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Children’s Dreams On Hold Behind Nazi Military Gate

Children’s Dreams On Hold Behind An Israeli Military Gate

Palestinian students from Dahr Al-Maleh pose for a picture while heading to school on November 10, 2019. (Photo: DCIP / Ahmad Al-Bazz)

Children in Palestine face systemic dream-shattering obstacles living under an oppressive permit regime imposed by Israeli military forces

Reposted from Defense for Children International – Palestine

Ramallah, June 11, 2020—“I remember once when we were going to school, we asked the soldiers if we could go through the pathway without going through the search room,” 16-year-old Aya K. told Defense for Children International – Palestine. “One of the soldiers shouted at us and threatened to shoot at us. My classmates and I were afraid and immediately went into the search room.”

Aya lives in Dahr Al-Maleh, a village in the western part of Jenin governorate in the northern occupied West Bank, but attends school in the neighboring village of Tura. Every school day, Aya and other students from Dahr Al-Maleh, must cross through a military gate in Israel’s separation barrier to reach their school. The journey to school on foot takes around 20 to 30 minutes.

Palestinian students from Dahr Al-Maleh walk toward their school in Tura Al-Gharbiya village after crossing the Israeli military checkpoint on November 07, 2019. (Photo: DCIP / Ahmad Al-Bazz)
Palestinian students from Dahr Al-Maleh walk toward their school in Tura Al-Gharbiya village after crossing the Israeli military checkpoint on November 07, 2019. (Photo: DCIP / Ahmad Al-Bazz)

Dahr Al-Maleh is located inside the Barta’a enclave, a portion of the occupied West Bank that lies west of Israel’s separation barrier. With the village’s lands effectively annexed by Israel’s construction of the barrier, its residents are obstructed from accessing the rest of the West Bank, despite being West Bank ID holders.

Map depicting location of Dahr Al-Maleh, the Israeli separation barrier, military gate, and Tura Al-Gharbiya village. Screenshots: B'Tselem interactive map
Map depicting location of Dahr Al-Maleh, the Israeli separation barrier, military gate, and Tura Al-Gharbiya village. Screenshots: B’Tselem interactive map

Since the barrier’s construction in 2002, Tura, the nearest village—and closest link to the rest of the West Bank—is only directly accessible through an Israeli military gate only open for limited hours. The oppressive permit regime imposed by Israeli military forces requires residents to present permits each time they want to leave and return to their village. Even children must present their birth certificates in order to cross through the military gate.

Palestinian students cross the Israeli military checkpoint near Tura heading to their school in Tura Al-Gharbiya village on November 07, 2019. (Photo: DCIP / Ahmad Al-Bazz)
Palestinian students cross the Israeli military checkpoint near Tura heading to their school in Tura Al-Gharbiya village on November 07, 2019. (Photo: DCIP / Ahmad Al-Bazz)

According to information gathered by DCIP, the children of Dahr Al-Maleh not only report daily difficulties in reaching their school, but also a series of violations by Israeli soldiers stationed at the gate.

“More than once, I was not allowed to cross the military gate due to a missing official document,” Mohammad K., 14, a resident of Dahr Al-Maleh village, told DCIP.

Palestinian students show a military permit (left) and a birth certificate (right) on November 07, 2019 at the Israeli military checkpoint near Tura. The documents are needed to cross the Israeli military checkpoint every morning on their way to school in Tura Al-Gharbiya village. (Photo: DCIP / Ahmad Al-Bazz)
Palestinian students show a military permit (left) and a birth certificate (right) on November 07, 2019 at the Israeli military checkpoint near Tura. The documents are needed to cross the Israeli military checkpoint every morning on their way to school in Tura Al-Gharbiya village. (Photo: DCIP / Ahmad Al-Bazz)

“The journey to school is harder in the winter,” said Mohammad. “We walk in the rain 700 meters (2300 feet) from our home to the military gate, and the first 10 meters after we cross the gate is not a paved road. It is muddy and our shoes get dirty,” he explained.

Given the difficulties the children face getting to school, staff would find ways to ensure support is provided for the children. “I feel the school is part of my family. They understand the difficulties we face and provide us with heating equipment when we are cold and wet,” said Aya.

Mohammad also notes that during heavy rains the school principal tries to transfer the students in his personal car from the military gate to the school.

Despite the school’s efforts to ease the children’s challenges, they are not always successful.

“Last year in December, the military gate closed for long hours, and we were not able to reach our school,” said Mohammad. “We had midterm exams that day, the school administration sent the exam paper to Um Al-Rehan’s school, and we took the exams there.”

Um Al-Rehan is 3 kilometers (approx. 2 miles) away from Dahr Al-Maleh. While there are no checkpoints or military gates separating the two villages, the road which connects them is a main road that links Israeli settlements and military infrastructure.

“Dahr Al-Maleh children do not attend Um Al-Rehan school due to the distance between the villages, also because there are Israeli settlements between the two villages and a military base,” the president of Dahr Al-Maleh village council, Omar Khatib told DCIP. “There isn’t a public transportation line between the two villages which makes it hard for students to go there on a daily basis.”

Palestinian students from Dahr Al-Maleh walk next to the Israeli military checkpoint near Tura on their way to school in Tura Al-Gharbiya village on November 07, 2019. (Photo: DCIP / Ahmad Al-Bazz)
Palestinian students from Dahr Al-Maleh walk next to the Israeli military checkpoint near Tura on their way to school in Tura Al-Gharbiya village on November 07, 2019. (Photo: DCIP / Ahmad Al-Bazz)

More than this, the military gate also makes being with family more difficult. “Other than for school, I cross the military gate to visit our relatives in Tura,” said Aya. “I also cross the gate if we need to buy home needs or visit health clinics and hospitals.”

The military gate is not only an impediment to the social lives of residents, but also carries economic consequences. With only the bare minimum in their village, residents of Dahr Al-Maleh must cross the barrier to meet their basic needs.

Out of necessity, all of their fruits, vegetables, and meat are bought in Tura, only to have them searched at the military gate.

“We don’t have stores in the village, we need to go to Tura to get our needs,” explained Munjed K.,17. “We don’t even have hair salons in the village,” he added.

A makeshift in-home mini-market in Dahr Al-Maleh is one of two shops established in private residential homes to provide village residents with basic goods. (Photo: DCIP / Ahmad Al-Bazz)
A makeshift in-home mini-market in Dahr Al-Maleh is one of two shops established in private residential homes to provide village residents with basic goods. (Photo: DCIP / Ahmad Al-Bazz)

Omar Khatib explained to DCIP that residents have restrictions on how much and what things they can carry through the military gate. They are only allowed to enter with two kilograms (5 lbs) of vegetables and fruits per household per day and 10 kilograms (25 lbs) of red meat per household per day. No other goods are permitted to cross through the gate, and residents must travel to Barta’a checkpoint, six kilometers (3.7 miles) away, to bring them home. Khatib also noted that Barta’a checkpoint is known for its strict security measures which often means a longer time to cross.

“We don’t face many obstacles leaving Barta’a checkpoint,” said Sima K., 10, from Dahr Al-Maleh. “But when we enter the checkpoint towards our village, we face many security checks that take a long time.”

Such challenges deter residents from using the checkpoint, unless it is an emergency, according to Omar Khatib.

Village residents have tried to confront the Israeli-imposed freedom of movement restrictions placed against them and enforced by the Israeli military. After the gate’s installation, Israeli forces severely restricted the previously unfettered access between Tura and Dahr Al-Maleh. The village council obtained an attorney to represent their interests and argue for the gate’s removal. Although the attorney filed a case with the Israeli High Court of Justice, it took several years before the court ruled that the gate must be open for more hours each day.

“From 2002 until 2008, the military gate opened only for students on their way to and from school,” explained Omar Khatib. “From 2008 until 2018, the gate opened from 7 am until 10 am then opened again from 12 pm until 9 pm. Starting from 2018, the gate is open from 7 am until 9 pm,” he added.

Palestinian students enter their school in Dahr Al-Maleh on November 10, 2019, which is under threat of demolition by the Israeli military. The elementary school was established so younger students in the village could avoid the daily journey through the Israeli military checkpoint to reach neighboring Tura Al-Gharbiya village. (Photo: DCIP / Ahmad Al-Bazz)
Palestinian students enter their school in Dahr Al-Maleh on November 10, 2019, which is under threat of demolition by the Israeli military. The elementary school was established so younger students in the village could avoid the daily journey through the Israeli military checkpoint to reach neighboring Tura Al-Gharbiya village. (Photo: DCIP / Ahmad Al-Bazz)

In 2019, Dahr Al-Maleh elementary school—Tahadi 11—opened. It is the only school in the village, and it protects children aged 6 to 12 years from having to cross the Israeli military gate daily to reach school. Before the school’s establishment, even first-grade children were forced to cross the gate to attend school in Tura.

The school, however, is not entirely safe. In January 2019, Israeli authorities issued a demolition order, and Israeli forces raided the school and confiscated a mobile container that was used as the school’s cafeteria in October 2019.

“We don’t have safe places to play because we are surrounded by settlements, the separation barrier, and a military base,” said Sima. “I spend my time playing in front of the house, watching TV, or visiting relatives.”

“I hope the military gate is removed to stop restricting our lives and dreams,” said Aya, “I wish one day to open a flower store in my village, but with the existence of the military gate my dream is not possible.”

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Armed Nazi Jewish Settlers Burn Hundreds of Olive Trees south of Nablus

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Colonist Nazi Jewish settlers set on fire to a Palestinian-owned farm land, on Saturday, in Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Palestinian chief of the profile for illegal Jewish settlements in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, told media outlets that several armed Nazi colonists, from the illegal Nazi settlement of Giv’at Ronaie, broke into the nearby Palestinian-owned farm land, east of Burin village.

Daghlas said that right after they invaded the farm land, they set fire to hundreds of fruitful olive trees among other crops.

He added that after the attack, the colonists fled the area, back to their illegal settlement.

Noteworthy, Nazi Jewish colonial settlers repeatedly attack Palestinian-owned farm lands throughout the West Bank. There are almost 200 illegal Jewish settlements, erected on Palestinian lands, across the West Bank.

These Nazi Jewish settlers’ attacks on Palestinians and their property, are widely perceived by Palestinians as vicious attempts to disrupt the already difficult lives of Palestinians, intending to force them to concede their farmlands, which are adjacent to the colonial Nazi Jewish settlements.

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Nazi Soldiers Invade Home Of Slain Palestinian In Occupied Jerusalem

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Dozens of Nazi soldiers invaded, on Saturday at night, the home of a young Palestinian man, on the first anniversary of his death by Nazi army fire, in the al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied East Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers stormed and ransacked the home of Mohammad Samir Obeid, who was only 21 years of age when the Nazi army killed him a year ago.

They added that the Nazi soldiers violently searched and ransacked the property, and interrogated the family while inspecting their ID cards.

The invasion led to protests between many Palestinian youngsters and the soldiers who fired a barrage of gas bombs, concussion grenades, rubber-coated steel bullets and a few live rounds.

The protesters hurled stones at the invading army jeeps, while a few of them used fireworks against the soldiers before the troops withdrew from the town.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Abu Dis town, east of occupied Jerusalem, searched homes and abducted a young man, identified as Qassam Halabiyya.

Mohammad Samir Obeid, 21, was killed by Nazi soldiers on June 27, 2019, during a protest in Jerusalem, when the soldiers shot him with several bullets, including a live round in the heart.

After killing the young man, the soldiers took his body away, and assaulted several Palestinians with clubs and batons.

An eyewitness, who was standing next to the slain Palestinian, said the soldiers shot him with three live rounds from a close range, including the fatal round in the heart, and one that struck him in his leg, and added that the shooting had no cause or justification, especially since it was carried out an hour after the nonviolent protest ended.

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The Fall of Eliot Engel: ‘Israel’-Firster Defeated in Congressional Primary

The Fall of Eliot Engel: Israel-Firster Defeated in Congressional Primary

US Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY) speaks during a pro-Israel rally organized by local Jewish communities in front of City Hall in New York (Jerusalem Post)

Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Andrew Cuomo, Nancy Pelosi, & the Congressional Black Caucas (also in the Israel lobby’s pocket) had endorsed Engel, but Jamaal Bowman won… as did Ocasio-Cortez…

It is early days to be hopeful, but the New York primary election results, coming as they do from a state where Jewish groups wield enormous power, just might be an indication that some things are about to change… 

By Philip M. Giraldi,

Sometimes listening to the morning news on television is a bit like entering into an alternate universe. Last Wednesday, the day after primary elections in New York State, CBS News reported that New York Congressman Eliot Engel was “facing a challenge” from Democratic Party challenger Jamaal Bowman. NBC News reported that Engel was “trailing.”

The reality, according to the New York Times tally of the results that morning was that Bowman had beaten Engel by a margin to 60.9% versus 35.6% with more than 82% of votes counted. Even though it posted the numbers, the Times felt compelled to describe the apparently impending lopsided loss as if it were something less than that, as a “stiff challenge” for Engel.

The media deference to Engel derives from the fact that he is a protected species, possibly the leading Israel-firster in Congress.

In 2003, Engel supported the invasion of Iraq and in the following year he organized a group of fellow congressmen to demand cuts in the U.S. contribution to the United Nations office that assists Palestinian refugees. He attended the infamous Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address to Congress in 2015 that many other Democratic lawmakers boycotted due to the insult to President Obama and afterwards called Netanyahu’s speech “compelling.”

Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Andrew Cuomo and Nancy Pelosi all had endorsed Engel, who has been in Congress for going on 32 years and currently heads the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Clinton explained that Engel “…is deeply committed to working with our allies to maintain American leadership on the global stage.” She was, of course, referring to Israel.

Engel was also endorsed by the Congressional Black Caucus even though Bowman is black, a demonstration of how politics in Washington works.

[CBC members are listed here. They include Corey Booker and Kamala Harris, consistent voices for the Israel lobby. Analyst Jeffrey Blankfort writes that the Caucus has long been in the Israel lobby’s pocket.]

Engel will in any event likely be replaced to chair the Foreign Affairs committee by a similar Jewish Israel-firster Brad Sherman of California, but his imminent defeat has already sent a shockwave through the centers of pro-Israel power in the United States.

Bowman, a progressive “Justice Democrat,” is on record as favoring cuts in aid for Israel based on its human rights record. He has attacked Engel for being on the dole financially from defense contractors and also for being an active promoter of a military attack on Iran, even though the Iranians pose no threat to the United States.

He has, in fact, made Israel something of an issue in his campaign, pointing out that Engel had been one of the few Democratic members of the House of Representatives to vote against President Barack Obama’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2015. The JCPOA was the major foreign policy achievement of the Obama Administration and it set up a framework to prevent Iran from taking steps to produce a nuclear weapon. It was strongly opposed by Israel and its American lobby even though the agreement enhanced U.S. national security.

In 2016, after the Obama administration abstained on a United Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, Engel responded with a House resolution condemning the U.N.

Engel often in his career has boasted about his close relationship with Israel.

Speaking at the 2018 national convention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the U.S.’s principal Israeli lobby, Engel boasted: “There’s a bunch of legislation coming out of the Foreign Affairs Committee. I want to tell you that I sit down with AIPAC on every piece of legislation that comes out. I think it’s very, very important.

In the past 30 years I have attended 31 consecutive AIPAC conferences in March, I haven’t missed one.”Some might suggest that serving in one country’s legislature and working for the interests of another country amounts to treason.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The other good news coming out of New York was that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her district with 72.6% of the vote. AOC, controversial to be sure but no friend of the Israel Lobby, was running against Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a CNBC reporter.

As is often the case, there is considerable back story to the two races and that back story is Jewish establishment money, lots of it, intended to re-elect Engel and get rid of Ocasio-Cortez. Engel received more than $1.5 million from one group alone, the so-called Democratic Majority for Israel and also obtained large sums bundled by the AIPAC-tied group Pro-Israel America as well as from other Jewish groups. AOC was opposed by the not surprisingly well-funded Caruso-Cabrera, whose money largely came from pro-Israel and Jewish affiliated organizations

And more bad news appears to be coming for the Israel lobby from the Hudson Valley district currently held by yet another Israel-first congresswoman Representative Nita Lowey, who is retiring. Mondaire Jones, a gay Harvard-educated lawyer, has the lead based on early returns. Jones calls himself a progressive and he is unlikely to emerge as a cheerleader for Israel if he is elected. [Editor’s note: However, Jones emphasized his support for Israel in an interview with Jewish Insider.]

Representing parts of Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan in New York City, Carolyn Maloney, who chairs the Oversight and Reform Committee, is meanwhile maintaining a small lead over Democratic challenger Suraj Patel. Maloney describes herself on her website as a strong supporter of Israel and Jewish issues.

In fact, she goes far beyond that, actively sponsoring and otherwise promoting legislation favorable to Israel and the Jewish community, most recently being the sponsor of the waste of taxpayer money in promoting the holocaust myth through H.R.943, the Never Again Education Act.

Maloney is hanging on to a slim lead against Patel, though numerous postal and absentee votes have not yet been counted and the outcome could go either way. Nevertheless, it is undoubtedly a shock to the Israel Lobby that a completely reliable Maloney might be in danger of losing her seat.

To be sure, Congress continues to be Israeli occupied territory, as Pat Buchanan once put it.

Repub support for Israeli annexation not unanimous

Last week 116 out of 198 Republican congressmen signed a letter to President Donald Trump asserting their support for Israel’s annexation of much of the West Bank, due to start shortly. The letter stated that the annexation was justified “based on the critical premise that Israel should never be forced to compromise its security,” indicating very clearly that actual U.S. national interests had nothing to do with it.

What is surprising about the Republican letter is that it was not unanimous, and the loss of Engel, replacement of Lowey and possible defeat of Maloney could be indications of a real shift among voters regarding what has been an assiduously cultivated overwhelmingly positive view of the Jewish State. Recent opinion polls suggest that a majority of Americans do not support either Israeli expansion or its form of apartheid.

Israel is feeling somewhat vulnerable. Its Lobby stalwarts in the media and in politics are working hard to disengage the current anti-racism turmoil in the U.S. from any mention of Israel, which trained American police in their “anti-terror” tactics.

The Jewish state also practices a far more virulent and brutal racism than anything prevailing in America, something that is becoming increasingly clear to the public. It is early days to be hopeful, but the New York primary election results, coming as they do from a state where Jewish groups wield enormous power, just might be an indication that some things are about to change.


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The US and I$raHell Hope to Scare the Hague War Crimes Court off from Helping Palestine

The US and Israel Hope to Scare the Hague War Crimes Court off ...

The US and Israel Hope to Scare the Hague War Crimes Court off from Helping Palestine

By Jonathan Cook

In the near-two decades since the International Criminal Court was set up to try the worst violations of international human rights law, it has faced harsh criticism for its highly selective approach to the question of who should be put on trial.

Created in 2002, the court, it was imagined, would act as a deterrent against the erosion of an international order designed to prevent a repetition of the atrocities of the Second World War.

Such hopes did not survive long.

The court, which sits in The Hague in the Netherlands, almost immediately faced a difficult test: whether it dared to confront the world’s leading superpower, the United States, as it launched a “war on terror”.

The ICC’s prosecutors refused to grasp the nettle posed by the US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Instead, they chose the easiest targets: for too long, it looked as though war crimes were only ever committed by Africans.

Now, the ICC’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, looks poised finally to give the court some teeth. She is threatening to investigate two states – the US and Israel – whose actions have been particularly damaging to international law in the modern era.

The court is considering examining widespread human rights abuses perpetrated by US soldiers in Afghanistan, and crimes committed by Israeli soldiers in the occupied Palestinian territories, especially Gaza, as well as the officials responsible for Israel’s illegal settlement programme.

An investigation of both is critically important: the US has crafted for itself a role as global policeman, while Israel’s flagrant violations of international law have been ongoing for more than half a century.

The US is the most powerful offender, and Israel the most persistent.

Both states have long dreaded this moment – the reason they refused to ratify the Rome Statute that established the ICC.

Last week Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, stepped up US attacks on the court, saying its administration was “determined to prevent having Americans and our friends and allies in Israel and elsewhere hauled in by this corrupt ICC”.

A large, bipartisan majority of US Senators sent a letter to Pompeo last month urging him to ensure “vigorous support” for Israel against the Hague court.

Israel and the US have each tried to claim an exemption from international law on the grounds that they did not sign up to the court.

But this only underscores the problem. International law is there to protect the weak from abuses committed by the strong. The victim from the bully.

A criminal suspect does not get to decide whether their victim can make a complaint, or whether the legal system should investigate. The same must apply in international law if it is to have any meaningful application.

Even under Bensouda, the process has dragged out interminably. It has taken years for her office to conduct a preliminary investigation and to determine, as she did in late April, that Palestine falls under the ICC’s jurisdiction because it qualifies as a state.

The delay made little sense, given that the State of Palestine is recognised by the United Nations, and it was able to ratify the Rome Statute five years ago.

The Israeli argument is that Palestine lacks the normal features of a sovereign state. However, as the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem recently noted, this is precisely because Israel has occupied the Palestinians’ territory and illegally transferred settlers onto their land.

Israel is claiming an exemption by citing the very crimes that need investigating.

Bensouda has asked the court’s judges to rule on her view that the ICC’s jurisdiction extends to Palestine. It is not clear how soon they will issue a verdict.

Pompeo’s threats last week – he said the US will soon make clear how it will retaliate – are intended to intimidate the court.

Bensouda has warned that her office is being subjected to “misinformation and smear campaigns”. In January, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the court of being “antisemitic”.

In the past, Washington has denied Bensouda a travel visa, and threatened to confiscate her and the ICC judges’ assets and put them on trial. The US has also vowed to use force to liberate any Americans put in the dock.

There are indications the judges may now be searching for a bolt hole. They have asked Israel and the Palestinian Authority to respond urgently to questions about whether the temporary Oslo accords, signed more than 25 years ago, are still legally binding.

Israel has argued that the lack of resolution to the Oslo process precludes the Palestinians from claiming statehood. That would leave Israel, not the ICC, with jurisdiction over the territories.

Bensouda has suggested the issue is a red herring.

Last Thursday Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, told the ICC that in any case the PA considers itself exempt from its Oslo obligations, given that Israel has announced imminent plans to annex swaths of Palestinian territory in the West Bank.

Annexation was given a green light under President Trump’s “peace plan” unveiled earlier in the year.

Bensouda’s term as prosecutor finishes next year. Israel may hope to continue stonewalling until she is gone. Elyakim Rubinstein, a former Israeli Supreme Court judge, called last month for a campaign to ensure that her successor is more sympathetic to Israel.

But if Bensouda does get the go-ahead, Netanyahu and an array of former generals, including his Defence Minister Benny Gantz, would likely be summoned for questioning. If they refuse, an international arrest warrant could be issued, theoretically enforceable in the 123 countries that ratified the court.

Neither Israel nor the US is willing to let things reach that point.

They have recruited major allies to the fight, including Australia, Canada, Brazil and several European states. Germany, the court’s second largest donor, has threatened to revoke its contributions if the ICC proceeds.

Maurice Hirsch, a former legal adviser to the Israeli army, wrote a column last month in Israel Hayom, a newspaper widely seen as Netanyahu’s mouthpiece, accusing Bensouda of being a “hapless pawn of Palestinian terrorists”.

He suggested that other states threaten to pull their contributions, deny ICC staff the travel visas necessary for their investigations and even quit the court.

That would destroy any possibility of enforcing international law – an outcome that would delight both Israel and the US.

It would render ICC little more than a dead letter, just as Israel, backed by the US, prepares to press ahead with the West Bank’s annexation.

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Terrifying moment police officer is set on fire during violent protests in Mexico

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Terrifying moment police officer is set on fire during violent protests in Mexico over the death of a man in custody who was arrested for not wearing a face mask

Shocking footage shows the moment a police officer is set on fire by protesters in Mexico amid violent clashes over the death of a man who died after he was beaten and taken into custody.Protesters took to the streets Guadalajara, the nation’s second-largest city, on Thursday and called for authorities to be held responsible for the death of Giovanni López.Lopez was declared dead at a local hospital following an altercation with the police, reportedly because he was not wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Video from Thursday’s demonstration shows the moment a police officer turns away from protesters and got on a motorcycle, before a man is seen dousing him in liquid and setting him on fire.Three members of the Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos Municipal Police Department have been arrested, including the police chief, Jalisco state prosecutor Octavio Solís announced Friday.Governor Enrique Alfaro said the state had assumed control of the municipality’s police force and that its officers would be undergoing further training. Alfaro said that any of the cops who don’t meet policing standards will be subject to dismissal.

A police officer in Guadalajara was set on fire by a protester Thursday during clashes in Mexico's second-largest city

A police officer in Guadalajara was set on fire by a protester Thursday during clashes in Mexico’s second-largest city

A man dumps an inflammable liquid over a police officer before he set him on fire Thursday in Guadalajara, Mexico, where protesters took to the streets demanding action a day after a  video went viral showing the moment Giovanni López was beaten by cops in Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos on May 4 and died the following day

A man dumps an inflammable liquid over a police officer before he set him on fire Thursday in Guadalajara, Mexico, where protesters took to the streets demanding action a day after a  video went viral showing the moment Giovanni López was beaten by cops in Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos on May 4 and died the following day DailyMail.com reached to the Jalisco state prosecutor’s office and the police department seeking comment on the condition of the attacked police officer.  

Protesters descended on the historic center of Guadalajara, Jalisco’s capital, and vandalized building, including the palace.Several police cruisers were set ablaze. Video also showed one of the protesters taking possession of a law enforcement agent’s rifle before tossing it into a burning vehicle. 
Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro responded in a video message late on Thursday and denied López had been held for not using a face mask, but gave no further details.Alfaro said six police officers were injured, including the one set on fire, with 27 protesters detained. He promised an investigation and condemned the violence, which he described as having been ‘never before seen’. 

Giovanni López was detained in Jalisco, Mexico, by the police for not wearing a face mask on May 4 and was beaten, an incident which was captured on video. He died the following as a result of a brain injury but his aunt discovered he had multiple body bruises when she opened a body bag with his remains. The Jalisco State Prosecutor's Office is currently investigating

Giovanni López was detained in Jalisco, Mexico, by the police for not wearing a face mask on May 4 and was beaten, an incident which was captured on video. He died the following as a result of a brain injury but his aunt discovered he had multiple body bruises when she opened a body bag with his remains. The Jalisco State Prosecutor’s Office is currently investigating

Police officers come to the aid of a cop after he was set ablaze by a demonstrator in Guadalajara, a city in the western Mexican state of Jalisco

Police officers come to the aid of a cop after he was set ablaze by a demonstrator in Guadalajara, a city in the western Mexican state of Jalisco

Demonstrators smash a door during a protest following the May 5 death of a Giovanni López while in police custody, after he had been arrested allegedly for failing to comply with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Demonstrators smash a door during a protest following the May 5 death of a Giovanni López while in police custody, after he had been arrested allegedly for failing to comply with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19The unrest took place two days after Christian López went public with footage that showed his 30-year-old brother being placed in a choke hold by a police officer on May 4 in the Jalisco municipality of Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos.Giovanni López was subdued by cops, who shoved him into the back of a department pickup truck.

He was taken to a local precinct where he was allegedly beaten.That same night, his family contacted Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos mayor Eduardo Cervantes, who promised that López would be released from custody at 10am. However, when they arrive to pick him up, they were informed that he had been transported to a hospital. 

DailyMail.com reached out to the Jalisco state prosecutors's office regarding the status of the cop (pictured) who was set on fire by protesters in Guadalajara on Thursday

DailyMail.com reached out to the Jalisco state prosecutors’s office regarding the status of the cop (pictured) who was set on fire by protesters in Guadalajara on Thursday

Demonstrators in Guadalajara attack a police vehicle during Thursday's protest

Demonstrators in Guadalajara attack a police vehicle during Thursday’s protest

A burning police vehicle is seen after demonstrators set it on fire during a protest to demand justice for Giovanni López, a construction worker who died after being arrested for not wearing a face mask in public

A burning police vehicle is seen after demonstrators set it on fire during a protest to demand justice for Giovanni López, a construction worker who died after being arrested for not wearing a face mask in public

A police officer clashes with demonstrators during a protest in Guadalajara, Mexico, to demand justice for Giovanni López

A police officer clashes with demonstrators during a protest in Guadalajara, Mexico, to demand justice for Giovanni LópezLópez, a construction worker, was declared dead at 10pm due to a brain injury. 

However, during an argument with morgue workers, López’s aunt went against their advice and unzipped the body bag where her nephew’s remains were placed and noticed that he had been tortured, according to LatinUS.The aunt also said López was shot near the ankle, but the Jalisco state prosecutor’s office said her claims were not true.According to Christian López, mayor Cervantes offered him $9,000, or 200,000 Mexican pesos, to keep the footage under wraps.

Cervantes, who said Giovanni López had threatened to fight National Guard servicemen before he was detained, denied the accusations on Wednesday. ‘At no time did I offer 200,000 pesos or any amount in exchange for the silence of the family members, nor did I threaten them,’ Cervantes said. ‘On the contrary, from the beginning and until today I have instructed my municipal agencies to provide all the information to the State Prosecutor’s Office.’In my municipal government we do not tolerate police brutality, abuse of authority, and much less serious violations of human rights, such as deprivation of life,’ he added.

Cervantes is expected to appear before prosecutors for questioning Friday. Mexico’s deputy minister for human rights requested case files from authorities in Jalisco and Baja California, where there may have been a similar incident at a Tijuana gas station on March 27.Video went viral in which a police officer is seen pressing his foot on the neck of a handcuffed Jair López – of no relation to Giovanni López – for 90 seconds before he died. The police received reports of Jair López hurling rocks at customers.  Another cop pinned his knee on López’s legs while he pressed down his restrained hands. Moments later, a cop attempted to revive López while performing chest compressions.The cop, who placed his foot on López’s neck, and the second law enforcement agent, who held him down against the ground, have been suspended pending an investigation. 

The Tijuana occurred two months before George Floyd, a black man, was killed in a similar hold in Minneapolis.

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Why U.S. Is a Major Human Rights violator

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

Policing the Police: A Civil Rights Story


The U.S. State Department annually publishes an extremely biased report on human rights around the world. Conveniently, the report omits one of the most systemic violators of human rights on the planet. Under Donald Trump, the United States has graduated from systemic human rights violator to human rights pariah, as witnessed by recent murders and assaults by police of innocent people on the streets of America. Although the United States has historically been more than willing to criticize the human rights policies of other countries, including in the venue of the United Nations, it has bristled at attempts to have brought forth in the
international body its own human rights outrages.

The latest attempt to point to the abject failure of America’s abiding by the
precepts of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights,………..’
‘..The plea to the UN was led by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the U.S. Human Rights Network and included as signatories hundreds of groups representing Black, Brown, and Indigenous Peoples in the United States and around the world.

The letter to the Human Rights Council states: “We are deeply concerned about the escalation in violent police responses to largely peaceful protests in the United States, which included the use of rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray, and in some cases live ammunition, in violation of international standards on the use of force and management of assemblies including recent UN Guidance on Less Lethal Weapons. Additionally, we are greatly concerned that rather than using his position to serve as a force for calm and unity, President Trump has chosen to weaponize the tensions through his rhetoric, evidenced by his promise to seize authority from Governors who fail to take the most extreme tactics against protestors and to deploy federal armed forces against protestors (an action which would be of questionable legality)…….’

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It’s Trump vs. Bolton, and I’m Rooting for a Meteor

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By: William Rivers Pitt

June 18, 2020 “Information Clearing House” – I thought it was over in September 2019, when Donald Trump and his third national security adviser, the execrable John Bolton, got into a “You’re Fired/I Quit!” fight on the front page of all the papers. “Maybe he’s really gone now,” I thought wistfully of Bolton, the war-humping neoconservative ghoul who has haunted U.S. foreign policy in one form or another since the Reagan administration, lo these 40 long years.

No such luck. Now he has a book poised for release that is allegedly filled with all the scurrilous details on the Ukraine debacle that he should have shared under oath before Rep. Adam Schiff’s impeachment hearings. He didn’t, Trump was acquitted, and now the president has filed suit to upend Bolton’s publication party.

Of course, Trump is proceeding in perfect Trumpian style. Block the book’s release outright? Nah, go for the loot instead. “The lawsuit filed on Tuesday gestured at blocking publication, but it seemed more squarely focused on seizing Mr. Bolton’s profits,” reports The New York Times. “Filed against Mr. Bolton — not Simon & Schuster — it asked for the court to take control of the money he made from the book.”

As I said: Perfect.

Trump brought Bolton on in the first place for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was to show Fox News that he was a foreign policy tough guy. Bolton has made a career out of promoting the killing of people in wars and other profitable enterprises — though he did avoid his own opportunity to see war first-hand in Vietnam (a conflict he of course supported) because he “had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy.”Are You Tired Of The Lies And Non-Stop Propaganda?Get Your FREE Daily NewsletterNo Advertising – No Government Grants – This Is Independent Media

The friction began almost immediately, though for a time it seemed Bolton would get the war with Iran he has yearned for since before the Iran-Contra scandal, another lethal endeavor with his fingerprints on it. Soon enough, however, it became clear to Bolton that Trump was unwilling to turn Tehran and Pyongyang into smoldering craters. The falling out between them was as inevitable as the tide, and Bolton took his notoriously copious notes and retreated into (alas) temporary obscurity.

Bolton, like male pattern baldness, is incredibly difficult to be rid of. He didn’t have an active hand in the foreign policy of the Obama administration, but he was there all the same. His Project for a New American Century (PNAC) agenda, fully adopted by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, turned the smoldering kindling of the Middle East into a pillar of fire that rained soot on Obama from the day he took office to the day he left. Bolton wasn’t there, but yeah, he was there, and the dead piled up like cordwood.

Before Obama, there was Bush and WMD in Iraq, and Bolton’s tireless efforts to manipulate and obfuscate the weapons data so he could get the region-wide war he and his PNAC buddies had always wanted. It was in this context that perhaps the most notorious Bolton story, until recently unreported in English, unfolded.

In his charge toward war in Iraq, Bolton sought to clear the field of those who could credibly dispute his baseless WMD claims. One such was José Bustani, a Brazilian diplomat who was head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a 145-nation body dedicated to thwarting the acquisition and spread of such deadly weapons. Bustani was widely respected, and had just been unanimously re-elected to his post when Bolton came calling.

Bustani was not buying what the Bush administration was peddling on Iraq, so Bolton arrived at OPCW headquarters in the Hague in March 2002 with a pointed message. According to a detailed report by The Intercept, Bolton told Bustani, “Cheney wants you out. We can’t accept your management style. You have 24 hours to leave the organization, and if you don’t comply with this decision by Washington, we have ways to retaliate against you. We know where your kids live. You have two sons in New York.”

So, yeah, let’s all line up to buy a book written by that guy. Few thought anyone would come along to give the rampant bloodlust of Henry Kissinger a run for its money, but here we are. In the U.S., war criminals write books, go on television and never see the inside of a courtroom. Bolton continues the vicious tradition.

In April of 2005, former State Department intelligence chief Carl Ford told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Bolton was “a quintessential kiss-up, kick-down kind of guy. He’s got a bigger kick, and it gets bigger and stronger the further down the bureaucracy he’s kicking. And he stands out. I don’t have any other example to give you of someone who acts this way.”

That about sums it up. Now, Bolton wants to kick Trump while he’s down, and Trump is kicking back by trying to grab Bolton’s money. Two of the worst people ever to foul the skin of the Earth are at each other’s throats, and all I want for Christmas is a meteor to make it stop.

There is a line credited to Sun Tzu that reads, “If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.”

I’m still waiting.

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Palestinian killed at Nazi checkpoint, cheated by mainstream media

Palestinian killed at Israeli checkpoint, cheated by mainstream media

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Palestinian killed at Israeli checkpoint, cheated by mainstream media

Young and successful Palestinian Ahmed Erekat was shot and killed at an Israeli checkpoint a week before his wedding.

First, Ahmed Erekat was shot, then he was left to die, and then mainstream media did its typical poor job reporting on the injustice of his death.

by Kathryn Shihadah

Reuters reported Wednesday on the latest “alleged car-ramming incident” in which a Palestinian was killed at an Israeli military checkpoint. The news story – from the outlet that reaches “more than one billion people every day” – was brief, yet included statements from both an Israeli police spokesperson and a relative of the Palestinian man who was killed.

While this may suggest that the coverage of the incident was balanced, in reality it was not.

This is part of two ongoing – and longstanding – trends: impunity on the part of Israel in its violent policies toward Palestinians, and a strong pro-Israel bias in American mainstream media (MSM).

Below is a look how Reuters reported the alleged car-ramming incident. Original (abridged) text is in italics; additional details are from (MSM source) Associated Press, and (alternative news sources) Mondoweissthe New ArabDemocracy Now!Palestine News Network, and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), as well as two Israeli online newspapers (two articles from Ha’aretz and one from Times of Israel) and Twitter.

Concluding remarks on the coverage of the Palestinian issue follow.

The alleged car-ramming

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli police on Tuesday shot dead a Palestinian man who they said had tried to ram his car into an officer at a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the 27-year-old [Ahmed] Erekat lightly injured an officer when he drove his vehicle into a barrier at a checkpoint near the town of Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem.

Palestinian officials questioned the police’s account of Ahmad Erekat’s death. They said he was rushing to nearby Bethlehem to pick up family members from a hair salon on his sister’s wedding day.

“(He) got out of the car and approached officers who responded by shooting” him.

PCHR, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, includes details that paint a clearer, more accurate picture of the incident, as well as providing background information on the victim – factual information that gives the reader a completely different perspective on Ahmed Erekat:

“On Tuesday, 23 June 2020, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed a Palestinian civilian after opening fire at his vehicle, which collided into the traffic island in the center of al-container military checkpoint, east of Bethlehem.

Ahmed’s fiancee following his death.
Ahmed’s fiancee following his death. (english.pnn.ps)

“According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses’ testimonies, at approximately 15:53 on Tuesday, Ahmed Mostafa Mousa Erekat (26), from Abu Dis village in occupied East Jerusalem, was waiting in queue at al-container military checkpoint in eastern Bethlehem, to cross into Bethlehem where he was supposed to pick up his mother and sisters from a beauty salon in the city and return to Abu Dis village to attend his sister’s, Eman, wedding.

“At approximately 15:55, when Erekat vehicle approached the checkpoint, it deviated from its path and collided into the traffic island opposite the glass room where Israeli border guard soldiers stationed. The soldiers immediately opened fire at the vehicle, wounding Erekat with several live bullets in his upper body.”

The aftermath

“[H]e died at the scene,” [Israeli police spokesperson] Rosenfeld added.

Video showed Israeli troops placing a plastic sheet over the man, who lay shirtless on the ground next to his vehicle.

Again, PCHR provides missing information: “They pulled him out of the vehicle, threw him on the ground and prevented Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS)’s medical crew from approaching him or providing first aid; leaving him to bleed to his death on the dirt at the checkpoint.”

The Israeli paper Ha’aretz corroborates: “Video footage obtained by Haaretz shows Erekat was left to bleed to death for at least 30 minutes, sources say, and was not given immediate medical treatment.”

Ha’aretz also adds that the Israeli police officer “who was injured lightly” was “evacuated to a Jerusalem hospital.”

Elsewhere, a Ha’aretz op-ed by a relative adds the detail that Erekat’s body was taken away by the Israeli police, and has been since withheld from his family.

Comments on the incident

Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said the man killed was his relative, and that his wedding was set for next week.

“This young man was killed in cold blood. What the occupation army (Israeli military) claims, that he was trying to run someone over, is a lie,” he said.

On Twitter, Noura Erekat, the well-known Palestinian American attorney, author, and human rights activist, echoed her relative’s sentiment as she addressed Israel’s accusation that Ahmed Erekat was a terrorist: “You lie. You kill. You lie. This is my baby cousin,” adding, “The only terrorists are the cowards who shot to kill a beautiful young man and blamed him for it.”

Palestinian Center for Human Rights again brings in critical details about the checkpoint killing: “PCHR stresses that IOF used disproportionate force, especially that the victim posed no real threat to the soldiers’ lives in light of the heavy fortifications at the checkpoint.”

Context

Tensions have risen in recent weeks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet due on July 1 to begin discussing annexation of the West Bank, territory Israel captured in a 1967 war and that Palestinians seek for a state.

Palestinians vehemently oppose the annexation plan, as do most world powers.

(The annexation plan is illegal under international law, and seeks Israeli sovereignty over land illegally captured in 1967. Israel has relocated – again, illegally – hundreds of thousands of Israeli Jews on this Palestinian land. Its annexation would result in Palestinian “bantustans” and the permanent loss of self-determination and justice for the Palestinian people.)

MSM giant Associated Press adds, “In recent years, Israel has seen car-ramming attacks, shootings and stabbings carried out mostly by lone Palestinian attackers with no apparent links to armed groups.”

This statement from AP is loaded: Palestinians are labeled “attackers,” – not even using the word “alleged,” or acknowledging the many instances, like Ahmed Erekat’s, when there is doubt about Israeli claims. The IDF has allegedly planted weapons on or next to dead Palestinians, apparently to justify their deaths. A notable example: in 2015, a 16-year-old boy was killed at the same checkpoint where Erekat was killed; after the incident, Israeli police are believed to have planted a knife on him.

(In instances where a Palestinian clearly does attack an Israeli, the context of a decades-long brutal occupation, part of an ongoing genocide, is key to understanding the incident.)

In an interview with Democracy Now!, Noura Erakat reminded viewers of the bigger questions behind the killing: “Why is there a checkpoint between Bethlehem and Abu Dis, two Palestinian cities? Why are there checkpoints anywhere? Just think about those questions as we answer this broader question of the context that Ahmed was killed in.” (See her full interview here.)

PCHR continues the thought: “It should be noted that al-container military checkpoint separates villages located in south-eastern occupied East Jerusalem from eastern Bethlehem.”

Times of Israel references a leader of the Abu Dis Popular Resistance Committee member: “[Dr. Abdullah] Abu Hilal claimed that the Container Checkpoint, where Ahmad was shot, was notorious in Abu Dis for the degree of harassment Palestinian residents received by Israeli soldiers while crossing.”

Container checkpoint, where at least 4 Palestinians have now been gunned down.
Container checkpoint, where at least 4 Palestinians have now been killed. (english.pnn.ps)

The New Arab quotes several Palestinian sources, including Omar Shakir, the director of Human Rights Watch for Israel-Palestine, who said that Erekat’s death was part of a series of “daily gut-wrenching outrages” that “stem from decades-long failure of [the international] community to hold Israel to account for serious abuses.”

Palestinian academic Yara Hawari tweeted, “Palestinians live in a space-time continuum of trauma. Just as we start to move on from one loss, another happens almost immediately. It’s a space of constant grieving and hurt. Imagine what that does to our bodies. It’s exhausting.”

Hanan Ashrawi, a PLO top leader, released a statement condemning the killing and demanding an end to Israel’s “kill first, justify later” policy. She added, “[Israel] attempted to slander Ahmad and excuse his murder. It is part of a tragically familiar pattern, where Israel habitually uses false pretexts that are all too familiar now to justify the murder of Palestinians by trigger happy soldiers.”

Palestine News Network points out that Ahmed Erekat is the 316th Palestinian body to be withheld from its family. Most are buried in “cemeteries of numbers,” where they are reserved for Israel as bargaining chips. This is a violation of international law.

MSM’s pattern of misrepresentation and underrepresentation of Palestinians

Early in 2018, If Americans Knew presented a study on how the Associated Press reports the deaths of Israelis and Palestinians. The study showed that AP had completely different ways of reporting on the two groups (much the same is true of other news outlets, as IAK has shown elsewhere). Inaccurate reporting on the Ahmed Erekat incident is an example of the trend that is at least half a century old:

In AP’s 2018 news reports on deaths, the headlines reported on on Israeli deaths at a rate nearly four times greater than they reported on Palestinian deaths.

The articles themselves similarly focused more on Israeli deaths than on Palestinian deaths, with news reports on Israeli deaths averaging 471 words in length, while reports on Palestinian deaths averaged 171 words.

Reports on Israeli deaths included statements by high ranking officials condemning the attacks. These were often strongly worded, politically charged statements that conveyed the Israeli narrative: “[Israel will] do everything possible in order to apprehend the despicable murderer”; “There is no justification for terror…This is not the path to peace!” “Hamas praises the killers and PA laws will provide them financial rewards. Look no further to why there is no peace.”

By contrast, these AP reports rarely included statements by Palestinian officials condemning the killing of Palestinians, which would have provided another perspective for readers…

Such Palestinian viewpoints, largely accurate and readily available, were never reported in the AP articles on deaths.

AP reports often leave out critical facts.

Perhaps more significant, essential facts about the greater issue are virtually never included.

Nowhere in these reports does AP tell readers that the U.S. gives Israel over $10 million per day. Without this information, American readers will incorrectly feel this is a foreign issue that has nothing to do with them.

Basic information that would give the reader an understanding of the context of the hostility is absent.

This phenomenon of poor journalism even in world-class news outlets may partly be blamed on pro-Israel manipulation of reporting.

At a time when the world is crying out for justice, it behooves Israel to reverse its destructive policies toward Palestinians – and responsible journalism to ignore the bullies and tell the truth.


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Obama & Biden helped the Nazi regime 2014 Gaza Holocaust

Blinken reveals how Obama & Biden helped Israel’s 2014 Gaza massacre

By: ALISON WEIR  

Blinken reveals how Obama & Biden helped Israel’s 2014 Gaza massacre

A Palestinian family carries their belongings towards the remains of their destroyed home, hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes. August 5, 2014. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

During Israel’s 2014 onslaught against Gaza, Israel said ‘jump,’ and Obama and Biden jumped… to the tune of a quarter of a billion taxpayer dollars

By Alison Weir 

President Barack Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor – and current Biden campaign senior advisor – recently described how Obama and Biden had helped Israel during its 2014 onslaught against Gaza.

Israel had said ‘jump,’ and Obama and Biden had jumped – to the tune of a quarter of a billion dollars. (This is on top of the $10 million per day that Israel was already getting from American taxpayers.)

Here’s the story:

Tony Blinken served as Deputy National Security Advisor under President Barack Obama and currently is a senior advisor to presidential candidate Joe Biden. He recently participated in the American Jewish Committee’s virtual Global Forum. During the Forum he debated with Republican former Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland about which party is more pro-Israel.

In the course of the debate, Blinken boasted of an incident in which Obama and Biden had instantly done Israel’s bidding. The incident took place during Israel’s 2014 onslaught against Gaza.

Blinken next to Obama while Obama speaks on the phone
US Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken (L) with President Obama in 2013. (White House Photo/Pete Souza)

Keep in mind that Israeli forces had waged a massive air and land assault on Gaza in July 2014, killing about 2200 Palestinians – of which 1500 were civilians, including 500 children, 16 health care workers, and 9 journalists. In response, Palestinian resistance fighters had killed 66 Israeli soldiers and 6 Israeli civilians and injured 550 Israelis – 85% of them invading soldiers.

In addition to the deaths, Israeli forces had damaged or destroyed 116,000 Gazan homes, leaving over 100,000 people homeless. They had also destroyed or damaged 216 Gazan schools and 67 Gazan health care facilities. Of the 11,000 Gazans injured, 3,300 were children; 1,000 of them are permanently disabled. More than 1,500 Palestinian children were orphaned. (For more details go here.)

To demonstrate how pro-Israel the Obama administration was, Blinken proudly described to the virtual forum audience Obama and Biden’s role (and his own) in assisting Israel’s pulverization of Gaza. He began dramatically:

“I got a call late one night from the Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, and he said, ‘Can I come over tonight? It’s something urgent.’

“And I said, of course, come on over.

“This is about 9 o’clock at night at the White House. And he and the military attache from the [Israeli] embassy laid out to me in detail why Israel urgently needed a replenishment of Iron Dome interceptors that were saving lives from missile attacks.”

(Gazan resistance fighters had begun launching rockets in 2001 following Israeli attacks. By 2014 the rockets – most of them small, home-made, largely ineffectual projectiles – had killed a total of 23 Israelis. During the same time period, Israeli air strikes had killed thousands of Gazans.)

“The next day,” Blinken continued, “I went to the Oval Office. I sat with President Obama and Vice President Biden. I laid out what I’d heard from the ambassador and the military attache, and I got three words from both of them in response: ‘Get it done.’

“That was Friday morning. Tuesday, we had a quarter of a billion dollars from Congress to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome supply. That’s the kind of real action — real deeds — that go to the heart of Israel’s security.”

Israel not ally – Congress to give it $38 billion

While Blinken was trying to claim that Democrats were more pro-Israel than Republicans, the fact is that politicians from both parties have kowtowed to Israel for decades, with only a few exceptions (see thisthis, and this).

Today, a bill before Congress will give Israel a minimum of $38 billion over ten years – the largest military aid package in U.S. history. The bill is co-sponsored equally by Republicans and Democrats. It has already passed the House, and last month the Senate Foreign Relations committee passed it in a unanimous voice vote, paving the way for it to be adopted sometime in the near future. U.S. media have failed to tell Americans about it.

While Americans are often led to believe that Israel is a U.S. ally, the reality is that Israel spies on us, steals our technology, involves us in wars on its behalf, and tried to sink a U.S. Navy ship, killing 34 Americans and injuring over 170.

The pro-Israel lobby in the U.S., the most powerful and pervasive lobby for a foreign country in our nation, is responsible for the massive financial and human capital that our politicians have expended on Israel, one of the world’s smallest nations – and one that was established through a war of ethnic cleansing.

The large majority of Gazans are refugee families violently expelled by Israel, their homes and lands confiscated for the new Jewish state.

Blinken’s 20+ years of senior foreign policy positions – more to come?

Joe Biden sits next to Tony Blinken in airliner
Photo from a tweet by Biden in December 2014: “Congrats to my close friend, Tony Blinken, the new Dep. Secretary of State. Admired in every corner of the world. -vp” (Twitter)

Blinken has held senior foreign policy positions in two administrations over two decades.  He is close to Biden and is currently a senior advisor to the campaign. Blinken comes from an extraordinarily well connected family, the Washington Post once reporting that his “life story reads like a Jewish high-society screenplay.”

According to Blinken’s bio, he “had a voice in every national security and foreign policy debate of President Obama’s administration.”

Blinken has been particularly focused on Syria, a long time target of Israel strategists. A Wall Street Journal article reported that the administration’s increased focus on Syria was due to Blinken, whose recommendations tended to be hawkish. The Washington Post reports:

“Blinken surprised some in the Situation Room by breaking with Biden to support military action in Libya, administration officials said, and he advocated for American action in Syria after Obama’s reelection. These sources said that Blinken was less enthusiastic than Biden about Obama’s decision to seek congressional approval for a strike in Syria…”

On May 18, 2020 Blinken was featured in a video by the Democratic Majority for Israel, which works to rally liberal and progressives to support Israel, despite its long record of human rights abuses and systemic racism.

If Biden is elected, it seems probable that Blinken will again be in a strong position to help Israel. Below is the video:Video Player00:0043:57

Either way, Israel wins…

On the other hand, If President Donald Trump is re-elected, his policies will likely continue to be heavily influenced by one of his major campaign donors, Israel partisan Sheldon Adelson and his Israeli wife, Miriam.


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