Rania Masri gives Barack Obama a lesson on the meaning of ‘barbaric’

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Thousands of people from Austin and the surrounding region attended a rally and march protesting Israel’s assault on Gaza, joining the millions protesting around the world. Though for the most part, Austin’s protest on August 2 went unreported.

And video from that rally, of a thunderous speech by Dr. Rania Masri chastising President Obama over his usage of the term “barbaric,” has been garnering thousands of hits daily since it got picked up by social media.

Watch Rania Masri’s focused rage calling for us to make a stand and pledge to be organized in support of Boycott Divestment and Sanctions against Israel. And read each word of her amazing speech, which has already been translated into three four languages:

‘Mr. Obama, what is barbaric?’

Yesterday [August 1], the Obama administration said that the capture of an invading Israeli soldier by the Palestinian Resistance was – and I quote – a “barbaric action.”

It seems President Obama and his administration consider the abduction of an invading soldier from an occupying army to be ‘barbaric’ but the massacre of more than 1600 Palestinians in their neighborhoods, in their homes, in their schools, in their hospitals, in their playgrounds, on their beaches is not barbaric.

 We need to tell Mr. Obama what barbaric is.

Barbaric is the Israeli killing of more than 70 families in Gaza. More than 70 Palestinian families have been lost.

Barbaric is that 300,000 children in Gaza have lost either their home or a loved one.

Barbaric is that hospitals are targeted. Six out of nine hospitals in Gaza are closed and Israel is threatening to attack the rest.

Barbaric is that entire neighborhoods have been destroyed, labeled what one journalist called ‘apocalyptic.’

Barbaric is that we have 500,000 missiles dropped on an area smaller than 260 km2 (100 square miles).

Barbaric is that it has been the Zionist policy to destroy the economy in Gaza. That is why they bombed the electric power plant, that is why they are bombing the waste water infrastructure, that is why yesterday they destroyed an ice cream factory.

Barbaric is the siege imposed on Gaza since 2005 and the fencing off of Gaza since 1995.  Barbaric is that the objective of this siege is deliberately to destroy the economy of Palestinians in Gaza, to cripple them, to break them. That, Mr. Obama, is barbarism.

Barbaric, Mr. Obama, is what is coming out of Israel right now – which is open calls for the genocide of Palestinians in Gaza.  This is what is written in Israeli newspapers.  The current Deputy Prime Minister who calls for that against the Palestinians in Gaza. [Note, he says, “We must blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages —destroying all the infrastructure, including roads and water.”]

But none of this is new for us Palestinians. We have seen it before. We have seen it before. We are not surprised. I wish we were. But none of the things that have happened against us in Gaza or in Ramallah or in Quds [Jerusalem] are new.

 Barbaric, Mr. Obama, is Zionism. Golda Meir, Israel’s 4th Prime Minister, said, there is ‘no such as a Palestinian people.’ Barbaric is to deny our identity and to deny our existence.

 Barbaric is what Menachem Begin, another Israeli PM, said in 1949 when he called Palestinians “beasts walking on two legs.”

 Barbaric is what historian Benny Morris says, a historian who recognizes that every single Israeli village and Israeli town is built on a Palestinian village and a Palestinian town and yet he justifies this genocide and this ethnic cleansing and he recently called for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in Gaza. That is barbaric.

 Barbaric is what the Israeli Offensive Forces are calling for. They have said very specifically that officers have been given legal advice that allows them – and I quote – to target “large numbers of civilian casualties.” And this statement was not released in 2014; this statement was from 2009.

 Barbaric is what Netanyahu says when he says we must hit them –  “Not just one blow, but blows that are so painful that the price will be too heavy to be borne.” And he said that in 2012. That is barbaric.

 Barbaric is when they asked Netanyahu what will they say when we destroy their villages, Netanyahu said, “the world won’t say a thing. The world will say we’re defending [ourselves].”

 President Obama has said, and I quote, “innocent civilians caught in the crossfire have to weigh on our conscience. We have to do more.”

 Well I appeal to you, Mr. Obama, don’t do more. Because when he does more, he gives more weapons and he gives millions of our money to the Israeli war machine. No, Mr. Obama, if this is how the deaths of our families weighs on your conscience, then please don’t do more.

 We need to recognize that the crimes against the Palestinians in Gaza over the past 27 days are not new. The crimes against the Palestinians in Gaza since the siege in 2005 are not new.  They began in 1948.

 We need to recognize what barbaric is. Barbaric is racism. Barbaric is defining Palestinians as a ‘demographic threat.’ A demographic threat and therefore considering that Palestinian existence is a threat to Israeli survival.  Our existence is a threat to their survival, which means that the mere fact that we exist is justification for them to kill us. That is barbaric. That is racism. That is Zionism. And that is what we must end.

We are here, together to say, we demand an arms embargo on the state of Israel. We demand an arms embargo on the state of Israel.

We are here to say we demand the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice: take the Israeli war criminals to justice for the crime of genocide.

We demand an end to the occupation. And we demand an end to racism.

We stand with the Foreign Minister of Finland who said that sanctions against Israel must be on the table.

We stand with the governments of Latin American – from Ecuador, to El Salvador, to Bolivia, to Brazil, to Venezuela, to Chile, to Peru, to Cuba who expelled their ambassadors from Israel. We stand with the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, who said Israel is a “terrorist state.”

And I have to say this. We not only stand with Palestinian families – with their women and their children – but we have to stand with the Palestinian Resistance. If we say that an occupied population has the right to defend itself – which is what an occupied population has the right to do – then we stand with the Palestinian Resistance. We stand with the Palestinian Resistance.

And if we are opposed to racism against Palestinians, then we need to be opposed to racism against anyone, anywhere.  Which means, Mr. Obama, we are opposed to your drone warfare. We are opposed to your drone warfare. Mr. Obama, we are opposed to your immigrant policies that separates families in Texas and elsewhere in the United States. We are opposed to discrimination against African-Americans and Latino-Americans and all of the people of color. We say this as Palestinians, we say this as human rights activists: an end to the privatization of prisons in this country, an end to the drone warfare, an end to everything that is barbaric. That is what we say.

And we make a pledge. We make a pledge, right here, today. In the name of the Palestinians, who are the most resilient people I have ever known, who are standing, and who have been standing since 1948, we pledge to them, that when the bombs stop – and they will stop — we will remember our anger today, we will remember our tears today, and we will not be broken. So long as Palestinians are surviving, and they are surviving, so long as they are resilient – and by God we are resilient, we will not be broken and we will organize. That means each of you here is to make a pledge, to stand and be organized in support of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement. Make it your personal pledge to be organized in Dallas, in Houston, in Austin, wherever you come from in Texas, to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. [end of the video]

 We will break down the walls of Apartheid. We will end the horrors of occupation and siege. We will dismantle segregation in all its forms.  We will connect our struggles. And we will teach resistance.  Make that your pledge!

Who’s Rania Masri? She’s a political commentator, a  regular on the Real News, a scholar, a human rights activist, a university professor of environmental science and a writer. Her activism has centered on environmental justice, civil rights, anti war, anti apartheid, of course Palestine and the list goes on. Prior to her current position as an assistant professor and chair of the Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Balamand in Lebanon, Masri directed the Southern Peace Research and Education Center at the Institute for Southern Studies in North Carolina. When she returns to Lebanon this fall she plans on accepting a position at the American University of Beirut.

She’s on fire.

Austin, TX - Aug. 2, 2014

Austin, TX – Aug. 2, 2014

 

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Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  1. Blownaway
    August 11, 2014, 1:15 am

    Beautiful, powerful. They would never let her get near CNN. It’s what we need smart articulate knowledgeable to get the message across. The irony is that Israel trots out perfect English speakers ( mostly immigrant Americans) and the Palestinians are only allowed to have heavily accented spokesperson.

  2. Ageel
    August 11, 2014, 1:42 am

    When I uploaded the speech, I didn’t think it would be as popular as it has been! Immediately after watching (and recording) the speech, I had a sense that I was a witness to a historical event, one that should be recorded in the annals of time. My indignation at the systematic and deliberate mainstream media blackout of the ‘Texas Stands With Gaza’ protest further fueled my need to upload and share this powerful speech. Despite being informed about the event, not a single TV station (from Houston, Dallas or San Antonio) sent a reporter to cover the protest. You would think that gathering on the steps of the State Capitol building in Austin (the capital of Texas) and this being the largest EVER protest held in the Lone Star state would garner more attention. Buses from all over Texas ferried protesters into Austin. I was in one of the 3 buses from Houston. Dallas had filled up 7 buses. I’m not sure how many buses came in from San Antonio, but needless to say, in the end, it did not matter to the media outlets. It was amply evident that any criticisms of Israel’s ‘barbaric’ actions were purposely stifled. Incidentally, this reminded me of a quote by Voltaire, a French philosopher, when he stated: “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Today is almost exactly a week since I uploaded the speech, and I am thankful to all of you who have watched it and shared it. Without any mention from the mainstream media, it is the common man and woman, by sharing it with all their friends who have made it popular. I have to give a BIG thanks to Francesco Puglia, a man I have never met, a man halfway across the world, who volunteered to translate this speech. I had been requesting a Spanish translation in the description section. He not only translated it into Spanish, he also translated it into French AND Italian! I have posted the Spanish and French subs, and am currently working on the Italian subs. I will be forever indebted to him for his selfless act!
    Sincerely,
    Ageel Shatry

    • Annie Robbins
      August 11, 2014, 3:23 am

      Ageel, words cannot express my gratitude to you. As i hope you know, my original text was much much different. the emails we’ve shared this last week as well as my communication with rania has meant so much to me. perhaps the way i wove the story of you both..(who you are and how you came to the protest, everything, i cannot give it all away here because we will tell it, and it means a lot to rania to tell it in full too) was just… needed work i guess. so i bared it down to start over and for some reason, at midnight it got published in midstream. someone read it bare like that and published. your story is not here. the story, her/your story, i worked on most of the weekend. i’m sorry.

      but it won’t stop this train. i agree with you, this is history in the making.

      • Ageel
        August 11, 2014, 4:16 pm

        Annie,
        Thank you for those kind words. I too enjoyed our correspondence. I cannot express my gratitude enough for all the work you have put into your report. Hopefully we will see an updated version that will include the whole story. I won’t give it away. ;) Thank you so much for posting the link and raising the general public’s awareness of this historic speech. And to think it almost didn’t happen! ;) Take care and as always, keep up the good work. It is the work of people like you who have made us abandon the CNNs, CBSs, ABCs… in flocks. We have grown weary of hearing the same scripted lines being repeated on the all the mainstream media stations/websites. Your courage in reporting the truth is what will keep us coming back!

      • Annie Robbins
        August 11, 2014, 11:49 pm

        i see you’ve already got the french subtitles Ageel! that’s so rad.

      • Ageel
        August 12, 2014, 1:53 pm

        Annie, yes ma’am! It’s amazing what subtitles can do. Adding the Spanish and French subs has really widened the viewership. Last time I checked, the video has been viewed from about 153 different countries!! I’m in the process of adding the Italian subs. Still looking for Arabic subs. I’ll get them, sooner or later. Where there’s a will, there’s Ageel. :)

      • Annie Robbins
        August 12, 2014, 4:23 pm

        i love your energy and determination ageel ;)

      • MRW
        August 12, 2014, 6:12 pm

        @Ageel,

        It is the work of people like you who have made us abandon the CNNs, CBSs, ABCs… in flocks.

        Ought to be carved on a rock and dropped on every broadcast news producer/editor’s desk.

  3. Daniel Rich
    August 11, 2014, 4:40 am

    Hillary Clinton criticizes Obama’s foreign policy ‘failure’; strongly defends Israel.

    Please do not vote for this individual come 2016. The outcome will be horrendous.

    • Accentitude
      August 11, 2014, 6:18 am

      The presidential elections are only a slight breeze away and Clinton knows this. She’s pandering to the Israeli lobby. It doesn’t surprise me at all.

    • Kay24
      August 11, 2014, 7:46 am

      She is not going to get my vote, but then neither will anyone else who is going to most probably kiss up to a terroristic state, and vow to love, obey, and support it.

      Finding a single candidate who has the spine to reject the advances of Israel, will be a miracle.

    • ckg
      August 11, 2014, 8:41 am

      She’s Joan Rivers without the snark.

      Gleen Greenwald accurately described her in May: ““She’s a f***ing hawk and like a neocon, practically… She’s surrounded by all these sleazy money types who are just corrupting everything everywhere.”

      • ckg
        August 11, 2014, 8:53 am

        This morning Greenwald tweets:

        Hillary Clinton: yet again sounding as much like a Netanyahu spokesperson as …. Netanyahu’s spokespeople

        and

        Actual anti-Semites have no better allies than those cynically exploiting anti-Semitism to discredit Israel criticism

      • Daniel Rich
        August 11, 2014, 8:51 pm

        @ ckg,

        Q; She’s Joan Rivers without the snark.

        R: You owe me a new computer screen! Ff-ing coffee all over it… :o)

    • Ellen
      August 11, 2014, 11:45 am

      Clinton does not seem to understand why she lost the nomination. She is out of touch with the real world and continues to speak to the bubble of her money masters.

      That did not work for Romney, it did not work for Cantor and it will surely not work for her.

      The Democratic party would be crazy to allow her to be their candidate. Then again, the Clintonistas own the party.

    • Raksha
      August 11, 2014, 1:17 pm

      I had no intention of voting for Hillary Clinton anyway, even if she’s the Democratic candidate. I’ll vote third party if I have to, just like I did in 2012. I will not vote for neocons and their enablers. Nope, never again!

    • MRW
      August 12, 2014, 6:25 pm

      @Daniel Rich

      Please do not vote for this individual [Hillary] come 2016. The outcome will be horrendous.

      Worse than that, when the pressure mounts at 3 AM, and she has to make an economic decision, she’ll ask her hubby for advice, which will be deadly. Another government surplus like Bill Clinton’s will cause another economic meltdown. We’ve had seven balanced budgets or government surpluses since the creation of the country (over 200 years) and each one was followed by a depression. The first was Andrew Jackson’s balanced budget of 1836, and the surplus before Clinton was 1921-1929 (as Bloomberg noted in 1999).

      The financial crisis caused by Clinton’s surplus was delayed by the dotcom and housing bubbles. Before I get raging responses, the US dollar is a closed system. If the federal government is in surplus, everyone else must be in deficit. It’s simple accounting.

  4. Daniel Rich
    August 11, 2014, 4:57 am

    A big ‘Thank you’ to all who have participated in making these comments public.

  5. PhilCrowe
    August 11, 2014, 5:56 am

    Very moving. And sane, rational comments following it – so far.
    Just what is needed.

  6. Accentitude
    August 11, 2014, 6:13 am

    A “Lesson”? She gave Obama a thorough beating. After reading her speech and seeing the reality all around us, its fairly obvious that Obama, who had the opportunity to create REAL TANGIBLE “CHANGE”, failed tremendously not only as a President but as a decent human being, which is appalling when you look at his history of having been a progressive civil rights activist. He’s as bad as, if not worse than, George W. Bush. On the other hand, G.W. atleast had the excuse of being mentally insufficient. What’s Obama’s excuse?

  7. Kay24
    August 11, 2014, 7:48 am

    This young woman is feisty, passionate, and speaks so well. I wish her good luck, and hope she is able to take the same passion and make her speeches nationwide.

  8. Boomer
    August 11, 2014, 7:58 am

    Eloquent. Unfortunately, Mr. Obama is too busy playing golf to hear it. He has done his work, having approved sending more weapons to Israel before he went on vacation. As others have noted, Mrs. Clinton has expressed once again her support for Israel. I don’t expect any other candidate will say anything different. In our system of government, voters matter on issues that don’t matter to those in control.

    • AbigailOK
      August 11, 2014, 2:54 pm

      @ Boomer Ah, but the landscape is changing…..within one generation and even sooner than that.

  9. Shingo
    August 11, 2014, 8:54 am

    What an amazing and electrifying speaker. She’s like Mona Eltahawy but with brains.

  10. Qualtrough
    August 11, 2014, 9:16 am

    The rising number of intelligent, articulate Palestinians with fluent English speaking skills poses a big problem for Zionism in the USA.

    • Kay24
      August 11, 2014, 10:37 am

      I agree. I am surprised that there are so many eloquent speakers now, who are being heard. Even intellects like Youssef Munnayer and the PLO ambassador, Maen Areikat, are very good at articulating their positions.

  11. RobertB
    August 11, 2014, 9:29 am

    Hi Annie…

    Many thanks for posting Rania Masri’s outstanding speech…

    Will Obama and his “Israel servants” crew come close to hearing/reading the details of this speech?

    Will any so called US journalist dare to discuss or post this speech…event…etc…?

    I wonder if anyone posted this event/speech on twitter…facebook and other social network…!!!

    Annie…keep up the great work that you & the others are doing on MW. The people of Gaza, Occupied Palestine & the rest of the people who are for truth & justice…appreciate your efforts and dedications.

    • Annie Robbins
      August 12, 2014, 4:25 pm

      thanks robert. i didn’t do very much tho…it’s really rania we should thank, and ageel for recording her incredible speech (and passion!) and downloading it for public consumption.

  12. Robert Brooks
    August 11, 2014, 9:49 am

    Wow, what an orator! As a Quaker and at least nominal liberal, I have struggled since 2002 to suppress becoming a one-issue voter and a media-bias obsessive. But Rania’s Jeremiad details how futile it is to resist the obvious: our stance toward Israel is simply barbaric and the media are complicit. Like so many others nowadays, belatedly we recognize that Mr. Obama has betrayed us. He cannot use John Boehmer to explain the atrocity he has abetted in Palestine.

    • globalconsciousness
      August 11, 2014, 1:02 pm

      Robert, I am curious about Quaker activism and advocacy in the US with respect to Palestine and Palestinian rights?
      In the UK, Quakers are incredibly involved in both activism and advocacy and were genuinely sympathetic to the Palestinian cause.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 11, 2014, 11:46 pm

        yes, they are an integral part of the solidarity movement

        the american friends service committee http://afsc.org/

  13. Mooser
    August 11, 2014, 9:51 am

    Well, those people had better be careful! They don’t want to piss off the Big Fella. “Rumors Abound but God’s Protection of Israel is No Fable!”

    • Kay24
      August 11, 2014, 10:43 am

      All those special privileges and yet despite losing about 3 civilians lives, you have got to hand it over to them, when it comes to whining, playing victim, and pretending they are constantly in danger of occupied people. They have mastered it.
      Imagine how much MORE help from above the Palestinian people need as they have lost 2000 people mostly civilians, and thousands more injured.

    • Raksha
      August 11, 2014, 2:52 pm

      I had a weird thought when I read the article at your link about “God’s Protection of Israel.” Some of the stories (maybe most of them?) will undoubtedly turn out to be urban legends, but I have no doubt that some of them actually happened. I have heard and read many similar stories of divine intervention from other veterans of other wars.

      One of the most moving I ever heard was from a online friend who was a Korean war veteran. He lost one of his legs in combat, but was convinced that his life had been spared through the intervention of the archangel Michael. He felt this strongly at the time, and remained convinced of it right up to his dying day (he lived to be over 80). He swore at the time that if he lived to have children, that he would name his first son Michael in honor of the archangel. Which is exactly what he did.

      One time when I asked him how he knew it was Michael, he said he “just knew” that was the name he should give to the protective presence he felt on the battlefield. He couldn’t get any more specific than that. Just like those IDF soldiers “just knew” that the unknown Arab woman or in one case, a Jewish woman, who intervened for them just in the nick of time, was the Shekhinah under her traditional name of Rachel.

      The point I’m trying to make here is that there are going to be just as many, and possibly more, stories of divine intervention emerging from the Palestinian side, from the survivors of Operation Protective Edge. No doubt there are survivors who may have lost 20 or more members of their extended families when their house was destroyed, but they alone survived through some fortunate accident of timing–being called away on an errand at just the right moment, etc. Many of them may have also heard a voice giving them a warning, or sensed a protective angelic presence like my friend did.

      No doubt many such anecdotes are already circulating in Arabic. The fact that this very biased author hasn’t heard them–or chooses not to repeat them if he has–proves exactly nothing. It doesn’t mean Israel has “God on our side” any more than Gaza does. Contrary to popular belief, the Shekhinah doesn’t take sides or play favorites.

    • AbigailOK
      August 11, 2014, 3:05 pm

      @ Mooser For minds high on fired-up imagination. Or they just looooved Ghost Whisperer. Something’s gotta give if you talk genocide and do ethnic cleansing from the relative safe seat of your F-16 with a remote control…. Not that those missiles are so precise but hey, 25 miles in length, I mean eh….you always have a hit!

      Crude missiles and not being able therefore to have precise targeting….want to compare? High-tech against crude? Booby-trapped houses? No. Instead of learning the laws of war and the laws of ethics and a whole lotta other real Torah stuff, some ziobots just babble away to affirm their chosenness as confirmed murderers and assassins of innocents if not plain cowards. If you need God to justify what you do, there must be something wrong.

  14. American
    August 11, 2014, 10:36 am

    Imagine how the world world change if Israel and US leaders were ever convicted of war crimes.

    ‘US Leaders Aid and Abet Israeli War Crimes, Genocide & Crimes against Humanity’

    Friday 8 August 2014 at 8:12 AM ET
    JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law discusses the ongoing conflict in Gaza …

    Here is a summary of the crimes, as defined in the Rome Statute, Israeli leaders have committed and US leaders have aided and abetted:
    at…..
    http://jurist.org/forum/2014/08/marjorie-cohn-israel-crimes.php

    • Ellen
      August 11, 2014, 11:40 am

      And that is why it is most unlikely for Israel to be brought to the ICC. Both the US and the UK, to a degree, are complicit in the crimes.

      I used to believe that laws are created for all. But have come to experience and understand that they are created by elites for their protection, but not for universal enforcement.

      • eljay
        August 11, 2014, 11:50 am

        >> Ellen: I used to believe that laws are created for all. But have come to experience and understand that they are created by elites for their protection, but not for universal enforcement.

        They make the laws and they get to (arbitrarily) decide to whom those laws apply. To borrow from George Carlin: ” It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it.”

      • Dagon
        August 11, 2014, 6:48 pm

        And that’s the reason ,I believe ,abbas and his junta are not pushing for that.They are complicit in israel’s crimes all along.

  15. bintbiba
    August 11, 2014, 10:37 am

    Oh Mooser… I never read so much befuddled, deranged, sick nonsense!
    Woe, woe woe to us. What sickness of the mind to believe it.

    • Mooser
      August 11, 2014, 11:31 am

      “Oh Mooser… I never read so much befuddled, deranged, sick nonsense!
      Woe, woe woe to us. What sickness of the mind to believe it.”

      It’s beyond me. The only thing I’ve been able to figure out as far as American Jews goes is that it’s some sort of compensatory state (the Ziocaine Syndrome) of mind, a fulfillment, they feel they are entitled to. I cannot understand why.
      And trying to mask that sense of entitlement with victimology? That can’t be good for you.

      • bintbiba
        August 11, 2014, 12:00 pm

        Please don’t disappear again, Mooser…. we miss Shmuel and Hostage.
        We need their and your common knowledgeable sense more than ever !!

      • Stern Gang
        August 11, 2014, 2:37 pm

        Mooser,

        I am a huge fan of when one is diagnosed as having “the Ziocaine Syndrome.” That is brilliant! Cheers and an A+ for creativity. I certainly know myriad individuals who suffer from this condition. Its symptoms are fairly predictable, but there are some odd strains here and there.

      • Mooser
        August 11, 2014, 4:51 pm

        One of the most distressing disabilities associated with the Ziocaine Syndrome event is the Ziocaine Amnesia which occurs after each episode. This results in the patient refusing to acknowledge what they have done during the Ziocaine episode, and most distressing of all, to me, they come back here and say the same stupid crap all over again. It never fails.

  16. Chu
    August 11, 2014, 12:18 pm

    “Barbaric is that hospitals are targeted. Six out of nine hospitals in Gaza are closed and Israel is threatening to attack the rest.”

    incredible that they continue to get away with this. They are an army of sadists. Such a bankrupt culture, which claims to be part of the civilized world.

  17. Stern Gang
    August 11, 2014, 12:57 pm

    The United States is Israel’s lapdog. The former can’t stray to far from the Israel Propaganda agencies blueprint. Any infractions results in America being sent off into their cage for a remainder of the day. Israel has the US trained to believe they do and will support them mowing the lawn when need be.

  18. can of worms
    August 11, 2014, 2:02 pm

    Just as you have “In Photos: Worldwide Protest…”,
    you could also have “In Speeches: Worldwide Protest” :

    In Austin, Texas — http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/barack-meaning-barbaric.html#comments (Rania Masri)
    In Tromsø, Norway — http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/increased-operation-protective.html/comment-page-1 (Mads Gilbert)
    In Dublin — http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/rightwing-unscrupulously-holocaust.html (David Norris)
    In London — http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/thrills-ancestors-palestinian.html (Barnaby Raine)

    [This is the backlash of hasbarric insults to the mind.]

    • Annie Robbins
      August 12, 2014, 4:28 pm

      there’s another from dublin can of worms..reminding me i should get it drafted with or without transcript.

  19. Misterioso
    August 11, 2014, 3:19 pm

    Check out this video: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/thrills-ancestors-palestinian.html

    19 year old Barnaby Raine, Jewish Bloc, speaking at rally in London: End Siege On Gaza.

  20. Misterioso
    August 11, 2014, 3:22 pm

    Breaking news.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/11/amal-alamuddin-george-clooney-fiancee-gaza-inquiry

    Lawyer Alamuddin will serve on three-member commission of inquiry looking into possibility of war crimes in Gaza

    The Guardian, August 11/14

    British Lebanese lawyer Amal Alamuddin, who is engaged to George Clooney, has been chosen for the UN’s three-member commission of inquiry looking into possible violations of the rules of war in Gaza.

    Alamuddin is a London-based international law specialist and former legal adviser to the prosecutor of the special tribunal for Lebanon.

    The UN’s top human rights body says she will serve alongside Doudou Diene of Senegal, a lawyer who has filled UN posts on racism and human rights in Ivory Coast, and Canada’s William Schabas, an international law professor at Middlesex University in London, who will chair the commission.

    The appointments were announced Monday by Gabon ambassador Baudelaire Ndong Ella, who is president of the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council.

    • Ageel
      August 12, 2014, 3:27 pm

      She turned down the position. She said she’s too busy with other cases.

  21. Vera Gottlieb
    August 12, 2014, 5:12 am

    And Obama isn’t the only one who needs to be taught about the meaning of ‘barbaric’. Obviously, the Ten Commandments have lost their meaning, just as the UN has lost it’s relevance.

  22. just
    August 12, 2014, 2:22 pm

    Many thanks for this. Stunning.

    My nearly empty hope bucket just filled up a bit more.

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