims

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn [Chatham House/Flickr]

Israel’s nation-state law discriminates against the country’s Palestinian minority, British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Monday, Anadolu reports.

Corbyn made the remarks on Twitter in reply to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who joined the criticism against Corbyn over his alleged participation in a wreath-laying ceremony in Tunisia four years ago to honour the perpetrators of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre.

“The nation-state law sponsored by @Netanyahu’s government discriminates against Israel’s Palestinian minority. I stand with the tens of thousands of Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel demonstrating for equal rights at the weekend in Tel Aviv,” Corbyn said.

Jeremy Corbyn

@jeremycorbyn

Israeli PM @Netanyahu‘s claims about my actions and words are false.

What deserves unequivocal condemnation is the killing of over 160 Palestinian protesters in Gaza by Israeli forces since March, including dozens of children.https://twitter.com/netanyahu/status/1029046307481153542 

Jeremy Corbyn

@jeremycorbyn

The nation state law sponsored by @Netanyahu‘s government discriminates against Israel’s Palestinian minority.

I stand with the tens of thousands of Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel demonstrating for equal rights at the weekend in Tel Aviv.

British tabloid the Daily Mail published photos of Corbyn at the ceremony holding a wreath while standing near the graves of members of the Black September group. The event took place in 2014 before he was elected Labour leader.

The Black September group is believed to be behind a deadly terrorist attack that targeted Israeli athletes during the 1972 Olympics in Germany which left 11 dead.

“The laying of a wreath by Jeremy Corbyn on the graves of the terrorists who perpetrated the Munich massacre and his comparison of Israel to the Nazis deserves unequivocal condemnation from everyone,” Netanyahu said on Twitter.

However, Corbyn told the British press that although he was present at the ceremony, he was not involved.

The Daily Mail cited sources close to Corbyn as saying that he was at a service to commemorate the 47 Palestinians who were killed in an Israeli airstrike in 1985 on a Tunisian base of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). The monument to the airstrike victims is only yards away from a plaque that lies beside the graves of the Black September members.

An Israeli airstrike killed 47 people and wounded 65 others on 1. Oct0ber 1985, according to official sources in Tunisia.

Corbyn said “wreaths were laid at the graves of those who died” in the airstrike and “on the graves of others killed in Paris in 1992”, referring to PLO members killed by Mossad agents.

“I was there because I wanted to see a fitting memorial to everyone who has died in every terrorist incident everywhere.

“Because we have to end it. You cannot pursue peace by a cycle of violence. The only way you can pursue peace is by a cycle of dialogue,” he said.

“Israeli PM @Netanyahu’s claims about my actions and words are false,” Corbyn also said on Twitter in his response to Netanyahu.

“What deserves unequivocal condemnation is the killing of over 160 Palestinian protesters in Gaza by Israeli forces since March, including dozens of children,” Corbyn said, referring to the Israeli army’s killing of unarmed Palestinian protesters during the Great March of Return gatherings earlier this year.

READ: Israel students get naked at Holocaust memorial

Corbyn was referring in his tweet to thousands of people, mostly Israeli-Arabs, who demonstrated in Tel Aviv last Saturday against the controversial nation-state law which was passed by Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, last month.

The law defines Israel as a Jewish state with a “united Jerusalem” as its capital. It also promotes Hebrew as the only official language, stripping Arabic as an official language while recognizing its “special status”.

The legislation risks further alienating the Arab minority, who argue that they already face discrimination from Israeli Jews and the government and feel as though they are second-class citizens.

Palestinians who have Israeli citizenship comprise 21 per cent of the population and are known as Israeli Arabs and have members in the Knesset.

READ: Israel killed 4 Gaza children without authorisation, secret report reveals

The accusations directed at the Labour party are not new, but they grew after Labour’s success in last year’s snap election with the party winning 262 seats in the House of Commons and attracting attention as an alternative to the current Conservative government.

In a 2016 renewed leadership contest following resignations from his shadow cabinet, Corbyn secured his position as the leader with 61.8 per cent of the votes from party members.

A joint editorial published last month by The Jewish Chronicle, Jewish News and Jewish Telegraph that appeared on the front pages of all three papers under the headline “United We Stand” described the Labour Party as the “natural home” for Britain’s Jewish community but claimed the party had “seen its values and integrity eroded by Corbynite contempt for Jews and Israel”.

“The stain and shame of antisemitism has coursed through Her Majesty’s Opposition since Jeremy Corbyn became leader in 2015,” the editorial charged.

Accusing the party of becoming “institutionally racist,” the editorial underlined “the strong concerns raised in the Jewish community”.

READ: Israel awaits outcome of talks before hitting Hamas leadership

The latest row over anti-Semitism accusations by the UK’s Israeli lobby arose over Labour’s refusal to accept the full text of the working definition of anti-Semitism produced by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

The party expressed concern over creating a code of conduct that could be “used to deny Palestinians, including Palestinian citizens of Israel and their supporters, their rights and freedoms to describe the discrimination and injustices they face in the language they deem appropriate”.

Corbyn signaled that three of the four IHRA examples of anti-Semitism would be added to the party’s code of conduct, namely “comparing contemporary Israeli policies to those of Nazis,” “suggesting Jewish people are more loyal to Israel than their home country” and “holding Israel to different standards to other democratic countries”.

But Corbyn also signalled that he would continue to reject the fourth example: “Denying Jewish people have a right to self-determination – for example by claiming that the existence of a state of Israel is a ‘racist endeavour’.”

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Naziyahu has dug himself into a hole in a graveyard full of untruths

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Netanyahu has dug himself into a hole in a graveyard full of untruths
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to the UK on 6 February 2017 [Kate Green /Anadolu Agency]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to the UK on 6 February 2017 [Kate Green /Anadolu Agency].

Benjamin Netanyahu has dived headlong into the furore engulfing Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, revealing the most blatant meddling to-date by Israel in British politics. What’s more, he’s done it armed with lies and distortions.

The Israeli Prime Minister blasted Corbyn for apparently paying tribute to those behind the 1972 Munich massacre in which 11 Israeli Olympic athletes were killed. The allegations were thrown at Corbyn after photographs emerged in the right-wing media of him attending a wreath-laying ceremony in 2014 at a cemetery in Tunisia.

Incorrect reports suggested that Corbyn had joined a ceremony eulogising the Palestinians who took part in the Munich atrocity. Their bodies, though, are buried in Libya, where they were flown after being killed German security forces in an ill-fated attempt to rescue the Israeli athletes. A funeral procession was held from Tripoli’s Martyr’s Square to Sidi Munaidess Cemetery back in 1972.

READ: UK Labour leader slams Netanyahu’s ‘false’ claims

While Corbyn protested that the Israeli leader’s “claims about my action and words are false,” Netanyahu himself had already taken to the social networks. “The laying of a wreath by Jeremy Corbyn on the graves of the terrorists who perpetrated the Munich massacre and his comparison of Israel to the Nazis deserves unequivocal condemnation from everyone – left, right and everything in between,” he wrote on Twitter.

The wreath laying in question was actually marking the 1985 air strike by Israel on the Tunisian capital which was condemned around the globe at the time. Details of exactly what took place at the memorial ceremony have been confirmed by Dr Mohammed Shtayyeh, a minister from the Palestinian Authority who stood next to Corbyn in 2014.

Despite the Labour leader’s efforts to clear his name, a tsunami of condemnation has been raised on the social networks by supporters of Israel and British politicians, including some within Labour ranks who want to oust Corbyn. The direct involvement of both Israel and Netanyahu in the plot to remove Jeremy Corbyn is now apparent following the Prime Minister’s inaccurate contribution to the Twitter storm which has been concocted with a plethora of fake details.

READ: The Corbyn anti-Semitism row reveals how desperate Israel and its lobbyists are

Corbyn was in Tunisia in 2014 for a conference aimed at solidifying relations between the Palestinian factions Fatah, which controls the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, and Hamas, which has effectively formed the government in the Gaza Strip since it won the 2006 Palestinian elections. During the conference, delegates went to the Palestinian cemetery at Hammam Chott to pay tribute to those killed in the 1985 Israeli air strike on what was then the PLO headquarters.

Eight fighter jets of the Israeli Air Force took part in the raid on 1 October 1985; the operation was codenamed Wooden Leg. The F-15s took off from Tel Nor airbase near Tel Aviv and flew low over the Mediterranean Sea to avoid detection by Egyptian, Libyan and US radar. The six-minute attack on the PLO HQ in the seaside town killed 47 people, including 15 Tunisian civilians, and injured another 65.

The rogue action was condemned worldwide; even British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher joined in by criticising the Israelis, something else that Netanyahu has chosen to forget in his rush to attack Corbyn. The UN Security Council also registered its anger and “condemned vigorously the act of armed aggression” by Israel in Resolution 573 on 4 October. Although the US abstained from the 14-0 vote, it did not use its veto to block the resolution, which branded the deed as an “act of armed aggression perpetrated by Israel against Tunisian territory in flagrant violation of the Charter of the United Nations, international law, and norms of conduct.” US President Ronald Reagan changed his original position, and instead of calling the bombing a “legitimate response,” he said that it “cannot be condoned.”

READ: Jeremy Corbyn’s solidarity message to Right of Return demonstration

In their desire not to let the facts spoil a good story, anti-Corbyn individuals and groups have been posturing and gesturing since the Tunisian photographs were published, and calling on Corbyn to resign. Among them has been Home Secretary Sajid Javid, whose Conservative Party has sought to exploit the controversy by choosing — conveniently some might say — to forget Thatcher’s words at the time of the Israeli air strike on Tunisia. The late Prime Minister’s speech was made on the 40th anniversary of the UN, where she contested the assertion of the then Israeli leader Shimon Peres that the attack was justified.

Archives reveal that at a meeting with Peres, held at the UN Plaza Hotel on 23 October, Thatcher is reported (by Charles Powell) to have said that she had “recoiled” from Israel’s attack on Tunis with the killing of many civilians. “There was no legal or historical justification for Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. Nor was it right that Israel should now deny the Palestinians the rights which Israel had sought for herself for more than 2,000 years,” she added.

For those left in any doubt at her feelings about the issue, the so-called Iron Lady went on to condemn the Israeli air strike during a meeting in the House of Commons on 29 October when — according to Hansard, the official parliamentary record — she was asked during Prime Minister’s Questions to comment on the Israeli bombing of Tunis. “We have in fact condemned the attack on Tunis,” she told the House.

READ: Labour’s anti-Semitism row highlights the hypocrisy of Corbyn’s enemies, again

In conclusion, it is clear that Corbyn did not lay a wreath at the Tunisian graveyard, nor was the event held to commemorate those from the Black September group who carried out the terror attack on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics. Their graves are in Libya.

For Corbyn to travel to Tripoli to lay a wreath at the graves of those responsible for the Munich massacre would be regarded as offensive as, for example, Israeli terrorists and their supporters from Irgun gathering annually at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem to celebrate the killing of 91 people, including 28 Britons, in a bomb attack on 22 July, 1946. Oh, but hang on a minute… that’s exactly what has been done in Jerusalem for decades.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May (R) during his official visit in London, UK on 2 November 2017 [United Kingdom Prime Ministry/Anadolu Agency]

While most of the perpetrators were not around for the 70thanniversary of the terrorist atrocity in 2016, a plaque was unveiled by former Irgun terror gang members and right-wing politicians at the King David Hotel ten years earlier on the 60thanniversary. It reads: “The hotel housed the Mandate Secretariat as well as the Army Headquarters. On July 22, 1946, Irgun fighters at the order of the Hebrew Resistance Movement planted explosives in the basement. Warning phone calls had been made urging the hotel’s occupants to leave immediately. For reasons known only to the British, the hotel was not evacuated and after 25 minutes the bombs exploded, and to the Irgun’s regret and dismay 91 persons were killed.”

To kill 91 innocent people and then blame the victims for not acting on the warning is deplorable. But to then go on to hold annual gatherings to commemorate the event and even unveil a plaque on the 60th anniversary is even more disturbing. Netanyahu and Britain’s anti-Corbyn Lobby should tweet about that.

They won’t, of course, because they are fully at ease with Israel acting with impunity. Even, it must be said, to the extent that its Prime Minister commemorates the killing of British citizens by “Jewish terrorists” in 1946, and interferes blatantly in the affairs of an independent sovereign state as part of the efforts to have the leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition discredited and thus less likely to win the next General Election. Such interference in British democracy is totally unacceptable; Netanyahu has dug himself into a hole in a graveyard full of untruths, but Britain, as all Members of Parliament must make clear to Israel’s lobbyists, is not the United States of America. His words just won’t wash here.

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WARMONGER BILL KRISTOL APPLAUDED BY THE CORPORATE-OWNED DEMOCRATS ‘Video’

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SHOULD WE OVERRIDE THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE? KRISTOL SAYS: “YES.”

What’s that old saying?

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

Apparently if you oppose Trump, you can do things like advocating war after war against the will of the people…and you’ll get applauded by the so-called “resistance.”

Question: Should we override the will of the people and start another war?

Answer: Bill Kristol gives an emphatic and unapologetic “Yes.”

The Corporate-owned Democrats applaud.

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I Don’t Remember Voting For U.S. Bombs to Murder Little Kids in Yemen, Do You?

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The news media needs to do a much better job keeping American citizens informed about what’s happening in Yemen — and all the other outposts of “the forever war” — and how U.S. dollars and U.S. bombs are making these conflicts happen

This image made from video taken on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, shows a child injured in an airstrike resting at a hospital in Saada, Yemen. Yemen's Shiite rebels are backing a United Nations’ call for an investigation into a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the country’s north that killed dozens of people the previous day, including many children. (Photo: AP Video)

This image made from video taken on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, shows a child injured in an airstrike resting at a hospital in Saada, Yemen. Yemen’s Shiite rebels are backing a United Nations’ call for an investigation into a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the country’s north that killed dozens of people the previous day, including many children. (Photo: AP Video)

It must have been a moment of unspeakable shock, terror and pain. But it’s hard to know exactly what it was like at the moment last Thursday when a school bus packed with Yemeni schoolchildren — summer campers coming back from a picnic — was struck from the skies by a powerful bomb, because so few of these innocent kids survived to tell about it, and because those who did are mostly clinging to life, maimed or badly burned by the blast.

Instead, we can only gape at pictures of a twisted metal frame that hardly resembles the bus that was once filled with happy, singing children, or watch the widely circulated video of the aftermath of what happened in the market district of Saada in northern Yemen, in which a distraught, failing man raises the blue tarp of a pickup truck to reveal a tangle of young bodies as he lifts up the limp arm of one of the dead schoolkids

At least 29 people — according to the International Committee of the Red Cross — and quite possibly 40 or 50, according to Yemeni estimates, were killed in the airstrike by jets in the Saudi-led coalition that’s been waging a brutal war against the Saudis’ next-door neighbor on the Arabian Peninsula for the last four years.

A spokesman for the Saudi coalition called it “a legitimate military operation” in its campaign against Houthi rebels that operate in northern Yemen — a claim that was scoffed at by most of the rest of the world, alarmed at the growing humanitarian crisis in the region.

“Does the world really need more innocent children’s lives to stop the cruel war on children in Yemen?” asked Geert Cappalaere, the regional director for the Middle East and Northern Africa of the aid group UNICEF. Many of the kids killed or wounded in the attack were carrying bright blue UNICEF school bags, now shredded and burned.

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A collection of UNICEF school bags were in the possession of the children killed in the air raids of the US-Saudi aggression in Dahyan, , on 09 August 2018 ??

The merciless Saudi-led war in Yemen — which has not only claimed 13,500 lives but triggered a humanitarian crisis in which some 20 million Yemenis, out of a nation of just 29 million, are scrambling for food and other basic necessities and as many as 900,000 people are suffering from cholera — is what it is today because of help from the United States.

America offers the Saudis and its allies in the region the intelligence used to carry out the nonstop airstrikes and other military operations. The planes that conduct the bombing runs are refueled by American forces in the region. And many of the bombs that have been dropped on Yemen — including those that have struck hospitals and other civilian targets — were manufactured and supplied by the United States.

It’s very likely the bomb that obliterated the school bus last week was an American bomb; a Pentagon spokesman conceded that, because of the lengths to which U.S. forces go to avoid operational knowledge of the war for which we otherwise provide such critical support, it officially doesn’t know whether we supplied these particular munitions. “We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the U.S. sold to them,” Army Maj. Josh Jacques, a spokesperson for U.S. Central Command, told Vox — a classic case of American plausible deniability. But people on the ground in Yemen say they can link American-made bombs to Thursday’s airstrike and other attacks on innocent civilians.

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The remnants of the US bombs that killed Yemen children in the latest US-Saudi massare and war crime of August 9th, 2018

In Saada north Yemen.

Thursday’s school bus bombing did accomplish one thing: The unavoidable carnage forced American media — which has all but ignored the conflict in Yemen, and our role in supporting it — to pay at least a little bit of attention, cramming a few minutes of coverage into the end of the hour, after all the latest inane tweets from the Madman Across the Fairway had been regurgitated and dissected. It shouldn’t have taken so long. There was no outcry a week earlier when a Saudi airstrike devastated one of Yemen’s largest hospitals, which houses a large cholera treatment center, or after scores of other attacks that have killed so many civilians, including — according to the UN — some 2,400 children, with an additional 3,600 who’ve been maimed for life.

This blood is on America’s hands, as long as we keep sending the bombs that kill so many Yemenis, and as long as we give the Saudis our unqualified diplomatic support in a messy regional conflict. And yet there’s been no public debate about the murky U.S. role out of this, and no clarification from the White House or the Pentagon over what we hope to accomplish by our support of the mayhem. There are, however, a few members of Congress demanding answers.

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U.S. bombs. U.S. targeting. U.S. mid air support.

And we just bombed a SCHOOL BUS.

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The Saudi/UAE/U.S. bombing campaign is getting more reckless, killing more civilians, and strengthening terrorists inside Yemen. We need to end this – NOW.

But efforts by Congress to end America’s role in the seemingly endless conflict have gone nowhere. In March, a bipartisan group of senators sought to invoke the Vietnam-era War Powers Act to limit U.S. involvement — “The Founding Fathers gave the power to authorize military conflicts to Congress, the branch most accountable to the people, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders declared — but were blocked on a procedural move. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisted that American involvement is somehow limiting civilian deaths, a ridiculous claim that defies all available information, not to mention logic.

America’s entanglement in Yemen is so emblematic of the broader debacle that was once known as “the war on terror” but now has simply become the “forever war,” spanning the globe from Africa to the Middle East to Asia, with America firing missiles from drones or going on secret raids or lining up with butchering autocrats like the Saudis for nebulous and sometimes shifting aims. This all happens without legal authorization from Congress, or anything resembling an open democratic debate, and with seemingly no expiration date.

Like the rest of the “forever war,” Yemen is the fault of both parties — Democrat Barack Obama was the president who launched it, reportedly to keep the Saudis on board as he negotiated the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Republican Donald Trump, who rabidly favors all things Saudi Arabia while opposing all things Iran, even if that risks World War III, is only escalating matters. Like other military engagements, we were told it would only last months, only to see it drag on for years.

Indeed, civilian deaths linked to U.S. involvement in the “forever war” on a variety of fronts, most notably in parts of Syria and Iraq, have spiked dramatically since Trump became president — but few Americans even know this, because there is such little news coverage of what is being done in our name.  We also don’t know how much of Team Trump’s pronounced tilt to the Saudis — including moving to kill the Iran deal — is the result of legitimate American geopolitical interests and how much is the result of corruption, given reports that an emissary of the Saudis and its close ally, the United Arab Emirates, came to Trump Tower in 2016 promising support for Trump’s campaign.

The best role for the United States in Yemen would be as honest broker for peace between the warring factions — seeking an end to a humanitarian crisis that not only could ultimately hurt American interests in the long run but which is flat-out immoral. And yet that’s the role we’ve shown zero interest in taking on.

You can judge a society on how much it cares for children — and America is failing abysmally right now. It’s impossible to look at the picture at the top of this post, of a badly wounded child in his tinfoil blanket, and not think of the hundreds of kids sleeping in cages, in those exact same blankets, in detention centers on America’s southern border. With cuts to the social safety net from Obamacare to food stamps — some proposed, some successfully carried out — we’re not doing much better by American-born kids. Saada, Yemen, may be halfway around the world, but it’s as good a place as any to stop the shameful treatment of God’s children.

We all can do better. The news media needs to do a much better job keeping American citizens informed about what’s happening in Yemen — and all the other outposts of “the forever war” — and how U.S. dollars and U.S. bombs are making these conflicts happen. The midterm candidates for Congress — from both parties — need to address this issue and tell voters how they plan to make this carnage stop, and be prepared to use the War Powers Act to block this administration from waging a war that’s not just ill-advised but which should be considered illegal. If the American people can take back control of what is being done in our name, maybe we can finally begin washing away this spreading moral stain.

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As UN Rights Chief Warns Trump’s Press Attacks ‘Close to Incitement of Violence,’ Newspapers Ready Coordinated Response

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Trump’s anti-media rhetoric could “set in motion a chain of events which could quite easily lead to harm being inflicted on journalists just going about their work.”

The UN human rights chief has called President Donald Trump’s attacks on press freedom “close to incitement of violence.” (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

Amid international outcry over President Donald Trump’s treatment of the news media, more than 100 newspapers are planning to publish editorials this Thursday pushing back against his repeated claims that journalists are “the enemy of the people” and defending their right to cover his administration and actions.

Denouncing Trump’s “dirty war on the free press,” the Boston Globe wrote to dozens of news outlets across the country calling on them to band together in defense of their work.

“We propose to publish an editorial on August 16 on the dangers of the administration’s assault on the press and ask others to commit to publishing their own editorials on the same date,” wrote the Globe‘s editors.

Large newspapers including the Houston Chronicle and the Miami Herald have committed to writing editorials, as well as smaller local outlets.

“Publications, whatever their politics, could make a powerful statement by standing together in the common defense of their profession and the vital role it plays in government for and by the people.”          —Boston GlobeThe campaign comes after repeated attacks by the president on the news media, beginning before he was elected president in November 2016. During his campaign Trump popularized the term “fake news,” applying it frequently to CNN and other cable news outlets when their coverage of his campaign was deemed too negative.

Since his inauguration Trump has steadily ramped up his attacks, calling for NBC‘s license to be revoked after it published a report about his request to increase the nation’s nuclear arsenal, and telling his supporters that American journalists are “really bad people.”

In recent weeks tensions between the White House and the press have grown even more pronounced, after Trump applauded the harassment of CNN journalist Jim Acosta at his rally in Tampa, Florida.

When asked about the incident, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed the Trump administration “fully support[s] a free press”—while also refusing to clearly state that the press is not “the enemy of the people ” as Trump has said, and suggesting that journalists and their negative coverage of the administration’s deeply unpopular policies are to blame for the president’s anti-press rhetoric.

Acosta tweeted after the rally that he was concerned the president’s escalating war on journalists would result in “someone getting hurt”—an anxiety shared by outgoing United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein.

After Trump’s inauguration, Zeid told the Guardian, “we began to see a campaign against the media…that could have potentially, and still can, set in motion a chain of events which could quite easily lead to harm being inflicted on journalists just going about their work and potentially some self-censorship. And in that context, it’s getting very close to incitement to violence.”

Zeid pointed out that Cambodian leader Hun Sen, among others, has demonstrated that Trump’s anti-press rhetoric is catching on around the world. Hun Sen accused Cambodian media outlets of “violating Cambodia’s laws” and evading taxes, and commended Trump’s “Fake News Awards,” which he gave out earlier this year.

Leaders in Turkey, Myanmar, Venezuela, and the Philippines have also taken to deriding media outlets as “fake news,” according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

In the U.S., the Globe and other publications are hoping their coordinated editorials will amount to a strong stance against the president’s anti-media campaign.

“Publications, whatever their politics, could make a powerful statement by standing together in the common defense of their profession and the vital role it plays in government for and by the people,” wrote the Globe‘s editors. “Our words will differ. But at least we can agree that such attacks are alarming.”

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