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OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report (16 – 29 June 2020)

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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Biweekly Highlights

  • An eight-month-old baby boy, who needed a heart surgery at an Israeli hospital, could not exit Gaza and died on 18 June. Since 21 May, the PA has not accepted or transferred applications for exit permits from Gaza to the Israeli authorities, as a response to Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank. Since then, only few patients referred for medical treatment in the West Bank or Israel managed to exit Gaza, with the help of NGOs or international agencies.
  • On 23 June, a Palestinian man drove his car into an Israeli Border Police officer at a checkpoint, injuring her, and he was subsequently shot and killed. The Wadi an Nar checkpoint (Jerusalem governorate), where the incident took place, is used by the Israeli authorities to control Palestinian traffic between the southern and northern West Bank. A video recording of the incident suggests it was an intentional attack. Family members of the driver claimed that he may have lost control over the vehicle and that after his shooting he was left bleeding on the ground. So far this year, Israeli forces have killed seven Palestinians during attacks or alleged attacks they carried out against Israelis.
  • Israeli forces injured 121 Palestinians in multiple clashes across the West Bank. Seventy-three of those Palestinians were injured in Abu Dis (Jerusalem) during three-day-long clashes that followed the above-mentioned killing. Twenty other Palestinians were injured in the Jordan Valley, in three separate demonstrations against the expected annexation of parts of the West Bank by Israel. Another seven were injured during the weekly demonstrations in Kufur Qaddoum village (Qalqilia). A 15-year-old boy was shot with live ammunition and injured in Deir Abu Mash’al (Ramallah), allegedly after throwing a bottle towards Israeli vehicles. The rest were injured during various incidents in East Jerusalem, the Qalandia and Al Jalazoun refugee camps and Nablus city. Of those injured, 63 were medically treated for tear gas inhalation, 44 were hit by rubber-coated metal bullets, eight were physically assaulted, and six were hit by live ammunition.
  • Israeli forces carried out 125 search-and-arrest operations and abducted 156 Palestinian civilians across the West Bank, slightly above the 2020 average so far.
  • On 26 June, a Palestinian armed group fired two rockets towards southern Israel, one of which fell short inside Gaza and the other hit an open area in southern Israel. Subsequently, Israeli forces carried out air strikes, reportedly targeting an armed group’s position located in a populated area. While no one was injured in any of the attacks, the targeted position and four nearby homes sustained minor damage.
  • On at least 26 occasions, Israeli forces opened fire near Israel’s perimeter fence around Gaza and off the coast, presumably to enforce access restrictions; no injuries were reported. On three other occasions, Israeli forces entered Gaza and carried out land-levelling and excavation operations near the fence, east of Gaza city, Beit Hanoun and Rafah.
  • Twenty-one Palestinian-owned structures were demolished or seized for the lack of Israeli-issued building permits; 30 people, including 13 children, were displaced and the livelihoods of more than 90 others were affected. Ten of the structures, of which three were inhabited homes, were demolished in East Jerusalem; four of these structures, including one of the inhabited homes, were demolished by their owners to avoid fees and damage to their belongings. In Area C, 11 structures were demolished or seized in eight communities, including Al Khadr (Bethlehem), where two structures were demolished on the basis of Military Order 1797, providing for the expedited removal of unlicensed structures deemed as “new”. The demolition of homes and sources of livelihoods amid the ongoing pandemic remains of serious concern.
  • Ten Palestinians were injured, hundreds of olive trees were set on fire and six vehicles were vandalized by assailants believed to be Israeli settlers. Of all those who sustained injuries, seven were pepper-sprayed by settlers in two separate incidents near Beitillu village (Ramallah) and in the Silwan neighbourhood of East Jerusalem; two, including a 14-year-old girl, were stoned in the Israeli-controlled area of Hebron city (H2) and south of Nablus; and one was physically assaulted while herding sheep in Deir al Qilt (Jericho). Hundreds of olive trees were reportedly set on fire by Israeli settlers in four separate incidents in the villages of Burin, Qaryut (both in Nablus) and Wadi Fukin (Bethlehem). In Burin, the fire extended to nearby lands belonging to Palestinians from Kafr Qalil and Huwara, where more trees caught fire. So far in 2020, at least 4,000 olive and other trees have been damaged in reported settler attacks.
  • According to an Israeli NGO, four Israeli-plated vehicles travelling on West Bank roads were damaged when Palestinians threw stones at them; no injuries were reported.

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Gaza: Nazi Gastapo Abducted Palestinans at Erez Crossing

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

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The Nazi forces abducted , on Monday evening, a Palestinian passenger at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) border crossing, in northern besieged Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

The young man, Abdullah Shaker, was on his way to request permission to travel to the Nazi 1948 occupied Palestine, in order to donate bone marrow to his sick brother, at the Tel Hashomer Hospital.

The location of the young man was not available at the time of this report.

The Gaza Strip, with a population of 2,000,000 people, has been under an Israeli imposed land, air, and sea blockade for thirteen years, devastating the economy of the tiny coastal enclave.

Nineteen Palestinians were abducted from the Nazi occupied West Bank, Monday, by Nazi forces, including former prisoners.

Nazi Gastapo holds more than 5,000 Palestinians in its prisons and detention centers in Israel and the Palestinian West Bank.

Among those detained by the occupation state, are the elderly, the sick, in addition to women and children.

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Iran’s New Satellite Tracking US Targets Inside Syria for Iranian Missiles

By Nahed Al-Husaini

by Nana Lancaster, Field Reporter in Iran

Tehran: We took accurate satellite pictures of the American occupation in Syria
Tehran revealed today, Monday, that the military satellite, “Noor”, which was launched recently, sends daily accurate pictures of the movements of the American occupation forces in Syria, in addition to pictures from the occupied Palestinian territories and the United States of America.

The secretary of the Expediency Council, Mohsen Rezaei, said: The “Noor” military satellite sends daily accurate pictures of the United States of America and Israel when it passes over them.

He added: his country is monitoring the atmosphere of the Israeli occupation entity and America, “far beyond our monitoring of their movements in Syria and Iraq, while Iranian precision-guided missiles enter terror into the hearts of Americans.”

And American forces occupy Syrian territory in the north and northeast of the country, as well as the Al-Tanf region in the southeast of the country at the triangle of the Syrian-Iraqi border, under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

The American occupation forces are building illegal bases for them in the areas they occupy and seizing the wealth of the Syrian people, amid mounting popular rejection of their existence.

And the Iranian Revolutionary Guards announced last April the launch of the first “Noor” satellite for military purposes, and it settled in its orbit, 425 km from the surface of the earth.

Commenting on this, then US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that “Iran’s space program is dangerous and not peaceful.”

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Cortisone Defeated Covid-19: Oxford confirmed Italian Neurologist’s Therapy Negleted. How many Deaths for WHO Faults?

The easy and effective treatment against SARS-2 successfully tested by the UK University was ignored by world and italian health authorities: it was used only in a few hospitals

By Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio

by Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio for VT Italy

The authoritative website specializing in Medicine www.medrxiv.org has just published the conclusion of the “Recovery Trial” tested by a research group of the Oxford University who has confirmed the effectiveness of an easy and cheap therapy with Cortisone to defeat Covid-19 (or SARS-CoV-2).

This method was initially tested by a brilliant Italian neurologist, but both the government of Rome and the World Health Organization neglected it because first, in March, the French minister Olivier Veron and then the WHO itself had advised against the use of this drug for the treatment of infected patients.

How many deaths could have been avoided between March and June? An international inquiry should answer this question…

This is the abstract of the research just published.

«Background: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is associated with diffuse lung damage. Corticosteroids may modulate immune-mediated lung injury and reducing progression to respiratory failure and death. Methods: The Randomised Evaluation of COVID-19 therapy (RECOVERY) trial is a randomized, controlled, open-label, adaptive, platform trial comparing a range of possible treatments with usual care in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. We report the preliminary results for the comparison of dexamethasone 6 mg given once daily for up to ten days vs. usual care alone. The primary outcome was 28-day mortality».

«Results: 2104 patients randomly allocated to receive dexamethasone were compared with 4321 patients concurrently allocated to usual care. Overall, 454 (21.6%) patients allocated dexamethasone and 1065 (24.6%) patients allocated usual care died within 28 days (age-adjusted rate ratio [RR] 0.83; 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.74 to 0.92; P<0.001). The proportional and absolute mortality rate reductions varied significantly depending on level of respiratory support at randomization (test for trend p<0.001): Dexamethasone reduced deaths by one-third in patients receiving invasive mechanical ventilation (29.0% vs. 40.7%, RR 0.65 [95% CI 0.51 to 0.82]; p<0.001), by one-fifth in patients receiving oxygen without invasive mechanical ventilation (21.5% vs. 25.0%, RR 0.80 [95% CI 0.70 to 0.92]; p=0.002), but did not reduce mortality in patients not receiving respiratory support at randomization (17.0% vs. 13.2%, RR 1.22 [95% CI 0.93 to 1.61]; p=0.14)».

The Oxford Recovery0s research just published – click for reading research

«Conclusions: In patients hospitalized with COVID-19, dexamethasone reduced 28-day mortality among those receiving invasive mechanical ventilation or oxygen at randomization, but not among patients not receiving respiratory support».

This conclusion highlights what has already been explained in our interview with the Italian neurologist Roberta Ricciardi who first experimented with the drug on his patients with Myasthenia who have already been treated with corticosteroids habitually and remarked on by Professor Piero Sestili, Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Urbino: Dexamethasone treatment works best if initiated at the first symptoms.

In fact, Oxford reaffirms its effectiveness but not without artificial ventilation and therefore with the need for hospitalization. While the experiments carried out by Dr. Ricciardi and then adopted in other hospitals have demonstrated their effectiveness in home care as we will illustrate in the next interview with a cured patient from Lombardy.

THE ITALIAN DISCOVERY (posted on June, 24)

«I was in Intensive Care Unit for 7 years, I studied Medicine breathing thanks to a tracheoctomy (incision of the throat with the insertion of a cannula – ed). I struggled for a long time before going back to breathing normally. For this reason I cannot accept that a patient dies suffocated by Myasthenia gravis which thanks to Cortisone, with an ad personam cure created by me because there is no effective formula for everyone, I was able to “switch off” in myself and in other 7 thousand patients I follow. This is why I experienced the CoronaVirus pandemic with concern, fearing that their fragility could expose them to serious risks. So I decided to intensify the treatments with my beloved Dexamethasone. All the cases cure are healed, none died».

An interview is not enough for Dr. Roberta Ricciardi, a commendation is not enough. A monument would be needed: to your patience. Her shy and modest character as a pragmatic and volcanic Tuscan people, in doing more than appearing, during the emergency kept her away from the spotlight under which her namesake Dr. Walter Ricciardi preyed, before resigning as president of the Superior Health Institute of Rome (ISS) after an investigation by Le Jene on its at least suspicious relations with some pharmaceutical companies and with a lobbying company (link at the bottom of the page).

The neurologist Roberta Ricciardi head of the Myasthenia and Thyme Surgery Unit of the Pisan University Hospital

He was among the gurus who in Rome suggested the guidelines in the emergency from Covid-19 for his role as representative of Italy on the Executive Committee of the World Health Organization. That same WHO that in mid-March had rejected the treatment with Cortisone except to exhume it in recent days. The scientific anticipation of June 16 on the 2,000 patients cured by Oxford University with Dexamethasone, a steroid anti-inflammatory of the cortisone family, has re-launched therapy in the Italian media that previously massacred it on a WHO input (Fanpage 17-3.2020). Few of the newspapers, however, remembered to remember that the Italian specialist had arrived at the same happy intuition …

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesussaid, WHO General Director

Since the other day, Dr. Walter became scientific director of the Maugeri Scientific Clinical Institutes while Dr. Roberta, neurologist, at 65 years old, with the health marked by her “off” pathology but destined to accompany her throughout her life as in all other ills, it has been waiting for 30 years for its excellence clinic of the Myasthenia and Thymus Surgery Path in the Pisan University Hospital, confined to two rooms, to have spaces and staffing facilities adequate to treat the over 10 thousand Italian patients of this pathology. A disease as rare as potentially life-threatening if not treated in time, just like the infection of the new CoronaVirus strain.

Democratic Party Minister of Health Roberto Speranza

But above all, the specialist Ricciardi has been waiting for exactly two months for a response from the Italian Minister of Health Roberto Speranza (Democratic Party) to the appeal she made with 33 other Italian doctors «on the need to promote suddenly and early adoption (at the beginning of the symptoms suspected respiratory) compared to today’s practice, of a simple effective anti-inflammatory therapy such as medium or high dosage associated with Cortisone, with drugs with probable anti-SARS-CoV-2 activity such as Chloroquine and Enoxaparin to prevent serious thrombotic complications like CID. This therapy, it should be emphasized, can be carried out in the home environment».

That’s life! Especially in the healthcare world engulfed and piloted by Big Pharmas which, after repeated sentences of condemnation in the world, can be candidly defined as “habitual offenders”. Now in Italy we can begin to wonder about the mystery of dexamethasone used by very few doctors and to ask ourselves if the absent-minded Dicastery of Health has not named the “wrong Ricciardi” in the WHO. In fact, between April 24 and June 23, 8,706 positive people died at Covid-19 in Italian peninsula.

Italian toll of deaths in the last two months

The causal link with the deaths will have to be validated by the ISS thanks to the medical records, since autopsies were carried out in very few cases although they proved to be fundamental to discover those hyper-immune reactions with thrombosis and massive pulmonary embolisms that led to new healing choices. How many of the victims could have been saved with cortisone therapy?

This question should take sleep away to the Italian health authorities and to the Minister Speranza who is gloating over the European agreement signed with other countries on the imminent vaccine: it will be distributed in Italy in collaboration with a pharmaceutical giant company controlled obviously by Bill Gates, as we will reveal very soon in reportage 15 of the WuhanGates cycle.

«I’m not interested in politics, I’m so committed to treating my patients and responding to patient emails» replies the Pisan specialist to our provocation on this huge delay in response that becomes macroscopic by rereading her first interview on the anti-Covid cortisone published on April 2 from the newspaper La Nazione of Florence. N

or does he want to linger in the story of his dramatic story of a victorious patient against Myasthenia, a pathology that for an auto-immune hyperreaction invalidates the connection between the nervous system and muscles compromising their mobility, on which he wrote various books. In the past she was also invited to talk about it at the Costanzo Show (Italian historical top talk-show) and was the protagonist of the beautiful Italian TV’s TG2 report that we propose.

Doctor Roberta won her war for herself and then for her patients thanks to the prodigious cortisone formula she herself created as in “Lorenzo’s oil”. This is the famous film with Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon referring to the true story of the Italian-American child sick of ALD, the adrenoleukodystrophy that devours the myelin destroying the nervous system and leading to death, surviving up to 30 years thanks to the mixture of monounsaturated triglycerides discovered, tested and produced by his father Augusto Odone.

In a long telephone chat about the medical battles of yesterday and today, we manage to steal a wonderful secret in reference to Dr. Roberta’s devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes. «Faith in God and in Jesus Christ has always been indispensable for me to endure my terrible ordeal as a young girl. And then to always find the strength and love necessary to help the infinite sick who needed to be treated by me».

The curtain of personal privacy falls here as the spotlight on the therapy against Covid-19 comes on which she has been shouting at all the health authorities for months, although unheeded with the exception of a few health facilities. «Coronavirus involves the respiratory system and the most serious complication is represented by pulmonary fibrosis and respiratory failure. That’s why I thought that using cortisone could slow down this dangerous process» says the neurologist».

Dr. Roberta Ricciardi with the Brescia patient recovered from CoVid-19

«A patient of mine in Brescia fell ill with an important form of Coronavirus, so much so that I needed a respirator and I immediately collaborated with colleagues from the Brescia hospital. At my request, they shared the idea of ​​increasing cortisone therapy in progress and the improvement was rapid, with the patient who was transferred home yesterday» she declared to La Nazione on 2 April in an article later taken up by Il Giornale .

«The Lombardy Region has included Methylprednisolone, mainly used in the ASST Papa Giovanni XXIII of Bergamo, in the protocol of guidelines to support clinicians who have adapted them to the specific needs of individual patients. At the same time, cortisone therapy was also included in the Coronavirus treatment protocol in Crema, San Giuseppe in Milan, Spallanzani in Rome and Trieste. I would prefer to use Dexamethasone in medium-high dosages but Methylprednisolone is also an excellent cortisone. I also believe that those who have cortisone therapy are ill and that they can act as protector».

But in Italy, as in the rest of the world, it was preferred to direct clinical trials on the anti-viral Remdisivir, experimented (unsuccessfully) to cure Ebola by Gilead, the big pharma to which we dedicated the WuhanGate 5 reportage because it was participated by George Soros ( donors Dem like Gates), foraged by the US Department, CIA partner in USAID projects and accused by Russia of causing the death of 79 human guinea pigs for alleged experiments on bacteriological weapons in a top-secret military laboratory in Georgia run by the agency DTRA of the Pentagon.

It was one of the 24 reports made by Gospa News to highlight the murky world of bacteriological research with a “dual-use” potential, ie vaccine-therapeutic but also virus-military, in the light of the now 15 scientists who claim that SARS-CoV -2 was created in the laboratory with molecular biological engineering as lastly also supported by the former head of British intelligence MI6.

In Naples and other cities, however, the Tolicizumab had been tested which Gospa News had revealed to be as effective as it is dangerous for the high risk of hepatitis such as to require liver transplantation and even for the possibility of anaphylactic shock (test data clinical).

«I think that monoclonal antibody, used mainly in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, could, in my opinion, be replaced by cortisone therapy, but specialists will have to evaluate» declared Roberta Ricciardi always on April 2 Tocilizumab, while very few hospitals they followed his suggestion and many did it only for ICU patients, when according to the neurologist it is now too late …

«Once hyperinflammation develops, patients cannot have adequate support: earliness is the winning weapon because cortisone must be administered at the first symptoms of cough, fever and other symptoms typical of CoronaVirus» she repeats several times as if it were an SOS to be kept in mind in the unfortunately already foreseen eventuality of a second epidemic wave.

The neurologist Roberta Ricciardi in the operating room

«We have proposed a different use strategy compared to that practiced in Oxford» specifies Piero Sestili, Professor of Pharmacology of the University of Urbino and inspirer of the appeal to the Minister of Health sent by the Pisan doctor and other medicals.

«That English Recovery research, conducted with clinical tests in a study under review by a specialist journal before publication, was approved, like others, for ethical reasons, only for the seriously hospitalized. But this is precisely the condition that we want to avoid. We believe it is necessary to anticipate their use before hospitalization, we believe that this is the time to turn off inflammatory reactions. I heard today that some highly-rated scientific journals are preparing special articles dedicated to early care». Gospa News reported one with a herbal drug suggested by an illustrious pulmonologist.

Professor Sestili, Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Urbino, also has a long past spent as municipal councilor of the PD in Urbino and is therefore the “political” soul of this appeal, the one capable of pointing out the critical issues in an analysis both health and administrative.

Piero Sestili, Professor of Pharmacology of the University of Urbino

«Covid-19 is a disease faced with an emergency: first we didn’t know it, plus we let it overwhelm us. We trusted the ability of the Chinese to contain the virus thinking that it did not arrive in Europe. Instead it was already in our house. We were overwhelmed by a tsunami and we had no alternative but to focus on the care of those who were dying rather than on the therapies of those who had just contracted a virus».

«As far as I know, the Ministry of Health has finally taken over our report, it is also evaluating. It because it is clear that it would be appropriate to deepen it in the light of the Oxford study».

INEFFECTIVE CURES. W.H.O. FAULTS? 

«I don’t feel like blaming governments while I believe that scientific responsibility should be placed on the WHO, on ECDC (European Center Diseases Control) which have the task of coordinating and directing international and European health policies, and many national authorities of the West», the professor of Pharmacology says… (read more)

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Will Biden remain tone deaf to Palestinian rights?

Over 100 organizations are calling on Joe Biden to support conditioning U.S. aid to Israel on an end to violations of Palestinian human rights.

BY MEDEA BENJAMIN AND ARIEL GOLD

Joe Biden speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, August 2019. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

JOE BIDEN SPEAKING IN DES MOINES, IOWA, AUGUST 2019. (PHOTO: GAGE SKIDMORE/FLICKR)

Joe Biden wants you to believe that he is opposed to Israel’s likely annexation of parts of the West Bank that Netanyahu plans to carry out in July. “I do not support annexation,” he said during a call with American Jewish donors on June 16. But only a month ago, Biden senior foreign policy advisor Tony Blinken insisted that under absolutely no circumstances, not even the annexation of the West Bank, would Biden consider reducing or withholding U.S. military aid to Israel. And contrary to the position of his former boss, President Obama, Biden also pledged that if elected, he would keep disagreements with Israeli policies private

That’s not what the American people want. In a new Washington Post poll, 67 percent of respondents said that it is “acceptable” or actually the duty of elected representatives to question the Israeli-American relationship. Among Democrats, that number was an overwhelming 81 percent. 

The call to be more openly critical of Israeli policy reflects Israel’s continued lurch to the right and President Trump’s embrace of that, as well as diligent campaigning by Palestinian-Americans and progressive American Jews. Another factor was the example set by Jewish presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who talked passionately about Palestinian rights.

This sentiment that U.S. leaders must take a critical look at Israeli policies is reflected in a letter recently sent to Biden by over 100 groups, calling on him to adopt policies toward the Israeli government and Palestinian people “based on the principles of equality and justice for all.” Endorsers of the letter include the American Friends Service Committee, American Muslims for Palestine, CODEPINK, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), If Not Now and Jewish Voice for Peace.

The letter came out of concern that Biden’s positions on Israel/Palestine are to the right of those of President Obama—who openly clashed with Israel regarding such issues as settlements and the Iran nuclear deal—and only a pinch less hawkish than those of Trump. 

Biden’s positions were made painfully clear in a May 18 statement on his campaign website entitled Joe Biden and the Jewish Community: a record and a plan of friendship, support, and action. It opened by conflating the Jewish state with Jewish values, and went on to brag about Biden’s role in increasing military aid to Israel at the end of the Obama administration. It also promised that Biden, in violation on the First Amendment, would continue attacks on individuals and organizations that boycott Israel for political reasons and referred to Palestinian “choices” to commit violence.

Within days of the statement’s release, the backlash was so fierce that the degrading language of Palestinian “choices” was removed. But the statement remains a testament to Biden’s unwavering support for the right-wing Netanyahu government.

While Biden represents a candidate who is tone deaf to changing U.S. sentiment towards Israel, many in the Democratic party are leaving him in the dust. The sea change among Democrats in general, and young Jews in particular, was best captured in a few key moments during the Democratic presidential race. The first was in March 2019, when eight out of the ten Democratic presidential candidates refused to attend the conference sponsored by the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), recognizing the pro-Israel lobby as an impediment to achieving a just and lasting peace in Palestine/Israel. Another key moment was at the October 2019 conference organized by the liberal Jewish group J Street, when the audience burst into applause after then candidate Bernie Sanders suggested leveraging the $3.8 billion the U.S. gives to Israel towards pushing Israel to respect Palestinian human rights. On the debate stage during the primaries, Bernie Sanders was also lauded for accurately referring to Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman as a murderer and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a racist

When Sanders suspended his run for the Democratic nomination, Biden indicated that he would integrate some of the politics of the party’s progressive wing to reflect the energized grassroots movement the Sanders campaign had built. He set up task forces to focus on health care, immigration, education, criminal justice reform, climate change and the economy, and tapped popular politicians such as Progressive Caucus co-chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. But no task force was set up for foreign policy, and Biden has done nothing to incorporate progressive concerns into his Israel/Palestine platform. 

That’s why the letter to Biden by over 100 organizations is so critical. It points out that by giving Israel “unlimited diplomatic protection and massive military financing,” the US “has enabled the country to entrench its occupation, expand its illegal settlements, impose a 13-year-long siege and wage three wars against Gaza, pass laws that officially deny equal rights to Israeli citizens who are not Jewish, all under the veneer of peacemaking.” The letter lays out the tenets of a strategy based on fairness and equality, including: 

* explicit opposition to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and its unlawful blockade (abetted by Egypt) of the Gaza Strip;

* recognition of Israel’s obligations toward the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, a protected population, according to international law;

* support for conditioning U.S. military funding to Israel on an end to Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights and adherence to all relevant U.S. laws; 

* support for H.R. 2407, the “Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act,” to ensure that no U.S. dollars contribute to Israel’s a military detention, interrogation, abuse and/or other ill-treatment of Palestinian children;

* calling on Israel’s government to repeal the Jewish Nation-State Basic Law and to ensure that Palestinian citizens of Israel and other non-Jewish citizens in the country enjoy equal rights with Jewish citizens by passing a basic law guaranteeing those rights;

* opposition to the use of U.S. security assistance against protected populations, including in Gaza, and calling on Israel’s government  to protect civilians from settler violence;

* support for Palestinian refugee rights consistent with international law and relevant UN resolutions;

* promise to relocate the U.S. Embassy back to Tel Aviv until such time as the international status of East Jerusalem has changed from its current status as occupied territory;

* a promise to provide full U.S. cooperation with the International Criminal Court’s investigation into alleged war crimes committed by all sides in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip;

* rejection of U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over any territories now occupied, absent an internationally recognized final agreement with the Palestinians.

The groups want Biden to oppose illegal and immoral Israeli policies such as annexation with deeds, not just words. To be fair, Biden is far from the only Democratic Party leader paying lip service to opposing annexation while acting to maintain the status quo. Recently, 120 lawmakers in the House and 30 in the Senate sent letters voicing their opposition to annexation. They include such stalwart backers of Israel as Chuck Schumer, Robert Menendez, Ben Cardin, and Steny Hoyer. Hoyer is known for being the closest member of Congress to AIPAC and Schumer, Cardin, and Menendez were three of the only four Senate Democrats to support Israel’s opposition to the Iran nuclear deal in 2015. They are also leaders of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act to outlaw the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement, even at the expense of the First Amendment. While it is a remarkable achievement that so many Democratic lawmakers registered their opposition to annexation, without measures to hold Israel accountable such statements are toothless. 

With annexation imminent, a case pending in the International Criminal Court for war crimes, and Gaza trapped in a 12-year-long siege complicated by a pandemic, the stakes are high. Biden’s unconditional support for Israel’s right-wing government is not only less and less popular among Americans, but it guarantees continued repression against Palestinians and continued unrest in the region. Let’s hope this letter from over 100 organizations shows Biden the widespread support for him to shed his “Israel-right-or-wrong” position and instead openly and explicitly distinguish right from wrong. 

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Nazi Detain Palestinians

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The Nazi army detained a large number of Palestinian civilians, including a former political prisoner, from the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said in a statement.

In the illegally Nazi occupied southern West Bank, Nazi forces abducted, Khalil Takfaji, the head of the Maps Department of the Arab Studies Society in the illegally Nazi occupied Jerusalem. Takfaji is a former political prisoner, and an expert in maps and Nazi colonies.

The office of the Arab Studies Society was stormed and searched by Nazi Gastapo, computers were seized, and the staff were forcibly held in the office, during the operation.

Nazi Gastapo abducted a Palestinian judge, Sheikh Iyad Al-Abbasi, and, a former prisoner, Jamil Al-Abbasi, from their homes in the town of Silwan in East Jerusalem.

From al-‘Isawiya, Ahmed Harbi Obaid was severely assaulted by Nazi soldiers when they detained him, as well as Iyad Dawood Obaid

In the central West Bank town of Beit Rima, near Ramallah city, a Palestinian youth, identified as Imran Saher Al-Barghouthi, was also severely beaten by Nazi forces before being abducted.

Meanwhile, from the northern West Bank city of Jenin, another former prisoner, Muhammad Zughaibi, was detained after being summoned by the Nazi Gastapo intelligence, in Nazi camp.

In the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, 2 more civilians, identified as Muhammad Rajab Qadumi, 38, from Kufur Qaddoum town, and Salama Azam Merhi, from Qarawat Bani Hassan village in Salfit, were both detained by Israeli forces.

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ICE is Leaving Immigrants to Die in Detention, and Retaliating When They Speak Out

by BIANCA SIERRA WOLFF – LISA KNOX

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair

The spread of COVID-19 to immigrant detention facilities poses a mortal danger to everyone who is unjustly detained. For months now advocates, organizers and those detained have urged elected officials and governmental agencies to take affirmative steps to prevent needless deaths and suffering inside immigrant detention facilities.

Despite the spread of COVID-19 in these facilities, and the threat it poses to those detained, facility staff, and surrounding communities, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has refused to exercise its legal discretion to release those detained and save lives. By some estimates ICE has chosen to release less than 2% of those held in its inhumane jails. In California the situation is compounded as the majority of those detained are held in facilities operated by for-profit corporations with an egregious record of negligence and misconduct.

In an attempt to shed light on these horrific circumstances, immigrants in detention in California have launched coordinated hunger strikes, calling attention to their plight, the death of their fellow detainees, and support for the Black Lives Matter movement. These acts of heroic resistance have been coordinated with and supported by community members, advocates and organizers.

In response, ICE and their for-profit henchmen have undertaken a vicious campaign against activists in detention, retaliating against them with acts of violence and seeking to delegitmize their words and actions in the press. This includes using pepper spray against detainees who have peacefully protested or refused to sign a legal waiver in order to obtain masks, as well as threatening those who have taken part in hunger strikes.

In addition to threats of violence against detainees, ICE has sought to undermine resistance in detention facilities by making outlandish claims that detainees have been coerced into hunger strikes or that advocacy on the issue “exploits the plight of detainees”. In recent weeks ICE has blocked phone calls between local advocates and those in detention in order to sever communication and coordination with the outside world.

These actions are a blatant attempt to silence the free speech and expression of those detained, and a cruel attempt to sever the strong ties and solidarity that has developed between those in detention and their community of supporters. These cruel acts demonstrate just how desperate ICE is to stamp out the flames of organized resistance.

The simple truth is that ICE will do everything in its power to avoid admitting the most basic truth, that its detention system is unnecessary, unjust and inhumane. ICE’s unwillingness to release individuals is based solely on the fact that it does not want to acknowledge that it has the power to do so, and has always had this power, and does not need to detain immigrants in the manner and at the rate in which it does. ICE would rather facilitate mass deaths in its detention facilities than  threaten the multibillion-dollar detention infrastructure it has built.

We condemn ICE’s retaliation against detainees who have organized in resistance and who continue to lead a brave struggle to protect their lives and assert their humanity. We demand that ICE cease all forms of retaliation against those detained, restore phone access at the Otay Mesa detention facility, and free all those who are unjustly and needlessly detained.

We call on elected officials to intervene to protect the civil and human rights of those in ICE custody, and demand a full and independent investigation into the cruel and inhumane actions that continue to take place in these facilities.

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Battleground States

by KATHY KELLY

Photograph Source: Tiffini M. Jones – Public Domain

The time for manufacturing of weapons of war has passed as a viable industry for our nation, despite the way some of our political leadership clings to economies of the past.

Lisa Savage, U.S. Senate candidate in Maine

On Thursday, June 25th, President Trump’s re-election efforts took him to the “battleground” state of Wisconsin, where he toured the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard. He railed against the Democrats as a scarier enemy than Russia or China. He also celebrated Wisconsin’s win over domestic enemies like the state of Maine in securing a key shipbuilding project. “The first-in-class FFG(X) [frigate] will not just be a win for Wisconsin workers; it will also be a major victory for our Navy,” Trump said.  “… The stunning ships will deliver the overwhelming force, lethality, and power we need to engage America’s enemies anywhere and at any time.”  On many military minds, it seems, was China.

“If you just look at the geography of Indo-Pacom, these ships can go a lot of places that destroyers can’t go,” said Northeast Wisconsin’s Representative Mike Gallagher, a hawkish Republican outspokenly eager for future wars in the ‘Indo-Pacific Command’: in particular, wars against China. “… not just frigates, but unmanned ships… it will align nicely with a lot of what the Marine Corps Commandant is talking about in terms of capitalizing on the overdue death of the [Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces] Treaty, and fielding intermediate range fires.”

The Commandant in question, Gen. David Berger, has explained: “The thing that has driven us to where we are right now is the paradigm shift by China moving to sea…” Berger wants “mobile and fast” ships to keep American marines on temporary bases as near as possible to China, since “the farther you back away from China, they will move toward you.”

Fincantieri, an Italian company, acquired the Marinette shipyard in 2009, and, just last month, received a lucrative US Navy contract to build between one and ten frigates, representing a tactical shift from larger destroyers. Outfitted by Lockheed Martin with 32 vertical launch tubes and a “state of the art SPY-6 radar system,” with power capacity to accommodate arriving “electronic warfare systems,” the frigate will be capable of simultaneously attacking submarines, land targets and surface ships. If all ten ships are built in the shipyard, the contract will be worth $5.5 billion dollars. Rep. Gallagher and President Trump both support a Navy leadership goal of expanding the U.S. fleet well beyond its current speculative cap of 355 warships, adding multiple unmanned vessels.

Marinette had been vying with several other shipyards, including Bath Iron Works in Maine, for the multi-billion-dollar contract. On March 2, a bipartisan coalition of 54 WI legislators had signed a letter urging President Trump to direct the U.S. Navy frigate construction contract to the Marinette shipyard. “We are hopeful that the US Navy will decide to bring additional ship construction to the state of Wisconsin,” the legislators wrote in their concluding paragraph, calling the opportunity vital not just for a growing Wisconsin shipyard, “but for the communities of great Americans who will benefit for years to come from valuable and meaningful work on behalf of our country.”

The deal could add 1,000 jobs in the area and the shipbuilder plans to invest $200 million to expand the Marinette facility because of the contract. So this was a victory lap for the shipyard, but also for Donald Trump who can deliver these jobs to a “battleground” state crucial for his hopes in this coming winter’s election. Would this rally have occurred had the contract gone to Maine’s Bath Iron Works?  Lisa Savage is campaigning as an Independent Green to represent Maine as a  U.S. Senator. Asked to comment on whether Maine “lost” when the contract went to Wisconsin, she offered this statement:

Bath Iron Works in Maine is currently engaged in union busting contract negotiations to promote its ongoing policy of bringing in contract labor that is not unionized. This follows years of no-raise contracts with its largest union, S6, the result of BIW demanding that workers sacrifice so that its owner can pay its CEO tens of millions of dollars a year and buy back its own stock. General Dynamics can afford to pay workers fairly, given the $45 million tax break the Maine Legislature granted the massive military manufacturer, and the $900 million in cash on hand the company reported in its last SEC filing.

The time for manufacturing of weapons of war has passed as a viable industry for our nation, despite the way some of our political leadership clings to economies of the past. The global pandemic emphasizes for us all the interconnectivity of our global society and the folly, wastefulness, and moral failure of war in all forms. We must transform facilities like BIW and Marinette into hubs of manufacturing for solutions to the climate crisis, including public transportation, resources for the creation of renewable energy, and disaster-response vessels.

Building clean energy systems would generate up to 50% more jobs than making arms systems according to research by leading economists. The two biggest security threats to the United States are currently the climate crisis and COVID-19. The Pentagon’s contractors have long contributed to the climate crisis, and the time for conversion is now.

Before the pandemic hit, and before this U.S. Navy contract was awarded to Marinette, my fellow activists at Voices for Creative Nonviolence were planning a protest walk to the Marinette shipyard. As Trump noted in his speech at Marinette, they are currently building four Littoral Combat Ships for sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Defense industry analysts noted, in late 2019, with the U.S. Navy no longer interested in purchasing Littoral Combat Ships from the yard, the Marinette shipyard had been “saved by the Saudis” and by Lockheed Martin, which had helped arrange the contract.

The Saudi military has been using U.S.-supplied Littoral (near-coast) Combat Ships to blockade the coastal ports of Yemen, which is undergoing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis due to a famine exacerbated by the Saudi-led blockade and an invasion involving relentless aerial bombardment. Actual cholera epidemics, reminiscent of centuries past, were another result of the war’s creation of lethal delays and shortages for Yemeni people in desperate need of fuel, food, medicine and clean water. Yemen’s humanitarian situation, worsened by the spread of COVID-19, is now so desperate that the United Nations humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, warned Yemen will “fall off the cliff” without massive financial support. President Trump took full credit for the Saudi contract at today’s rally.

The world that our global empire is swiftly creating, through our devastating oil wars in the Middle East and our arriving cold wars with Russia and China, is a world without winners. Maine could find ample reason to celebrate losing its battle for this contract if it considered the precious gained opportunity of which Savage eloquently reminds us: of conversion, with a net gain in jobs, to industries that prepare us against the real threats we face: devastating climate change, a global pandemic, and the corrosive shame of endless war. We must resist signing contracts with weapon makers profiting from endless immiseration of the Middle East and needless superpower rivalries inviting full nuclear war. Such contracts, inked in blood, doom every corner of our world to perish as a battleground state.

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The Blundering British Political Class has Shown the Same Incompetence in Both Fighting Wars and Coronavirus

by PATRICK COCKBURN

Photograph Source: ليبي صح – CC BY 2.0

The government’s controversial Prevent programme aims to stop individuals becoming terrorists, but it would be much more effective if it taught British political leaders not to engage in wars that become the seed-beds of terrorism.

Consider the case of Khairi Saadallah, the suspect in the killing of three people in a park in Reading who came to the UK as a refugee from Libya in 2012 and was granted asylum in 2018. An ID card reportedly shows that he had been a member of the Union of the February 17 Revolution, one of the paramilitary groups that had fought Muammar Gaddafi the previous year. Police and intelligence agencies say they have not discovered any current link between Mr Saadallah and jihadist organisations.

But that is not really the point: if David Cameron, Nicolas Sarkozy and Hillary Clinton had not launched the Nato-led war to carry out regime change in Libya in 2011, it is unlikely that refugees like Saadallah would have come to Britain the following year.

The same is true of Salman Abedi, the Libyan suicide bomber who killed 22 and injured 139 people, mostly children, in the Manchester Arena in 2017. Abedi was personally responsible for this slaughter, but the British government had relaxed controls on the movements of jihadi groups like the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group because MI6 saw them as useful local allies in getting rid of Gaddafi.

It is disgusting how leaders like David Cameron continue to defend the launching of the 2011 Nato intervention in Libya. It was this that led to the ongoing nine-year-long war and the chaos that produced a wave of refugees who needed help and turned the country into a haven for jihadis like Abedi. Yet this predictable consequence of foreign intervention, be it in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria, scarcely receives a mention in the wall-to-wall coverage of murders such as those in Manchester, Reading or London Bridge. The media emphasis is on grief and “communities coming together”, a highly convenient response from the point of view of the British government as its own blundering role in turning Libya into place of permanent war is forgotten or is considered irrelevant.

Gaddafi was a dictator but however horrific the conditions under his rule, Libyans are now at the mercy of merciless local warlords who are proxies for foreign powers pursuing their own egocentric interests. This week Turkey and Egypt, and the coalitions they lead, are close to an all-out proxy war as they face off against each other at Sirte, close to where Gaddafi was killed.

This all-consuming violence is not mentioned by the leaders who did so much to bring it about. David Cameron boasts in his autobiography For The Record that, thanks to his efforts, American, British and French aircraft stopped the advance of Gaddafi’s tanks. “Benghazi was saved,” he writes, “and a Srebrenica-style slaughter was averted.”

Cameron has not noticed that Benghazi was not saved at all. Its centre is now a sea of ruins, destroyed in the fighting between the anti-Gaddafi warlords. Cameron’s claim that Gaddafi’s forces were about to carry out mass killings in Benghazi was always dubious. A report by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee said that the belief that Gaddafi would “massacre the civilians in Benghazi was not supported by the available evidence.” His forces had reoccupied other rebel-held towns and there had been no massacre.

Cameron and Britain were not alone in destroying Libya. In a piece of self-glorifying bombast as revolting as anything said by Donald Trump, the US secretary of state Hillary Clinton crowed after the death of Gaddafi: “We came, we saw, he died.”

So did tens of thousands of other Libyans, but is it naïve to imagine that Clinton, Cameron and Sarkozy ever cared much about what happened to the seven million Libyan population? They were equally blind in looking after the interests of their own countries when they replaced a broadly secular authoritarian state in Libya with murderous anarchy.

These three politicians and other interventionists like Tony Blair and George W Bush defend themselves by saying that this is all hindsight. But it was not. I was in Benghazi and Tripoli during the six-month war to overthrow Gaddafi and it was patent that the violence would not end when he was dead. In the week that Britain recognised the rebel leadership in Benghazi as the legitimate government, the rebels had killed, and by some accounts tortured to death, their chief military commander, General Abdel Fattah Younis. Western governments and media had presented the opposition as liberally minded democrats. but an early proposal of the incoming post-Gaddafi transitional government was to put an end to the ban on polygamy.

Western leaders never suffered much political damage from their unforced errors in these wars in the Middle East and North Africa. The countries that were supposedly saved by foreign intervention might be wracked by endless conflict but they had disappeared from the news agenda. Voters at home never connected up terrorist butchery in their streets with wars fought in their name in far away places. I always thought it unjust yet probably inevitable that incompetent ignorant leaders, particularly in Britain, would never pay much of a price for what they had done.

But I was wrong. The same sort of over-confident amateur leadership that I had witnessed committing serial blunders from Basra to Benghazi finally had to face a real crisis in the shape of Covid-19. Their performance was as dismal at home as it had been abroad. Boris Johnson’s shambolic response to the pandemic, producing the worst death toll from the illness in the world aside from the US and Brazil, was foreshadowed by what David Cameron had done before in Libya. In both instances, unnecessary mistakes had calamitous consequences.Perhaps the British political class had become so used to piggy-backing on US political and military power that it no longer knew what to do when that power stumbled over the last twenty years or finally imploded under Trump.

Competence takes a long time to create and its disintegration can also be imperceptibly slow. Nobody in Britain was much interested in the fate of Libya as it was torn apart in an escalating civil war. Even when Britain is the victim of a small proportion of that violence, there is a reluctance to put any of the blame on past British actions. The pretence is that somehow shouldering any responsibility lets the perpetrators off the hook. In reality, both the relatively limited number of British casualties stemming from its Middle East wars and the horribly large loss of life because of coronavirus have a common source: a political class that is hollowed out and no longer copes successfully with real crises.

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Bill Clinton’s Serbian War Atrocities Exposed in New Indictment

by JAMES BOVARD

Photograph Source: TSGT Victor Trisvan – Public Domain

President Bill Clinton’s favorite freedom fighter just got indicted for mass murder, torture, kidnapping, and other crimes against humanity. In 1999, the Clinton administration launched a 78-day bombing campaign that killed up to 1500 civilians in Serbia and Kosovo in what the American media proudly portrayed as a crusade against ethnic bias. That war, like most of the pretenses of U.S. foreign policy, was always a sham.

Kosovo president Hashim Thaci was charged with ten counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity by an international tribunal in The Hague in the Netherlands charged Thaci and nine other men with a “war crimes, including murder, enforced disappearance of persons, persecution, and torture.” Thaci and the other charged suspects were accused of being “criminally responsible for nearly 100 murders” and the indictment involved “hundreds of known victims of Kosovo Albanian, Serb, Roma, and other ethnicities and include political opponents.” But the American media’s ludicrous bias and/or incompetence on that war continues. The New York Times responded to Thaci’s indictment with a tweet declaring that “Serbia’s leader was indicted for war crimes.”

Hashim Thaci’s tawdry career illustrates how anti-terrorism is a flag of convenience for Washington policymakers. Prior to becoming Kosovo’s president, Thaci was the head of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), fighting to force Serbs out of the Kosovo. In 1999, the Clinton administration designated the KLA s “freedom fighters” despite their horrific past and gave them massive aid. The previous year, the State Department condemned “terrorist action by the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army.” The KLA was heavily involved in drug trafficking and had close to ties to Osama bin Laden.

But arming the KLA and bombing Serbia helped Clinton portray himself as a crusader against injustice and shift public attention after his impeachment trial. Clinton was aided by many shameless members of Congress anxious to sanctify U.S. killing. Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CN) whooped that the United States and the KLA “stand for the same values and principles. Fighting for the KLA is fighting for human rights and American values.” And since Clinton administration officials publicly compared Serb leader Slobodan Milošević to Hitler, every decent person was obliged to applaud the bombing campaign. (Alexander Cockburn was one of the few journalists who condemned the unjust war at the time; this 1999 Los Angeles Times column set the gold standard for calling out Clinton’s BS on Serbia.)

Both the Serbs and ethnic Albanians committed atrocities in the bitter strife in Kosovo. But to sanctify its bombing campaign, the Clinton administration waved a magic wand and made the KLA’s atrocities disappear. British professor Philip Hammond noted that the 78-day bombing campaign “was not a purely military operation: NATO also destroyed what it called ‘dual-use’ targets, such as factories, city bridges, and even the main television building in downtown Belgrade, in an attempt to terrorize the country into surrender.” NATO repeatedly dropped cluster bombs into marketplaces, hospitals, and other civilian areas. Cluster bombs are anti-personnel devices designed to be scattered across enemy troop formations. NATO dropped more than 1,300 cluster bombs on Serbia and Kosovo and each bomb contained 208 separate bomblets that floated to earth by parachute. Bomb experts estimated that more than 10,000 unexploded bomblets were scattered around the landscape when the bombing ended and maimed children long after the ceasefire.

In the final days of the bombing campaign, the Washington Post reported that “some presidential aides and friends are describing Kosovo in Churchillian tones, as Clinton’s ‘finest hour.’” The Post also reported that according to one Clinton friend “what Clinton believes were the unambiguously moral motives for NATO’s intervention represented a chance to soothe regrets harbored in Clinton’s own conscience…. The friend said Clinton has at times lamented that the generation before him was able to serve in a war with a plainly noble purpose, and he feels ‘almost cheated’ that ‘when it was his turn he didn’t have the chance to be part of a moral cause.’” By Clinton’s standard, slaughtering Serbs was “close enough for government work” to a “moral cause.”

Shortly after the end of the 1999 bombing campaign, Clinton enunciated what his aides labeled the Clinton doctrine: “Whether within or beyond the borders of a country, if the world community has the power to stop it, we ought to stop genocide and ethnic cleansing.” In reality, the Clinton doctrine was that presidents are entitled to commence bombing foreign lands based on any brazen lie that the American media will regurgitate. In reality, the lesson from bombing Serbia is that American politicians merely need to publicly recite the word “genocide” to get a license to kill.

After the bombing ended, Clinton assured the Serbian people that the United States and NATO agreed to be peacekeepers only “with the understanding that they would protect Serbs as well as ethnic Albanians and that they would leave when peace took hold.” In the subsequent months and years, American and NATO forces stood by as the KLA resumed its ethnic cleansing, slaughtering Serb civilians, bombing Serbian churches and oppressing any non-Muslims. Almost a quarter-million Serbs, Gypsies, Jews, and other minorities fled Kosovo after Mr. Clinton promised to protect them. By 2003, almost 70 percent of the Serbs living in Kosovo in 1999 had fled, and Kosovo was 95 percent ethnic Albanian.

But Thaci remained useful for U.S. policymakers. Even though he was widely condemned for oppression and corruption after taking power in Kosovo, Vice President Joe Biden hailed Thaci in 2010 as the “George Washington of Kosovo.” A few months later, a Council of Europe report accused Thaci and KLA operatives of human organ trafficking. The Guardian noted that the report alleged that Thaci’s inner circle “took captives across the border into Albania after the war, where a number of Serbs are said to have been murdered for their kidneys, which were sold on the black market.” The report stated that when “transplant surgeons” were “ready to operate, the [Serbian] captives were brought out of the ‘safe house’ individually, summarily executed by a KLA gunman, and their corpses transported swiftly to the operating clinic.”

Despite the body trafficking charge, Thaci was a star attendee at the annual Global Initiative conference by the Clinton Foundation in 2011, 2012, and 2013, where he posed for photos with Bill Clinton. Maybe that was a perk from the $50,000 a month lobbying contract that Thaci’s regime signed with The Podesta Group, co-managed by future Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, as the Daily Caller reported.

Clinton remains a hero in Kosovo where a statue of him was erected in the capital, Pristina. The Guardian newspaper noted that the statue showed Clinton “with a left hand raised, a typical gesture of a leader greeting the masses. In his right hand he is holding documents engraved with the date when NATO started the bombardment of Serbia, 24 March 1999.” It would have been a more accurate representation to depict Clinton standing on a pile of corpses of the women, children, and others killed in the U.S. bombing campaign.

In 2019, Bill Clinton and his fanatically pro-bombing former Secretary of State, Madeline Albright, visited Pristina, where they were “treated like rock stars” as they posed for photos with Thaci. Clinton declared, “I love this country and it will always be one of the greatest honors of my life to have stood with you against ethnic cleansing (by Serbian forces) and for freedom.” Thaci awarded Clinton and Albright medals of freedom “for the liberty he brought to us and the peace to entire region.” Albright has reinvented herself as a visionary warning against fascism in the Trump era. Actually, the only honorific that Albright deserves is “Butcher of Belgrade.”

Clinton’s war on Serbia was a Pandora’s box from which the world still suffers. Because politicians and most of the media portrayed the war against Serbia as a moral triumph, it was easier for the Bush administration to justify attacking Iraq, for the Obama administration to bomb Libya, and for the Trump administration to repeatedly bomb Syria. All of those interventions sowed chaos that continues cursing the purported beneficiaries.

Bill Clinton’s 1999 bombing of Serbia was as big a fraud as George W. Bush’s conning this nation into attacking Iraq. The fact that Clinton and other top U.S. government officials continued to glorify Hashim Thaci despite accusations of mass murder, torture, and body trafficking is another reminder of the venality of much of America’s political elite. Will Americans again be gullible the next time that Washington policymakers and their media allies concoct bullshit pretexts to blow the hell out of some hapless foreign land?

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