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The Great Return March has already made a difference.  As thirty thousand non-violent marchers are all indiscriminately viewed as “legitimate targets” for asserting their inalienable human rights, the image of Israel as a liberal democracy, an image already severely tarnished by its brazen embrace of apartheid over the past few years, is now receiving additional blows that will be hard to recover from.  US politicians are finally noticing, and expressing criticism of the country that was once untouchable. As Philip Weiss notes:  “As protests at the Gaza border get underway this morning, several liberal Democratic politicians have finally objected to Israel’s shooting of unarmed Palestinians at the Gaza fence.” Weiss goes on to point out that the criticism of Israel is nevertheless tempered by the call on Palestinians  “to exercise their rights nonviolently,” and describes Senator Elizabeth Warren’s criticism as “tepid.”

My own take about US politicians’ response to these attacks is quite different.  Up to the latest attacks, on the weekly Great Return Marches by Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, American politicians have come out in droves to assert that offensive formula, “Israel has the right to defend itself.”  It is offensive because Israel is not defending itself, it is defending an illegal occupation, which violates the human rights of a civilian people it is obligated, according to international law, to be protecting. It is also offensive because we have never, not once, heard an equivalent “Palestinians have the right to defend themselves,” even when they are the ones coming under attack.  

Much more revealing than the few comments by congresspeople who criticized Israel,  Mark Pocan (WI), Pramila Jayapal (WA), Keith Ellison (MN), Barbara Lee (CA), and Henry C. “Hank” Johnson Jr. (GA), is that, this time around, not a single Democrat has actually come out to shield Israel.  Not one has stated that “Israel is our friend and strongest ally,” not one has spoken of “joint values.”  As Jonathan Ofir noted, Israel’s genocidal comments are isolating it.  

From the Balfour Declaration to today’s Great Return March, the past hundred years of Palestinian history have been one painful trajectory of racist settler-colonial injustice imposed upon the indigenous people, followed by uprisings, which in turn are violently suppressed, until the people can take no more, and rise up again, demanding justice.  The revolts, the 1936-39 uprising against Mandate Britain, (sometimes known as “the first intifada”) and more recently, the 1987 and 2000 intifadas, have taken on many forms, from armed insurrection to completely peaceful protests. They have invariably been met with extreme violence on the part of the oppressor, whether England, which first imposed martial law and crafted many of the measures Israel still employs in its discrimination against the Palestinians, to the full blown massacres Israel now routinely engages in, as it finally strips off the mask of “democracy:” to declare that every Palestinian refugee is a legitimate target.  

This is the turning point we have been looking for, when Israel is finally viewed by its hitherto enablers as a liability, not an asset.  At a time when the US is deeply divided between white supremacy and the impulse to resist fascism, the toxic collision between Trump and Netanyahu, and on the popular level between white nationalism and Zionism, is forcing US politicians to distance themselves from an Israel that is ever more open about its true nature as a racist, genocidal state.  Now, then, is the time to break the Zionist hold on our “representatives,” and make it very clear to them that they do not have our support while they profess “joint values” with Israel.

And this is already happening, as outraged citizens are indeed confronting our politicians. It started a couple of years ago,  at town halls across the nation.  We must increase the pressure.  We could ask Bernie Sanders, for example, who rehashed the cliché of “disproportionate response,” as he explained that Israel “over reacted” to the marches, what, exactly, he would view as  an appropriate “response” to unarmed civilians asserting their inalienable human rights. Should Israel have killed five, instead of seventeen protesters? Maybe only three? Would killing three unarmed protesters be “proportionate?”

If we don’t seize the moment of outrage, now, as Israel shows its bare face of criminality, we might as well abandon the struggle.  But if we want change, rather than a scream of pain, we must direct our activism towards those who enable the oppressor. It is past time we stopped discussing such irrelevant matters as whether Palestinian resistance is fully non-violent.  It is resistance, by a dispossessed, disenfranchised, oppressed people, against a nuclear power that does not recognize the humanity of the Palestinians whose most basic rights it has been violating for seventy years.

And it was certainly never appropriate to worry about how Israel will be impacted by the Right of Return. Worrying about the impact of the Right of Return on Israel is like university administrators who prioritize the impact of a rape conviction on the rapist. “Oh but it would destroy his career as an athlete!” The Right of Return is non-negotiable. A country that violates it is the criminal party. Palestinians returning to the town and villages they fled during Al Nakba will change the demographics in Israel, but it would be justice at long last.  Those demographics, allowing Israel to claim it is a “Jewish democracy,” are themselves the result of violence, and can only be maintained through violence.  Besides, qualifying “democracy” voids that very term. Would we ever accept, rather than ridicule and criticize, a country that claims to be a “male democracy,” or a “Muslim democracy?”  And Ahed Tamimi’s slapping of the Israeli occupation soldier is no more “violent” than a woman scratching her rapist. We have prioritized the oppressor for way too long.

In a little under a month, Palestinians will be commemorating the 70th anniversary of Al Nakba.  We can be part of the solution, by confronting Israel’s enablers here in the US.  Or we can let our outrage join history’s heap pile of missed opportunities. And forget about the ideals of freedom, self-determination, justice.  They can be buried in the rubble in Gaza.

Let us do our part.  

About Nada Elia

Nada Elia is a Palestinian scholar-activist, writer, and grassroots organizer, currently completing a book on Palestinian Diaspora activism.

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  1. Maghlawatan
    April 17, 2018, 4:12 pm

    Schumer has no choice but to repeat pure garbage

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/16/israeli-snipers-letter-divides-opinion
    “The former combatants who wrote concerning Israel’s security policy on the Gaza border (Letters, 13 April) do not represent the views of the majority of Israel defence force (IDF) soldiers, who appreciate the high moral standards demanded of them by the country they serve.
    I myself served as a lieutenant in the IDF tank corp and can attest that Israel places the utmost priority on avoiding causing harm to innocent civilians, stringently enforcing a rigorous code of conduct. Any soldier who contravenes this code faces severe consequences.
    Far from being “unarmed demonstrators”, rioters approached the border at the instruction of terror group Hamas. Armed with guns, explosives and molotov cocktails, they sought violent confrontation. Of those killed, around 80% have already been identified as belonging to terrorist organisations. Israel unilaterally withdrew from all of Gaza in 2005 and it is astonishing to read the mendacious claim that Israel is seeking to “maintain the regime of occupation”.
    Hamas alone bears responsibility for organising violent riots with the purpose of infiltrating Israel in order to murder innocent civilians. This is clearly documented in the Hamas Charter. For the good of both our peoples, they must stop.”
    Paul Charney
    Chairman, Zionist Federation UK and Ireland

    • amigo
      April 17, 2018, 5:40 pm

      “Any soldier who contravenes this code faces severe consequences.” Mag

      Let,s see how that is in the real world.

      Azaria , The Medic who murdered an unarmed Palestinian as he lay injured on the ground was severely punished and had to spend 9 months locked behind bars.

      What exactly is considered contravening “the code”.

      I know, getting caught on camera.

      • Maghlawatan
        April 18, 2018, 10:53 pm

        Wall to wall bullshit, Amigo. If Israel was a person it would be a junkie . Diaspora Zionists would be sympathetic relations providing money. And Israel would be on fentanyl.

      • ritzl
        April 23, 2018, 12:04 am

        You assume there is a real world…🤔 🙂

    • Misterioso
      April 18, 2018, 9:50 am

      “Israel unilaterally withdrew from all of Gaza in 2005 and it is astonishing to read the mendacious claim that Israel is seeking to ‘maintain the regime of occupation.’”

      Bullcrap!!

      Reality:

      The entity known as “Israel” is still illegally occupying the Gaza Strip:
      Human Rights Watch, 2005: “…Israel will continue to be an Occupying Power [of the Gaza Strip] under international law and bound by the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention because it will retain effective control over the territory and over crucial aspects of civilian life. Israel will not be withdrawing and handing power over to a sovereign authority – indeed, the word ‘withdrawal’ does not appear in the [2005 disengagement] document at all… The IDF will retain control over Gaza’s borders, coastline, and airspace, and will reserve the right to enter Gaza at will. According to the Hague Regulations, ‘A territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army. The occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised’. International jurisprudence has clarified that the mere repositioning of troops is not sufficient to relieve an occupier of its responsibilities if it retains its overall authority and the ability to reassert direct control at will.”

      The International Committee of the Red Cross: “The whole of Gaza’s civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility. The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law. The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, ratified by Israel, bans collective punishment of a civilian population.”

      “In practice, Gaza has become a huge, let me be blunt, concentration camp for right now 1,800,000 people” – Amira Hass, 2015 correspondent for Haaretz, speaking at the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University.

      To quote Dov Weisglass, then PM Ariel Sharon’s senior adviser:
      “‘The significance of the [proposed] disengagement plan [implemented in 2005] is the freezing of the peace process,’ Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s senior adviser Dov Weisglass has told Ha’aretz. ‘And when you freeze that process, you prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, and you prevent a discussion on the refugees, the borders and Jerusalem. Effectively, this whole package called the Palestinian state, with all that it entails, has been removed indefinitely from our agenda….’ Weisglass, who was one of the initiators of the disengagement plan, was speaking in an interview with Ha’aretz for the Friday Magazine. ‘The disengagement is actually formaldehyde,’ he said. ‘It supplies the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians.’” (Top PM Aide: Gaza Plan Aims to Freeze the Peace Process, Ha’aretz, October 6, 2004)

  2. Maghlawatan
    April 17, 2018, 4:50 pm

    Freak scene Israel. Self-righteous Jews with guns.

  3. Maghlawatan
    April 17, 2018, 5:29 pm

    The magnitude of the concept that Israel is now a liability is striking. It took 70 years to get to this point. The model is wrong . The Palestinians are also humans.
    David Gruen, Menachim Begin, Ariel Sharon, Golda Meir, tzipi Livni- your side is taking a hell of a beating.

  4. MHughes976
    April 17, 2018, 5:31 pm

    Tonight’s UK news included a report on the anti-anti-Semitism campaign bring conducted against Corbyn. It’s going very well and in many ways it’s about anti-Zionism. This is at the time when the horrible things on the Gaza perimeter are going on. I don’t think Israel is much of a liability in UK politics at the moment.

  5. yourstruly
    April 17, 2018, 5:44 pm

    According to Israel’s prime minister the IDF in its killing of peaceful protesters is doing holy work. Islamic terrorists such as Al-Qaeda also see their killing of innocents as holy work. Coincidence? Or birds of a feather….?

    • LHunter
      April 18, 2018, 9:01 pm

      All fanatics using religious zealots to execute on murderous deeds. Fascism and religion – a deadly malodorous cocktail

  6. Stephen Shenfield
    April 17, 2018, 7:28 pm

    Palestinians cannot return to most of the villages from which they fled (or were driven out) because those villages no longer exist. A practical resettlement plan needs to be worked out.

    • CigarGod
      April 17, 2018, 9:22 pm

      Why not?
      If the Zionists can build settlements, they can re-build villages.

      • echinococcus
        April 18, 2018, 5:25 pm

        Let the Zionists just pay for it. They can’t be trusted with building anything for civilized people –by the look of their new townships and “settlements”.

    • LHunter
      April 18, 2018, 9:05 pm

      They can resettle in Shlomo’s house – freedom first housing later. The immediate need is to stop the bullets, feed the masses, supply fresh water and proper healthcare.

      • Maghlawatan
        April 19, 2018, 10:47 am

        Jon S has loads of space and is a good Jew because he loves the stranger. He could take in a few families.

      • Mooser
        April 19, 2018, 6:49 pm

        You can always depend on “Jon s” to love the stronger.

      • LHunter
        April 19, 2018, 10:54 pm

        Ya but I hear the food is crap

  7. Marnie
    April 18, 2018, 2:14 am

    Birthright Founder Gives Middle Finger to Protesters Outside Gala

    Over 150 students protest, led by campaign calling on young Jews to boycott Birthright Israel and support a right of return for Palestinians

    Haaretz Apr 16, 2018 10:45 PM

    “Michael Steinhardt, the co-founder and major funder of Birthright Israel, flashed his middle finger at protesters outside a gala dinner in honor of the 18th anniversary of the free trip to Israel for young Jewish men and women.

    More than 150 students from colleges in the New York and New England areas protested in front of the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York, where the annual gala was held on Sunday evening. The students represented groups including Jewish Voice for Peace, Students for Justice in Palestine, the Palestine Solidarity Alliance and the Democratic Socialists of America, all of which support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

    The protest was led by Return the Birthright, a campaign supported by Jewish Voice for Peace and Independent Jewish Voices. It calls on young Jews to boycott Birthright and to support the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in Israel. During the event, the anti-occupation group IfNotNow, which does not take a stance on the BDS movement, projected on the ballroom building an image with the words “Birthright Lied To Us,” and “Jewish Youth Demand the Truth.”

    A quote attributed to the evening’s honoree, billionaire philanthropist Sheldon Adelson — “Israel Isn’t Going to Be a Democratic State – So What” — also was projected on the wall.

    Adelson, a major Birthright funder, was presented with the “Guardian of the Jewish Future” award at the event. ”

    Very telling. An old man gives the finger to a group of young jews who demonstrate against Birth(doesn’t give you the)Right and Sheldon Adelson gives the finger to the world with his “Israel Isn’t Going to Be a Democratic State – So What”. The old ‘deflated balloon’ that used to be a man has shown his true face (again). Time and again the elected officials of the U.S. senate show their true allegience…..it’s not to the americans who they are elected to serve, americans, americans dammit, not israelis!!!

    • Misterioso
      April 18, 2018, 10:23 am

      Zionism is entering its death throes. As predicted long ago by eminent enlightened Jews, it could only be thus.

      Henry Morgenthau Sr., renowned Jewish American and former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, 1919: “Zionism is the most stupendous fallacy in Jewish history….The very fervour of my feeling for the oppressed of every race and every land, especially for the Jews, those of my own blood and faith, to whom I am bound by every tender tie, impels me to fight with all the greater force against this scheme, which my intelligence tells me can only lead them deeper into the mire of the past, while it professes to be leading them to the heights. Zionism is… a retrogression into the blackest error, and not progress toward the light.” (Quoted by Frank Epp, Whose Land is Palestine?, p. 261)

      Asked to sign a petition supporting settlement of Jews in Palestine, Sigmund Freud declined: “I cannot…I do not think that Palestine could ever become a Jewish state….It would have seemed more sensible to me to establish a Jewish homeland on a less historically-burdened land….I can raise no sympathy at all for the misdirected piety which transforms a piece of a Herodian wall into a national relic, thereby offending the feelings of the natives.” (Letter to Dr. Chaim Koffler Keren HaYassod, Vienna: 2/26/30)

      • guyn
        April 18, 2018, 10:52 am

        “which my intelligence tells me can only lead them deeper into the mire of the past, while it professes to be leading them to the heights. Zionism is… a retrogression into the blackest error, and not progress toward the light.”

        So true

      • Marnie
        April 18, 2018, 11:00 am

        I hope so, but ‘the waiting is the hardest part’.

  8. Tuyzentfloot
    April 18, 2018, 6:19 am

    There’s a lot of enablers..
    This article is about a group advocating press freedom . You’d think that Israel shooting journalists would be interesting to them but they fired one of its members who criticized Israel over Gaza .
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2018/04/canada-group-slammed-firing-staff-decrying-israel-killings-180417201124192.html

    • Misterioso
      April 18, 2018, 10:45 am

      @Tuyzentfloot

      Courtesy of a Canadian friend:

      I quote Neil Macdonald’s CBC article in full:

      http://www.cbc.ca/news/ opinion/cfje-statement-1. 4620246

      CBC News Apr 15, 2018

      “Call me radical, but journalists should be able to pledge support for Palestinian journalists
      Apparently, though, taking such a position in Canada can damage our credibility, and should be avoided.” By Neil Macdonald

      “Call me radical, but I’ve always thought there are at least two subjects on which journalists are absolutely entitled to express public opinions: freedom of expression, and attacks on journalists.

      “I am all for the former, and firmly against the latter. Surely we all are.
      Apparently, though, taking such a position in Canada can damage our credibility, and should be avoided. At least in certain circumstances.

      “I can draw no other conclusion from the uproar over a statement by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), a laudably titled group that regularly denounces suppression of speech and journalism in countries such as Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Russia and China.
      The group’s statements are blunt, as they should be. In 2016, for example, the CJFE demanded Prime Minister Justin Trudeau address repression in China during any official discussions: ‘China is one of the worst perpetrators of crimes that silence the voices of activists, journalists, artists and others who exercise their right to freedom of expression,’ it declared.

      “No controversy ensued. Why would it? Nor were journalists upset when CJFE denounced the regime in Egypt, which has massacred protesters and imprisoned journalists whose coverage it didn’t like, or Pakistan’s ‘culture of impunity’ when it comes to murdering journalists, or the conduct of the government of Iran, which CJFE demanded Trudeau urgently address.

      “Or its multiple denunciations of the Syrian military, which has killed various journalists, notably American war correspondent Marie Colvin, whose reports of violence against civilians the Assad regime found so annoying.

      “CJFE statement on Israel
      “Then, earlier this month, CJFE tore into Israel, and learned that sometimes, it’s best to temper your outrage. Sensitivities matter. So, evidently, does the nationality of the journalists being attacked.

      “The CJFE was reacting to the Israeli military’s use of live ammunition against tens of thousands of Palestinians who have protested, some in bellicose fashion, inside the fence that keeps 1.8 million people penned up in Gaza. Israeli troops deployed on the other side of the fence have to date killed at least 30 people, and, according to Palestinian health authorities and reports in Israel, shot and wounded hundreds of others, including at least nine journalists.

      “Israeli troops also killed a journalist a few days after CJFE released its statement. Yasser Murtaja, of Ain Media in Gaza, was shot in the abdomen April 6 while wearing a blue flak jacket emblazoned with the word PRESS.’ The picture of Murtaja lying mortally wounded was a dreadful reminder of journalistic vulnerability, particularly for those of us who have reported from war zones while wearing exactly the sort of blue jacket he had on when he was gunned down.

      The CJFE’s outrage was full-throated. On April 2, after the first round of demonstrations and shootings, it accused the Israelis of a massacre, of “extrajudicial killings,” and of using “one-sided military force against civilian protesters and media.” It demanded Canada condemn the killings, and use all means to pressure Israel into convening an inquiry. The statement denounced attacks on both journalists and protesters, something CJFE has done in the past with respect to other countries.

      “Earlier this year, when the regime in Iran unleashed another of its murderous crackdowns against pro-democracy protests, CJFE organized a petition and issued a statement without ever mentioning journalists. It also scathingly denounced Saudi Arabia’s savage crackdown on non-Sunni dissidents, which again had nothing to do with reporters, calling the kingdom one of the ‘world’s worst offenders’ against free expression.

      “In any case, I did not find the CJFE statement about Israel outrageous. But then, I stood and watched in 2001 as an Israeli border policeman took careful aim during skirmishes near Ramallah and shot Bertrand Aguirre, a friend and fellow reporter, in the chest. The shot flattened Aguirre, but the armour plate in his jacket saved his life. Aguirre’s employer, France’s TF1, demanded action; Israel basically ignored the protest.

      “I also stood in a border kibbutz in 2000 and watched as an Israeli tank fired a single artillery shell across into Lebanon at the vehicle of the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen, another friend and colleague who was taping an on-camera report in an otherwise empty field just down the hill. The shell killed Abed Takkoush, a longtime BBC journalist based in Beirut, who’d been working with Bowen. The BBC, which collected footage from multiple cameras that filmed the killing, sent Bowen out to do interviews. He flatly called it a war crime.

      “Deaths of foreign journalists

      “In fact, the Israeli military has shot several foreign journalists over the years. And at least 17 have been killed while working in the occupied territories, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. (At least one was killed by unknown Palestinian thugs; Palestinian officials have demonstrated little regard for the safety or work of their journalists, or human rights, for that matter. The late Yasser Arafat controlled them tightly, and imprisoned those who criticized his authority.)

      “The Foreign Press Association in Jerusalem, of which I was a member, pressed the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) for investigative action on several occasions, but without much result. We felt it necessary to publicize the attacks, for our own safety’s sake.

      “Personally, I saw no organized malevolence toward reporters in the IDF; I’d dealt with enough Israeli soldiers to know that many of them operated by the book. But I also knew very well that others among them were fanatics, some from ultra-nationalist settlements, and considered foreign journalists enemies of the Jewish State.

      “And some of Israel’s supporters abroad took nearly as dim a view of my craft. Pro-Israel media ‘watchdog’ groups and other activists in Canada, the United States and the U.K. are quick to attack, characterizing reporters whose coverage they don’t like as Israel-haters or anti-Semites, urging their readers to mount letter-writing campaigns. Their efforts have worked; many journalists and editors have come to understand that critical coverage of Israel can result at minimum in a professional headache, and at worst in career damage.

      “Former British Zionist Federation leader Andrew Balcombe actually once demanded that the BBC replace Jeremy Bowen after he made critical remarks about Israel in a memo, reasoning that Israel’s killing of Bowen’s colleague during the episode in Lebanon ‘may have coloured (his) views about Israel…’

      “If Israel says a shooting is an accident, its allies abroad accept the explanation immediately. If Israel says it was defending itself against violent attackers and terrorists, as it did after the Gaza shootings, they repeat the message loyally, and attack anyone who reports otherwise. Sometimes they remind news organizations of the IDF’s Purity of Arms code, held up by Israel’s supporters as proof that Israel maintains the most moral army in the world.

      “What they ignore is the fact that Israeli troops are very good at hitting what they aim at, and sometimes their targets are unarmed civilians, as the vast majority of the Gaza protesters were, or unarmed journalists. This is not a ‘fog of war’ issue. As the IDF put it in a now-deleted tweet about the Gaza shootings: ‘Everything was accurate and measured; we know where every bullet landed.’

      In other words, whoever shot Yasser Murtaja did so deliberately. Purity of arms was evidently not a concern. In fact, footage recorded by an Israeli soldier and published in an Israeli newspaper showed other troops laughing and cheering as a sniper dispatched an unarmed protester during an earlier incident at the Gaza fence.

      “Likud politician Oren Hazan summed up what happened in Gaza neatly: ‘What’s all the fuss about?’ he tweeted. ‘Anyone who approaches the fence, armed or not, is gonna get it. As it should be!’ Israel’s defence minister congratulated the snipers.

      “Given all that, the CJFE statement would seem unremarkable. But there is principle, and there is reality. The organization is financially strapped, and controversy can repel donors and prominent journalists were distancing themselves.

      “After a few days, the organization recanted. It pulled the statement, the employee who wrote it is no longer on staff, its president resigned and the board of directors issued a new, much less barbed declaration.

      “CJFE spokesman Tom Henheffer told me the original statement was in line with the organization’s mandate and positions it has taken in the past, but noted that it was ‘unfortunately interpretable.’ He added: ‘The political situation is fraught for us.’

      “I also spoke to my CBC colleague Carol Off, who resigned from a CJFE volunteer role over the original statement.

      “She made two points:

      “First, she said, the language of CJFE’s communiqués has been growing more activist in recent months, protesting assaults on speech even more often than assaults on journalists.

      And second, ‘I think Israel’s excesses should be treated differently than those of Saudi Arabia. Israel has democratic institutions, a free press and a claim to transparency. Saudi Arabia does not. And so I think the language is different, as it would be for the United States. Israel has pressure points. It’s possible to actually make an appeal for accountability from Israel. Whether it works is another story.’

      “Two things about that: The fact that Israel is a democracy, with the expectation of rule of law that implies, surely justifies even greater criticism when its security organs behave like those of the surrounding regimes. In any event, though, my observation — and I suspect, the observation of any foreign reporter who has spent time in Israel — is that such appeals to Israel’s institutions don’t work. The excesses of Israeli soldiers, as Off characterizes them, are almost never punished. Criticism from organizations like CJFE (or from the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court) stings, and may therefore be useful.

      “For a journalist working in Gaza or the Occupied Territories, a PRESS badge offers limited protection at best. For a Palestinian journalist, it clearly offers none at all.

      “The U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists bluntly called those responsible for Murtaja’s death ‘killers.’

      “Good for the CPJ. I’m sending a donation.”

      • LHunter
        April 18, 2018, 9:21 pm

        Wow – thx for sharing

  9. jaspeace2day
    April 18, 2018, 12:23 pm

    And if only many more knew the truth about just how deep the israelis have infiltrated our government, media and economy…. Just remembering this article by Christopher Bollyn at http://bollyn.com/why-do-isis-videos-come-from-israeli-intelligence/

    Why do ISIS Videos All come from Israeli Intelligence?

    May 10, 2017

    The grisly ISIS videos, like the most recent one supposedly showing the killing of a Russian soldier, all come to us through Israeli agents working for Israeli intelligence. How can it be that the ISIS media outlet “al Furat Media Foundation” is able to produce high quality videos, but does not even have a website? Nor is ISIS even able to send its nasty videos directly to its chosen audience, in this case the Russian government or media outlets. Why is it that ISIS videos all come to us from Israeli intelligence?

    Let’s look at the most recent ISIS video and examine how it came to Western media outlets:

    First, the Israeli intelligence agent Rita Katz of SITE Intelligence Group in Bethesda, Maryland, issues a message with photos and information, like the one above. Western media outlets subscribe to her propaganda service and report on the videos giving source credit to SITE Intelligence Group, which is usually described as “U.S.-based” although there is nothing American about it. It is purely Israeli intelligence/progaganda to feed Israel’s fraudulent War on Terror. In this message Katz says the video comes from Furat Media – what’s that?

    If we look up “al Furat” in Wikipedia we find four media outlets named Furat, but none of them are “al Furat Media Foundation.” If we do a Google search for videos from al Furat Media, we find that all the videos supposedly from ISIS Furat Media don’t come from a website belonging to “al Furat” at all, but come to us from a website called Jihadology.net. What is that?

    Well, here is the latest grisly ISIS video at the top of the Jihadology.net webpage. It calls itself “a clearinghouse for jihadi primary source material.” That’s interesting. All of the Furat videos come from Jihadology.net. Who runs that?

    Aaron Yosef Zelin – Well, Jihadology.net is run by a Jewish Zionist from Highland Park, Illinois, named Aaron Zelin. He works with Zionist think-tanks like the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and graduated from Brandeis University.

    Aaron Y. Zelin speaks and writes about ISIS. His father, Richard D. Zelin, is a high-level Zionist in Chicago. He was Associate Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish United Fund and Director of the Chicago Conference on Soviet Jewry, among other things. How did this Zionist kid from Chicago become such an expert of ISIS?

    Well, Aaron Zelin attends Israeli intelligence events like the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism’s (ICT) 16th International Conference at Mossad university, the Inter-Disciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya. This event opened on the evening of September 11, 2016. One of the key speakers was the Israeli-American dual-national Michael Chertoff, the former Asst. Attorney General who oversaw the destruction of the crucial evidence from the 9/11 bombings. The Jewish Voice reported that Aaron Y. Zelin also spoke at the five-day conference. So, the source of the “al Furat” videos is actually an American Zionist who works very closely with Israeli military intelligence. So, who is actually making these grisly videos and why are they all coming to us through Israeli agents like Rita Katz and Aaron Zelin?

    Answer: Because these videos are all productions of Israeli intelligence made to frighten the West into supporting Israel’s war agenda in the Middle East.

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    Sources and Recommended Reading:

    “Global Leaders Address World Summit on Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya” by Fern Sidman, Jewish Voice, September 21, 2016

    “Frighten the West: The Israeli Roots of Terrorism” by Christopher Bollyn, Bollyn.com, November 22, 2015

  10. Kathleen
    April 18, 2018, 1:42 pm

    Senator Schumer is a right winger on this issue.

    Completely incapable of moderating his view based on facts.

    Completely unable to say that Israel’s continued expansion of illegal settlements is not only immoral but in violation of UN resolutions and other international laws.

    Completely unable to speak out against violence and human rights crimes being committed against the Palestinians by the Israeli government.

    What other example can you provide of a Dem Senator who represents the foreign policy agenda of another nation over the national security of the U.S.? It is clear how much Schumer loves Israel but at some point one would think that he would come to the realization that he is hurting Israel’s ability to face their own horrific mistakes. That if he wants to help save Israel based on the internationally recognized borders instead of continuing to expand their control over internationally recognized Palestinian land and oppressing the Palestinian people in the process while clearly embracing apartheid methods he might think about encouraging Israel to make some serious and concrete compromises

    • Maghlawatan
      April 18, 2018, 3:34 pm

      Schumer is old. So is the Dersh.
      Israel is not going to be able to replace these bigots.
      If we spin everything out even as little as a decade the wheels will have started falling off.
      Israel has no coherent strategy to defend apartheid other than accusing people of hating Jews. And in the age of social media there is no Wolf B to control the message. There are no journos afraid for their careers either because FB and Google have destroyed the traditional media.

  11. Jackdaw
    April 18, 2018, 2:10 pm

    How many violent rioters were mixed into the 30,000 non-violent demonstrators?

    An approximate number please.

    • Mooser
      April 18, 2018, 5:21 pm

      “How many violent rioters were mixed into the 30,000 non-violent demonstrators?”

      Well, we would probably have to look very hard at those with automatic weapons and artillery. Were there many of those? Lotta shoulder-fired missiles and RPGs? That’s a no-no And anybody with a tank goes right on the list!

    • echinococcus
      April 18, 2018, 5:28 pm

      Jack&&&,

      None of your flutin’ business. Occupied peoples have every right to resist by all means available, and invaded peoples have every right to eject any colonials. Read international law, not Zio, and shut up.

    • John O
      April 18, 2018, 6:50 pm

      @Pheasant

      How many roads must a man walk down, before he admits he is lost?

    • LHunter
      April 18, 2018, 9:31 pm

      How many murderers (mass or otherwise) were mixed into the IDF rank and file? Approximate number please

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