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There was growing proof on social media over night that the Israeli shootings of Palestinians at the Gaza border yesterday were arbitrary and criminal. Here is a video of a Palestinian shot while walking, evidently toward the fence. Here is another video that appears to show two Palestinian youths being shot, while running holding a tire– and video of the same incident from a different angle.

Haaretz reports that one of the two was shot in the back and killed: Abed el-Fatah Abed e-Nabi, 18.

While the BBC supplies a terrifying statistic: “Palestinian health officials said at least 400 people had been wounded by live ammunition.”

Jim Zogby of the Arab American Institute links video of a Palestinian boy shot while he is praying, evidently at the border. Jacob Magid of the Times of Israel posts the same video and says mordantly, “The IDF’s gonna have a hard time saying this guy fell off his bike…”

Yousef Munayyer of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights observes:

More videos of Palestinians in Gaza being shot by Israeli snipers while posing no threat. Here they were running away. The Israelis were so far away you can’t even see them hiding behind their sniper scopes.

Munayyer asks if there has been any cable coverage of this at all? Scott Roth says, “Won’t find anything on cable, and it’s a scandal.”

The most progressive MSNBC host, Chris Hayes, gave this lineup from last night: Texas woman gets 5 years for voting illegally; John Podesta on Scott Pruitt and the Trump swamp; Trump’s cabinet keeps on filling the swamp; Trump has managed to reinvent the concept of a wall. Well, it must have been a big news day…

Last night PBS News Hour said the “protesters confronted Israeli troops,” and featured a report from Nidal al Mughrabi, a Reuters correspondent in Gaza City, who appeared to blame protesters. “According to the organizers, people should have stayed 700 meters away from the border, but many, many, many of the protesters have ignored the calls of organizers to stay that far. People throw stones. The Israeli responded by tear gas, live fire and rubber bullets, as well as casualties started to fall.” (Though he did relate Palestinian frustrations: “Frustrated at the lack of any horizon. It has made no difference to them whether they live or die.”)

Christians United for Israel linked Israeli army video seeking to justify the shootings: “Our soldiers precisely targeted the specific terrorists that attempted to carry out these acts of terror, some of them known terrorists to our security forces.” (See if you can use the word terror three times in one sentence.)

Bernie Sanders has condemned the killings, in a tweet this afternoon.

The killing of Palestinian demonstrators by Israeli forces in Gaza is tragic. It is the right of all people to protest for a better future without a violent response.

The State Department is misrepresenting Palestinian actions, and U.S. ones too.

State Dept statement on Gaza killings, March 30 2018

Munayyer points to the contradiction, visavis Iranian protesters:

State Department on Iranian protests, 2018

Jim Zogby lays out the double standard:

There’s only 1 reason why US is silent: racism. Americans do not see as humans equal to . They’re not “like us”. We cry when Jews die, but don’t even care to know the names of Arabs who are murdered. Hence no protest from Washington

So does Roth: “Imagine the fury and hell Israel would unleash on Gaza if 15 Israelis were killed by Hamas ‘rockets’ or similar.”

Raf Sanchez of the Telegraph notes that Israeli statements seem contradictory:

Israeli military tweeted earlier “we know where every bullet landed” in Gaza. Reporters asked repeatedly how many live rounds were fired + how many people were hit but a spokesman said they didn’t have figures. They’ve since deleted the tweet.

IDF statement, we know where every bullet landed.

Munayyer points out that the ADL, an American Zionist organization, is being scripted by the Israeli army.

The isn’t just regurgitating Israeli talking points to justify a massacre. They are basically copy and pasting from the Israeli military

So does Ali Abunimah, who posts those statements:

Notice how major Israel lobby groups & , that purport to speak in the name of Jews, use identical Israeli government talking points to justify massacre in Gaza. They speak for Israeli apartheid, not for Jews

ADL statement on latest Gaza massacre

British Board of Deputies statement on Gaza massacre, 2018

 

J Street, the liberal Zionist organization, has had nothing to say about the killings; it is all about David Friedman, the Trump ambassador and supporter of settlements. Americans for Peace Now issued a statement yesterday that is equivocal, blaming both sides, but noting that some protesters were shot for no reason.

APN warned Wednesday of the dynamic that unfolded today. We warned Palestinians against breaching the border into sovereign Israel. We also expressed alarm at Israeli government’s threats to use lethal force against unarmed Gazans protesting on their side of the border and urged the Israeli military to use minimum force to protect the border fence.

Some Palestinians – reportedly only a few – did approach the border fence in a manner that indicated an intention to breach it. Apparently, there was at least one case of such a breach. There was also one reported case in which IDF soldiers were shot at. The IDF used lethal force, including sniper fire and even tank shells, not only against those attempting to breach the fence but also at Palestinian demonstrators who did not threaten the fence.

John Hagee of Christians United for Israel is not equivocal about yesterday’s actions.

These are not protests! Hamas has orchestrated these riots and camouflaged them as peaceful demonstrations. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Shots have been fired from Gaza and terrorists have been trying to breach Israel’s border in an effort to provoke Israel to action.

Gush Shalom of Haifa is also not equivocal, it calls for a demonstration tonight:

No! We will not stay quiet upon the murder of our innocent people in Gaza by the racist occupation forces during the march of return!

We call on the public in Haifa and the region to raise an angry cry against the Israeli butchers!

Last night was the first night of Passover. Tonight is the second seder. Josh Ruebner of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights:

Will I commemorate tonight? Not a chance. How can one celebrate Jewish liberation from oppression millennia ago while most Jewish people today turn a blind eye to, or actively support, Israel’s oppression of Palestinians today?And I especially refuse to celebrate today of all days b/c of ‘s ruthless, cold-blooded massacre of 15 Palestinians marching for their right to freedom and to return to their homes

The Sanders tweet came at 2:47 PM today. Steven Salaita posted this disturbing checklist some time before.

Steven Salaita waits for progressive Democrats to support Palestinian right to protest without being shot.

Still nothing from Gabbard, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Warren or Gillibrand.

Thanks to James North, Allison Deger, and Ofer Neiman.

 

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  1. John O
    March 31, 2018, 10:51 am

    OK, I know that logical thought emanating from Hagee would be a greater miracle than the Resurrection, but, really: “Hamas has orchestrated these riots and camouflaged them as peaceful demonstrations.”

    • James Michie
      April 2, 2018, 9:24 am

      OMG! John O, individuals like yourself are the cause Palestinian suffering for so many decades. You and far too many Zionists/Zionist sympathizers suffer from abject denial and cognitive dissonance, leading you to accept the racism, brutality, genocide, ethnic cleansing and land theft imposed by Zionist Israel on its NEIGHBORS, the Palestinians. And so it goes.

      • echinococcus
        April 2, 2018, 11:05 am

        James,

        John O was quoting a notorious “Christian Zionist” called Hagee –not with any kind of approval, either.

    • gamal
      April 2, 2018, 1:19 pm

      “OMG! John O, individuals like yourself”

      excuse me…

      …/s,

      ….must i do everything…

  2. Citizen
    March 31, 2018, 11:00 am

    This is all over Twitter, but 0 on US saturday morning cable tv news shows.

    • Kathleen
      March 31, 2018, 1:05 pm

      Anything out of Joy Reid? When you go to their websites they do not always put up whole shows now.

    • Annie Robbins
      March 31, 2018, 1:56 pm

      fairly predictable they’d never report it:

      • Annie Robbins
        March 31, 2018, 2:10 pm

        here’s another for you phil, from Imraan Siddiqi, executive director of CAIR-Arizona. posted about a 1/2 hour before Ali’s tweet. juxtaposing ADL w/ IDF

      • Kathleen
        March 31, 2018, 2:23 pm

        “predictable” however not acceptable all. Palestinians have been “Marching for Their Lives and Land” for decades. Wish I was adept at tweets etc how about taking notes from David Hoggs and announcing a small boycott of MSNBC and other outlets that are silent on this critical issue. Of course one would not get a smidgen of the support however another spotlight effort to expose those who have been and continue to provide Israel with cover by keeping this issue in the shadows

    • James Michie
      April 2, 2018, 9:31 am

      Why are both print and broadcast major media in the West silent on Israeli atrocities? The fear of being labeled “anti-Semitic”–that’s what it’s all about! And this invariably is the accusation leveled by Zionists at any legitimate and warranted criticism of Zionist Israel. Consequently, the Israeli Zionists get a free pass on massacre, murder, genocide, ethnic cleansing, brutality and land theft whenever it involves Palestine and its people.

  3. Kathleen
    March 31, 2018, 12:51 pm

    My 90 year old die hard Dem mother keeps her channel on MSNBC all day long so I know most of what is being covered and not since I take care of her (she so did not want to be in a nursing home) Anyway always offer to change the channel (she gets really confused by the all of the buttons on the remote so I often keep it out of her reach) to her other favorite channels Golden Girls etc) Nope she wants to stay on MSNBC.

    Heard Andrea Mitchell mentioned the “clash” which is an odd choice of words to describe murders. However last evening as I pointed out on another post not one MSNBC host whispered about it. As Phil pointed out on Chris Hayes some hum drum issues mentioned including the endless coverage of Stormy, the drinking in the White House etc.

    15 Palestinians killed by Israel and 1000 injured dust in the wind. How fucked up just so totally fucked up. Ok ok I know not appropriate but just so totally fucked up.

    Anyone watch Joy Reid this morning? I doubt she brought it up either. She generally does not bring up anything about the conflict. Melissa Harris Perry did and would have. Probably part of the reason she was canned, I often bring this lack of coverage up about the oppression and brutal treatment of Palestinians on her fb and other MSNBC host fb pages. Do you think MSNBC host have to sign a prenuptial not to report about the death and destruction that Palestinians suffer under the apartheid government of Israel or just an unspoken agreement.

    So terribly obvious their silence being complicity.

    • Donald Johnson
      March 31, 2018, 5:32 pm

      FAIR did a study of MSNBS’s coverage of the Saudi bombing of Yemen. They have almost totally ignored it. Basically, they have zero interest in our complicity in war crimes. And of course they are even less likely to cover Israeli crimes.

      https://fair.org/home/in-run-up-to-vote-to-end-yemen-war-msnbc-remains-totally-silent/

      • Boomer
        April 1, 2018, 6:41 am

        I don’t have cable, but I’d say that the commercial over-the-air stations also don’t say much about Yemen, based on my non-systematic sample viewing. The News Hour sometimes does have good coverage, but its viewership is small. A story there last week was unbearably sad. Our leaders seem disconnected from reality. Especially now that Tillerson is gone.

    • LHunter
      March 31, 2018, 7:06 pm

      Fucked up is the right term Kathleen. Like you I wonder what is said internally about what gets covered at places like MSNBC.

    • Marnie
      April 1, 2018, 1:13 am

      It’s been said over and over again but imagine the MSM coverage if 17 israelis had been murdered and 1000s shot? It would be nonstop. But netanyahoo and co. insistance there must be ‘quiet’ so they can enjoy their seders and pesach festivities without a peep from Gaza, there is no MSM coverage of the carnage, but only to say ‘riots’ and ‘clashes’; not peaceful protests attempting to be quelched by the ongoing violence and death delivered at the hands of the iof. #FUCK THE OCCUPATION AND THE OCCUPIERS

  4. Edward Q
    March 31, 2018, 12:51 pm

    This reporting makes an interesting contrast to the response to the school shootings. Somehow I don’t think the so-called “rioters” present a big threat to the snipers far away behind their fortress wall.

  5. Kathleen
    March 31, 2018, 12:52 pm

    Going to look over at NPR and see what their coverage was on these killings and injuries

    Scott Simon
    https://www.npr.org/2018/03/31/598503589/at-least-15-palestinians-killed-by-israeli-troops-in-clashes

    All Things Considered Friday eve
    For some reason my linking ability becomes more difficult after I link one piece. Anyway over at Friday All Things Considered they did another piece

  6. Kathleen
    March 31, 2018, 1:26 pm

    The Intercept. Interesting comments too

    Israel Opens Fire on Palestinian Protesters in Gaza; Trump Envoy Blames “Hostile March”

    https://theintercept.com/2018/03/30/israel-gaza-march-killed-protest/

    Phil what about a collaborative piece between you and Robert Mackey or Glenn Greenwald about who covered this latest massacre of Palestnians by Israel and who did not. and why not…..MSNBC etc

  7. Citizen
    March 31, 2018, 1:40 pm

    ON CNN: “17 Palestinians killed in confrontations with Israeli Forces.” Trot out Israeli Government spokesman, David Keyes. He blames Hamas who wants to kill Israelis and Americans. Hamas wants genocide of same. Fake protest engineered by Hamas. Shootings needed to stop Palestinians from entering Israel. Palestinians using children wearing Mickey Mouse shirts as human shields. Investigate that, not defense tactic of democratic state of Israel. Embassy issue has pushed peace forward, not backward. Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years. Palestinian leadership pays $400,000 in salaries to Palestinian “martyrs” who want all the land, from the river to the sea.

    Video of two Protesters using sling shots, another of a Palestinian rolling a flaming tire down hill.
    Another of a couple of IDF guys shooting what look like hand held mortars.

    FOX News: “Clash between Palestinians and Israelis at the border.” Israel defending self against terrorists.” Nobody interviewed.

    • Kathleen
      March 31, 2018, 2:19 pm

      Thanks could not find anything. Links?

      • Citizen
        March 31, 2018, 5:14 pm

        Hi Kathleen–I watched it on tv

  8. Ronald Johnson
    March 31, 2018, 3:34 pm

    Alison Weir, “If Americans Knew” , takes over to show what CNN and MSNBC are missing:

    https://israelpalestinenews.org/watch-massacre-in-gaza-5-minute-video-report/

    Would the Israelis call it a turkey shoot?

    noun:

    a marksmanship contest, usually at a festive gathering, in which rifles are fired at moving targets, originally live turkeys.

  9. Maghlawatan
    March 31, 2018, 3:36 pm

    The Board of Deputies remind me of Nazi Judge Roland Freisl who featured in the movie Sophie Scholl. He was an unrepentant idéologue who brooked no discussion about human rights or the end of the system he embodied. He was killed by an Allied bomb in 1945.

    The Board of Deputies needs to be deZionised. It won’t be. When it all goes tits up people will be surprised.

    • Citizen
      March 31, 2018, 5:16 pm

      Yes, Roland is a good analogy. US mainstream media is more subtle; they simply omit discussion or take the word of Israeli government spokes.

      • Kathleen
        March 31, 2018, 8:52 pm

        Bingo….and yet we need to keep bringing attention why the majority of Americans are basically oblivious to the facts on the ground. Although over the years the people who call into Cspan’s Washington Journal have opinions based on facts more and more.

      • Citizen
        April 1, 2018, 9:32 am

        @ Kathleen
        CSPAN has habit of allowing call-ins to speak about any issue, but as soon as somebody ,any caller mentions “the Jews”–said caller is summarily cut-off–most recently I witnessed this a couple of days ago when the general subject was pertaining to US domestic political situation.
        Such rational & well-informed callers as this latest one I witnessed need to ditch generalizing about an entire people; in that case the caller was well informed in laying out the many nuances of power issues but hurt himself by making it so easy to cut him off. There’s was no explanation by the host, as usual when this happens.

      • Mooser
        April 1, 2018, 11:49 am

        “but as soon as somebody ,any caller mentions “the Jews”–said caller is summarily cut-off–”

        “Citizen”, it’s a lot like that old “Fight Club” wheeze; ‘The first rule of talking about the Jews is: Don’t talk about the Jews.’

  10. Maghlawatan
    March 31, 2018, 4:00 pm

    I don’t think it matters to.younger people what the msm do because they don’t use them as a news source. One of the reasons Israel has no control over social media, one of the reasons young Jews are not the AIPAC generation. Israel is a cruel bastard and that can’t be ziosplained away.

    Meanwhile

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/31/weary-angry-gazans-bury-dead-after-deadly-border-conflict
    “”One mourner, Mohammad Sabbagh, 30, sat with his family on plastic chairs in a green funeral tent outside their home in the city of Beit Lahia listlessly receiving condolences from well-wishers. He recalled seeing his brother Bader, 10 years his junior, shot through the head on Friday.

    “He said, ‘I am bored, I don’t want this life’. He asked me for a cigarette; I gave him a lit one, he took about two puffs and then a bullet shot him in the head and went out the other side. I carried him to the ambulance, and he was dead,” he said.

    “Nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed,” Israel’s military said in a tweet on Saturday. However, when asked to clarify, it would not provide a specific number of people it believed its forces had struck, and the tweet was later deleted.

    An Israeli NGO, B’Tselem, warned ahead of the protests that Israel was ignoring the humanitarian situation in Gaza and its responsibility for it, couching the protest “in terms of a security risk”.

    “Israel’s presumption that it can dictate the actions of Palestinians inside the Gaza Strip is absurd. The decision where and whether and how to demonstrate in Gaza is not Israel’s to make,” it said. “Israel has the power to immediately change life in Gaza for the better, but has chosen not to do so. It has made Gaza a huge prison, yet forbids the prisoners even to protest against this, on pain of death”

  11. Spring Renouncer
    March 31, 2018, 5:08 pm

    For the past two days I’ve occasionally tuned in to MSNBC and CNN, wondering if either would mutter even a word about this atrocity… they were mum, AND the supposedly “progressive” MSNBC is the WORST offender. I am seething at the phoniness and hypocrisy of that network’s producers and hosts: they are probably following the story out of Gaza, but their flimsy spines cannot support their burgeoning apathy. How DARE they yap on about racism, the death of civilians in other conflict zones, and Trumpism while ignoring the horrors Palestinians face every day?

    Americans who don’t actively seek out this story will probably remain in the dark. This is nefarious censorship by the self-lauding mainstream media of the “freest country in history”! When I finally did hear a MSM report on the most recent massacre in Gaza it was (predictably) while listening to the BBC Newshour on WNYC – note that NPR and W-NYC didn’t report on the events adequately themselves…

  12. Citizen
    March 31, 2018, 5:13 pm

    Fox News 5PM today: “Hamas using Children to Infiltrate”–IDf using “remarkable restraint”

  13. Boomer
    March 31, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Earlier today, WaPo ran a prime example of the inverted narrative Zionists have perfected from their Jerusalem bureau chief, Loveday Morris. Poor Israel. It has since been revised and improved somewhat, and Hazem Balousha has been added as a contributor to the story. Still, one can get some notion of the tone from the original headline, “Israel threatens to expand response, if Gaza violence continues,” which lives on in the url:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/israel-threatens-to-expand-response-if-gaza-violence-continues/2018/03/31/

    Once again, it seems to me, as an outsider, that Israel has lost its way. It seems that Israel isn’t being true to the best in its own ethical traditions. I suppose it is hard for Jewish Israelis to see Palestinians as humans and as victims. If Israelis did so, they might then be confronted with serious, painful, consequences: moral, psychological, and practical consequences. So it’s easier not to see Palestinians that way. But if the whites of South Africa could do that with the blacks of South Africa, why not the Jews of Israel with Palestinians?

    As an American, however, I’m more concerned with American complicity in this ongoing crime than with Israel’s. How tragic for us that Israel does what it does with our government’s diplomatic, financial, and military support.

    • Citizen
      March 31, 2018, 8:11 pm

      I feel the same as you , as an American.

    • RoHa
      April 1, 2018, 1:53 am

      “It seems that Israel isn’t being true to the best in its own ethical traditions. ”

      When did Israel ever have any ethical traditions?

      • Citizen
        April 1, 2018, 9:52 am

        Israel professes and exhibits Zionist ethics. Ethics is not the same as morality. Even Hitler had an ethical POV.

  14. Edward Q
    March 31, 2018, 8:35 pm

    Israel has promoted Hamas at various times, just as they are promoting the jihadists in Syria and this is an example of why; it lets them demonize these protestors. Their excuse for every atrocity is they are facing subhuman Hamas people.

  15. Kathleen
    March 31, 2018, 8:59 pm

    I for one think all concerned should pound on MSNBC etc by whatever means available to let them know people are keenly aware of their silence. Facebook, tweet, emails etc etc, Yellow bellied cowards absolutely pathetic.

  16. Kay24
    March 31, 2018, 10:03 pm

    Where is Ayman Mohyelden? He covered the last massacre by Israel in Gaza so well. Why is MSNBC so quiet? This time Israel cannot lie and blame unarmed civilians, like they always do, because of these videos, but despite the investigations by the UN, they will, once again be defended at the UN by the witch Nikki Hayley.

    That “logical support” given to the US by Mossad, must be so great the US is willing to overlook anything this terror state does.

    As for the zionist media of the US, we should never be outraged that they ignore, or that their coverage puts Israel in a good light. What does Andrea Mitchell mean by “clash”? Someone should send her the definition of “clash” and explain to her that civilians protesting their occupation and land grabs, are being massacred by deadly weapons, and that people are killed while walking, running, and being no threat. This is a disgusting massacre, that Israel always seem to be guilty of. Netanyahu has blood on his hands, but his people seem to like to see it dripping like that.
    As usual the Hounds of Hasbara are blaming the victims, calling them all Hamas, to justify the massacre.
    The bloody occupation goes on.
    As usual the world does nothing.

  17. just
    April 1, 2018, 9:21 am

    Gideon Levy:

    “The Israel Massacre Forces …

    The death counter ticked away wildle running away from Israeli bordery. One death every 30 minutes. Again. Another one. One more. Israel was busy preparing for the seder night. TV stations continued broadcasting their nonsense.

    It’s not hard to imagine what would have happened if a settler had been stabbed – on-site broadcasts, throw open the studios. But in Gaza the Israel Defense Forces continued to massacre mercilessly, with a horrific rhythm, as Israel celebrated Passover.

    If there was any concern, it was because soldiers couldn’t celebrate the seder. By nightfall the body count had reached at least 15, all of them by live fire, with more than 750 wounded. Tanks and sharpshooters against unarmed civilians. That’s called a massacre. There’s no other word for it.

    Comic relief was provided by the army spokesman, who announced in the evening: “A shooting attack was foiled. Two terrorists approached the fence and fired at our soldiers.” This came after the 12th Palestinian fatality and who knows how many wounded.

    Sharpshooters fired at hundreds of civilians but two Palestinians who dared return fire at the soldiers who were massacring them are “terrorists,” their actions labeled “terror attacks” and their sentence – death. The lack of self-awareness has never sunk to such depths in the IDF.

    As usual, the media lent its appalling support. After 15 deaths Or Heller on Channel 10 News declared that the most serious incident of the day had been the firing by the two Palestinians. Dan Margalit “saluted” the army.

    Israel was brainwashed again and sat down to a festive meal in a spirit of self-satisfaction. And then people recited “Pour out Thy wrath upon the nations that know Thee not,” impressed by the spread of plagues and enthusing at the mass murder of babies (the killing of the first-born Egyptians, the 10th plague).

    Christian Good Friday and the Jewish seder night became a day of blood for the Palestinians in Gaza. You can’t even call it a war crime because there was no war there.

    The test by which the IDF and the pathological indifference of public opinion should be judged is the following: What would happen if Jewish Israeli demonstrators, ultra-Orthodox or others, threatened to invade the Knesset? Would such insane live fire by tanks or sharpshooters be understood by the public? Would the murder of 15 Jewish demonstrators pass with silence? And if several dozen Palestinians managed to enter Israel, would that justify a massacre?

    The killing of Palestinians is accepted in Israel more lightly than the killing of mosquitoes. There’s nothing cheaper in Israel than Palestinian blood. If there were a hundred or even a thousand deaths Israel would still “salute” the IDF. This is the army whose commander, the good and moderate Gadi Eisenkot, is received with such pride by Israelis. Of course, in the holiday media interviews, no one asked him about the anticipated massacre and no one will ask him now either.

    But an army that prides itself on shooting a farmer on his land, showing the video on its website in order to intimidate Gazans; an army that pits tanks against civilians and boasts of one hundred snipers waiting for the demonstrators is an army that has lost all restraint. As if there weren’t other measures. As if the IDF had the authority or right to prevent demonstrations in Gaza, threatening bus drivers not to transport protesters in territory where the occupation has long ended, as everyone knows.

    Despairing young men sneak in from Gaza, armed with ridiculous weapons, marching dozens of kilometers without hurting anyone, only waiting to be caught so as to escape Gaza’s poverty in an Israeli jail. This doesn’t touch anyone’s conscience either. The main thing is that the IDF proudly presents its catch. Palestinian President Mahmous Abbas is responsible for the situation in Gaza. And Hamas, of course. And Egypt. And the Arab world and the whole world. Just not Israel. It left Gaza and Israeli soldiers never commit massacres. …”

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-the-israel-massacre-forces-1.5962852

    • Mooser
      April 1, 2018, 12:26 pm

      “And then people recited “Pour out Thy wrath upon the nations that know Thee not,”

      Love those odds.

    • MHughes976
      April 1, 2018, 1:13 pm

      Thanks for that powerful word from GL.

  18. Ellen
    April 1, 2018, 11:33 am

    J Street, the liberal Zionist organization… I get the creeps every time I read this characterization of J Street. There is nothing “liberal” (whatever that may mean) about any Zionist anything.

    I suspect for many readers this sort of characterization discredits or weakens Phil’s work. Just a thought.

    • Citizen
      April 1, 2018, 12:50 pm

      It would be more accurate to characterize J-Street as “the zionist organization that differs from the other zionist organization, AIPAC, because J-Street recognizes the occupation is wrong.” Hard to put that as a short url, so to speak.

      • MHughes976
        April 1, 2018, 1:12 pm

        I think that’s a fair point, Citizen. There is a moral difference there. The label ‘liberal Z’ is paradoxical but still useful. I don’t think labels have to form a consistent description.

      • echinococcus
        April 1, 2018, 3:53 pm

        Citizen,

        Incomplete summary.

        the zionist organization that differs from the other zionist organization, AIPAC, because J-Street recognizes the occupation is wrong

        … but dedicates itself to opposing any action against said occupation.

      • Citizen
        April 1, 2018, 6:22 pm

        @ echinococcus
        I don’t disagree with your supplemental comment. Thanks.

  19. Citizen
    April 1, 2018, 12:44 pm

    Fox News 1238PM Sunday: Dennis Ross: “This is not a peaceful protest. Quotes Israeli spokes Keys: Palestinians sending 7 yr old girl dressed in Mickey Mouse shirt as human shield.

    Host: Palestinians say Israel is the aggressor.

    Ross: They are trying to make Israel the aggressor.

    Nobody questions why Fox does not trot a Palestinian American to discuss. Or anybody at all to act as Expert guru on this situation that is not either an Israeli spokes or a guy like Ross.

    The host did say Palestinians say they are protesting the on-going Nakba. But there’s no follow up except by Ross & Israeli spokes.

  20. Citizen
    April 1, 2018, 6:25 pm

    Fox News Today, Easter Sunday, 623PM EST: “”Violence escalating in Gaza. Demonstrators gather in Tel Aviv to protest 15 killings of Palestinian protesters in Gaza” Amounts to a breaking news blurb sentence with no follow up or trotting out of a pundit.

  21. just
    April 1, 2018, 7:56 pm

    Check out this report from the scene of the massacre by Hind Khoudary:

    She puts MSM to absolute shame!

  22. Ronald Johnson
    April 1, 2018, 9:21 pm

    Let me add another comment: the Gaza scene put me in mind of the concept described as “suicide by cop”

    Suicide by Cop occurs when people want to die but do not want to kill themselves. So they put themselves in a position where a police officer is forced to shoot them.

    It is plain to see that the inmates of Gaza are approaching despair – even unto suicide. So the bargain is to induce the Israelis to kill them, but in a scenario of absolute defenselessness.

    Behold! The Israelis are eager to oblige, thus removing all doubt about the Israeli intentions as for Palestinian human rights. It makes sense for the Palestinians as a desperate gambit of hope that the world will be aroused to the aid of the Palestinians. Alas, the Nations are magically deprived of courage. It is time to break the spell.

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