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European Union Condemns Israel For Demolishing Palestinian Shelters

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The representative at the office of the European Union in Jerusalem showed her disapproval for the demolition orders issued by the Israeli authorities of two temporary shelters in the West Bank that had been subsidized by the EU community.

“We condemn the demolition of two shelters funded by the European Union in Area C as part of our response to the needs of affected communities according to humanitarian imperative,” reads a statement released by the office.

As sources reported, Israeli authorities destroyed the two facilities near the separation wall in Isawiya, Jerusalem. The shelters are located in an area known as Area C, which under the Oslo Accords falls under the administrative and military control of Israel.

“We would like to express our concern at this Israeli action,” the spokesman for the office said. He insisted that the EU “has repeatedly asked Israel to halt demolitions in Area C and due to the worsening conditions in which Palestinians live there. “

Less than two months ago, UN Humanitarian Resident Coordinator in the Occupied Territories, James W. Rawley, showed concern at the increase of demolished structures -including housing and shelters for animals- in the West Bank and East Jerusalem which were also carried out by Israel.

The demolitions “leading to forced evictions and displacements are contrary to Israel’s obligations under international law and create unnecessary stress and suffering. This must stop immediately,” urged the representative.

According to the data handled by the humanitarian office, last year the Israeli government destroyed 590 structures, some of them funded by international donors, in Area C and East Jerusalem, causing the displacement of 1,177 people.

But despite the continuous warnings from the UN and now the EU, Israel is far from being held accountable for these actions. For now, it is all rhetoric and no international organization or national government has called for accountability although multiple investigations have been conducted on Israel’s violations of signed accords and the commission of crimes against humanity.


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

PLO Breaks Security Pacts With Israel

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After monopolizing the political agenda with his controversial speech to the US Congress, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made clear that security in Israel is the centerpiece of his campaign.

The latest polls seem to show that Netanyahu’s speech has been modestly effective in gaining him more support. The Likud leader assigned only had a slight improvement after his speech at the Capitol.

However, there is topic of which almost no one in Israel, including Netanyahu is talking about. The Palestinian issue.

Israel’s relation with the Palestinians is as old as its history. Since it was established as the “birth of the Jewish state” in 1948, no one seems to want to solve the conflict between the Israeli regime and the right it denies to Palestinians to live in peace. In this election cycle, politicians in Israel are more worried about the “Iranian threat” and domestic problems.

Not long after Netanyahu heard the last cheers in Washington, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, called the Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and in a closed session celebrated on Thursday in Ramallah, both parts agreed to cut ties with Israel since the Oslo Accords of 1993.

“We are forced to reset the security cooperation with Israel,” admitted Kamal al Sheik, board member of Fatah, the party of Abbas.

Contacts between Palestinian security services and Israelis, that have helped prevent attacks and defuse tension, will be broken as long as Netanyahu is in power, said a source of the PLO in Ramallah, “but they will be reconsidered after the elections “.

The president of the Palestinian Authority accused Israel on Wednesday of blackmailing his government since December to suspend the transfer of taxes it collects on its behalf by an amount that has now reached $450 million.

The transfer of tax accounts for two-thirds of budget revenues, which means that 140,000 Palestinian officials have had their salaries discounted by 40%.

“The Palestinian Authority has been reluctant to cut the last ties with Israel, but needs to make a gesture of firmness to the population affected by the pay cut,” argued Said Zidani, a University professor and political analyst.

The Executive led by Netanyahu took the step of blocking the funds immediately after the Palestinian government requested his accession to the treaty governing the International Criminal Court (ICC), which will take effect next April 1.

“We will not formally file any lawsuit against Israel,” revealed a source in the PLO, “but we expect that the court acts on its own, after an investigation carried out with respect to the conflict in Gaza last summer.”

Ramallah analysts understand that although Israel has not signed the Rome Statute of 1998, establishing the ICC, the International Criminal Justice can examine events in the Palestinian territory, including Gaza.

The Arabs with Israeli citizenship represent 20% of the population and around 15% of voters in Israel. The list of political groups that oppose Likud is composed of three Arab parties and one Arab-Israeli group.

“Polls now assign a range of 10 to 15 seats, depending on the participation of Arab voters at the polls,” explains Professor Zidani. “It seems clear that it will be almost impossible to block Netanyahu’s reelection for a third consecutive term without the Arab group of Knesset”.

“The Arab parties have had no choice but to join forces to survive,” says Gideon Raat, election analyst and professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University. “The outgoing center-right government has forced them to do that to raise the minimum bar which allows access to parliament, between 2% to 3.25% of the vote,” he adds.


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

Israeli Women Wage Peace

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Anti-war women of the world unite. They’re doing it in Israel. Thousands represent a refreshing antidote to Netanyahu’s hate-mongering rage for war.

Women Wage Peace (WWP) activists support a “viable” Israeli- Palestinian peace. They want working for it “place(d) at the top of the public agenda.”

They call peace the only solution “offer(ing) life and hope.” With Israeli general elections days away, they urge a “new and different reality in the Middle East.”

They call it “feasible.” Saying “we must strive for it.” Inspired by the horrors of last summer’s Gaza war, they “decided to initiate, mobilize and propose an alternative.”

“The last round of violence has made it clear to all that we must break out of the spiral,” they stress.

“Whether Left or Right-wing, religious or secular, Arab or Jewish, we want to live in a society characterized by normality, prosperity and human rights.”

“All of us wish to lead a sane and balanced existence.” They hope to enlist widespread public support.

They intend “engag(ing) decision-makers and demand a change in priorities. They want peace “over military and security-based approaches.”

Their mission statement says the following:

WWP “is a non-political, broad-based, and rapidly growing movement of thousands of women, taking action to influence the public and political arena.”

It aims “to restore hope and work towards a peaceful existence for ourselves, our children and future generations.”

It wants future wars prevented. It wants peaceful, viable conflict resolution benefitting everyone equitably.

It believes involving large numbers of women increase chances for achieving its objective.

“Cooperation between Palestinian and Israeli women working together to promote (peace) will increase the chances for a sustainable (longterm) solution.”

It calls its values:

– “Perseverance and determination

– Mutual respect

– Cooperation and joint leadership”

It calls on all Israeli women to join a mass initiative for peace.

“Spread the word,” it urges. “Influence change.” Wage peace, not war. WWP activists intend going all-out to stop its scourge.

On March 3, its members carrying anti-war banners marched down Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Blvd. ahead of a planned mass rally outside Israel’s Knesset.

WWP has about 7,000 members. They want Palestinian peace talks revived.

On Wednesday, thousands surrounded the Knesset. They delivered what they called an “alternative” to Netanyahu’s congressional rant.

WPP member Michal Shamir said he spoke “in Washington in English, and we have chosen to speak in Jerusalem in Hebrew and Arabic.”

Group members began their rally walking from Independence Hall (where Israel’s May 1948 declaration of independence was signed) to Derech Hashalom – a main exit to the Tel Aviv/Jerusalem highway.

Derech Hashalom means Peace Way. “If there is no way, there is no peace,” said Shamir.

Israeli lawyers Irit Tamir and Michal Barak founded WWP in the wake of last summer’s Gaza war. Yael Elad heads its media efforts. She serves as spokeswoman.

She says “women cannot just sit at home, complain, and hope for the best, without actively doing something to change the situation.”

“It’s time for us to be part of the dialogue that revolves around security and peace.”

“We sense that women disappear from the public space when you look at TV panels or listen to radio shows.”

“This place is reserved for generals or politicians, but never for women. This has to change.”

“Women are half of the population. We raise the kids who eventually get sent to fight wars or protect the country.”

“We should be there to say something about the outcome.”

Since last August, WWP attracted new members through at home meetings and social media.

It has over 7,000 registered and more than 10,000 Facebook followers. It aims to grow its ranks to 700,000.

“We must become a powerful electoral voice,” said Elad. “We disagree on many things but agree on the necessity of a peace agreement for the future of Israel.”

Rihad Abdul Halim said she joined WWP’s steering committee because of a deep belief in the power of women to peaceful conflict resolution.

It “starts at home,” she said. “As women, our role is to educate for tolerance and the acceptance of the other. Why do we want peace? Because we hurt most during war.”

Recruiting Arab women is harder because “(we) don’t see ourselves as decision-makers,” she said.

“We feel we have no influence. (It) rests with the government, which is Jewish.” Nevertheless, when I hold parlor meetings, I see the women change their minds.”

“I describe this connection like a woman standing on the side of a lake and throwing in a pebble, representing our vision.”

“The stone creates water circles that grow wider and wider. Similarly, this movement created circles of humanity between women.”

“We exchange knowledge and culture, empowering each other. The influence is not just in the domain of peace, but in society more broadly.”

It’s not easy in male-dominated Israel. Only one woman, Golda Meir, ever served as prime minister. She was no dove.

A potential future leader, Tzipi Livni, matches Netanyahu’s hawkishness. Women for peace in Israel find it hard to be heard.

WWP activists intend to keep trying for a goal vital to achieve. Professor Irit Keynan heads the Institute for Civic Responsibility.

“Politicians who are uninterested in peace hold onto weak excuses and raise the ghosts of the Jewish people’s traumatic fears,” she said.

Those wanting peace “are afraid to say so out loud, and compete with each other” to see who’s toughest.

Patriotism is identified with pro-war discourse. Peace is a four-letter word. Unless Israel ends conflict with Palestinians, its future is grim, Keynan believes.

Michal Keidar said she “lost the only man (she ever) loved in the madness of this country.”

She believes no one else should die because hawkish politicians choose war over peace. She urged others to support candidates “for a quiet, normal life” on March 17.

WWP activists want Israel governed by officials waging peace, not war. So do supporters of peace, equity and justice for their own countries worldwide.

Join the struggle against lunatics in Israel and Western countries threatening humanity’s survival to achieve their imperial goals.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected] . His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Zionism Verses The Bible

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By: Pastor Thomas Williamson -

Much of our Christian emphasis on foreign policy in the Middle East today is based on the promise that God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:3, “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

The first half of this verse is a promise that God made to just one person, Abraham. The original Hebrew is in the second person singular, meaning that God is speaking only to Abraham. The King James Version correctly reflects this grammatical construction, since “thee” is singular, referring only to one person, whereas “ye” would refer to multiple persons.

Matthew Henry’s commentary states of Genesis 12:3a that “This made it a kind of league, offensive and defensive, between God and Abram.”

Of the second half of the verse, Matthew Henry says, This was the promise that crowned all the rest; for it points to the Messiah, in whom ‘all the promises are yea and amen.’ Note, (1), Jesus Christ is the great blessing of the world, the greatest that ever the world blessed with.”

Recently Genesis 12:3 has been spiritualized by Christian Zionist preachers, who say that this verse applies not just to Abraham, but also to Abraham’s descendants, specifically to the modern state of Israel founded in 1948. Supposedly, it means that evangelical Christians as individuals, and America as a nation, are bound to provide unquestioning support, financial and otherwise, to the state of Israel. It is said that if America fails to back up Israel in every way possible, financially, militarily and otherwise, then God will be through with America and will have us nuked.

When it is pointed out that the various Arabs nations, including Palestine, are also descended from Abraham, the Christian Zionists say that the promise of Genesis 12:3 applies only to the descendants of Isaac (Of course, there is no mention of Isaac in Genesis 12:3. They often misquote the verse, saying it refers to “blessing Israel,” but Israel is not mentioned in the verse either).

Zionists say, based on their non-literal, speculative, spiritualized interpretation of Genesis 12:3, that we are to give total, unquestioned support to some of Abraham’s children, while others of Abraham’s children are to be hated, persecuted, ethnically cleansed, bombed back into the Stone Age, maybe even nuked.

But in Genesis 21:13, 17-18 God also bestows His blessing on Ishmael and his descendants, saying, “For I will make him a great nation.” According to the same principles of interpretation by which we have made Genesis 12:3 a command for political support of the modern nation of Israel, Genesis 21:18 must be taken as a command for political support of the modern Arab nations. (Anybody want to start up a “Christian Ishmaelist” movement to lobby for Arab national greatness?)

Christian Zionists claim to have 70,000,000 followers in America, who insists that our politicians render unquestioning obedience to the military and political agenda of the Israeli Government.

Does God really demand that we support all actions and activities of the Israeli Government, even if those actions violate God’s moral standards of righteousness?

It should be pointed out that even in Old Testament times, when Israel was a nation specially chosen by, and ruled over by, Jehovah, He did not expect His people to support and endorse all actions of the government of Israel.

When the Government of Israel committed human rights violations, the prophets openly condemned them, 2 Kings 6:21 –23, 2 Chronicles 28:9-11, Nehemiah 5:7-11, Jeremiah 34:11-17, Amos 2:6-7, etc. Nowadays, liberal Jewish groups still protest human rights violations in Israel. Nevertheless, most fundamentalists Christians would never dream of doing such a thing – it is against their religion. It is their duty to either deny that such violations take place, or else to endorse and commend such violations. We have been told that God will smite us if we disagree with anything that Israel does.

The lawgiver Moses commanded the Hebrews that they should not oppress the strangers or non-Jews in their lands, Exodus 12:49, 22:21, 23:9, Leviticus 19:33-34, 25:35, Deuteronomy 10:18-19, 23:7, 24:17, 27:19. That message, of course, is not mentioned today – it is considered “politically incorrect.”

When King Ahab and Queen Jezebel unjustly expropriated the vineyard of Naboth, the prophet Elijah publicly denounced the kind for this unjust action, 1 Kings 21:17-24, Jehu cited this official action of the government of Israel against Naboth as justification for overthrowing that government, 2 Kings 9:25-26.

But nowadays, when the Israeli government expropriates the lands and properties of Palestinians without compensation, we look the other way and say nothing about it.

In Jeremiah 27:1-5, the prophet Jeremiah picketed a public meeting of the government of Judah with representatives of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre and Sidon. He was protesting the foreign policy of Judah. We would never do anything like that today – it would be considered a violation of the command to “bless Abraham.”

In Jeremiah 27:6-17, the prophet advocated the surrender of Israel’s territory to the King of Babylon, in return for peace – today, we would call it “land for peace.” But today, our warmongering televangelists denounce “land for peace” as unthinkable for any reason whatsoever, and threaten God’s wrath against anyone who would support such a thing.

Supposedly it is better for Jewish and Arab children of Abraham to keep on killing each other over the land (while these sanctimonious war profiteers collect the money from sales of their Armageddon videos. Could it be a conflict of interest to allow American foreign policy to be dictated by these mega-millionaire preachers, who stand to make a profit if there is a war in the Middle East?)

We have seen that God’s inspired prophets did not meet the Christian Zionist standard of blind, unquestioning support for Israel. As it turns out, today’s Christian Zionists do not meet that standard, either.

Whenever the modern Israeli government takes any action that does not fit in with the speculative doomsday scenarios of the Armageddon Theology, the Christian Zionists will loudly protest and insist that the Israelis are doing wrong.

For instance, in 1994 Christian Zionist leaders, including Pat Robertson and Ralph Reed, publicly condemned the policies of the Israeli government under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was seeking a peace settlement with the Palestinians. Robertson has also attacked the policies of Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres.

It seems hypocritical for Christian Zionists to threaten the wrath of God against those who express disagreement with any policy of the Israeli government when they have done the same thing themselves.

Modern-day Israelis and other Jews are well aware of the fact that the Christian Zionists believe, based on a mistaken interpretation of Zechariah 13:8, that there must be a devastating war in the Middle East in which two-thirds of all the Jews will be slaughtered. It is commonly understood that the Christian Zionists do not really care about what is best for the Jews, as evidenced by their constant lobbying efforts to stir up World War III in the Middle East. Million Jews may wind up dead, but it will be good for sales of the Armageddon videos that are peddled on the televangelists’ broadcasts and web-sites.

This raises the question who is really “blessing Israel;” those who are working for peace in the Middle East, or those who are agitating for a war designed to get two-thirds of all Jews wiped out?

Some gullible evangelical Christians may not understand these issues, but our Jewish friends understand what is at stake very well – they are being prepared to serve as cannon fodder for the next Holocaust.

Gershom Gorenberg, in his book “The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount,” says, “I’ve listened to….American evangelical ministers who insist on their deep love for Israel and nevertheless eagerly await apocalyptic battles on Israel’s soil so terrible that the dry river bed will, they predict, fill with rivers of blood.”

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, has stated that “People who say there can be no peace are not really friends of Israel.”

Robert O. Freedman, political science professor at Baltimore Hebrew University, says concerning Christian Zionists, “Once you get in bed with them, you are, to a certain extent, subscribing to their view of what America ought to be. And that, in my view, is not in the best interests of the Jewish people.”

Former Shin Bet secret chief Carmi Gillon and former police commissioner Assaf Hefetz, commenting on the activities of Temple Mount extremists who are financially supported by fundamentalist Americans, warned that an attack on the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem “would lead to an all-out war and unleash destructive forces that would imperil Israel’s existence.”

The eagerness of some televangelists, to get a war going in the Middle East (along with their vociferous Arab-bashing and Muslim-baiting), must be considered in context of their belief in the infamous Armageddon Theology, which insists that 2/3 of all the Jews must die.

Grace Halsell, in her book “Prophecy and Politics” observed: “Convinced that a nuclear Armageddon is an inevitable event within the divine scheme of things, many evangelical dispensationalists have committed themselves to a course for Israel that, by their own admission, will lead directly to a holocaust indescribably more savage and widespread than could have generated in Adolf Hitler’s criminal mind.”

American Christians who really want to be a blessing to all the children of Abraham (Jews and Arabs) need to realize that they do not have to render blind, knee-jerk support to the most extremist elements of Zionism, or to those who are actively trying to foment massive wars in the Middle East that would be contrary to the interests of the Israeli people. Not everyone is going to agree that stirring up a war to get 2/3 of all Jews killed is a good thing for the Jews.

Nor should we forget that our Prime Directive as Christians is found in the Great Commission. Our mission is to evangelize, baptize and teach, not to try to hasten Christ’s coming by agitating war and violence in the Middle East.

Zionism is based on a total misunderstanding of what the Bible teaches. It is true that God gave Palestine to Hebrews in ancient times. But the Bible teaches that their possession of the land was under a conditional covenant with Jehovah. If the Hebrews disobeyed their God, they would lose the land. This is clearly taught in Genesis 17:9-14, Exodus 19:4-5, Leviticus 26:40-45, Deuteronomy 7:12, Joshua 23:15-16, 1 Kings 9:6-9, 2 Chronicles 7:19-22, Jeremiah 34:12-22, Ezekiel 33:23-29, Matthew 21:43, etc.

When the Jews rejected their Messiah, God sent the Romans to dispossess the Jews from their land in 70 AD. This was God’s complete punishment on the Jews for crucifying Christ – therefore, the Jews today should not be persecuted for something that happened 2000 years ago. However, their former title deed on the land of Palestine is not abrogated.

The New Testament teaches that Christians are to focus on the heavenly Jerusalem, not the earthly one, John 4:21, Galatians 4:24-28, Hebrews 12:18-24. We are told in Hebrews 11:13-16 that even Abraham has no further interest in a restored Jewish state on earth, because he is in a much better place in heaven.

Christian Zionism is a movement that claims to be based on the Bible, but as we have seen, it is actually contrary to what the Bible teaches. All Christians should repudiate Zionism and should work for a peace settlement in the Middle East that will be of mutual benefit to Abraham’s Jewish and Arab children in Palestine.

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Mr. Thomas Williamson is an ordained Baptist minister who lives in Chicago, Illinois. He contributes to Media Monitors Network (MMN) from time to time.

Original article: http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Doctrines/Zionism/zionism.htm

Condemn Islamic Terror And Shield Zionist Atrocities (VIDEO)

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“I would have joined a terrorist organization.”– Ehud Barak’s response to Gideon Levy, a columnist for the Ha’aretz newspaper, when Barak was asked what he would have done if he had been born a Palestinian.

Surviving in a world of offensive double standards comes easy for people who lost their moral compass. Most culturally deficient pawns have such limited intellectual capacities and ethical fortitude to apply the same critical standards to zealots, who practice and defend barbarism no matter where it is committed. The narration that masquerades as objective news reporting out of the mass media, acts as a gatekeeper to provide political cover for Zionist protection. If the eternal struggle between Muslims and Jews was the supreme existential conflict, why would Christians take sides, when the purported feud between cousins, drips blood no matter whose hand holds the sword? 

Oh how dare equivocate between both pseudo religious cultures, when both are engulfed in political warfare as their primary tenant. If moral principle was the essence of either society, this obscene charade of state sponsored terrorism would be exposed for what it really represents. Now before the do-gooder Christians bask in their own moral superiority, your own secular humanism surrender does not bode well for your final judgment.  

The point is that unholy religious and politically inspired violence against a perceived enemy to achieve an atmosphere of panic is simply wrong. When government special operations, globalist intelligence interests and elite NWO sociopaths plan, fund, recruit, direct and cover-up false flag attacks, designed to complete a global despotism; all citizens of exploited countries lose their rights and become duped into thinking insecurity stems from radical psychopaths. The collective mental health of most societies is in a crisis of terminal proportions.  

Ponder the linkage of France’s lower house of parliament votes 339 to 151 in favor of symbolic motion to recognize statehood of Palestine and Netanyahu’s Chilling Threat To France Prior To The Charlie Hebdo Tragedy. Surely, a coincidence in what is widely seen as consistent with a pattern of a sponsored Mossad scenario, the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris has the world primed for even more draconian measures that in fact, extinguishes genuine security. 

Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest ruse to advance the victimhood claim is transparent. 

The real reason Bibi wants French Jews to move to Israel reports “By calling on France’s Jews to move to Israel, Netanyahu is promoting a worldview in which there is no national conflict, no occupation and no Palestinian people. There are only Jews and radical Muslims.” 

“The leader of a country that is constantly in a state of war, and that every few years actually goes to war, is imploring France’s Jews to leave their country in the wake of two terrorist attacks (one of which was not directed at a Jewish target), and move to Israel. Even if we ignore the downright chutzpah of his demand vis-a-vis the French government (try imagining a leader of a Western state calling on Israelis to immigrate to his country because of the security situation in Israel), no one doubts that French Jewish immigrants will be in much greater danger living in Israel. Perhaps our foreign minister would do well to update Netanyahu on the travel warnings issued fairly often for our country?” 

The insecurity hysteria that infects Western countries from the Zionist bias media about a terrorist under every bed refuses to speak the truth. Honest reporting would require coverage of the following. The same old story, Israeli atrocities against Palestinians, but where in the controlled propaganda and fantasy viewpoint of corporatist political correctness, will such factual Zionist atrocities be reported and condemned?   

Once upon a time fair play was a well established standard in international affairs. Even if it was often ignored in practice, the objective was seen as a condition that established moral authority. The reality is that governance of Israel maintains a hostility that sabotages any attempts for coexistence. EXAMPLES OF HATE SPEECH BY ISRAEL AGAINST PALESTINE illustrates the savage attitude that earns world enmity for the Zionist apartheid state. Watch the chilling documentary video, Israeli Genocide in Gaza which supports righteous outrage.  

The boycott Israel movement may not have taken off to a level that its proponents hoped. Yet, such non violent opposition goes unnoticed with all the hype about terrorism. The Boycott Israel Campaign provides a list of companies and answered frequently asked questions about their efforts. If this cause gained traction, the screams would be deafening from media sentinels. 

In order to maintain the storyline of extreme Islamophobia terrorism, it is necessary to eliminate any debate that analyzes the established policies that foster “Greater Israel” dominance in the Middle East. Just examine the Saudi Israeli alliance forged in blood 

“The attack on Gaza comes by Saudi Royal Appointment. This royal warrant is nothing less than an open secret in Israel, and both former and serving defense officials are relaxed when they talk about it.  Former Israeli defense minister Shaul Mofaz surprised the presenter on Channel 10 by saying Israel had to specify a role for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in the demilitarization of Hamas. Asked what he meant by that, he added that Saudi and Emirati funds should be used to rebuild Gaza after Hamas had been defanged.” 

Reports: Saudis Looking for Alliance With Israel presents a chilling prospect for the beleaguered Palestinians.  

“Given the successes of the radical Sunni Islamic State (formerly ISIS), the lingering threat of the Muslim Brotherhood (which birthed Hamas), and the rising Shiite power in Iran, Riyadh is seen as more keen than ever to complete that process so it can formerly align with Israel, and thereby gain the advantage of its military and economic might. 

The only problem is that the Saudis want to solve that “minor conflict” by asking Israel to take severe security risks by surrendering strategic positions to a Palestinian populace that has sadly proved its unwillingness to eradicate the violent anti-Israel elements within.” 

Well, there you have it. Those radical Palestinian elements are dedicated terrorists, while the Saudi’s benefactor funds their barbaric wahhabi client fanatics, who miraculously never have a map to locate Israel.   

If you are not allowed to discuss who really is behind the ISIS band of cutthroats, fall back on a proven tactic of diversion. $1B trial opens against PLO over Israel terror attacks in a U.S. courtroom. “The victims allege that the Palestinian groups violated the US Anti-Terrorism Act by giving money and weapons — and employment — to terrorists in the attacks that occurred between 2001 and 2004.” 

Do not hold your breath waiting for a similar suit against Saudi financiers must less about U.S. covert agencies supplying arms and coordination to their new best friend, ISIS hit squads.  

In this obscene world of select memory, a terrorist is your friend if they are killing an enemy of Israel, especially if a high profile attack can garnish mass public opinion support to keep the phony “War of Terror” rolling along. 

inmindsWhen it comes to actual non state sponsored terrorism, the number of definite instances can be disputed. The GTD Global Terrorism Database lists information on over 125,000 terrorist attacks. A search of Jewish Terrorists provides results of well over 100 instances. The JDL, Jewish Defense League is a leading “Perpetrator” with a long list of crimes within the United States. The savage legacy of Rabbi Meir Kahane has a long record of terrorism to use as inspiration.  

Past Zionist-Jewish Terrorism – Some Historical Facts provides both Israeli Defense Force missions and the tactics used during the formatting years of the Zionist State. Such examples seldom get a whisper of notice much less coverage in the Newspeak media. The Jewish ownership and financial control of the establishment media allows for a self prophecy of inevitability if one believes the distortions, omissions and outright lies.  

Imbalance in culpability that condemns terrorists with the same intensity and blame, no matter who is responsible for the violence, will never allow for a peaceful resolution to the mutual hate that propels the globe towards oblivion.

Pat Buchanan makes a profound point in the essay, To Die for Charlie Hebdo? 

“As for the “glorification of terrorist acts,” Israel’s Menachem Begin, the ANC’s Nelson Mandela, and the PLO’s Yasser Arafat were all credibly charged with acts of terrorism in their liberation struggles.

And all three won the Nobel Prize for Peace.” 

His observation is not that terrorists are rewarded by the World Community, but that the hypocrisy of the establishment fabrication that makes heroes out of thugs with blood stained hands goes with the political objectives to demonize your enemy, while crowning the butchers.  

Islamic bombers who eagerly evaporate themselves as long as they can kill others, is a sickness that no authentic religion could justify.  Governments that employ aerial bombing to obliterate entire neighborhoods, and have an official policy, that kills children; practices true terrorism.  

If the Christian West is ever to regain its moral foundation, their governments must no longer encourage continued terrorism because of their insane foreign policies. Abandoning the teaching of Jesus Christ, a Jew, and Son of God has allowed the apocalyptic demons to run wild. Looking for a rapprochement between Muslim and Jew will never be realized until the final carnage and tribulation is stopped with His Second Coming at the end of this satanic age.


SARTRE is the pen name of James Hall, a reformed, former political operative. This pundit’s formal instruction in History, Philosophy and Political Science served as training for activism, on the staff of several politicians and in many campaigns. A believer in authentic Public Service, independent business interests were pursued in the private sector. As a small business owner and entrepreneur, several successful ventures expanded opportunities for customers and employees. Speculation in markets, and international business investments, allowed for extensive travel and a world view for commerce. He is retired and lives with his wife in a rural community. “Populism” best describes the approach to SARTRE’s perspective on Politics. Realities, suggest that American Values can be restored with an appreciation of “Pragmatic Anarchism.” Reforms will require an Existential approach. “Ideas Move the World,” and SARTRE’S intent is to stir the conscience of those who desire to bring back a common sense, moral and traditional value culture for America. Not seeking fame nor fortune, SARTRE’s only goal is to ask the questions that few will dare … Having refused the invites of an academic career because of the hypocrisy of elite’s, the search for TRUTH is the challenge that is made to all readers. It starts within yourself and is achieved only with your sincere desire to face Reality. So who is SARTRE? He is really an ordinary man just like you, who invites you to join in on this journey. Visit his website at http://batr.org.

Israeli Report Admits They Are Descendants Of Khazars

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Are you intellectually and emotionally prepared to confront a new twist to Israeli claims for identity and a political homeland? If you are, test to what extent you have an open mind. The article, Leaked report: Israel acknowledges Jews in fact Khazars; Secret plan for reverse migration to Ukraine, will present a position that is difficult to imagine. When political necessity confronts hallowed claims, what will a determined Zionist do to sacrifice their fundamental assertion for legitimacy? Ponder the significance and full extent of the implications.

“Israel seems finally to have thrown in the towel. A blue-ribbon team of scholars from leading research institutions and museums has just issued a secret report to the government, acknowledging that European Jews are in fact Khazars. (Whether this would result in yet another proposal to revise the words to “Hatikvah” remains to be seen.) At first sight, this would seem to be the worst possible news, given the Prime Minister’s relentless insistence on the need for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a “Jewish state” and the stagnation of the peace talks. But others have underestimated him at their peril. An aide quipped, when life hands you an etrog, you build a sukkah.

Speaking off the record, he explained, “We first thought that admitting we are really Khazars was one way to get around Abbas’s insistence that no Jew can remain in a Palestinian state. Maybe we were grasping at straws. But when he refused to accept that, it forced us to think about more creative solutions. The Ukrainian invitation for the Jews to return was a godsend.”

Oy vey, woe is me. How such an admission could be seen as anything but a capitulation to the critics of the legitimacy for the state of Israel? Another critical viewpoint by Wayne Madsen in Israel’s Secret Plan for a “Second Israel” in Ukraine, is the perfect summary of the precarious creditability dilemma that such an admission presents.

“Zionists have long argued that the land claimed by Israel was the biblical birthright of the Jewish people who were forced from the land in a so-called diaspora after repeated conquests by various empires. Proof that Ashkenazi Jews, which make up a majority of the Israeli Jewish population, have no historical link to Palestine, would call into question the entire premise of Israel as the historical 5,000-year old homeland of the Jewish people.”

As expected, the mere disclosure of such a secret government report has intensified the Christian-Zionists Problem – Khazar DNA, as written earlier this year. Never fear there is no shortage of arguments that attempts to discredit any proponent of Are Ashkenazi Jews Descended From Khazars?

“But in a new article in the journal Jewish Social Studies, Hebrew University researcher Shaul Stampfer argues there is no evidence from Medieval Jewish, Islamic or Christian texts that such a conversion took place.

“The silence of so many sources about the Khazars’ Judaism is very suspicious,” Stampfer tells Haaretz.”

When persuasion fails, attack the messenger as seen in Must a Jewish State Be Zionist?

“Shlomo Sand, a secular Israeli professor at Tel Aviv University, is notorious for his banal theory that Jews today have no connection with the Land of Israel because they are descended from non-Jewish Khazars who converted a thousand years ago in the Caucasus. No unbiased academic takes this seriously.”

All this arcane and esoteric disputes surely should be resolved with simple Home genetics kits could identify millions with Jewish roots, right?

“Just as the State of Israel has invested resources into the study and promotion of archeology, in part to demonstrate and strengthen the connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, by investing in the fields of genetic research and molecular anthropology, Israeli scientists could be at the forefront of this growing field not only to demonstrate the historical connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, but to help refute studies that manipulate data in order to undermine that connection,” said Noah Slepkov, author of the JPPI study.

Slepkov was likely referring to some who claim that the Jews of today are unrelated to the Israelites of the Bible such as Israeli academic Shlomo Sand, whose book, ‘The Invention of the Jewish People’, which claimed that contemporary Jews are the descendants of the Khazars, Berbers and other groups.”

Up to this point the intense push back is expected from the defenders of Israel. Nothing surprising from this response! However, in the essay Top Israeli scientist says Ashkenazi Jews came from Khazaria, not Palestine, the work of a “Johns Hopkins University post-doctoral researcher, Eran Elhaik, describes a group of widely respected geneticists, including Harry Ostrer, professor of pathology and genetics at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine and author of the 2012 book “Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People” is analyzed.”

“Interestingly, while anti-Zionist bloggers have applauded Elhaik’s work, saying it proves that contemporary Jews have no legitimate claim to Israel, some white supremacists have attacked it.”

Now for the surprising variation in critiquing the Rethinking the Khazar Theory!. This section is written by no other than Davis Duke, himself. Review the original article, for a long list of DNA studies that seem to reject and conflict with Eran Elhaik research. Nevertheless, Dr. Duke argues that the claim of special rights for the “Chosen” which resides in the Talmud culture is entirely part of the tribalism no matter the particular genetics of the Zionist.

“I have come to believe that the Khazar theory is one more piece of controlled opposition as illustrated in Orwell’s 1984, where Emmanuel Goldstein is supposedly Big Brother’s opposition, but in fact he is part of the Big Brother apparatus.

How convenient it is to suggest that Jews are not a race, not a related people that gives them a unity and strength in conflict with other peoples.

One cannot explain the power of Zionism unless one understands Jewish tribalism.

Jewish tribalism (racism) and favoritism and preference for fellow Jews combined with discrimination against non-Jews ultimately enables them to take over almost any institution.

Without Jewish racism, Zionism could not flourish, for that is what gives the Jewish extremists its enormous economic, media and political influence.

Christians who propagate the “Khazar theory” should not forget that the Talmud is perhaps the most anti-Christ tome ever written. The Talmud portrays Jesus being boiled in human excrement—“forever”!

The Talmud as well the gospel recounting of the Jewish persecution behind the crucifixion of Christ all took place hundreds of years before any supposed Khazar conversion”

Let’s pull all this information together to sort out a rational understanding of the political considerations that threaten the stability and well being of the planet. Historically it is undeniable that large number of Jews from Eastern Europe and Russia migrated out of that area. Many resettled in Israel. Most adopted pro-Zionist politics. Since the former Khazar empire region was the departing homeland of so many inhabitants who profess to be Jews, it is preposterous to contend that any tribal group can maintain a pure racial identity.

When a Jew resides in Israel are they not called an Israeli? What do you call a Jew living in the Ukraine – a Jew or a Ukrainian? Likewise, when a Jewish migrate from Khazarian descendant moves to Israel and becomes a citizen, do they lose their roots from their own lineage? Whether they purport to be from a bloodline of a racial tribe or simply a convert to a particular religion, their association with their country of origin remains.

Could it be that this astounding disclosure of a hidden past is nothing more than a ploy to recapture influence if not actual territory in a former land of settlement? If this is the case, the issue is one of political power and not one of religious inevitability.

Zionism is a political doctrine. All the conflicting genetic research is designed to serve a political agenda. If an Israeli came to Palestine from the Ukraine and practiced the teachings in the Talmud, that person most likely will be a Zionist.

The objection to the state of Israel is that its political precepts and policies are rooted in Babylonian Talmud teachings. When David Duke states that “One cannot explain the power of Zionism unless one understands Jewish tribalism”, the complimentary lesson is that Zionism cannot be fully comprehended without understanding Talmudic admonitions towards non Jews.

Consequential doctrines that profess superiority privileges should be condemned. Sadly, opposition towards a race, no matter how impure its genes have mixed over the centuries, when its politics maintain Jewish supremacy, is often labeled as anti-Semitic. Natural animosity towards such Jewish chutzpah is defensible in a world which disobeys the true revelations in the Torch.

Preparing Jewish converts, from the Khazars lineage, need not to be based solely upon DNA. What is important is that the political objectives of Zionism be recognized as harmful to humanity. Religion is not the issue, because Zionists reject their own biblical mores.


SARTRE is the pen name of James Hall, a reformed, former political operative. This pundit’s formal instruction in History, Philosophy and Political Science served as training for activism, on the staff of several politicians and in many campaigns. A believer in authentic Public Service, independent business interests were pursued in the private sector. As a small business owner and entrepreneur, several successful ventures expanded opportunities for customers and employees. Speculation in markets, and international business investments, allowed for extensive travel and a world view for commerce. He is retired and lives with his wife in a rural community. “Populism” best describes the approach to SARTRE’s perspective on Politics. Realities, suggest that American Values can be restored with an appreciation of “Pragmatic Anarchism.” Reforms will require an Existential approach. “Ideas Move the World,” and SARTRE’S intent is to stir the conscience of those who desire to bring back a common sense, moral and traditional value culture for America. Not seeking fame nor fortune, SARTRE’s only goal is to ask the questions that few will dare … Having refused the invites of an academic career because of the hypocrisy of elite’s, the search for TRUTH is the challenge that is made to all readers. It starts within yourself and is achieved only with your sincere desire to face Reality. So who is SARTRE? He is really an ordinary man just like you, who invites you to join in on this journey. Visit his website at http://batr.org.

 

Pirates With Nukes

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Entirely dispelled are any lingering doubts about the disdain Israel has for international law. Before going any further, just reflect upon all the apologist responses to the global condemnation of the Mediterranean Massacre. All the toadies that carry the water for the Zionist despotism are predictable and deceitful. Based on a foundation of sand their, mantra ignores the facts and rests on false axioms.

NeoCon Glenn Beck is a devoted cheerleader of Zionism. Making things worse, he is also a Dispensationalist. Departing from the solid research on condemning the failed philosophy of Progressivism, Beck demeans his audience with a false history of Palestine and the nature of the Israeli state. His religious doctrine regarding Israel makes him an apostate. Duping well intentioned, but ill-informed viewers into accepting the crimes of Israel, as the will of God, is why he is a Trojan horse.

He is just one of the countless buffoons or propagandists who earned their place in the media circus by proving their loyalty to a gang of criminals. Israel is no ally of the United States. Zionism is not a victim. “Likudnick” Benjamin Bebe Netanyahu is no friend of America. Most importantly, not all Jews are Zionists or even support the state of Israel.

In NeoCons are a terminal disease, a profound question is asked.

“There is no canon within our heritage that deems that America has the responsibility to foster the interests of any other foreign country. However, that is exactly the goal of the NeoCons. The question is simple; can you name one such scalawag scoundrel that would not trade the safety and treasure of our country for the benefit of the Zionist despotism of Israel?”

Israel uses Christian-Zionists as ignorant tools and treats them as useful idiots. From, How much fun is this war?

“But the best are the holy rollers who are infested with Dispensationalist Dementia, who grovel at the feet of Zionists, in the name of their Savior, while they bolster a Likud Central Committee Party for a Greater Israel policy and can’t wait for the third temple to be erected. Christ’s words are all too easily ignored if they conflict with devotion to their false doctrine. “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” - Jesus Christ, John 17:15, NAS”

A blockade is an act of war. Defenders of Israel’s arrogant attack on an unarmed flotilla of humanitarian stores, claim the Israeli Defense Force was acting in self-defense. Pirates are not commandos. Henry Morgan, knighted and made Lieutenant Governor to Jamaica for his privateer adventures, served the expansion of the British Empire. So too Netanyahu’s, “Greater Israel” designs applied their military arm to keep their colonial concentration camp in check.

Only tactics and sophisticated technology separates the IDF air assault from the crude violence of Somali pirates. These third world criminals kill for money, while Zionists use American weapons and money to expand their genocide on an entire race and expand their geographic reach in the region.

Where was the international outrage back in 1981 when Israel bombed the Iraqi Osirak reactor? The Untied States was complicit then and are far more culpable today with joint plans for a replay air strike, this time on Iran facilities. Since Israel is not a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, why should the world accept their building of a nuclear arsenal with impunity?

Zionists have no compunction from violating laws, moral principles and human rights.

The Guardian Newspaper recently reports: “Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli whistleblower who exposed Israel’s nuclear arsenal to the world and paid for it with 18 years in jail, mostly in solitary confinement, was sent back to prison today for a new three-month sentence.” The reason – unauthorized meetings with foreigners. Amnesty International said he had been living under a “draconian” military order and was now considered a “prisoner of conscience”.

Today Mordechai Vanunu is the modern day Alfred Dreyfus, but where is his Émile Zola? If Iran wants an atomic deterrent to counter the nukes from the Dimona reactor, what Talmudic authority gives contemporary Elders of Zion the protocols to ferment a nuclear winter?

With the sneak attack record of pre-emptive strikes, how can the planet allow Israeli retention of military nuclear weapons?

The Samson Option still threatens the world. Israel’s nuclear arsenal and American foreign policy makes a compelling case that the steady and clandestine growth of an Israeli nuclear industry proved so successful that Israel was able to coerce several U.S. administrations into doing its bidding. “Once Israel had the Bomb, they are in a position to bring it all down on everyone if ever they feel cornered. It’s the ultimate in Israeli security as a nation-state, if not for the security of humankind.”

The significance of the attack upon the humanitarian flotilla is that Israel proves itself as a rogue state and a threat to the entire civilized world. One does not have to be pro-Palestinian or anti-Semitic towards Jewish people to condemn Israel. The analogy that the government of the United States has forfeited its moral authority seems minor in comparison to the depths of pathological insanity that is the sociopathic state of Israel.

Hijacking on the high seas cannot be an acceptable foreign policy. Yet, it is business as usual for the self-selected chosen masters of the Middle East. Religion clouds the politics. This is not a Jewish issue. Squarely, Zionist power underpins and threatens the region and the entire world. Pirates usually want to take the booty, but when their invasion seeks to control the territory and inflict permanent rule, you get perpetual warfare. The Zionist buccaneers have created their own Port Royal.

Few pirate states are able to withdraw from their piracy, with little legal retribution. The pillage and moral decay that is intrinsic in the Zionist mindset awaits universal condemnation and eternal justice. There will be no easy life, Henry Morgan, retirement for Israel as long as malefic supremacy is the model for their corrupt society.


SARTRE is the pen name of James Hall, a reformed, former political operative. This pundit’s formal instruction in History, Philosophy and Political Science served as training for activism, on the staff of several politicians and in many campaigns. A believer in authentic Public Service, independent business interests were pursued in the private sector. As a small business owner and entrepreneur, several successful ventures expanded opportunities for customers and employees. Speculation in markets, and international business investments, allowed for extensive travel and a world view for commerce. He is retired and lives with his wife in a rural community. “Populism” best describes the approach to SARTRE’s perspective on Politics. Realities, suggest that American Values can be restored with an appreciation of “Pragmatic Anarchism.” Reforms will require an Existential approach. “Ideas Move the World,” and SARTRE’S intent is to stir the conscience of those who desire to bring back a common sense, moral and traditional value culture for America. Not seeking fame nor fortune, SARTRE’s only goal is to ask the questions that few will dare … Having refused the invites of an academic career because of the hypocrisy of elite’s, the search for TRUTH is the challenge that is made to all readers. It starts within yourself and is achieved only with your sincere desire to face Reality. So who is SARTRE? He is really an ordinary man just like you, who invites you to join in on this journey. Visit his website at http://batr.org.

 

Israeli Prosecutorial Overreach

Supreme Court of Israel

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According to former US Attorney General Robert Jackson:

“The prosecutor has more control over life, liberty, and reputation than any other person in America. His discretion is tremendous…”

“While the prosecutor at his best is one of the most beneficent forces in our society, when he acts from malice or other base motives, he is one of the worst.”

Prosecutorial misconduct is all too common. Inadequate means of preventing and punishing wrongdoing persists. Or interest in doing so.

Trials are compromised. Wrongful convictions follow. Unfair sentences compound injustice. Disciplinary action is rare.

Prosecutors want convictions. Regardless of guilt or innocence. In Berger v. United States (April 1935), the US Supreme Court said:

“(W)hile he may strike hard blows, he is not at liberty to strike foul ones. It is as much his duty to refrain from improper methods calculated to produce a wrongful conviction as it is to use every legitimate means to bring about a just one.”

So-called “foul blows” may include:

Charging suspects with more offenses than warranted. Making race-based jury selection decisions.

Withholding or delaying exculpatory evidence pleas. Deliberately mishandling, destroying or ‘losing’ evidence.

Inventing fake evidence. At times, making it unavailable to defense counsel. For alleged state security or other bogus reasons.

Allowing witnesses without credibility to testify. Pressuring or threatening defense witnesses not to testify.

Pressuring or threatening other witnesses to testify for the prosecution. Relying on fraudulent forensic experts.

During plea negotiations, overstating evidentiary strength. Making statements designed to arouse public indignation.

Making improper or misleading statements to the jury or court. Failing to report misconduct by other prosecutors.

In America, violating the American Bar Association’s Rule 3.8: Special Responsibilities of A Prosecutor. In criminal cases. Requiring prosecutors to:

“(a) refrain from prosecuting a charge that the prosecutor knows is not supported by probable cause;

(b) make reasonable efforts to assure that the accused has been advised of the right to, and the procedure for obtaining, counsel and has been given reasonable opportunity to obtain counsel;

(c) not seek to obtain from an unrepresented accused a waiver of important pretrial rights, such as the right to a preliminary hearing;

(d) make timely disclosure to the defense of all evidence or information known to the prosecutor that tends to negate the guilt of the accused or mitigates the offense, and, in connection with sentencing, disclose to the defense and to the tribunal all unprivileged mitigating information known to the prosecutor, except when the prosecutor is relieved of this responsibility by a protective order of the tribunal;

(e) not subpoena a lawyer in a grand jury or other criminal proceeding to present evidence about a past or present client unless the prosecutor reasonably believes:

(1) the information sought is not protected from disclosure by any applicable privilege;

(2) the evidence sought is essential to the successful completion of an ongoing investigation or prosecution; and

(3) there is no other feasible alternative to obtain the information;

(f) except for statements that are necessary to inform the public of the nature and extent of the prosecutor’s action and that serve a legitimate law enforcement purpose, refrain from making extrajudicial comments that have a substantial likelihood of heightening public condemnation of the accused and exercise reasonable care to prevent investigators, law enforcement personnel, employees or other persons assisting or associated with the prosecutor in a criminal case from making an extrajudicial statement that the prosecutor would be prohibited from making under Rule 3.6 or this Rule.

(g) When a prosecutor knows of new, credible and material evidence creating a reasonable likelihood that a convicted defendant did not commit an offense of which the defendant was convicted, the prosecutor shall:

(1) promptly disclose that evidence to an appropriate court or authority, and

(2) if the conviction was obtained in the prosecutor’s jurisdiction,

(i) promptly disclose that evidence to the defendant unless a court authorizes delay, and

(ii) undertake further investigation, or make reasonable efforts to cause an investigation, to determine whether the defendant was convicted of an offense that the defendant did not commit.

(h) When a prosecutor knows of clear and convincing evidence establishing that a defendant in the prosecutor’s jurisdiction was convicted of an offense that the defendant did not commit, the prosecutor shall seek to remedy the conviction.”

Most often, these responsibilities are systematically violated. Unaccountably. Mocking American justice.

Israel is no different. A police state by any standard. Mistreating Arab citizens is rife. Rare investigations show what just societies don’t tolerate.

Fundamental human and civil rights violations. Things may get worse. Israeli police want prosecutorial authority regained.

In cases involving assaulting one of their own. What was transferred from their jurisdiction to the State Prosecutor’s office in 2010. Because of police misconduct.

They complain about “many cases of assaulting a police officer that are not getting professional handling that results in indictments.”

They recommend “submit(ting) a detailed proposal for transferring these cases to the police prosecution units to upgrade their handling.”

In 2010, Knesset members passed legislation transferring prosecutorial authority from police to state prosecutors for offenses resulting in sentences of three years or less.

Including for assaulting police officers. Police still can prosecute cases involving obstructing their work.

Separating prosecutorial authority was intended as temporary. Extended three times. Including cases involving so-called illegal assemblies and disturbances.

Based on police over-zealousness to prosecute. Israel’s Justice Ministry has three years to reform police prosecutorial authority.

They initiate nearly 90% of indictments. Their power dates back to Britain’s Mandate period.

Retained after Israel was established. Despite Knesset recommendations to end dual prosecutorial authority, very little changed.

Israel Democracy Institute’s Guy Lurie and Mordechai Kremnitzer urge abolishing the Police Prosecution Department. Reform is long overdue, they say.

Let police investigate. State prosecutors alone should bring criminal charges when warranted, they recommend.

They called Israel’s Attorney General’s ruling to stop criminal proceedings against Daphni Leef and other social protest movement activists “a wake-up call.”

The Attorney General “should (be) congratulate(d) for righting the wrong done by the Police Prosecution Department by prosecuting the case and proceeding with the indictment.”

“In so doing, (he) fulfilled his role as head of the prosecution and his responsibility to maintain its integrity.”

Israeli High Court Justice Daphne Barak-Erez recently ruled:

“The duty of fairness, which is binding on all prosecutorial authorities, like all administrative authorities, obligates the prosecutors to examine their position regarding any indictment they bring, and to withdraw an indictment when appropriate, whether partially or in full…”

“It is inappropriate to take the view that the prosecutorial authorities must adhere to the ‘prosecutorial’ position at any cost.”

“The prosecutor represents the public interest, and must not try to get a conviction ‘at any cost.’ Rather, the prosecutor must strive to convict only the guilty and to uncover the truth.”

Leaf and other social justice activists never should have been prosecuted, Lurie and Kremnitzer argue. Or detained during proceedings against them.

At the time, Judge Tzachi Liziel said:

“(T)he police should have ordered their release, whether conditional or unconditional, at the police station, and should not have brought them to court while requesting that they be held in custody until the conclusion of the proceedings.”

Since the late 1990s, repeated State Comptroller as well as public and professional committee recommendations were made to let the State Prosecutor’s Office alone have prosecutorial authority.

In 2001, it was decided to do so. Police should focus solely on investigations, it was said. Reform didn’t follow.

Israel’s Police Prosecution Department continues initiating around 90% of criminal prosecutions.

According to Lurie and Kremnitzer:

The Leaf et al case “illustrates the fundamental problem of the very existence of a criminal prosecution system that is subordinate to the Police.”

“The subordination of the Police Prosecution Department to the investigative body creates an increased tendency to obtain convictions…at the expense of the true role of the prosecution: to represent the public interest.”

“Subsequent intervention by the Attorney General is relatively rare, and cannot right the wrong done to a person who has been accused of criminal behavior and who has been forced to live in the shadow of charges that should never have been brought in the first place.”

After the fact intervention can’t undo irreparable damage done. Or enlist public confidence in police fairness.

Without it, they can’t fulfill their designated investigatory role. Far-reaching reform is urgently needed, Lurie and Kremnitzer argue.

“(D)eep-rooted effort of system-wide reform.” Police should “conduct investigations.” State prosecutors should “be responsible for bringing criminal charges.”

Anything less seriously undermines the rights of suspects. Often wrongfully accused. Because of no investigative procedure external controls

In 1986, Britain separated investigative and prosecutorial authority. US and Canadian police never were empowered to conduct legal proceedings.

At the same time, police and prosecutorial authorities all too often conspire against defendants governments want convicted. Justice requires reforming this inequity.

Haaretz editors argued against increasing police powers. They “already have certain prosecutorial powers,” they said.

“They must not regain the authority to prosecute cases of assault on one of their” own.

They shouldn’t have it for any reason. Lurie and Kremnitzer are right. Police should solely investigate crimes. State prosecutors should bring criminal charges when warranted.

In America, judicial unfairness is rife. Israel is no different. Violating fundamental civil and human rights. Mocking democratic principles.

“The police have given the public many reasons to doubt the integrity of their decisions and intentions,” said Haaretz editors.

“They have arrested and harassed demonstrators, accusing them of violence, even though footage shows that the police are the violent ones.”

“Police officers have provided false evidence – and received feeble penalties for it.”

“Expanding the police’s authority to let them put people on trial for attacks on officers is a dangerous step that must be avoided.”

“The police’s job is to serve democracy, not the other way around. It seems the police in this country sometimes forget this.”

“It seems” Haaretz editors believe Israel’s repressive, racist, hardline, irresponsible, ruthless, lawlessness government is democratic.

Never from inception. For sure not now. Under its most extremist government ever. Reforming this injustice matters most.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

The Israeli Genocide Coverup

A Palestinian man cries over the body of his son who died when a UN school for refugees was hit by an Israeli tank shell in the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian man cries over the body of his son who died when a UN school for refugees was hit by an Israeli tank shell in the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip.

By not allowing UN representatives to enter its territory to conduct proper research into the allegations of war crimes and mass murder, Israel condemns itself to being labeled as a genocidal regime.

The Government of Israel has denied entry to the country to the investigating committee appointed in August by the Human Rights Council of the UN, which aimed to clarify whether war crimes were committed in Gaza this summer during the Israeli attacks on Gaza.

The three specialists, led by Canadian William Schabas, are in Jordan, where they asked for permission to cross into Israel.

Their intention was to enter Gaza from Erez, a place controlled by the Israeli authorities in the northern Gaza Strip or through the south passage, the Rafah border with Egypt, which is currently closed.

While the Israeli government denied entry to the UN representatives, Egypt says that it closed the southern border because of “security” reasons, due to the terrorist attacks in recent months in the Sinai region and ensures that this measure was taken in accordance with Egyptian sovereignty.”

In practice, therefore, it is impossible now for the UN representatives to do their fieldwork to hand out their conclusion in March next year.

The mandate of the UN requires them to analyze not only the actions of the Israeli authorities during their military operations in Gaza, which resulted in the murder of thousands of people, but also the actions of the Palestinian militias in Gaza.

The intention is to verify whether there were war crimes committed against both Gazans and Jews and whether any wrongdoings can be classified as crimes against humanity or genocide to the two sides of the border.

The UN confirmed in August that it would include in its investigation the actions of Fatah and the occupied West Bank.

The commission said, from its headquarters in Geneva, that it will not give an opinion about Israel’s denial of entry.

A spokesman for the group, however, explained that the representation of the UN “is holding interviews in Amman, Jordan, with persons including witnesses who can provide information related to the events under investigation.”

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said in the summer that initial investigations point to a “strong possibility” that these crimes have occurred on both sides. In total, some 2,200 people died and 11,000 were injured in Gaza.

Most of the people murdered and injured were civilians.

Additionally,  at least 50,000 houses were destroyed by the Israeli army, which left over 500,000 people displaced.

On the Israeli side, 72 people were killed, six civilians and 66 military operatives.

Last week, Amnesty International issued a report accusing Israel of “callous indifference” to the lives of civilians in Gaza during the last military operation.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has issued a note explaining that in addition to preventing access to the UN team, it will also refuse to cooperate with them by providing information or evidence as requested.

If the UN committee can not get information about the Israeli massacre in Gaza by other means, its research will be limited to collecting testimonies indirectly.

The Israeli minister, Avigdor Lieberman said in September that his intention was not to provide any documents to provide no legitimacyto the commission.

Israel bases its denial on the fact that “the final report has been written and that the only thing left is to choose someone to sign it.” Israel is convinced that the report will find the country guilty of committing crimes against humanity, as the Human Rights Council is obsessed”, with it.

The appointment of Schabas as group leader deeply angered the government in Tel Aviv, as in the past this professor of Criminal International Law and president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars has made statements against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which supposedly guarantees that he is brought to the International Criminal Court.

Since Schabas’s Commission is not research group, but a commission that gives its conclusions in advance, Israel will not cooperate,” said the Foreign Ministry spokesman, Emmanuel Nashhon, in a statement.

It is not a new position, as Israel also refused to cooperate with the Goldstone Commission which investigated the so-called Operation Cast Lead, the name of the previous military incursion in Gaza back in Christmas 2008.

Shabas, meanwhile, told the media that his comments had been “taken out of context” and that he does not deny his views with respect to the actions of Israel.

Schabas then nuanced, via email, that he would try to be as fair and objective as possibleto investigate possible war crimes allegedly committed by the Israeli army during Operation Protective Edge.

According to the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot, the president of the UN commission also defended former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, considered one of the greatest enemies of Israel, and the United States.

Schabas, in the same conversation with this newspaper in August, described the allegations as “absurd” and “dishonest”.

In addition to the UN Commission, a European delegation composed of 13 MEPs has just returned to Brussels from the Middle East. According to these members of the European Parliament, the European Union should break diplomatic ties with Israel and “implement sanctions against the country” for the war crimes it committed against Gazans.

The delegation describes what Israel has done to the people of Gaza as genocide. The 50-day Israeli war on Gaza left thousands dead and tens of thousands wounded,” reports PressTV. The 13 members of the European Parliament have also accused the West of turning their back on the grave crimes that took place in Gaza.

The MP’s allege that Tel Aviv continues to break international law as it confiscates Palestinian land to build settlements.

The United Nations aid organisation, UNRWA, whose schools and shelters were bombed by Israel during Operation Protective Edge, says that it will cost around 800 million euro to rebuild basic and most needed infrastructure in Palestine. Most of this infrastructure was destroyed by Israel during its two0month invasion and bombardment of Palestinian territories.


Luis R. Miranda is the Founder and Editor of The Real Agenda. His 16 years of experience in Journalism include television, radio, print and Internet news. Luis obtained his Journalism degree from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, where he graduated in Mass Media Communication in 1998. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Among his most distinguished interviews are: Costa Rican President Jose Maria Figueres and James Hansen from NASA Space Goddard Institute. Read more about Luis.

We’re All Palestinians

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The late Edward Said called “any serious public discussion” about Israeli policies the last taboo. It’s no exaggeration, he said.

“Abortion, homosexuality, the death penalty, even the sacrosanct military budget can be discussed with some freedom.”

“The extermination of native Americans can be admitted, the morality of Hiroshima attacked, the national flag publicly committed to the flames.” But (decades-long Israeli) oppression and maltreatment of the Palestinians is virtually unmentionable, a narrative that has no permission to appear.”

Why, he asked? Because of enormous Israeli Lobby influence. The “power of Zionist organizations in American politics…”

An “absolute astonishing” refusal to openly discuss what’s vital. One-sided MSM media support for Israel.

Many US Zionists believe “Palestinians are not real beings.” They’re “demonized fantasms – fearsome embodiments of terrorism and anti-Semitism.”

AIPAC is Washington “most powerful single lobby,” Said said. It “inspires an awed fear and respect across the political spectrum.”

“Who is going to stand up to this Moloch on behalf of the Palestinians, when they can offer nothing, and AIPAC can destroy a congressional career at the drop of a check book?”

“(V)irtually the entire Senate can be marshaled in a matter of hours into signing a letter to the President on Israel’s behalf.”

“No-one exemplifies the sway of AIPAC better than Hillary Clinton, outdoing even the most right-wing Zionists in fervor for Israel in her avid clawing for power in New York, where she went so far as to call for the transfer of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the grant of leniency for Jonathan Pollard, the Israeli spy serving a life sentence in the US.”

The notion of model Israeli democracy, an “oasis of Western modernity in the political desert of the Middle East, is virtually impregnable.”

Zionist power claims the “right to intervene in everybody’s business.” It waged war on Said. Its officials asked Columbia University where he taught to dismiss or censure him criticizing Israel.

Extreme Right-wing ideologues attacked him. He called the so-called peace process a “shameful charade.”

He denounced “Arab blindness” and PLO duplicity. For selling out to America, he said. He called Oslo a Palestinian Versailles.

“Caging Palestinians in a remnant of their own lands, like inmates in an asylum or prison.”

“What’s “astonishing is…that it could ever have been passed off as peace instead of the desolation that it has really been all along.”

“A dithering Palestinian leadership” sold out. Betraying their people. Doing so for benefits they derived.

Agreeing to be Israel’s enforcer. Consigning Palestinians to a “miserable, denigrated place.” With no rights whatever.

At Israel’s mercy. Subject to its will. Its contemptible disregard for fundamental rights. Its treating Palestinians like sub-humans. Including its own Arab citizens.

Said championed peace, equity and justice. He denounced imperial lawlessness.

Israel’s 1967 Six Day War transformed him. It radicalized him.

He began championing Palestinian rights. He became their leading spokesperson. He was that and much more until his death.

He advocated a one-state solution, saying:

“The beginning is to develop something entirely missing from both Israeli and Palestinian realities today: the idea and practice of citizenship, not of ethnic or racial community, as the main vehicle of coexistence.”

“Palestinian self-determination in a separate state is unworkable.”

“The question” now isn’t separation. It’s “to see whether it is possible for (Jews and Palestinians) to live together as fairly and peacefully as possible.”

“What exists now is a disheartening…(A) bloody impasse.”

“There is no way for Israel to get rid of Palestinians or for Palestinians to wish Israelis away.”

“I see no other way than to begin now to speak about sharing the land that has thrust us together, sharing it in a truly democratic way, with equal rights for each citizen.”

Doing so in no way diminishes life and aspirations for either side, he added.

It affirms equal self-determination for Arabs and Jews. Living together in the same land where they once coexisted peacefully.

Neither side deserves “special status at the expense of the other,” Said believed.

For millennia, Palestine was (and still is) “multicultural, multiethnic, multireligious,” he explained

No “historical justification for homogeneity” or “notions of national or ethnic and religious purity” exist.

“The alternatives are unpleasantly simple: either the war continues” with its unacceptable costs or an equitable solution is found.

There’s no in between. Oslo betrayed Palestinian rights. Said denounced it powerfully.

He explained “the fashion-show vulgarities of the White House ceremony…”

“(T)he degrading spectacle of Yasser Arafat thanking everyone for the suspension of most of his people’s rights…”

“(T)he fatuous solemnity of Bill Clinton’s performance…”

“(L)ike a 20th century Roman emperor shepherding two vassal kings through rituals of reconciliation and obeisance (and) the truly astonishing proportions of the Palestinian capitulation.”

Oslo was unconditional surrender. Twenty-one years later, things are worse than ever. Nightmarish. An entire population is brutalized unaccountably.

It’s being suffocated out of existence. Israel terrorizes, traumatizes, and slaughters Palestinians at its discretion.

It humiliates, mass arrests, imprisons, tortures and otherwise abuses them. For decades, they’ve endured every imaginable indignity. Degradation.

Hypocritical Big Lies. Masquerading as absolute truths. Deplorable high crimes against peace. Slow-motion genocide.

In his book titled “Freedom Next Time: Resisting the Empire,” John Pilger discussed decades of horrific Israeli repression.

What no people should have to endure. Defenseless. At Israel’s mercy. With Washington’s full support and encouragement.

Balfour’s 1917 promised “national home for the Jewish people” created hell for Palestinians. It bears repeating. It’s worse than ever today.

George Galloway is one of Palestine’s staunchest supports. He challenges Israeli barbarism responsibly. He does it no-holds-barred. Eloquently. Powerfully.

In July, he told UK parliamentarians: “We are the authors of the Palestinian tragedy.”

“The international community is not impotent,” he said. It’s “merely feigning impotence as an excuse for its failures to carry out its duties.”

“The foreign secretary says he doesn’t want what he calls ‘gesture politics.’ Supported widely in the house today.”

“Like an arms embargo. Like recalling ambassadors. Like requiring the recalling of Israeli ambassadors.”

“Because he doesn’t want to isolate Israel. But he and the government were in the forefront of those isolating the elected government of Palestine (Hamas in January 2006).”

“They like to talk about president Abbas who’s now illegally occupying the presidential chair in Ramallah.”

“They refuse to acknowledge that the Palestinian people voted for Hamas.”

“The Israeli attitude to Arafat and Fatah when they were in power was exactly the same as their attitude now to the Palestinian administration of Hamas.”

“They drowned Arafat’s administration in blood by a policy of assassinations, settlements, wall building, and economic embargo.”

“The British government wholeheartedly supported the embargo of Gaza to punish the Palestinian people for voting for a Hamas administration.”

“The government’s double standards in this affair is so brazen that people are boiling with rage outside in the country, if not absolutely clearly in this building outside people are furious, and the danger of radicalization of particularly the Muslim youth in this country is clear and present as a danger.”

“The government is always looking for some cleric to refuse a visa to or some Islamic organization to proscribe, to try and curb radicalization.”

“How radical does the minister think British Muslims feel right now, as they watch on the news right now…the slaughter of children…”

“Their policy of setting back extremism and radicalization have been set back by their own complacency and ineffectual policy towards this, especially compared with their militancy on subjects like Russia…”

I’m amazed at how many members of Parliament have been in Sderot (in southern Israel near Gaza’s border).”

“Did any of them when they were there see the ruins of the Palestinian villages on which Sderot is built?”

“The ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people from Sderot in the south of Israel. Did any of them know that the refugee camps of Gaza are filled with the people who use to live in the villages on which Sderot is built?”

“This started in this building when Arthur Balfour on behalf of one people promised a second people the land which belonged to a third people.”

“We are the authors of this tragedy. Everything that has flown (happened) as a result of that declaration.”

“And for that reason if no other, the British foreign office needs to…stand up and be counted along side the British people demonstrating on the streets of London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and elsewhere.”

“Let’s see some urgency from the minister. Action speaks louder than words. And from this government so far we’ve had no action at all.”

In 2004, during Tony Blair’s administration, Galloway was asked if he supported an arms embargo on Israel.

“Not only do I favor it,” he said, I am the one whose parliamentary questions exposed the fact that contrary to all the assurances given to Parliament by Mr. Blair, and contrary he said to assurances given to him by Ariel Sharon, British weapons were being used in the occupied territories, and I was given that information by people on the ground who took pictures of the tanks that were using British parts, and who knew that the avionics and the aircraft that were attacking the Palestinian refugee camps were British Aerospace exports.”

“The so-called ethical foreign policy of Mr. Blair doesn’t seem to draw any lines around General Sharon. Mr. Blair is not against dictatorships. It depends only whether (they) obey orders.”

He said then what he repeated last July. “Britain is the author of the Palestinian tragedy. (W)e are an indispensable part of it.”

“We are absolutely implicated in all the sufferings of the Palestinians.” If he was prime minister, he’d “start by recognizing that.”

He’d “apolog(ize) for the Balfour Declaration…” He’d throw (his) weight behind the Palestinian case for justice, and (he’d) use our position in Europe to try and open a second front, because we have to decide whether we are a European country or whether we are the 51st state of the United States of America, and Europe has to decide whether it is going to have a political weight in the world commensurate with its economic and cultural weight, and if it does, it will follow a separate and different path on the Middle East.”

He called peace process hypocrisy “sand thrown in the eyes of the Arabs.” Over and over again.

Palestinians will never surrender, he says. He supports their justifiable resistance. He rejects Israeli legitimacy.

He supports boycotts, divestments and sanctions. “(U)ntil the apartheid state is defeated,” he says. Until Palestinian liberation.

Israel was born out of Palestinian blood, he explains. They were “hounded” from their land. Expelled. Ethnically cleansed. Slaughtered to let Israelis replace them.

Victimized by decades of “murderous assaults.” Occupied lawlessly. Brutalized by merciless Israeli power.

Defiantly doing what it damn pleases. Because Western powers able to intervene do nothing. They support Israel’s worst crimes.

We’re all Palestinians. They deserve universal support. Nelson Mandela once said South Africa wouldn’t be free until Palestinian liberation.

Popular struggles unite ordinary people. Against dark force repression and injustice.

During Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, hundreds of thousands protested worldwide. Millions perhaps.

On August 9, 150,000 massed in London. Near wall-to-wall signs and banners were displayed. One read “Victory to the Intifada.”

Others displayed “Free Palestine.” Many said “Gaza.” While condemning Israel’s massacre.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign urged Whitehall to introduce an immediate arms embargo against Israel.

A same day Cape Town, South Africa mass demonstration was believed to be the largest in the country’s history.

An estimated 200,000 turned out. Supporting Palestinian rights. Denouncing Israeli lawlessness. Demanding decisive action from their government.

On August 26, Israel’s merciless slaughter ended. Ceasefire terms don’t matter. Israel continues doing what it damn pleases.

Gaza remains blockaded. Nothing whatever is being done to facilitate reconstruction.

Israel controls whatever happens going forward. Gazans are on their own out of luck.

Senior Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouq calls reconstruction “one of the most important tasks the PA should carry out according to the reconciliation agreement, but on the condition that there be no obstacles, physical or legal, to the entry of construction materials.”

Abbas and likeminded Fatah officials don’t give a damn about Gazan rights. They’ve done nothing to help tens of thousands in need.

They’re Israeli enforcers. At war with their own people. According to civil libertarian Khalik Assaf:

“Every day people are being detained in the West Bank because of their political affiliation.”

Night or pre-dawn raids persist. Much like those Israel conducts daily. Occupation harshness is ruthless.

Millions of Palestinians suffer horrendously. Justice remains denied. It bears repeating what other articles stressed.

Liberation is nowhere in sight. Maybe some day. Not now. Not any time soon.

Last August, UK activist Karma Nabulsi perhaps spoke for people worldwide, saying:

“In our thousands, in our millions, we are all Palestinians.”


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Rebuilding Gaza

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It’s a Herculean task. With no assurance Israel won’t destroy it again at its discretion. For duplicitous reasons. Or none at all.

Billions of dollars are needed. Experts believe around $8 billion.

Perhaps more once the enormity of what’s needed is fully understood. Longtime Israeli collaborator/illegitimate Palestinian president Abbas seeks $4 billion.

It’s woefully inadequate. No one’s sure how much is needed until more detailed assessments are made.

In early September, the Palestinian Economic Council for Reconstruction and Development estimated $7.8 billion to rebuild.

It said doing so would take “five years if Israel removed its blockade over Gaza entirely.” Other reconstruction experts estimate a decade or longer.

At least 20,000 homes are uninhabitable. Around 60,000 were damaged. Most extensively. Entire communities were leveled.

Schools, hospitals, mosques, commercial areas, factories, power facilities and vital infrastructure were heavily damaged or destroyed.

Labor Minister Mamoun Abu Shahla said “(i)n 15 to 20 years, construction will be done if 100 trucks (with construction materials) enter Kerem Shalom (crossing) daily.”

“This is unacceptable and irrational. We demand that Ban Ki-moon and international organizations play their role in rebuilding Gaza in” the shortest period of time possible.

Practically nothing has been done so far. Gaza remains in ruins. Israel’s blockade continues. Despite promises made to ease it. Humanitarian crisis conditions persist.

Israel bears full responsibility for enormous loss of life. Extreme human suffering. Extensive damage and destruction. It begs the question.

Why aren’t world leaders demanding it pay all costs for carnage it caused? Why were donor nations sought?

Why when they had nothing to do with Israel’s war of aggression? Its third one since December/January 2008-09.

Why aren’t culpable Israeli military and political officials held accountable for high crimes against peace?

Why aren’t they in the dock being prosecuted? At the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Israel as a nation state at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). For its longstanding genocidal crimes. From 1947-48 to the present.

Why is justice denied? Why aren’t measures with teeth in place to prevent more Israeli aggression ahead? It’s certain if not prevented in advance.

What’s past is prologue. Israeli aggression repeats with disturbing regularity. At its discretion. For any reasons or none at all.

Blaming its crimes on Palestinian victims. Getting away with mass murder and destruction. With Western and regional support.

Last Saturday, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry announced Donor Conference information on rebuilding Gaza.

It was ongoing Sunday in Cairo. Co-hosted by Egypt, Palestine and Norway. Israel was notably absent.

It aimed “to raise funds needed to rebuild the war-battered Gaza Strip,” Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said.

Its junta leader General/illegitimate president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi opened proceedings saying:

Reconstruction depends on “permanent (Israeli/Hamas) calm.” It requires “full (PA) authority” led by longtime Israeli collaborator/illegitimate Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

El-Sissi “call(ed) on the Israeli people and the government (to) end conflict…so that prosperity prevails.” None ever exists in Gaza. For sure not now. Nor any time soon.

El-Sissi urged working for “peace and security.” How can there be with Gaza squeezed repressively between Egypt and Israel.

“We should turn this moment into a real starting point to achieve a peace that secures stability and flourishing and renders the dream of coexistence a reality, and this is the vision of the Arab peace initiative,” el-Sissi added.

He deplores what he claims to stand for. His Foreign Ministry stressed connecting political and economic support pledged to consolidating ceasefire conditions. To rebuild Gaza as soon as possible.

It called for implementing Security Council Resolution 1,860 (January 8, 2009). It mandates “full withdrawal of Israeli forces,” as well as “unimpeded humanitarian assistance” for Gazan victims.

Israel violated it straightaway. It spurns UN resolutions at its discretion. It does so unaccountably.

It breaches core international humanitarian and human rights laws with impunity. Business as usual continues. Expect nothing different this time.

Throughout weeks of conflict, Abbas remained largely silent. He did practically nothing to help.

He works collaboratively with Israel. Against his own people. He doesn’t give a damn about their suffering. Claiming otherwise doesn’t wash.

His donor conference comments were pathetic. Disingenuous. Duplicitous. Big Lies, saying:

Gazans “are in our hearts. We will work relentlessly to undo the injustice that befell you and end the suffering that you’ve been experiencing for years.”

“We will heal your wounds that are deeply entrenched in our souls. We will rebuild the Gaza Strip, relying on God first, then on the determination of our people.”

We will also rely on resources and capacities available to us and on the assistance and support of our brothers and friends from around the world, who we trust will not disappoint you in supporting our economy and improving its lot and who will also support you in reclaiming a dignified life in your homeland and in lifting you out of this disastrous situation caused by this unjust war.”

“Your plight has touched and shaken the world’s conscience.” For sure not his.

Or other rogue Fatah officials. In league with Israel for benefits they derive. At the expense of their own people.

When push comes to shove, expect world leaders turning a blind eye. Expect them condoning Israeli lawlessness. Expect nothing done to curb it.

Or hold culpable military and political officials accountable. Or assure justice for long-suffering Palestinians. Delaying it denies it entirely.

Around 50 countries showed up in Cairo. Ban Ki-moon and John Kerry came. So did 30 other foreign ministers, as well as various international monetary and humanitarian organizations.

World Bank and IMF dirty hands are involved. Their funding comes with strings. Intolerable ones.

What no responsible officials from recipient nations should accept. Mandates doing more harm than good.

It remains to be seen what follows. Hold the cheers. Pledges are worthless without follow-through. Or if funds don’t help Gazans directly.

Often they’re for business interests. For economic exploitation and profit. Instead of where they’re badly needed. In amounts enough to make a difference. Delivered as soon as possible.

It remains to be seen what happens this time. If past is prologue, expect Gazan suffering to continue.

Expect them left largely on their own. Expect aid where it’s most needed to be diverted elsewhere. Expect longstanding business as usual.

According to Hamas’ senior political leader Ismael Haniyah, Gaza got no reconstruction aid after Israel’s two previous wars. Despite pledges made to contribute.

He urged “money this time…flood(ing) (in) to start (restoring) what (Israel) destroyed.”

“We are not beggars, but our people presented sacrifices and it is the international community’s responsibility to build up what the occupation destroyed during its inhuman war on Gaza,” he stressed.

Last Sunday,  Maan News headlined “Millions in aid pledges promised for Gaza rebuilding.” A later in the day follow-up account said $5.4 billion.

It bears repeating. Hold the cheers. Donations may not match pledges. Tinderbox conditions remain.

Qatar pledged $1 billion. Kuwait, UAE and Turkey $200 million each. Germany $63 million. France $50 million. Britain $32 million.

Euroland overall $567 million. Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende said $5.4 billion was promised. How much turns into hard cash for what purposes remains to be seen.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke with tongue in cheek saying “(w)e can’t allow people in Gaza to sink into despair.”

Washington pledged a pathetic $212 million. More on this below. Pentagon waste, fraud, abuse and grand theft spills multiples this amount regularly.

Kerry should have been embarrassed to show up. Israel gets virtually unlimited amounts. Washington funds its killing machine.

Both countries partner in crime. It’s longstanding joint policy. One fascist regime supports another.

Horrendous genocidal high crimes persist. Peace is pure fantasy. It’s a convenient illusion. Both countries wage wars of aggression.

Against nations posing them no threats. Shocking abuses repeat. Millions of corpses attest to outrageous brutality without end.

Kerry disgraces the office he holds. On Sunday, he addressed the donor’s conference. He shamelessly blamed Hamas for Israeli crimes.

He lied saying it “fire(s) rockets on Israeli civilians at any time…Gazans “need our help desperately,” he said.

Washington partners in all Israeli wars. Kerry didn’t explain. Or that America funds its killing machine generously.

“I am proud, personally, that the people of the United States have been working to do their part,” Kerry said.

“We provided $118 million in immediate humanitarian assistance at the time of the crisis, at its height, and the $84 million that we also provided to UNRWA for operations.”

“Today, I’m pleased to announce an additional immediate $212 million in assistance to the Palestinian people…”

It bears repeating. Pentagon waste, fraud, abuse and grand theft exceed multiples these amounts regularly.

Not for bettering peoples’ lives. For destroying them mercilessly. Ravaging one country after another. Stealing their resources.

Plundering them for profit. Exploiting their people. Dominating them for unchallenged control.

Doing it unapologetically. Never admitting fault. Mindless of rule of law principles. Trashing democratic values.

Shifting from one targeted country to another. Waging multiple direct and proxy wars.

It bears repeating. Supporting Israel’s worst crimes. Funding its killing machine. Harming Palestinians horrifically. America’s blood money is unwelcome.

Gaza remains in rubble. Shattered families won’t ever regain normality. Washington shares responsibility with Israel.

Shamelessly claiming its wars of aggression are for security. Saying so belies reality. So does fabricating support for peace.

Washington and Israel deplore it. They go all-out to prevent it. Wars serve their agenda. For wealth, power and privilege. For unchallenged dominance.

Washington’s commitment is meaningless. It’s involved for its own benefit. It doesn’t give a damn about Palestinian suffering.

Horrendous humanitarian needs. Ones certain to fall short of alleviating.

Peace when it’s most needed. Don’t expect Kerry to explain. Or other conference participants in league with Israel.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

The US And The EU Promise Billions Of Euros To Gaza

This is what the world map looks like when showing who stands with the Palestinian people's right to have a Nation State. Those in green, a large majority, are the countries who support the existence of Palestine as an independent State.

This is what the world map looks like when showing who stands with the Palestinian people’s right to have a Nation State. Those in green, a large majority, are the countries who support the existence of Palestine as an independent State.

After letting Israel bomb and murder thousands of innocent children, women and men, the so-called international community is ready to help Palestinians recover from genocide.

The United States and the European Union have pledged to donate at least 617 million euros to rebuild the Gaza Strip.

This was announced on Sunday by the Secretary of State of the United States, John Kerry, and the head of European diplomacy, Catherine Ahston, in the donor conference being held in Cairo.

The meeting, which was also attended by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, and delegations from more than 70 countries and international organizations, is the third of its kind to be held in six years. The meeting is used as a tool to raise funds for Gaza, after the last Israeli offensive resulted in the murder of at least 2,500 Palestinians.

Those who were not victims of the Israeli incursion, saw their land, homes and infrastructure destroyed, and it is expected that the money collected by the Europeans and Americans will help finance the reconstruction of basic services such as sewage, water and electricity.

The final amount that will be given to Palestinians seems to have reached $5 billion on contributions from different countries. On Sunday the US announced it will send $212 million, while Qatar promised $1 billion.

The president of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has claimed Gaza will receive a total of $4,000 million from the international community to meet the most urgent needs of Gazans and to repair infrastructure damaged in the war.

The Palestinian President took the opportunity to denounce those who want to turn a political conflict into a religious one” and called for the end of the Israeli occupation, which has been defined as the longest in modern history.”

The first funding commitments came from the hand of John Kerry, who announced the release financial aid over the next three years.

Ashton has said that the sum of the contributions from the EU and its Member States amount to about 450 million euros. Of these, 18 million are from the Spanish government, as reported by the Secretary of State for Cooperation, Jesús Gracia, who chairs the Spanish delegation.

However, beyond the aid figures, all the leaders who took part in the opening ceremony of the conference stressed the need to achieve a political settlement to end the dispute between Palestinians and Israelis.

His recipe is not new and is based on the creation of two contiguous and viable states, a goal that has proved elusive for more than two decades of fruitless negotiations.

There can be no return to the former status quo that has proved unsustainable … Only a credible resumption of peace negotiations can bring about a lasting solution to the current crisis,” said Catherine Ahston.

The US Secretary of State, has also urged the parties to resume peace talks. “I do not think anyone wants to come back here in two years to rebuild Gaza … I declare clearly that the United States remains fully committed to the return of the negotiations,” said Kerry.

Because of the wars and the embargo, Gaza is experiencing a severe humanitarian crisis. An estimated 20,000 homes were completely or partially destroyed in the last war, leaving 100,000 families without a home.

Israel also bombed more than 50 hospitals and health centers. Under terms of the agreement for a permanent ceasefire signed last August 26, that ended nearly two months of fighting, Israel has relaxed the strict embargo imposed on Gaza since 2006.

In the coming weeks, Palestinian and Israeli negotiators should resume talks to resolve outstanding disputes, including the construction of a port and an airport.

As requested by the international community, the Palestinian Authority will be responsible for coordinating reconstruction thanks to the agreement between the Palestinian factions to form a national unity government of technocratic profile. Since 2006, Gaza had been controlled by the Islamist militia Hamas, considered a terrorist group by Israel and the USA.

Last week, Sweden announced its official recognition of Palestine as State, a move that was met with hostility by the regime in Tel Aviv. The Netanyahu government immediately summoned the Swedish ambassador in Tel Aviv to demand an explanation.

Sweden is the first EU member to take such a step. Along with Sweden, other European nations such as Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Romania have also sided with the Palestinian people.

Worldwide, only traditional US allies have refused to support the right of the Palestinians to have their own nation. In total, 134 of 193 UN Member States have recognised the State of Palestine.

Last 29 November 2012, the United Nations approved a motion that intended to change Palestine’s status from “non-member to observer state”. The vote tally was 138 in favor and only 9 against.


Luis R. Miranda is the Founder and Editor of The Real Agenda. His 16 years of experience in Journalism include television, radio, print and Internet news. Luis obtained his Journalism degree from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, where he graduated in Mass Media Communication in 1998. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Among his most distinguished interviews are: Costa Rican President Jose Maria Figueres and James Hansen from NASA Space Goddard Institute. Read more about Luis.

IDF Soldiers Denounce Israeli High Crimes Against Peace

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Netanyahu is a world class thug. He’s a war criminal multiple times over. He heads Israel’s fascist government.

He wages genocidal war on Palestine. Operation Protective Edge (OPE) is the latest example. It was war without mercy.

Mass slaughter and destruction were horrific. James Petras calls Israel a “genocidal state.”

“Citizens and soldiers, criminals and professionals, torturers and sociopaths…coexist within the same person,” he says.

Exterminating Palestinians is official policy. It’s consciously pursued. It’s done with “savage enthusiasm.”

It enjoys full Western support. Washington backs its killing machine. Israelis alone have rights.

Palestinians are used, abused, mass slaughtered and exterminated. Rogue states operate this way. Israel and America are the world’s worst.

They partner in each other’s crimes. They operate extrajudicially. They wage war on humanity.

They claim a divine right to do what they damn please. They get away with it because who’ll stop them. Humanity may not survive their madness.

On Friday, 43 IDF reservists and former army intelligence members published an open letter. They addressed Netanyahu and top military officials.

They gave their ranks, first names only or initials. They included a reserve major and two captains.

They kept their identities secret. They did so to avoid certain recrimination. Israel accepts no criticism. It goes all-out to suppress it.

Signatories denounced Israeli high crimes against peace. They condemned longstanding collective punishment.

They henceforth refuse to serve. They want no part of Israel’s killing machine. They were clear and unequivocal, saying:

“There’s no distinction between Palestinians who are, and are not, involved in violence.”

“Information that is collected and stored harms innocent people. It is used for political persecution and to create divisions within Palestinian society by recruiting collaborators and driving parts of Palestinian society against itself.”

“We cannot continue to serve this system in good conscience, denying the rights of millions of people.”

“Those among us who are reservists, refuse to take part in the state’s actions against Palestinians.”

“We, veterans of Unit 8200 (Israel’s NSA equivalent), reserve soldiers both past and present, declare that we…refuse to continue serving as tools in deepening the military control over the Occupied Territories.”

“It is commonly thought that the service in military intelligence is free of moral dilemmas and solely contributes to the reduction of violence and harm to innocent people.”

“However, our military service has taught us that intelligence is an integral part of Israel’s military occupation over the territories.”

Information collected and stored “harms innocent people.”

“It is used for political persecution and to create divisions within Palestinian society by recruiting collaborators and driving parts of Palestinian society against itself.”

Unit 8200 signatories admitted spying on Palestinians’ sexual “preferences.”

They did so to blackmail them. To enlist collaborators against their own people.

“We call for all soldiers serving in the Intelligence Corps, present and future, along with all the citizens of Israel, to speak out against these injustices and to take action to bring them to an end.”

Daniel is a reserve captain. He said gathering signatures took about a year.

“There were fears of how people, and friends from the unit, might respond – if they knew that it was I and if they didn’t know,” he said.

“I don’t feel comfortable in my conscience continuing to serve, and instead of dealing with the dilemmas and the ramifications, I chose to take a more evasive route,” he said.

He calls it a “gray-market dodge.” He used it for three years.

“Now, later on, we feel that evasion is wrong, and that we have to take responsibility,” he explained.

“In the end, I served there for seven years. I believed in what we did there – and for all those reasons.”

“I must take responsibility for what I see as the perpetuation of the cycle of violence. We hope that people will think critically about these things.”

An IDF spokesman said Unit 8200 “worked since the day it was established to gather intelligence that allows the army and security agencies to perform their tasks, and each day it helps protect the citizens of the State of Israel.”

He lied claiming no knowledge of crimes signatories revealed. It’s “unknown in the Intelligence Directorate,” he said.

Former Unit 8200 commander, Brigadier General Hanan Gefen (Res.) accused the signatories of a grave breach of trust,” saying:

“If this is true and if I were the current unit commander, I would put them all on trial and would demand prison sentences for them, and I would remove them from the unit.”

“They are using information that reached them in the course of their duties to promote their political position.”

One signatory said he “thinks that all of us who signed the letter did so because we understood that we are unable to sleep well at night.”

They’re not alone. Breaking the Silence calls itself “an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories.”

“We endeavor to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are engaged in the control of that population’s everyday life.”

“Soldiers who serve in the Territories witness and participate in military actions which change them immensely.”

“Cases of abuse towards Palestinians, looting, and destruction of property have been the norm for years, but are still explained as extreme and unique cases.”

“Our testimonies portray a different, and much grimmer picture in which deterioration of moral standards finds expression in the character of orders and the rules of engagement, and are justified in the name of  Israel’s security.”

Breaking the Silence was established to “demand accountability (for Israeli crimes) in the Occupied Territories perpetrated by us in our name.”

Yehuda Shaul  is a Breaking the Silence co-founder. Israeli actions during Operation Protective Edge were “unthinkable a few years ago,” he said.

Entire neighborhoods were destroyed. So were families in them. Noncombatant men, women and children ere willfully targeted. They were murdered en masse in cold blood.

“From one operation to the next, Israel and the IDF are just going down the drain,” said Shaul.

“As a country, the moral low we reached in the previous operation is the point from where we start the next one.”

“This is how it continues. Operation Protective Edge continued where Operation Cast Lead ended.”

Israeli strategy reflects madness. It’s “insane,” said Shaul. “Everything we do is right, and everything they do is wrong.”

Palestinians are considered subhumans. Israelis ignore their suffering.

“It is almost a crime in Israel to have empathy (for them), even though you are talking about women and children,” said Shaul.

Israeli soldiers “think a lot about right and wrong.” They knowingly perform duties contrary to their moral principles, Shaul believes.

They cross one red line after another. Only after multiple times do they fully understand how they breached their moral code.

At the same time, they acclimate. They get used to doing things they know are wrong.

(T)he atmosphere in Israel (is) very bad” today, said Shaul. Even worse than during previous conflicts.

There’s “no space for question marks, absolutely no space.”

“I am not just talking about the media. There were many anti-war protestors beaten up in Tel Aviv and Haifa by gangs so they had to be taken to the hospital. And the police did nothing to protect them.”

At the same time, Israeli officials called for destroying entire Gazan communities. Their voices drown out sane ones.

Critical ones “hardly get any platform these days,” said Shaul. They’re largely shut out.

Things today are worse than ever. Police state apparatus rules govern. Dissent is verboten.

Militarized occupation persists. Gaza is a perpetual battleground. An entire population is vulnerable.

“We continue to build settlements, said Shaul. “We increase our military rule over the Palestinians.”

“Israel is not heading for a way out. We are digging ourselves in. We are doing everything we can to maintain the occupation.”

To deny Palestinians rights they deserve. To brutalize them. To eliminate them. To exterminate them.

To make Israel ethnically pure. To do it over the corpses of Palestinian men, women, children, infants, the elderly and infirm.

To wage genocidal war against them. To get away with it because who’ll intervene responsibly.

Breaking the Silence was founded in March 2004. Today it has over 1,000 members.

They speak out courageously. They tell their own stories.

They reject Israeli lawlessness. They believe Israel’s greatest threat is itself. Its militarized occupation.

Its settlement enterprise. Its institutionalized racism. Its treating Palestinians like subhumans.

Its waging wars without mercy to exterminate them.

“(T)he treatment of the Palestinians is the biggest threat to Israel,” Shaul maintains. “It undermines (its) legitimacy.”

Israeli policy shouldn’t be “either us or them. It is exactly the opposite.”

Israel’s security “depends on a sovereign Palestinian state beside us and on giving dignity and rights to the Palestinians.”

“In Israel, we are now in a fight over the heart and the soul of our society.”

“The questions are: who are we as a society? What country do we want to live in?”

“The question is whether dropping all these bombs on families is something acceptable in our eyes or not.”

Israel systematically spurns all international human rights laws, norms and standards. Morality isn’t its long suit. Accountability is long overdue.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Israeli Intelligence Veterans Refuse To Serve In Palestinian Territories

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Forty-three veterans of one of Israel’s most secretive military intelligence units – many of them still active reservists – have signed a public letter refusing to serve in operations involving the occupied Palestinian territories because of the widespread surveillance of innocent residents.

The signatories include officers, former instructors and senior NCOs from the country’s equivalent of America’s NSA or Britain’s GCHQ, known as Unit 8200 – or in Hebrew as Yehida Shmoneh-Matayim.

They allege that the “all-encompassing” intelligence the unit gathers on Palestinians – much of it concerning innocent people – is used for “political persecution” and to create divisions in Palestinian society.

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Israel Murders Journalists

Israel Murders Journalists

Israel threatens press freedom. Repressive Knesset legislation targets speech, assembly, association, and the right to dissent. So does Kafkaesque justice.

Military censorship bans, buries or sanitizes information about its crimes of war and against humanity it wants suppressed.

It willfully suppresses what everyone needs to know. It does so on the spurious pretext of national security.

It gags foreign correspondents. It forces them to abide by a Censorship Agreement. Its main provisions are:

• preventing publication or broadcast of what’s called security related information;

• permitting news and analysis of political issues except when they include what Israel calls classified information; and

• informing the media which issues demand approval; they’re subject to change; they include two main issues – state security and Jewish immigration from nations hostile to Israel.

Interpretations are crucial. Israel’s hardline government wants things its way.

Free expression is eroding. Protests are prohibited for political reasons. Patriotism is stressed over truth.

Nonviolent resistance is suppressed. Academic freedom is endangered. Historian Ilan Pappe moved to London.

He’s notably anti-Zionist. Israel made him feel like public enemy number one. He received death threats. He left for his own safety.

Fundamental freedoms greatly eroded under Netanyahu’s government. Hardliners want Jewish and Arab citizens to swear loyalty to a “Jewish, Zionist, and democratic state,” as well as its emblems and values.

Historical revisionism is rife. History books are rewritten. Nakba teaching and commemoration are banned. The term is verboten.

Netanyahu once called it anti-Israeli propaganda. It’s Palestine’s defining issue.

Israeli thought control targets dissent and uncomfortable truths. Journalists are especially vulnerable.

According to the Palestinian Center for Development & Media Freedoms (MADA):

July was “unprecedented” in the commission of Israeli crimes against Palestinian journalists and media freedoms.

MADA general director, Mousa Rimawi, said it’ll be remembered “as the most violent and bloody month in the history of the Palestinian press.”

Nine journalists were killed. So was media activist Najaia Hai. By early August, Israeli forces killed six more.

At least a dozen others were injured. The homes of 16 press members were destroyed. Eight media outlets were shelled.

The IDF disrupted broadcasts of various TV and radio stations. It targets truth-telling web sites.

In July, MADA noted 76 media freedom violations in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Rogue states operate this way. They want control over what’s reported. They want their message alone getting out.

In times of war, they want information about their crimes of war and against humanity entirely suppressed.

They call aggressive wars defensive ones or defending the homeland against existential threats.

They want media scoundrels regurgitating what activist Larry Pinkney calls “vomit.” It substitutes for truth. It’s systematically buried.

They target non-compliers with death. Sixteen corpses during Operation Protective Edge through early August attest to Israel’s barbarity.

MADA believes journalists wouldn’t be targeted if it was held “accountable for its previous crimes against (the press), which are considered war crimes according to the Geneva Conventions which protect all civilians in (time) of war.”

“(S)o far nobody has been held accountable” for murdering journalists during Cast Lead (2008-09), Pillar of Cloud (2012) and Protective Edge.

“The circumstances of the Israeli crimes and attacks against journalists and media outlets during the Gaza assault indicate that some were deliberately committed to silence them.”

“Israel did not hide the fact that it deliberately shelled the media outlets it accuses of being Hamas propaganda mouthpieces, such as Al-Aqsa TV and satellite channel.”

Western support for Israeli genocide permits mass slaughter and destruction with impunity.

Israel invents pretexts to commit unspeakable crimes. It operates extrajudicially. It justifies the unjustifiable.

Crackdown isn’t limited to Gaza. MADA reported a 71% percent increase in West Bank/East Jerusalem media freedom violations.

They included “arrests, physical abuses, shooting of live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas grenades, prevention from coverage, expulsion and detention, and confiscation and damage of equipment.”

At least five West Bank journalists were arrested. The home of one was raided, searched and ransacked. A summons for interrogation followed.

At least 17 journalists were injured in the West Bank. Most were by Israeli rubber-coated steel bullets and other instruments of state terror.

It bears repeating what other articles stressed. Israel is a lawless, racist, apartheid rogue terror state.

Operation Protective Edge is Exhibit A. Genocidal war continues. It’s been ongoing for seven weeks.

The Palestinian death toll exceeds 2,100. More than 10,550 were injured. Around 80% of Palestinian casualties are civilians.

Israel considers them legitimate targets. International law calls killing them in cold-blooded murder.

Collective punishment is official Israeli policy. It commits virtually every crime imaginable and then some.

Rogue terror states operate this way. Israel and America are the world’s worst. They’re democracies in name only.

They’re partners in crime. They threaten world peace and security. State sponsored terrorism is official policy. So is war on humanity.

Netanyahu and other Israeli hardliners consider Palestinians “foreigners.” They call them “infiltrators.”

They want them denied all rights. They abhor peace, stability, equity and justice. They treat children like adults.

Age and gender make no difference. Torture is official policy. On average, Israel arrests and detains two children each day.

It’s the only country trying them in military courts. They do so on spurious charges.

Media scoundrels turn a blind eye to what demands headlines. Managed news misinformation substitutes. Big Lies repeat ad nauseam.

Israeli aggressive wars are called defensive ones. Western leaders support Israeli genocide. Palestinian rights don’t matter.

Genocidal war continues. Early Saturday, Israel murdered five Palestinian family members.

The victims include two women and two children. Their home was lawlessly targeted.

An airstrike leveled it. At the same time, Israeli gunboat fire struck non-military related agricultural areas.

Multiple daily war crimes terrorize defenseless Gazans. According to Maan News, “(b)omb disposal experts” said Israeli “dropped the equivalent of six nuclear bombs” on an area the size of Las Vegas.

A Gazan Interior Ministry explosives engineering police statement said Israel used 20,000 tons of explosives so far.

“Flechette shells, fuel-air bombs (which explode twice, including after impact), dime shells, and flechette shells saturated with uranium were fired at Gaza,” the statement added.

Weapons used “affect the environment, soil, and water and will affect the next generations by spreading diseases especially cancer.”

Khuzaa, eastern Rafah, Shujaiyya, eastern al-Mughazi, al-Bureij and Juhr al-Dik took “the lion’s share of Israeli shells and missiles.”

Drones, helicopter gunships, F15s, F16s, so-called vertical warplanes, artillery, mortars and other weapons targeted civilians. Entire families were wiped out.

More than 60,000 artillery shells alone were used so far. Enormous damage was done. Israel’s dirty war continues.

Palestinian casualties mount. Accountability is nowhere in sight. Conditions are dire. Human suffering extreme.

Palestinian activists in Israel are targeted. They’re vilified, beaten and subjected to other forms of abuse for opposing Israeli aggression.

Some are arrested. Others lost jobs for posting critical Facebook and other social media comments.

An Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel press release explained one incident reflecting others, saying:

“A crowd of right-wing Israeli Jewish counter-demonstrators attacked the al-Jabha (political party Hadash) protestors with stones and empty bottles, while police fired tear gas and water cannons to quell the protests; four people were subsequently taken to the hospital.”

Right-wing protesters chanting “Death to Arabs!” and “Go to Gaza!” weren’t arrested.

Nadim Nashif heads the Palestinian advocacy group Baladna. Israeli “fascists are much more organized than in previous years,” he said.

“They always know when the Palestinian demonstrations take place and show up.”

“This violence comes from the Israeli politicians…”  They urge “violence all the time.”

“The right-wing fascists translate it into action in the streets, while the police have been given a much freer hand to arrest and beat Palestinian protesters.”

Israeli courts deny justice. Silencing dissent matters more. So does supporting Israel’s worst crimes.

Traumatized children don’t understand. Hundreds killed and maimed perhaps best reflect Israeli barbarity.

A UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported a Palestinian child murdered every hour over one three-day period.

Israel considers them legitimate targets. They’re killed at play, in school or at home.

Death or serious injuries haunt all Palestinians. Israel’s killing machine shows no mercy.

Netanyahu promised greater mass slaughter and destruction “until the goals of Operation Protective Edge (are) reached.”

Perhaps he has in mind extinguishing all Gazan life. Israel has the firepower to do it and then some.

Washington offers full backing and encouragement. One rogue state supports the other. They’re partners in crime.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Eran Efrati: An Israeli Soldier’s Story (VIDEO)

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The talk by Eran Efrati was filmed in Denver, Colorado on March 3, 2014 as part of The Soldier and the Refusenik U.S. tour with Maya Wind. Eran talks about his experiences in the IDF and then more broadly discusses Israel, its relationship to the U.S. and the global expansion of militarism.

Eran Efrati, 28, was born and raised in Jerusalem. After graduating high school he enlisted in the IDF, where he served as a combat soldier and company sergeant in Battalion 50 of the Nachal Division. He spent most of his service in Hebron and throughout the West Bank. In 2009, he was discharged and joined Breaking the Silence, an organization of veteran Israeli soldiers working to raise awareness about the daily reality in the Occupied Territories. He worked as the chief investigator of the organization, collecting testimonies from IDF soldiers about their activities. He also guided political tours and to the West Bank and worked to educate Israeli youth about the reality of being a soldier in an occupying army. His collected testimonies appear in the booklet “Operation Cast Lead” and their most recent release “Our Harsh Logic”.

Since leaving Breaking the Silence, his investigative reports appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian. Today he is active with the Israeli groups Anarchists Against the Wall and Boycott from Within.


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Israeli Lawmaker Calls For Genocide Of Palestinians Gets Thousands Of Facebook Likes

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Ayelet Shaked (Wikipedia)

A day before Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khudair was kidnapped and burned alive allegedly by six Israeli Jewish youths, Israeli lawmaker Ayelet Shaked published on Facebook a call for genocide of the Palestinians.

It is a call for genocide because it declares that “the entire Palestinian people is the enemy” and justifies its destruction, “including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.”

It is a call for genocide because it calls for the slaughter of Palestinian mothers who give birth to “little snakes.”

If Shaked’s post does not meet the legal definition of a call for genocide then nothing does.

Shaked is a senior figure in the Habeyit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) party that is part of Israel’s ruling coalition.

Her post was shared more than one thousand times and received almost five thousand “Likes.”

Uri Elitzur, to whom she refers, and who died a few months ago, was leader of the settler movement and speechwriter and close advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Here’s a full translation of Shaked’s posting:

This is an article by the late Uri Elitzur, which was written 12 years ago, but remained unpublished. It is as relevant today as it was at the time.

The Palestinian people has declared war on us, and we must respond with war. Not an operation, not a slow-moving one, not low-intensity, not controlled escalation, no destruction of terror infrastructure, no targeted killings. Enough with the oblique references. This is a war. Words have meanings. This is a war. It is not a war against terror, and not a war against extremists, and not even a war against the Palestinian Authority. These too are forms of avoiding reality. This is a war between two people. Who is the enemy? The Palestinian people. Why? Ask them, they started.

I don’t know why it’s so hard for us to define reality with the simple words that language puts at our disposal. Why do we have to make up a new name for the war every other week, just to avoid calling it by its name. What’s so horrifying about understanding that the entire Palestinian people is the enemy? Every war is between two peoples, and in every war the people who started the war, that whole people, is the enemy. A declaration of war is not a war crime. Responding with war certainly is not. Nor is the use of the word “war”, nor a clear definition who the enemy is. Au contraire: the morality of war (yes, there is such a thing) is founded on the assumption that there are wars in this world, and that war is not the normal state of things, and that in wars the enemy is usually an entire people, including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.

And the morality of war knows that it is not possible to refrain from hurting enemy civilians. It does not condemn the British air force, which bombed and totally destroyed the German city of Dresden, or the US planes that destroyed the cities of Poland and wrecked half of Budapest, places whose wretched residents had never done a thing to America, but which had to be destroyed in order to win the war against evil. The morals of war do not require that Russia be brought to trial, though it bombs and destroys towns and neighborhoods in Chechnya. It does not denounce the UN Peacekeeping Forces for killing hundreds of civilians in Angola, nor the NATO forces who bombed Milosevic’s Belgrade, a city with a million civilians, elderly, babies, women, and children. The morals of war accept as correct in principle, not only politically, what America has done in Afghanistan, including the massive bombing of populated places, including the creation of a refugee stream of hundreds of thousands of people who escaped the horrors of war, for thousands of whom there is no home to return to.

And in our war this is sevenfold more correct, because the enemy soldiers hide out among the population, and it is only through its support that they can fight. Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. Actors in the war are those who incite in mosques, who write the murderous curricula for schools, who give shelter, who provide vehicles, and all those who honor and give them their moral support. They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.

Shocking words like this from Israeli leaders have an impact. And they are words backed by actions.

When Israel rampages against the entire Palestinian population, subjecting them to what Human Rights Watch calls “collective punishment,” it sends a clear message to the Israeli public that any Palestinian is fair game for “revenge.”

Shaked evidently has much worse in mind.

Hate trickles down

In another sickening example of the country’s endemic racism, Israeli website shtieble.net, which is oriented toward an Orthodox Jewish audience, referred to lynching victim Muhammad Abu Khudair in a headline as a “little terrorist.”

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The hate trickles down. These two images were posted on the photo-sharing website Instagram – they are among hundreds posted on various social media sites inciting “revenge” and celebrating violence against Palestinians.

The first image, posted on 3 July, apparently shows an Israeli soldier with a weapon on his shoulder and the word “revenge” with two bloody daggers tatooed or drawn on his back.

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In the second image, posted on 6 July, the badly injured face of Palestinian American 15-year-old Tariq Abukhdeir appears next to an image of a pig.
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Abukhdeir was savagely beaten by Israeli forces in eastern occupied Jerusalem last Thursday. He is a cousin of Muhammad Abu Khudair.

Not “fringe”

In a New York Times article today, Isabel Kershner presents the rampant racism that apparently led six Israeli youths to lynch Muhammad Abu Khudair as a “fringe” phenomenon.

It is no such thing. Incitement comes from the top.

Shaked is not alone in inciting this kind of genocidal hatred and it was Netanyahu who was the first to incite “vengeance” after the bodies of three murdered Israeli teenagers were found in the West Bank one week ago.

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on Twitter

And the Times is not alone in helping to whitewash it.

I strongly recommend David Sheen’s latest article for Muftah on the phenomenon of racism in Israel and its widespread denial: “Jewish Groups’ Whitewash of Israeli Racism Ensures It Will Fester.”

With thanks to Ofer Neiman for assistance with research and Dena Shunra for translation.


By Ali Abunimah, electronicintifada.net