9 things the American media isn’t telling you about Israel/Palestine

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Throughout Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, which began on July 8, it has become increasingly clear that the U.S. media is biased against Palestinians, using selective coverage, skewed opinion, and false balance to offer implicit support to Israel’s stance. The Daily Show host Jon Stewart recently skewered the media for placing more weight on the lives of Israelis over Palestinians.

It isn’t a new problem: Fair, a watchdog group that monitors media bias, found in 2001 that NPR covered 89% of Israeli child deaths, and only 20% of Palestinian child deaths. Two years later, academic Matt Viser published a survey in the International Journal of Press and Politics, finding that The New York Times personalized Israeli deaths, largely ignored Palestinian deaths, and relied heavily on Israeli sources. During the eight-day attack on Gaza in November 2012, CNN interviewed more than twice as many Israeli officials as Palestinians.

Fast forward to today’s crisis; the bias remains.

Here’s Bloomberg News on recent events: “Israel Renews Gaza Bombing After Hamas Rejects Truce Plan.” And then there’s the Washington Post: “While Israel Held Its Fire, Hamas did not.” A story reporting on an Israeli missile that killed eight young men watching a World Cup match on July 10 initially had the headline, “Missile at Beachside Gaza Cafe Finds Patrons Poised for World Cup,” thanks to tactless editing from The New York Times.

All these headlines were eventually changed, but in some ways, are emblematic of how Palestinian suffering is automatically trivialized in the U.S. media.

“On and on, around the clock,” as Danny Schecer puts it in his recommended essay about todays crisis: “How Israeli PR Sells Gaza Slaughter.”

So what is the U.S. media hiding from American viewers? Here are nine facts about Israel that you won’t be hearing about on U.S. news :

1. Israel can prevent civilian deaths.

During the course of the past twelve days, Israeli air strikes have killed over 1000 Palestinians — mostly civilians.

Israel says the deaths are a result of Hamas using ordinary Palestinians as human shields, and the gruesome toll has been met with a shrug.

It’s an issue that has come up during past operations in Gaza.

Back in 2009, during Operation Cast Lead, the president of the United Nations General Assembly Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, condemned Israel for violating international law in Gaza by targeting civilians.

Brockmann called the offensive “a war against a helpless defenceless and imprisoned people.”

“The violations of international law inherent in the Gaza assault have been well documented,” he added, listing collective punishment, disproportionate military force [and] attacks on civilian targets, including homes, mosques, universities, schools.”

Israel doesn’t have to fire at the civilian targets, it’s a choice that they make. Hamas rockets are broadly ineffective anyway — given Israel’s comprehensive network of bomb shelters. Just three civilians in Israel have been killed so far.

Noting the Israeli military’s “long record of unlawful airstrikes with high civilian casualties”, Human Rights Watch Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson commented that Israel “would never accept an argument that any Israeli home of an Israel Defense Force member would be a valid military target.”

IDF spokesperson Peter Lerner also couldn’t provide any evidence of houses being used to command in control rocket attacks, when directly queried by reporters.

2. The three Israeli teens were killed immediately after being kidnapped.

Investigative journalist Max Blumenthal recently revealed that the Israeli government knew that the three missing Israeli teens, who were abducted in June from Hebron in the West Bank, were murdered almost as soon as they were kidnapped. However, this was not revealed to the public, and instead the search for the missing teenagers unleashed to a brutal crackdown on the West Bank.

Blumenthal says that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used outrage around the kidnapping to whip up enough support to justify the aggressive military campaign that has ensued.

3. Gaza is basically an open-air prison.

The economic blockade of Gaza is a form of collective punishment which residents say is like living in a prison. Though the military checkpoints, strong IDF presence and high walls lend the Strip a prison aesthetic, the cruelest element of the “prison” is the lack of economic freedom imposed by Israel’s blockade.

Israel continues to maintain complete control of its border crossings with the Gaza Strip, and the air and sea space of the Gaza Strip – limiting the transfer of goods and people. Though they claim to have withdrawn their troops and that this leaves Gaza “not occupied,” they still maintain control over the tax system.

As a result of these restrictions, 68% of residents live on less than a dollar per day. In contrast, your average Israeli live on eighty five times that.

Inside their prison, Palestinians can’t get access to adequate health care, to education or to employment because of the internal controls imposed by Israel. They need permits from the Israeli authorities to gain access to land and crops, to medical facilities, to schools and universities, and even to visit family and friends.

4. The Iron Dome isn’t protecting Israel from rockets.

It’s a defense system hailed as “a game changer”, and the Senate just approved $351 million to support the military programme, designed to intercept rockets fired by Hamas into Israel.

No matter how much U.S. Senator Dick Durbin gushes about the defense system, it looks like the country’s missile defense system just isn’t very good.

Theodore Postol, a physicist and missile-defense expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, estimates the interception rate at just 5%. Working with Dr. Mordechai Shefer, formerly of the defence company Rafael, and another researcher, his team analyzed dozens of videos filmed during the “interceptions.”

Their verdict? most of the explosions which appear successful are actually the self-destruction of the Iron Dome’s own missiles.

Might want to pass along a note to U.S. taxpayers.

5. Israeli forces has killed over 1,500 Palestinian children since 2000.

It is a number that continues to climb, as Operation Protective Edge rages on.

Since 2000, approximately 1,500 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli security forces. That’s one child every three days for thirteen years. Within that same time period, Palestinians have killed 132 Israeli children.

6. Hamas accepts two states based on the 1967 borders.

No, really. The infamous 1982 Charter was effectively updated in 2006 following Hamas victory in legislative elections and acknowledged that Hamas would accept a Palestinian state on the 1967 border.

In 2006 Ismail Haniyeh wrote a letter to President Bush saying, “We are so concerned about stability and security in the area that we don’t mind having a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders and offering a truce for many years.” 

Hamas is showing more than a little humility: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhu himself said he would never accept a Palestinian state.

7. Hamas has been provoked by Israel

If we are to believe right-wing rhetoric and Fox News, Hamas is provoking Israel’s mighty military campaign in Gaza.

House Speaker John Boehner condemned Hamas recently for “aggressive, unprovoked acts of violence against Israel.”

Congressman Eric Cantor concurs: “Hamas’ outrageous and unprovoked war against Israel must end.”

Although Hamas tactics are abhorrent, their actions are predictable and have been provoked.

Israel does not allow Gaza to have a port or airport, nor is it allowed to export most of what it produces. Palestinians cannot work about a third of their own land, reserved by Israel as a security buffer.

A cruel economic blockade ensures that ten percent of Palestinian children in Gaza under five have had their growth stunted by malnutrition. In 2010, Save The Children found that two thirds of Palestinian infants and one third of mothers were affected by anemia.

As British Prime Minister David Cameron said in 2010, “Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp. He added “People in Gaza are living under constant attacks and pressure in an open-air prison.”

It’s not a moral endorsement of prison riots, but prison guards will tell you: riots happen.

8. Unity between Hamas and Fatah is a good thing.

Back in June, a joint government between feuding Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah was sworn in.

While the U.S. cited concerns over the involvement of militant group Hamas, it said that it would be prepared to work with the new government.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not recognize the new government, because of the inclusion of Hamas. The leader called it a “step backwards.”

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham greeted the news with disgust:

“This is a provocative act by the Palestinian Authority which runs counter to serious peace negotiations with Israel. It clearly demonstrates the Palestinians have little fear or respect for the Obama Administration.”

Perhaps Bibi should have a chat with his friend Tony Blair. As Prime Minister, he architected the 1998 Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.

“The Troubles” — as the violent thirty-year conflict in Northern Ireland is known — claimed the lives of 650 civilians, mainly at the hands of the terrorists in the The Irish Republican Army. But they eventually entered into politics, and that is a good thing. When terrorist groups choose to talk instead, it is a sign of moving forward. Netanyahu just hasn’t been prepared to admit it yet.

9. Israel isn’t a strategic asset.

Just under half of Americans regard Israel as an ally.

Republican Senator Trent Franks is one of her most eloquent supporters, pledging what he “our arsenal of freedom” to defend “our most precious ally on earth.” Knitting the friendship bracelet, he’s also said “Israel is here to stay forever.”

In Spring 1948, standing in the Oval Office, U.S, Secretary of State George Marshall gave his counsel to President Truman, regarding whether to recognize the recently created state of Israel. His view was that backing the Jewish state would harm relations with the wider Muslim world, thereby jeopardizing American access to oil in the region. He also warned of a wider destablising effect.

Truman rejected the advice, but Marshall showed remarkable prescience. According to Pew Research Center in 2013, ninety percent of Jewish Israelis have a favorable opinion of the U.S., but only forty two percent of Israel’s Palestinian citizens feel the same.

With Muslims elsewhere in the Middle East, America’s reputation is equally putrid.

Eventually, a despicable band of terrorists, led by Osama Bin Laden, took offence to America’s support for Israel (amongst other grievances). These terrorists have committed themselves (often literally) to killing Americans.

After successful attacks on U.S. Embassies, warships and civilian targets, nearly three thousand Americans died on one day, when Al Qaeda took down the World Trade Center. So is Israel a strategic asset to the American people, or more a liability?

About Alastair Sloan

Alastair Sloan is a British journalist and columnist focusing on injustice, oppression and human rights. He contributes regularly to The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Middle East Eye and more. Read more at www.unequalmeasures.com or follow on Twitter @AlastairSloan.

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  1. just
    July 28, 2014, 10:39 am

    Report by ‘Hamas run tv’ another 10 children murdered by Israel– a clinic @ Shifa Hospital. Ian Lee tells us that targeting a hospital is against the law. Acc to CNN it was an Israeli drone. Yousef Munayyer on CNN again.

  2. seafoid
    July 28, 2014, 10:51 am

    From Twitter

    Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald • 11h
    Sad, moving, powerful, important: names, ages, pictures and background of Palestinians killed in Gaza http://humanizepalestine.com

    Daily Mail Online @MailOnline • Jul 17
    Running on the sand – the last steps of Palestinian boys killed by Israeli shell http://dailym.ai/1t8eYRO

  3. seafoid
    July 28, 2014, 11:04 am

    #10 Ari Shavit is insane
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.607506

    “But over the weekend, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ruined everything. Very senior officials in Jerusalem described the proposal that Kerry put on the table as a “strategic terrorist attack.” His decision to go hand in hand with Qatar and Turkey, and formulate a framework amazingly similar to the Hamas framework, was catastrophic. It put wind in the sails of Hamas’ political leader Khaled Meshal, allowed the Hamas extremists to overcome the Hamas moderates, and gave renewed life to the weakened regional alliance of the Muslim Brotherhood.
    The Obama administration proved once again that it is the best friend of its enemies, and the biggest enemy of its friends. The man of peace from Massachusetts intercepted with his own hands the reasonable cease-fire that was within reach, and pushed both the Palestinians and Israelis toward an escalation that most of them did not want.
    So that is why everything now hangs in the balance. Hamas is exhausted, but fanning the flames time after time. Israel is showing restraint time after time. Netanyahu and Ya’alon are still managing a battle against those who may very well entangle Israel in a real war. But the way Kerry played into the hands of Turkey and Qatar, and the extremist Palestinians and Israelis, has created a situation that is still quite dangerous.
    If Israel is forced to ultimately undertake an expanded ground operation in which dozens of young Israelis and hundreds of Palestinian civilians could lose their lives, it would be appropriate to name the offensive after the person who caused it: John Kerry. But if the escalation does not happen, instead we should remember that those who prevented it are three people the Obama administration loathes: Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, Benjamin Netanyahu and Moshe Ya’alon. “

    • ritzl
      July 28, 2014, 11:24 am

      Unbelievable, except it’s all too believable.

      Blame everyone but the trigger-pullers themselves.

      You’ve said it for a while now, seafoid. Zionists simply cannot diagnose their own sickness, let alone grasp the implications/virulence. And woe be to those who try to point out any of it.

      • seafoid
        July 28, 2014, 12:42 pm

        http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.607550

        ” In the day preceding the happy announcement, the Israel Defense Forces killed 80 Palestinians, 64 of whom were civilians, including 15 children and 5 women. At least 30 of them were killed during the same quiet night, from overwhelming shelling, bombing and firing from Israeli artillery, and this is without counting the number of injured or the number of houses blown up.)

        If victory is measured in the number of families wiped out within two weeks – parents and children, one parent and a few children, a grandmother and daughters in law and grandchildren and son, brothers and their children, in all the variations you might choose – then we also have the upper hand. Here, names from memory: Al-Najjar, Karaw’a, Abu-Jam’e, Ghannem, Qannan, Hamad, A-Salim, Al Astal, Al Hallaq, Sheikh Khalil, Al Kilani. In these families, the few members who survived the Israeli bombings in the past two weeks are now jealous of their dead.

        And let’s not forget the laurel wreaths for our legal experts, those without whom the IDF does not make a move. Due to them, blowing up an entire house – whether empty or filled with residents – is easily justified if Israel characterizes one of the family members as an appropriate target (be he senior or junior Hamas member, military or political, brother or family guest).

        “If it is legal according to international law,” a Western diplomat told me, shocked by his own state’s position in support of Israel, “it is a sign that something stinks in international law.” “

    • Kay24
      July 28, 2014, 1:42 pm

      How delusional. While the world condemns, their brutality is being proved by large numbers of civilian casualties, these zionist writers are desperate to cast blame on every one else but themselves. They can blame Kerry all they like for their crimes, but it seems more and more they are getting irrational in their thinking and actions, and the world realizes that.
      Hitler and the nazis today are considered crazy, out of control, and dangerous.
      The zionists are getting there too.

      • Citizen
        July 28, 2014, 1:52 pm

        @ Kay24
        The Zionists are long insane, totally sociopathic when it come to any non-JEWS living in what they think is land given to them by god, the real estate agent. The lone superpower is bribed. Pretty simple. Dick & Jane R being taxed to support Jewish supremist ideology in the form of Israel. Israel’s conduct paints target on Dick & Jane’s back, and assholes like Huckabee and Maher cheer this on. US Congress agrees on nothing but more $ for Israel’s Iron Yarmulka, even as US citizens live on food stamps & can’t pay their water bills, etc.

    • Annie Robbins
      July 28, 2014, 1:42 pm

      wow, that is insane.

  4. ritzl
    July 28, 2014, 11:13 am

    In order for “humans” to be “shields” they have to be seen as human by the opponent. There has to be some reluctance to simply kill them without a thought.

    No such reluctance (i.e. humanity) exists in Israel. Therefore the contention is reversible. Palestinians cannot possibly be “shields” because Israel demonstrably and explicitly regards them as meat.

    I wish media would pose the question in the reversed sense. Just once.

    • seafoid
      July 28, 2014, 12:43 pm

      They have twisted Judaism into a grotesque form and they expect us to support them to the hilt. Deluded doesn’t cover half of it.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 2:21 pm

        Judaism doesn’t cover the half of it. Okay, I guess it’ll cover anything if you make it up as you go along.

      • seafoid
        July 28, 2014, 2:27 pm

        It’s a mixture of Judaism , cruelty more than 16 percent proof, a pigeon feather, elements of late 19th century European thought , Hebrew hijacked, the German “r” , failed holocaust therapy, the work of Benzion Netanyahu, Messianism, money from America and world class concentrations of shvitzing.

      • RoHa
        July 29, 2014, 12:13 am

        I thought you did.

  5. seafoid
    July 28, 2014, 12:50 pm

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.607542

    “Opposition Leader MK Isaac Herzog says that “we’re all closely following the situation in the south, it’s very fragile and highly volatile.
    According to him, “the conflicts between Israel and the U.S., made public in the last two days, reveal a prolonged malfunction in the ties between the Netanyahu cabinet and the Obama administration, a malfunction that damages Israeli interests. It’s good that the public understands we’re entering the next stage, the diplomatic stage of leaving the fray, where our credit is limited.”

  6. just
    July 28, 2014, 12:53 pm

    Can someone please muzzle Rick ‘Islamophobic Hysterical’ Francona?

    Now CNN is gonna show hasbarass wolf in a tunnel.

    Netanyahu will address the Israelis soon…

  7. amigo
    July 28, 2014, 12:54 pm

    I checked that jon stewart link at the top and the video has been pulled due to a dispute with Viacom.

    Hmmm,

  8. seafoid
    July 28, 2014, 12:59 pm

    Netanyahu is really playing with fire stateside if he thinks he can use this clusterfcuk to hit voter support for the Dems

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2014/jul/28/gaza-israel-fatal-strikes-shaky-ceasefire-live
    “In unusually harsh language, officials said the criticism of Kerry could put the relationship between the U.S. and Israel in jeopardy. They also said the personal attacks on Kerry crossed a line and were particularly disappointing at a time of active conflict.
    Israeli media commentators have leveled almost nonstop criticism at Kerry in recent days over his attempts to bring Qatar and Turkey two countries viewed by Israel as strong Hamas supporters into the cease-fire negotiations. Kerry was also being accused of abandoning some of Israel’s key demands during the negotiations.

    In trying to implement the cease-fire over the weekend, “U.S. Secretary of State of State John Kerry ruined everything,” wrote columnist Ari Shavit in Monday’s Haaretz, Israel’s leading liberal newspaper. “Very senior officials in Jerusalem described the proposal that Kerry put on the table as a ‘strategic terrorist attack’.”
    Kerry made no direct mention of the criticism during brief remarks Monday.”

    • Citizen
      July 28, 2014, 1:58 pm

      Watch it unfold. Kerry will back up Obama, and the end result will be Israel gets a free pass to perform everlasting injustice. The only difference between Penny Pritzer and Sheldon Adelson is how to best use American taxpayers to fund Israel’s fascist government. Frank Luntz is the Goebbels for Israel. Dick and Jane remain totally ignorant as to how they are manipulated.

      • seafoid
        July 28, 2014, 3:13 pm

        Maybe, Citizen but there is daylight now between younger US Jews and Israel. There is the makings of a coalition of women, minorities , young Jews and Democrat voters if the Dems can bypass Zionist money – I’m sure they could.
        Israel is rabid. Maybe the goons in AIPAC will retrieve the situation but I think the whole mess in Gaza is spinning out of control with Israeli PR the big victim politically.

  9. just
    July 28, 2014, 1:05 pm

    Penhaul reports: refugee camp inhabitants report “zanana” (drone) heard from eyewitnesses to the carnage; body parts here and there… wants to find out about the living, not only the dead.

    bless these 2 men…among others reporting the truth.

    (wolf’s tunnel adventure reminds me of Geraldo Rivera’s searches…)

    • Kay24
      July 28, 2014, 1:31 pm

      I agree Karl and Ian are wonderful reporters. Where is Ben Wiedeman? Looks like he was yanked off. He was also a great reporter and he was able to give us a good description of the suffering these poor had to endure.

      I was also impressed by Ayman Mohyldin, for superb reporting. Great work guys.

  10. Citizen
    July 28, 2014, 1:23 pm

    MJRosenberg has a piece up quoting a very credible historian as to the best analysis of why Israel is doing what it’s doing in Gaza: http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=855aabd7ccd7a77e987004677&id=0d6151cdee&e=4c25168940

    This nowhere appears in the US main media, the force that is supposed to give US citizens and taxpayers informed consent, the bedrock of real democracy. Instead, all the US public gets in its TV news and infotainment shows: hasbara, Israeli propaganda worthy of Goebbels, day and night. The Jewish American GOP pollster, strategist, a Zionist to the core, is the mastermind behind Hasbara 101.

    Chris Hayes has recently acted as the spokesman for Zionist bias in the US mainstream media. He said pro-Israel slant is due to pushing profitable “ratings.” He also said it’s hard to get HAMAS spokesman or woman on MSNBC. Why not just get a Palestinian on the air to present the other side? All Palestinians, whether US citizens or not, are not members of HAMAS. Of course FOX news is Huckabee hasbara all over.

  11. eGuard
    July 28, 2014, 1:34 pm

    #9: Senator Trent Franks (R): “our most precious ally on earth”. Of course this an insult to Palau.

    Also, the UK might raise an eyebrow. After all, UK soldiers *were* actually killed fighting in the Iraq war for Israel. How many Israelis died for the US?

    • Citizen
      July 28, 2014, 2:05 pm

      I dunno, but the Forward had an article in Feburary of 2011 claiming 32 Jewish American soldiers had died for US. At the time the US government said nearly 5,000 American soldiers died in Afghanistan and Iraq. You do the numbers.

      • eGuard
        July 29, 2014, 8:52 am

        “32 Jewish American soldiers” – what’s that got to do with Israel?

    • Denis
      July 28, 2014, 2:31 pm

      “How many Israelis died for the US?”

      Ever.

      And however many it was, subtract the 34 Americans killed by IAF attack on the USS Liberty to get the net Israeli sacrifice for America. My calculator says -34.

  12. Janet Jupiter
    July 28, 2014, 2:32 pm

    #9 is absurd.
    You can not extrapolate the survey results given the audience and the question to conclude that Israel is not an ally.
    And most of your argument is from 1948. Things changed since then.
    Finally, since when is Al Quada the arbiter of that is acceptable and what is not?
    That is a very, very scary position to take. Pls rethink.

    • Ron Edwards
      July 28, 2014, 5:39 pm

      You again? Newsflash: the United States of America and the State of Israel are not allies. There is no alliance. The condition called alliance is absent. The U.S. is not an ally of Israel, and Israel is not an ally of the U.S. “Pls” investigate this issue fully.

      • Mooser
        July 29, 2014, 2:10 am

        Ron, Ms. Jupiter, does not investigate, she pronounces judgements. She is the arbiter of all she surveys.

      • Ron Edwards
        July 29, 2014, 9:34 am

        I’m skeptical of her* surveying too. Seriously, cannot Hasbara Central send their A-team? She* is merely in the hamster-droppings category.

        I prefer JeffB’s possibly-sincere attempts to fold his defensive crouch for Zionism into heartfelt if watered-down U.S. liberalism; a post of his provides the mental exercise of Sudoku crossed with a serial-killer’s notebook. I also appreciated Obsidian’s special talent for lying but he she or it seems to have given out recently, and I think we’ll hear a “bang” from the backyard pasture any minute now.

        But this array of functionally illiterate, earnest ’cause I typed it, stale talking points under leet names is merely insulting.

        * Pronoun based on the handle, but it’s highly dubious; I’m visualizing a pimply Hillel International asset two years past his Birthright trip and the coterie of college freshmen he’s supposed to be “running” against Mondoweiss.

    • RoHa
      July 28, 2014, 8:30 pm

      First, please list all the treaties and formal instruments of alliance between the Israel and US. (Excluding US declarations of support for Israel.)

      Second, please list all wars and military engagements in which Israel has fought side-by-side with the US.

      Here’s my guess at what the lists will look like:

      List 1.

      List 2.

      Can you improve on that?

      • Ron Edwards
        July 29, 2014, 9:35 am

        Your lists are both accurate and precise.

    • RoHa
      July 28, 2014, 8:33 pm

      From memory:

      UK: Host to US military bases. Alongside US military in WW1, WW2, Korea, Yugoslavia, Iraq 1, Iraq 2, Afghanistan, Lybia.

      Australia: Host to US military bases. Alongside US military in WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq 2, Afghanistan.

      Canada: Host to US military bases. Alongside US military in WW1, WW2, Korea, Yugoslavia, Iraq 1, Iraq 2, Afghanistan.

      Israel: …

    • RoHa
      July 28, 2014, 8:40 pm

      Allies help. The US is Israel’s ally. The US helps Israel all the time. But, aside from helping with the Abu Ghraib torture, Israel does nothing for the U.S. Certainly there is no sign of actually putting forces into battle.

      Short list of wars since 1948 in which the US has had allies:

      Korea
      (Allies: ROK, UK, Turkey, Canada, Australia, New Zealand,Belgium, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the Philippines, South Africa, and Thailand. Denmark, India, Norway, and Sweden provided medical units.)

      Vietnam.
      (Allies: South Vietnam, South Korea, Australia, Philippines, New Zealand, Thailand, Khmer Republic, Kingdom of Laos, Republic of China)

      Lebanon
      (Allies: France, Italy, Britain.) NB:link to gunnyg.blogspot.com

      Iraq 1
      (Allies: too many to list. link to en.wikipedia.org)

      Somalia
      (Allies: Italy, Pakistan*, Bangladesh, France, Britain, and Malaysia.)

      Kosovo
      (Allies: NATO)

      Afghanistan
      (Allies: NATO, Australia, and plenty more. link to en.wikipedia.org)

      Iraq 2
      (Allies: Britain, Australia, and a lot more. Link to en.wikipedia.org)

      Notice how often Britain and Australia crop up in that list. Where’s our $3bn per year, plus free weapons?

      (*Evil Muslim Pakistani and Malaysian forces rescue US troops in Mogadishu.)

      Complete list of wars since 1948 in which Israeli forces fought as allies of the US :

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      So forget this line that Israel is an ally of the US.

      • eljay
        July 29, 2014, 7:13 am

        >> So forget this line that Israel is an ally of the US.

        Israel and the U.S. have a special bond as well as “shared common values”. No light between. Surely that’s worth more than being just a plain old ally… ;-)

  13. yonah fredman
    July 28, 2014, 4:37 pm

    Quote: “Israel doesn’t have to fire at the civilian targets, it’s a choice that they make. Hamas rockets are broadly ineffective anyway — given Israel’s comprehensive network of bomb shelters. Just three civilians in Israel have been killed so far.”

    Israel does not have to fire at civilian targets. The next sentence should be what targets are logical and would be effective. But instead the next sentence is essentially- Israel need not react at all. Just 3 civilians have been killed, so Israel need not react at all.

    It is conceivable that there are targets that would be logical and effective that are not civilian targets. But that information or a hint of that information is not included here.

    • Mooser
      July 29, 2014, 2:14 am

      “The next sentence should be what targets are logical and would be effective.”

      Yonah, provide your own excuses for Israel’s killing of civilians. You can’t make other people do it.

  14. kalithea
    July 28, 2014, 8:51 pm

    Regarding the media and in this case NBC, everyone needs to check out this article at MoA and some of the comments are very good as well:

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2014/07/nbcnews-buries-its-own-journalists-eyes-modifies-gaza-story.html#comments

    Also, Richard Silverstein’s facebook account has been taken down and ICH-Information Clearing House has been hacked.

    http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2014/07/28/israelis-take-gaza-war-to-facebook-disable-my-account/

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/

    Looks like Zionism is reaching out of Israel to take down freedom of speech and our Democracy.

    We are all Palestinians. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – MLK (from speech Let my people go.)

  15. Citizen
    July 29, 2014, 1:08 am

    BTW, Goldstone was commented on another thread here recently, but I forgot which one, so I will ask here, what exactly did Goldstone retract from the UN commission report regarding Israeli war crimes last time around because he didn’t want to be shunned by fellow Jews? http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/features/what-exactly-did-goldstone-retract-from-his-report-on-gaza-1.355454

    So now we will have a repeat UN investigative commission re Gaza? Maybe the world has learned you can’t put a MOT as head? Not even one that was anti-apartheid in former S Africa? I could suggest a few, Glen Greenwald, Max Blumenthal, Phill Weiss, that woman from Code Pink?

  16. Citizen
    July 29, 2014, 2:32 am

    US has lots of MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding) with Israel. All are heavily imbalanced, with US promising ever more aid of all sorts to Israel with virtually no reciprocal promises from Israel. And we have our very first US job-killer FTA with Israel, also heavily imbalanced, favoring Israel. US negotiator team was undermined by AIPAC spies. Now known, still not fixed.

  17. SQ Debris
    July 29, 2014, 12:11 pm

    A Human Rights Watch rep reported on CNN during the 9 oclock hour 7/29/14 that their investigation of the murder (my word) of four little boys on the beach in Gaza city yielded evidence that the missile used to kill them had a camera in it. What else do we need to know about what Israel’s doing in Gaza? How much lower can “The Light Unto Nations” go? Israel will eventually have to nuke the world. That’s the logical conclusion of the “all goyim are born wanting to kill us all the time” drum beat inflicted on Israeli children.

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