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  • Ceasefire deal after weeks of fighting in Gaza promises easing of blockade
    • Ha! Just heard Netanyahoo proclaiming victory on the main evening (radio) news!
      None of their aims realised, but somehow he calls victory?! Promising an even more 'vigorous' response 'next time'. So he's already planning to 'mow the lawn' again at some unspecified future date. Big HE man. Smell that rank testosterone, people!

  • Israel's decades-long effort to turn the word 'terrorism' into an ideological weapon
    • Regarding the current bout of Israeli State terrorism:

      link to theguardian.com

      "Riad al-Malki, the Palestinian foreign minister, wrote to the governments of the UK, US, France, Australia, Canada, South Africa and five Latin American countries on Tuesday, reminding them that all states are obliged under international law to investigate alleged violations, including war crimes, committed by their nationals. Malki said that governments should warn their citizens that they could be liable for investigation and prosecution.

      Thousands of soldiers with dual nationality are conscripted into the Israel Defence Forces, while non-Israelis also volunteer under the IDF's Mahal programme, which invites Jews from other countries to serve in combat and support roles for up to 18 months. The IDF did not respond to a request for figures.

      Malki's letter, which was also sent to Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, sets out the requirements under international law for governments to investigate alleged violations over which they have jurisdiction, including the actions of their nationals."

      Our governments should be arranging for the nationals who served to attend for interview on their return, to ascertain which brigades they served with, where and when. If it can be shown they participated in specific war crimes they should be prosecuted.

  • WATCH: Ultra-Zionists protest Muslim-Jewish wedding saying miscegenation is 'gravest threat to the Jewish people'
  • 40 Holocaust survivors condemn 'massacre' of Palestinians, call for BDS against Israel
    • Wow. Just listening to the tremendous noise in Gaza at the notification of the ceasefire! Every car horn blaring, celebratory gunfire, muezzins, etc.

  • Our new look
    • But Annie,
      KKKKhamas made those nice, clean, uniformed young men kill all those kids, those women, the elderly folks terrified in their own homes! I'm sure jon s said so numerous times...
      It surely wasn't their training, their 'war' planning, their officers, their rabbis, their politicians, their newspapers, or 90% of their compatriots!

    • jon s

      "I abhor terrorism and I despise terrorists of any kind, whatever their “cause”happens to be. Once they deliberately target innocent civilians – they lose any sympathy I may have had, based on their ” cause”."

      Yeah, and you tell us of your shame and horror of the founding of Israel in terrorism every time! You lead movements determined to change the names of all the Israeli streets and towns named for these murderous terrorists, don't you?

      Hypocrisy writ large.

    • As well as really really wanting the 100 Most Recent back, I miss the right hand bar of the latest posts - now I have to go back to the main page to discover if there are new ones, instead of just refreshing.
      And it's a bit confusing to have a handful of aged articles mixed in with the new! (I actually just hate change!)

  • 'NO DISCUSSION of Gaza' -- new Zionist etiquette
    • Somebody snuck into your home, redecorated and replaced all the furniture, so it doesn't feel like home any more! Did somebody else move in while we were out? Did we sell up and forget? Where's my comfy chair? Why can't I find anything in the kitchen any more?

  • 'Absolutely not!' -- Young Colorado Jews meet hostility when they try to talk to organizational leaders
    • I have a brother and a sister who got genes like that. Look 20 years younger than they damn well are!

  • What's 7 letters and begins with Z and runs in the 'NYT'?
    • OgleR has been brought up to believe theft conveys ownership, especially if one uses the stolen goods. It's part of his national ethos.

  • Air strikes and rocket fire resume as Gaza negotiations collapse
  • More Orientalist insinuations in the New York Times
    • @tree
      Full agreement re Freddie Mercury. I haven't heard a voice that matches his. And tho I never went to a Queen concert, when watching videos of them I see a performer who pours himself out to the crowd. The best.

  • HAMAS made me do it!
    • Thank you RoHa.
      Oh, yes, think I'm lined up for a lot of that!
      I've already impressed them with the speed and dexterity of diaper changing (perhaps a mistake on my part?!).

    • Thank you very much from the newest grandparent on the blog!
      She arrived at 5.50am, and I know her name now!
      XXX
      (Edit - both parents doing fine too)

    • @Palikaka
      Outrageous. Yeah.
      Two columns, past 6 years.
      In column one, please detail all Hamas "crimes against humanity".
      In column two, please detail all Israels crimes against humanity.
      See which has more than wants or wishes as crimes.

    • Thank you!
      I'm starting to feel quite excited now. They've been keeping her name secret for months now, so I'll only find that out once she's here. Won't even give away what letter it starts with, the rotters! I'm pretty sure she'll have all fingers and toes, and be fine.

    • Something weird's happened to the comment sign in function!
      When i went to a new page, saw I needed to sign in, and tried to do so, but it said I'd tried too many times already - before i began! Have you been hacked? Notice no other new comments for over an hour?

      Anyhow, Bumblebaby's decided to make her debut a couple of weeks early, so I might not be around tomorrow, much. Likely be some hours yet.

  • Mort Zuckerman claims he toured the devastation in Gaza. Really?
    • Before I read this - I'm listening to a Man Who Knows! Mads Gilbert on Hardtalk, very effectively batting away every Hasbara point Zeinab Baddawi can throw at him - only flub so far (and it's nearly over) is referring to Peres as the 'late' President! Didn't know he'd been in Beirut in 82 either.
      link to bbc.co.uk

      Very fast talking (the pair of them), so loads of info. This is a man who really knows the devastation, and knows exactly why how and who is the cause of it!

  • Witnessing Gaza
    • @JeffB
      Do we hear you cackling behind your keyboard as you type such deluded rubbish?

    • Complete Codswallop, Gene Shae!
      No ethnic/religious category has the exclusive right to self-determination as such. If Israel wanted to be an ethno-religious supremacist state it should have chosen to set up in uninhabited islands somewhere in order to do so. As it is, it denies the right to self-determination of the indigenous people of the land it has stolen.

  • 'Bombing the Dead' -- Max Blumenthal in Gaza
  • Man who saved Jewish boy in Holocaust acts to save Israel from 'racist... quagmire'
    • @Jackdaw
      c-o-n-t-e-x-t, carrion eater, while you peck and caw over a families entrails? Descendents of holocaust survivors murder the relatives of great-great-grandkids of those who may have saved them.

  • Palestine posters archive nominated to UNESCO Memory of the World program
    • @NormanF
      (Does that last name end 'uckwit'?)
      Did you read more than the headline?
      "what was proposed for inscription is our core collection. This is a body of 1,700 posters published from the mid-sixties through the mid-nineties."

      (Others please note - our Norm says Palestine was a country in the 1930s and 1940s! - should be recorded for future reference!)

  • The catastrophe inflicted on Gaza--and the costs to Israel's standing
    • Al, if he'd turned the medal down, we'd never have heard of him, there would not have been multiple MSM stories about what he's done and, more importantly, WHY he's done it! He has empowered others to speak out. He is being HEARD!

  • How to respond to thoughtful people who can't help saying 'but Hamas'
    • No Gene, it's no jest. You should be blushing in shame at your ignorance. 47/48 was all started by proto-Israel, and continued by Israel in order to INCREASE its land. The various Arab armies did not invade the Israeli portion of the partition, they attempted to prevent further theft and protect the Palestinians - who had no army.

  • Israeli soldiers carved Stars of David in homes in Gaza, report Blumenthal and Cohen
    • Since the star has been taken over as a state symbol I don't think it can be anti-semitic in I/P. Whether one is for or against, it's used to denote the state of Israel, not the faith (or lack of it) of Jews.
      Iow, it represents zionists/zionism, the zionist state, not Jews. Ie, consign the zionist state to the dustbin of history?
      And soldiers graffiti, aside from a we woz here, uses it as a symbol of state power, not as anything to do with religion.

  • Accounts of Israeli war crimes in Khuza'a, Gaza pile up
  • 15 airplanes to fly over NY and NJ beaches with Israeli flags and We Love Israel banner
    • @American
      No no no! Pilots are just earning their living, not harming anyone. Now, if someone could shoot red paintballs at the flags and banners, making them seem drenched in blood, that'd be better!

  • The Walzer Problem
    • jon s is doing the old projecting thing again with his 'human shields' rubbish. Everybody knows it is the IDF that uses human shields, every time, recidivists that they are - must be SOP for them!

      link to electronicintifada.net

      "Since the assault on Gaza began, Israeli leaders and their supporters have repeatedly accused Hamas of using Palestinian civilians as human shields in an attempt to absolve Israel of responsibility for deliberately killing more than 1,600 Palestinian civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

      Despite there being no evidence to prove this libelous claim, it has been unquestioningly echoed in major media outlets and invoked by US officials to blame Palestinians for their own slaughter. It has even been used to justify genocide against Palestinians in a newspaper ad created by anti-Palestinian extremists Shmuley Boteach and Elie Wiesel.

      But the available evidence demonstrates that it is the Israeli army, not Hamas, that has been using Palestinians as human shields in Gaza."

      The article goes on to detail instances of families and children being so used by the IDF, including that of one teenager who was held by them as such for FIVE days. Does jonny boy have anything to say about that?

  • Daily News publisher, Gov. Cuomo, Yankees president, and NE Patriots' owner are latest to rush to Israel's side
  • Giving birth under bombardment
    • The most heartrending story I heard was from (I think) a young woman medic returning here, interviewed on radio. A heavily pregnant young (21 or 22) woman was wounded by shrapnel, and her unborn baby was killed by it (severe head injuries). She needed extensive surgery and was being medevaced when they met, but the baby's death saved her life - had she not been pregnant, the shrapnel would have hit her organs. She was described as terribly traumatized.

  • The Greenhouse propaganda—How Gazan history is being rewritten to dehumanize Palestinians
  • 'We are all Palestinian'
  • Six arrested in civil disobedience at Federation offices in Philly
  • Rep. Steve Israel tweets his meeting with Mikey Weiss of Roslyn Heights -- but not Netanyahu
    • Maybe he stuck his finger in the wind to test the waters and found Netanyahu's star was waning? (what a mash up!) In Israel as it is back home? I wonder how soon there'll be elections, and who'll be the next Israeli PM. I suspect he's too arrogant to consider his constituents opinions. Just like his namesake the country.

  • 'A blind evil rage that increased forever, day and night' --Mads Gilbert on Operation Protective Edge
    • Mmmhmm. You keep believing in your silly fairy tales ez, rather than reality. Gaza has not been "returned to Hamas", it is under near total siege conditions by its belligerent occupier. The West Bank is also under occupation and near siege conditions, as the indigenous people do not have any but a modicum of civic control in area A. Israel entered into a war of choice in 67 in order to steal the rest of Palestine and parts of Syria, etc.

  • After Gaza
    • So Hamas are the "terrorists" though their targets were military (don't forget Israeli military HQ hides by the shield of a major hospital, when it ought to be on the outer edge of an industrial zone at best), but Israel and you are innocent victims again, eh? Despite the fact that in supporting the country where, admittedly, you live, this means supporting crimes it is in the commission of 24/7/365 for over 66 years. Israel should be under total siege until it mends its ways. No imports or exports, no air travel, no sea travel, no visas, no dole from uncle sam, nothing. You are complicit in Israel's crimes and chose to be so despite knowing better.

    • The Guardian's decided to run the disgusting and controversial Wiesel/Boteach "child sacrifice" ad on Monday:

      link to theguardian.com

  • Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren dropped as CNN 'analyst'
    • jpb
      Simple - "analyst" tends to sound somewhat neutral to a (fairly uninformed) viewer/listener whereas former ambassador is quite emphatically not a remotely neutral position.

  • Gaza Calling: All out on Saturday August 9 Day of Rage
    • Better tighten them crossings. One of the running headlines on Ma'an was that rocket sirens had gone off (no article yet). There's no 'give' in Israel's piece conditions.

    • Israel probably knows all the little and not so little secrets that would bring 'em down if revealed. Maybe even sets them up on their free trips. I notice that one of the 4 republicans who voted against the other days 'thing' was Mark Sanford. His scandal got revealed iirc, he still got re-elected, and now doesn't seem to be owned.

      As a side note, Disasters Emergency Committee will be broadcasting an emergency appeal for Gaza on Friday (in UK), and this time, it will be carried by the bbc (as well as the other channels) - despite there being no Tony Benn any more to tear them a new one if they didn't!

      Edit - oh, I used to bump into (Animals) Hilton Valentine in the 90's. Nice bloke.

  • Conflict Resolution 101: Talk to Hamas
    • This is the (translation of) letter Moshe Feiglin wrote for Netanyahu from his facebook page:

      "With God’s Help

      Attention

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

      Mr. Prime Minister,

      We have just heard that Hamas has used the ceasefire to abduct an officer. It turns out that this operation is not about to be over any too soon.

      The failures of this operation were inherent to it from the outset, because:

      a) It has no proper and clear goal;
      b) there is no appropriate moral framework to support our soldiers.

      What is required now is that we internalize the fact that Oslo is finished, that this is our country – our country exclusively, including Gaza.

      There are no two states, and there are no two peoples. There is only one state for one people.

      Having internalized this, what is needed is a deep and thorough strategic review, in terms of the definition of the enemy, of the operational tasks, of the strategic goals, and of course, of appropriate necessary war ethics.

      (1) Defining the enemy:

      The strategic enemy is extremist Arab Islam in all its varieties, from Iran to Gaza, which seeks to annihilate Israel in its entirety. The immediate enemy is Hamas. (Not the tunnels, not the rockets, but Hamas.)

      (2) Defining the tasks

      Conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters.

      (3) Defining the strategic goal:

      To turn Gaza into Jaffa, a flourishing Israeli city with a minimum number of hostile civilians.

      (4) Defining war ethics: “Woe to the evildoer, and woe to his neighbor”

      In light of these four points, Israel must do the following:

      a) The IDF [Israeli army] shall designate certain open areas on the Sinai border, adjacent to the sea, in which the civilian population will be concentrated, far from the built-up areas that are used for launches and tunneling. In these areas, tent encampments will be established, until relevant emigration destinations are determined.

      The supply of electricity and water to the formerly populated areas will be disconnected.

      b) The formerly populated areas will be shelled with maximum fire power. The entire civilian and military infrastructure of Hamas, its means of communication and of logistics, will be destroyed entirely, down to their foundations.

      c) The IDF will divide the Gaza Strip laterally and crosswise, significantly expand the corridors, occupy commanding positions, and exterminate nests of resistance, in the event that any should remain.

      d) Israel will start searching for emigration destinations and quotas for the refugees from Gaza. Those who wish to emigrate will be given a generous economic support package, and will arrive at the receiving countries with considerable economic capabilities.

      e) Those who insist on staying, if they can be proven to have no affiliation with Hamas, will be required to publicly sign a declaration of loyalty to Israel, and receive a blue ID card similar to that of the Arabs of East Jerusalem.

      f) When the fighting will end, Israeli law will be extended to cover the entire Gaza Strip, the people evicted from the Gush Katif will be invited to return to their settlements, and the city of Gaza and its suburbs will be rebuilt as true Israeli touristic and commercial cities.

      Mr. Prime Minister,

      This is the a fateful hour of decision in the history of the State of Israel.

      All metastases of our enemy, from Iran and Hizballah through ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood, are rubbing their hands gleefully and preparing themselves for the next round.

      I am warning that any outcome that is less than what I defined here means encouraging the continued offensive against Israel. Only when Hizballah will understand how we have dealt with Hamas in the south, it will refrain from launching its 100,000 missiles from the north.

      I call on you to adopt the strategy proposed here.

      I have no doubt that the entire Israeli people will stand to your right with its overwhelming majority, like myself – if only you will adopt it.

      With high regards, respectfully,

      Moshe Feiglin"

      Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. Member of Netanyahu's Likud. Full on facsist.

      link to electronicintifada.net

      Must be Blitzer's hero.

  • What I said to the couple holding a banner with a swastika on it
    • Or this one?

      "Henrik Gargan (sligoker) on Twitter
      link to twitter.com latest from Henrik Gargan (@sligoker). ... More. Embed Tweet. Henrik
      Gargan @sligoker · 25 Feb 2013. Fujifilm X-Pro1 & XE-1 Image Thread - FM
      Forums ..."

      I haven't looked further than a quick google. Doesn't really look like a name from Sligo.

    • I already know there's a major march planned for London (again) on that date. But if this is true:

      link to maannews.net

      "BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel is willing to agree to the rebuilding of the Gaza Strip in exchange for the disarmament of militant groups there, an official said Tuesday.

      Ofer Gendelman told Ma’an that the Israeli government linked the rebuilding of Gaza with disarming factions in the coastal enclave."

      There should certainly be rage of the highest degree if the Israelis are trying to condition rebuilding after the devastation on disarming. There needs to be focus on at least getting the port operational and open, with international sea protection if necessary!

  • UK activists shut down Israeli arms factory
    • Well, the UK is the home of the teletubbies! But I've never considered a high-vis jacket to resemble any of them. Shurely you noticed the sun was setting? And you'll note the dull dun color of the representative of the fire service on the right. Anyhow, they've been wearing those things for years now, must be used to looking like navvies.

    • Take a look at the before and after satellite photos of some of the bombed neighborhoods:

      link to theguardian.com

    • I liked these two paras from the article:

      "I assume the IDF acts with deliberation, under orders from the Netanyahu government. And I think the extraordinary and illegal forced relocation of over 250,000 Palestinians from 44% of Gazan land is a crime against humanity under the guise of establishing a “buffer zone” for security purposes.

      Look at the region’s maps from recent history. Look at the steady erosion of Palestinian land and the acquisition of land by Israel, and you can understand that the present attack on Gaza is not about solely about Hamas. It’s about land. It isn’t just about Hamas’s rockets. It’s about land. It isn’t just about Hamas’s tunnels. It’s about land. It isn’t about kidnappings. It is about land. It isn’t even about meeting a housing crisis in Israel. It is about grabbing land from the Palestinians in Gaza and the natural resources that go with the land, upon the occasion of Israel’s military invasion of Gaza."

    • The bbc is/was under occupation too!

      link to stopwar.org.uk

      "IF BBC coverage of Israel’s systematic destruction of lives wasn’t sufficient to make people hot under the collar, the corporation’s justification of its role should do so.

      “Our role is to explain what is happening and why and we endeavour to reflect a range of voices amid deeply held views,” says an anonymous spokesperson.

      If that’s what it’s supposed to do, the BBC is failing its own criteria.

      At no time do its correspondents explain that the Palestinians are a people under military occupation and that Israel is pursuing a relentless colonisation of the West Bank, which, under the 1993 Oslo accords, is supposed to be the site of an independent Palestinian state.

      ......

      The BBC Bristol occupation has shown the way. The national broadcaster belongs to us all, not just those who are indifferent to Palestinian humanity.

      Film-maker Ken Loach tore into the BBC for its biased coverage of Israel’s assault on Gaza as he joined an ongoing occupation outside the broadcaster’s headquarters in Bristol.

      Speaking to the Morning Star from the front lawn of the BBC Bristol offices, Mr Loach said: “The protesters are doing a terrific job even as the BBC is threatening to get them evicted from the site.

      “We should note that many at the BBC, including senior staff, are embarrassed by the broadcaster’s coverage that has an obvious pro-Israel bias."

      ......

      Palestine campaigners have occupied the front lawn of the BBC building in Bristol for the last week.

      They are set to join thousands in a march through the city today against the “Israeli genocide” in Gaza. It is set to be the biggest protest in Bristol for a decade, with demonstrators departing Bristol’s Shah Jahal Mosque at noon for a rally on College Green.

      And next week they are set to present a “damning dossier” to BBC Bristol TV editor Neil Bennett containing evidence of the broadcaster’s biased reporting and demand time to argue their case."

  • British gov't minister resigns over 'morally indefensible' Gaza policy, urging Palestinians to go to international criminal court
    • Jeremy Corbyn MP (Labour) has written a letter requesting the recall of Parliament over the Gaza assault:

      link to leftfutures.org

      "By repeatedly championing Israel’s “right to defend itself” above anything else, the UK is seen by many as being complicit in the wholesale slaughter of Palestinian civilians, and thus in violating the Geneva Convention."

      And:

      "Issues I’d like to see addressed include:

      ■Why Britain abstained at the UN Human Rights Council recently when a vote came up regarding a Commission of Inquiry into Israeli actions.
      ■The nature of the military relationship between Britain and Israel I arms supplies between the two.
      ■What diplomatic actions are being taken regarding respective ambassadors: Why the Israeli Ambassador has not been called in for discussions in view of the terrible situation caused by the Israeli bombardment, and why the British Ambassador to Israel has not been recalled for consultations."

    • Another Tory who stood up for her today is Nicholas Soames. I've been revising my (formerly low) opinion of him. A couple of weeks ago he roundly denounced Israel in a Parliamentary debate on the subject!

  • I'm waiting for Roger Cohen to say that Zionism is 'often' racism
  • Israel shells another UN school-- and even the US is 'appalled'
    • @jwp
      I do hope you're not assuming I'm one o' "them"! But I thoroughly understand the fury and frustration you're feeling.

    • I think, seriously, there's got to be international pressure on all our politicians, the UN, and whatever else needs it, to get at least the port in Gaza permanently reopened. The arbitrariness of goods coming via Israel, people unable to leave via Egypt, is now completely intolerable.

    • In the last few minutes (according to radio) Israel has announced a several hour humanitarian ceasefire for tomorrow - excluding Rafah.

  • Who broke the ceasefire? Obama blames Hamas against the evidence
    • Further, from the authors of the original article:

      link to countercurrentnews.com

      "...IDF investigators still smelled something funny about Ovadia’s professions of innocence. They pressed on with their questioning, only to catch him in a number of lies. Finally, Ovadia confessed to having made the post, and quickly deleting it once it was clear he was going to get in trouble for his hateful comments.

      Now, the IDF has announced that Ovadia is being sentenced to 30 days in jail. They assert that he did not actually shoot 13 children, but was instead using the claim to harass and terrorize Palestinians on social media. As we suspected, Ovadia has not even qualified for the .50 caliber rifle, but had posed with it to look intimidating."

    • link to angryarabscommentsection.blogspot.co.uk

      "In the mean time, while more information is gathered on Ovadia, the “hacktivist” group “Anonymous” took control of his Instagram account, deleting it entirely. For “good measure” Anonymous sources said that they hacked the websites of the Mossad intelligence agency in Israel “or the brave IDF Sniper”, in reference to Ovadia. By 11:30, they had taken down the Israeli Ministry of Defense as well, and similarly attributed it as a response to Ovadia’s confessions."

    • Ed Miliband has spoken out (from radio), says Cameron should send a message to Israel that its "actions in Gaza are unacceptable and unjustifiable".

      I picked this up from Guardian:

      "Der Spiegel is reporting that Israel spied on Kerry during peace talks last year. This report from Agence France-Presse

      Israel eavesdropped on US Secretary of State John Kerry during doomed peace talks with the Palestinians last year, German news weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday.

      The article said the Israelis and at least one other secret service listened in on Kerry’s conversations as he tried to mediate, in a development that Der Spiegel said was likely to further strain ties between Israel and the United States."

      link to theguardian.com

  • Inhuman shield: How 'The New York Times' protects US elites from Gaza's brutal reality
    • I nipped into the archive to see it.
      Interesting.
      To Aug 1, rockets and mortars from Gaza to Israel 4,169
      Missiles, naval and tank shells from Israel to Gaza 21,324

      That's numerically over 5 times as much from Israel, not even considering killing/destructive power.

    • Oops!
      "Sorry, the page you were looking for in this blog does not exist. "

    • A few nights ago, Rudoren popped up being interviewed by the bbc (radio), burbling on about the rocket notification app. The bbc has also been pretty awful in its coverage. Today, it seems the 'body count' has started all over again - instead of referring to the sum total of the dead, every bulletin I've heard refers ONLY to the dead since the breakdown of the (non) ceasefire as 200 (and that was just the first day!). But another 80 or so have died today. The number killed in this onslaught must now be over 1700, but is being minimized by this kind of reporting. Are they trying to create a sort of 'amnesia' amongst most of the public?

  • Israel calls Obama's tune
    • Since the Rafah incident yesterday, the radio reports are that another 200 Palestinians have died, so the figure must be over 1600 by now.
      "Someone", "somewhere" must have read the (financial/funding) riot act to Obama and Kerry re the elections later this year to force them to toe the Israeli line. Since the truth is out there wrt how and when the incident unfolded.

  • 'Dear American Jewish community, It's time to talk about Zionism'
    • @just
      What?! How did Mooser get married a coupla weeks before he was born??

      ;)

      Is he in the record books?

  • Israeli military announce they will bomb al-Shifa hospital in Gaza
  • Portrait of a Zionist
    • In breaking this latest ceasefire, Israel has sent an almighty 'Up Yours' to the Obama admin as well as the UN. They obviously believe that their paid lackeys in the House and Senate will support them over their own country's international interests. Will the long vacation give Obama and Kerry any wiggle room to speak and ACT more decisively or not?

  • The Brits are way hipper about Palestine than Yanks
    • Two pieces from Craig Murray yesterday castigate some of those Brits who rally to/support Israel's cause:

      link to craigmurray.org.uk

      "But surely the British Ambassador to Israel has spoken out in public about the terrible carnage in Gaza?

      He most certainly has. Gould has reflected the massive indignation of the British people by stating that:

      “This was a conflict triggered by Hamas raining down on Israel hundreds and hundreds of rockets fired indiscriminately at Israeli towns and cities. Israel has a right and even an obligation to defend it citizens.”

      Gould paid a pro-Israeli propaganda visit to Sderot, the Israeli chosen destination for media reports about Hamas rocket attacks, and the place where Israelis hold parties to watch people being blown apart in Gaza. Gould spoke of having to take his own family into the bomb shelter in Tel Aviv when sirens sounded from Hamas attacks."

      link to craigmurray.org.uk

      "It is a matter of shame to me that my University has honoured a woman whose primary political activity is as a promoter of genocide.

      Baroness Cox’s support for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians is persistent and consistent. She is the deputy head of the Presidium of the Jerusalem Summit, an organisation which states that:

      “The establishment of a Palestinian state must be removed from the political agenda”

      The Jerusalem Summit calls for the deportation of all Palestinians from Gaza.

      This is not an accidental association of Baroness Cox. She also is a key member of the Israeli Institute of Strategic Studies, which also calls prominently for the ethnic cleansing of all Palestinians from Gaza:

      “The only durable solution requires dismantling Gaza, humanitarian relocation of the non-belligerent Arab population, and extension of Israeli sovereignty over the region.” "

  • With nearly half a million displaced in Gaza, UNRWA head calls on Israel to take responsibility
    • 72hr humanitarian ceasefire announced, joint statement by Ban Ki Moon and Kerry, to start 8am (Palestine time) tomorrow. No link - just came thru on radio.

  • Blitzer and Rudoren pump Israeli tunnel fears (and AIPAC cashes in)
  • 'Children killed in their sleep': Israeli artillery fire hits UN school, killing at least 20
    • The video seems to have been removed now. By the user.

    • I hope Ms Bensouda pulls her finger out and ACTS this time. If there's a matter of ICC funding to consider, I bet people would pull together to crowdfund this.

    • Israel is at war against the UN in Gaza too. Don't forget how 'anti-semitic' they say it is. It must be sheer hell to try to work in that situation, and find your shelters, your people, just as much targets as the Palestinian civilians. Am so glad he had someone to comfort him.

  • Video: Mark Regev, deciphered
  • More voices describe Gaza slaughter as a 'genocide'
    • It is genocide. Israeli intent.
      13 days ago, LtCol Lerner spelled it out on radio, and I commented here:
      link to mondoweiss.net

      "“Distance the terrorists from our borders”.
      Given the warning orders for people to move out of the north of Gaza, and the same for those in the east, it seems clear that they are going to force the people into a much smaller area of the ghetto/enclave, and increase vastly the barren no-go buffer zone. Maybe a couple of miles?"

      And so it is, from this map, 3 kilometers:

      link to reliefweb.int

      Clearing a whole 3k along the Gaza/Israel border as an increased no-go/buffer zone. Total destruction.

  • Video: If you voted for Hamas, Israel has a right to kill you, says president of NY Board of Rabbis
    • When the rabbi says “we gave them freedom nine years ago” he would seem to be claiming "Jewish" as his primary NATIONALITY rather than American. But he presumably doesn't see the need to go grab an Israeli passport, because, well, it's a 'birthright'. This sort of comment emphasizes the immense wrong of Israeli nationality laws. He, along with many others, has internalized the message that he is part of a 'Jewish Nation' that belongs to/is born part of Israel and owes a primary loyalty to that nation. Wrong wrong wrong.

  • To my Jewish friend (you know who you are)
    • It is often tough and lonely if you're in an area far from political activism. I was shocked a couple of years ago by the reaction of one of my brothers - he thought my position wrt Israel was 'anti-semitic', but he also claimed our late mother was too, which is total bs as her step-mum was Jewish! (But he doesn't have any memory of our Granny Esther, she died when he was very small)
      Anyhow, I tend not to bang on at family, I'll speak if the subject arises and that seems to be more effective - my son and his wife are starting to take notice of the facts for themselves. He surprised me last week for having noticed the donation of the German team player who donated his winnings for Gaza, and this week they've ordered 'Save Gaza' wristbands. Small stuff, but they've got a huge circle of friends and acquaintances who they in turn might influence. He may even write one of his satirical pieces for 'The Spoof'!

  • Video: Celebrities, artists and activists call for Palestinian freedom in #GazaNames project
    • Wanton destruction of a whole neighborhood.
      Most definitely a war crime caught on camera.
      Wonder if the whole 60mins is available?

    • Couple of sportsmen standing up for Gaza:
      link to rcir.org.uk

      "German footballer Mesut Ozil, who plays for Arsenal, reportedly said he is donating his World Cup earnings to the children of Gaza following his country’s triumph in the cup. The German Football Association awarded each of the team’s players a €300,000 bonus for winning the cup, in addition to €150,000 following their semi-final win and other rewards for every game."

      link to theguardian.com

      "England have defended Moeen Ali’s right to wear wristbands demonstrating his support and sympathy for the people of Gaza when batting on the second day of the third Test against India in Southampton.

      The International Cricket Council’s code of conduct bans players from displaying “messages which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes”, and an ICC spokesman confirmed on Monday that the governing body is “investigating the matter”.

      But England believe that Moeen’s messages – “Save Gaza” and “Free Palestine” – were humanitarian rather than political, after the 27-year-old had already been pictured raising money for the Gaza relief efforts in his home city of Birmingham last week."

  • ‘Lone soldiers’ and young ideologues from around the world contribute to Israeli war crimes
    • From Channel4's Factcheck blog:

      link to blogs.channel4.com

      "Unlike some other countries, Britain does not have an effective law prohibiting its citizens from fighting for foreign armies.

      There is an obscure piece of legislation still on the statute books – the Foreign Enlistment Act 1870 – which ostensibly makes it illegal for British citizens to join the armed forces of a country fighting a state at peace with Britain.

      But this proved to be embarrassingly ineffective when prosecutors attempted to stop British volunteers from fighting in the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.

      The lack of any practical ban on foreign enlistment leads to the slightly odd situation where a teenager can travel to Syria to fight for the brutal Assad regime with impunity, but if he sides with enemies of the regime he could face prosecution as a terrorist back in Britain."

      There are about 100 Brits in the IOF.

  • Kerry is off the Israel bandwagon
    • A para from Derfner's analysis of "Why Israel won't sign any ceasefire that's fair"

      link to 972mag.com

      "If Israel agrees to end the war on terms that grant major, transformative relief to Gaza, that largely lift the blockade on the Strip and allow Gazans substantial freedom of movement – which is what Ban and even Kerry are talking about – then Hamas wins the war."

  • Destruction of Gaza's children is something 'every one of us must confront' -- Jon Snow
    • The bbc have put an Israeli in charge of their middle east coverage. Raffi Berg. When I complain I refer to the 'Israeli censor in charge of the Middle East desk'.
      Some years ago (not sure how many) there was a major falling out between the bbc and GoI over coverage of the P/I issues, and I think they were frozen out for a considerable time. That and other pressures (there exists a website called 'bbcwatch' similar in nature to 'cifwatch', based in Jerusalem solely to monitor and mount campaigns against any coverage not sufficiently pro-Israel) seem to have ruined them journalistically.

  • (Updated) In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza
    • Listening to LBC at moment, NO mention in the bulletins. Duncan Barkes asking who is to blame? Spoke to Israeli in London, spoke to a Dena, who he keeps describeing as being in the West Bank , Israel!!! Fired off texts asking for correction, simply repeated. Bellowing at radio in fury. Had other voices on, but no Palestinians yet.

  • Survivors of massacre in Khuza'a say Israeli forces used Palestinians as human shields
    • Now it's there! I can't go to the "Killing Fields" one though - it's the 3rd one in a row that keeps causing a problem and "internet explorer needs to close". Bah! I keep up with the comments via the 'most recent'.

    • YooHoo, Eds! The article isn't appearing between the headline and the 'about Yousef Alhelou'. Can someone put it back - I haven't read it yet!

  • Claim that Hamas killed 3 teens is turning out to be the WMD of Gaza onslaught
    • I'm sure the rabbi asked a very careful question, such as, "is there any scientific explanation for their bodies being in this condition after being in shallow graves in those temperatures for that many days?" to which of course, the answer would be no.

      "for the first time, since receiving the case where bodies lay in the warm weather" suggests that a specific question of that nature may have been asked, in order to convey the particular message.

    • John O

      link to bhol.co.il

      "Rabbi Yaakov Roger, a member of the Chief Rabbinate and Rabbi of ZAKA, the rabbi at the morgue of Forensic Medicine, said in a conversation with Behadrey Haredim that for the first time, since receiving the case where bodies lay in the warm weather, worms were not found on their bodies.

      "I testify that the three saints were not controlled by maggots," says the rabbi, and is surprised. "Beyond the bullet holes there were not any signs of abuse or damage."

      "According to doctors at the Forensic Institute, there is no scientific explanation for this phenomenon," says the rabbi."

      Who had the resources to hide these youths bodies for this length of time in refrigerated conditions that prevented decomposition? Who benefited (in their own twisted ideology)?

    • Despite being found in shallow graves after being missing for 18 days (in temps of 30 - 40c, or 80 - 100+f), their autopsies apparently showed no decomposition. So would you believe the NuttyYahu brigades found and then concealed the bodies until a convenient moment presented itself to plant them on a farm belonging to relatives of the men they've accused of the murders? Or would that be just a tad too cynical?

      Edit - oops, should be in reply to John O!

  • Israeli forces kill 3 during Gaza solidarity march in West Bank village of Beit Ummar (Updated)
  • NY Times reports source of UNRWA school attack is unclear even though Israel said they did it
    • I found a good analysis of media bias by Davids Cornwall and Edwards (of medialens) here:

      link to stopwar.org.uk

      The sub head:

      "The hidden backstory is that Israel's land grab cannot be conducted under conditions of peace. It requires Perpetual War; a phoney, one-sided 'war' dominated by Israel."

      The final para:

      "For in truth, biased US-UK journalism is empowering the Israeli government's effort to terrorise the Palestinian people into accepting gradual genocide as their land and resources are stolen. As we have discussed here (see also Gideon Levy here), the hidden backstory is that this land grab can not be conducted under conditions of peace. It requires Perpetual War; a phoney, one-sided 'war' dominated by Israel's perennial trump card: high-tech military power supplied by that eternal 'peace broker', the United States."

      And plenty in between, the first subject being the bbc.

  • Horrifying details continue to emerge of massacre in Khuza'a
    • There were reports much earlier today on bbc radio about this (overtaken by the school bombing) the reporters saying it was the first time they had heard of the IDF doing house to house searches during the present conflict. They must think there's something to find there.

  • How Israel militarized social media
    • One of Gaza's local doctors, interviewed on bbc today said if you want to stay alive, stay away from children!

      Jon Snow's blog from Gaza is harrowing.

      link to blogs.channel4.com

      "I can’t get her out of my mind. Two year old Nema. Her broken skull and fractured nose have imposed two vast round suppurating panda sized blobs effectively closing her tiny eyes.

      Since she was blown up in an Israeli artillery barrage five days ago, she has not uttered a sound. She is mute, whether forever, no one knows.

      And Noradin, playing in a crowded street, hit by shrapnel from an Israel missile fired from an F16. In that explosion 45 people were injured, many of them children, two were killed.

      Finally, for the moment, Maha, her back shattered, her face bruised. She is shrivelled beneath a rag of a sheet, the dirt from the street still clinging to her feet. She is just seven years old.

      I am wandering through the dense maze that is the honeycomb of children’s wards on the second and third floors of Gaza’s remarkable al-Shifa Hospital.

      This is the birth place of saints and the death yard of angels.

      The saints are the doctors from all over the world who are dealing with the bloody consequences of this war. The angels are the innocent children too broken by battle to survive."

      There's more, including a 6min video and pictures, and he ends thus:

      "The world is witnessing what is happening in Gaza. There is bound to be judgement."

      This particular blog has also been made available in Arabic.

      Edit: We're so damn lucky to have someone like Jon Snow on our mainstream media!

  • Israeli forces shell UN school where displaced Palestinians gathered, killing at least 9
    • Surely you just need to conduct the ceremony that follows the awarding of the Grand Order of the Boot? Y'know, the old spit n' polish thingy.

  • Palestinians build tunnel to attack Israeli kindergarten, Netanyahu says
    • Don't be silly Jon66! Gamal is providing a little more context, and showing that things might not have turned out so badly had the Israelis (those 'terror' experts) had any competence.

      Why not tell us what avenues you think the Palestinians have to achieve any redress for the wrongs done to them for so many decades? The whole of Israel is aligned against them, there are powerful forces outside of Israel that are aligned against them, and their leaders will barely take baby-steps in the UN.

      Also, perhaps you could tell us why you think that Hamas have not used their tunnels in the past months for terror purposes such as:

      Roadside IEDs

      Placing indiscriminate car bombs

      Home invasion/murders

      Other terror activities

      As opposed to the purely military uses that they have been put to.

    • No one has come through these tunnels to place indiscriminate IEDs on Israeli roads, no one has come through these tunnels to put bombs beneath cars or trucks, no one has come through these tunnels to commit home invasions or murders. Israel CANNOT justify this 'terror tunnel' meme and really, Ban Ki Moon ought to call him out on it (cos Obama and Kerry won't)!

    • How do you know that Hamas stored their weapons in (by the way, UNUSED) schools? No one knows which faction the rockets belonged to! The UNRWA site didn't know.

    • Absolutely agree. These tunnels could have been used for terrorist purposes any time before the current conflagration. They have not been. IF Hamas was truly a 'terrorist' organisation they would have had no qualms about sending a party into Israel to simply slaughter any Israelis they could find. It has not happened at all. They have been used for exclusively military purposes. What would be an honest name for them, that could be used instead of the preferred by Israel term?

  • 'Heartbreaking' is U.S. government's talking point for Gaza massacre
    • Hah! Israel wants every other nation to adhere to international law but always exempts itself!

  • 'We know that Israel has no red line when it attacks us': Civilians bear the brunt as Israel’s offensive on Gaza continues
    • I did hear a couple of 'good news' stories on bbcR4 WorldTonight (10pm) - reporters on the ground said a few people had been found alive in the rubble of their homes in Shujaya, days after the bombing there. They also had a couple of good Palestinian spokesmen on - one of whom castigated the UK for abstaining at the UN vote! But the Israeli spox (not sure of name, seemed to have a south African accent) was terrible - all hasbara and 'terror tunnels'. Sadly that last will be the oft repeated cr*p that sticks in peoples heads.
      There was also a prog on the 'morality' of the war on Gaza (Moral Maze: link to bbc.co.uk ) in which Mad Mel Phillips got her panties in a serious wad over one speaker, Ted Honderich, who was solidly behind Hamas! Of course, Col Richard Kemp was on before him. Worth a listen. Except for the screwed up hasbaracentric 'facts'.

  • 'Slate' blames Birthright for indoctrinating American Jew who was killed fighting for Israel
    • I don't know about US figs, but Channel4 here thinks there are about a hundred Brits in the IDF:
      link to blogs.channel4.com

      "The numbers of volunteers from the UK are small but significant: the IDF told Channel 4 News there are “around one hundred Brits currently serving” in its ranks.

      There is a even a support group for British parents of IDF soldiers called Mahal Mums."

      Much more at the link.

  • Oh what a lovely war!
  • The deafening silence around the Hamas proposal for a 10-year truce
    • @travellerh
      The recent case of a disused school being used to store weapons (tho' whose among all the factions hasn't been made clear) is the ONLY case that's true and confirmed. None of those Israeli 'precision' bombs seem to have caused the secondary explosions that would be proof that they actually hit any other such! DaBakr elsewhere on this site is claiming another, but offers absolutely no link to where he got his news.

    • Maybe this too:
      link to theguardian.com
      "3.41pm BST
      A correspondent with BBC Arabic was attacked while delivering a live report from inside Israel at the Gaza border Tuesday.

      Correspondent Firas Khatib was rushed and knocked off-screen by an unidentified man “at the Gaza border,” as Khatib described it. The attacker can be heard cursing at Khatib. He is thrown off Khatib by an unidentified man in press garb.

      Must see. BBC Arabic reporter attacked live on air by an Israeli near #Gaza border link to t.co

      — Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) July 22, 2014
      Khatib, seemingly unshaken, carries on his report off-camera as a BBC anchor in London cuts in. When the camera returns to him Khatib gestures in the direction of the attacker and says Israeli protesters were in the area and the report would be updated later.

      Khatib is a veteran correspondent whose work has included analysis on the Israeli perspective on the Arab Spring."

      There was also this:

      "2.59pm BST
      UN chief Ban Ki-Moon has just been speaking at a press conference with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv.

      He began by condemning rocket fire from Gaza and the use of schools, hospitals and mosques for military purposes.

      Ban was moved by the murder of three Israeli boys and the killing of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, he said.

      He said the two sides should stop fighting and start talking, urging Israel to exercise "maximum restraint". "

      Just ONE proven use of civilian infrastructure, and that was disused! But it leads to Ban parroting hasbara, and it's that bit that gets quoted on radio and world service bulletins, as if it is a fact.

  • 'Telegenically Dead': Israel’s crumbling media war
    • link to channel4.com

      Todays top stories are all from the region:

      Interview with Gen Yaakov Amidror
      Interview with Hamas spox Ihab al Ghosein
      Interview with Dr Medhat Abbas, Al- Aqsa Hospital

      Links to Jonathan Miller's blog

      And to a 'most watched' video of Israeli military claiming Hamas have built an underground town. (I'm just off to watch that one!)

  • US Jews occupy Israeli army support office in NY in civil disobedience action
    • I guess Palikaka can say that because s/he considers not their faith (some may have none) but their nationality to be Jewish. Since the only nationality in Israel is not 'Israeli' but 'Jewish', Palikaka is confused, and like many raised on ziopoop, is unable to see or understand, fellow Jews as nationals of other nations. To him/her, they all automatically belong to Israel above all others.

  • Naomi Wolf walked out of synagogue when they had nothing to say about Gaza massacre
    • @NormanF
      And you have not a word to say about the Palestinian children being murdered beneath massive Israeli bombs.

      You have not a word to say about the clear fact that Hamas have NOT used their tunnels to 'infiltrate' Israel on civilian killing sprees at all before the current ISRAELI aggression, and have used them solely to attack military targets since.

      You have not a word to say about the right of Palestinians to defend themselves from genuinely massive Israeli aggression.

      You have zero decency, you treat Israel as if it is an object of religious worship and believe even the most egregious lies emanating from it.

      You have nothing to say about the venomous and genocidal anti-Arab outbursts all over Israel and occupied Palestine - which have led to violence and murders.

      You stand in the toilet of history.

  • Burning children
    • Restraint that's led to the death toll currently being above 600?
      What's the casualty ratio again? Between 70% and 80% civilian on the Palestinian side and what - 95% military on the Israeli side. Remind us again, who are the terroreeests?

  • Renouncing my Israeli citizenship
    • Why? With all the zio propaganda yelling 'come on in, the water's lovely'?
      Compensation for false selling.

  • Video: Night raid in Bethlehem's Aida Refugee Camp
    • Well, impossible to see, yes, but mebbe you could listen to it!
      link to bbc.co.uk

      If you listen from somewhere around 20mins in. Levy mentions a few things we haven't seen on here.

    • OOH!
      Gideon Levy on bbcR4 news at 10pm!
      Is the Israeli army the 'most moral' army?
      Up against Col Richard Kemp, proving he's sold his soul to the zionists.

  • The fascists wanted to murder us: An eyewitness account of Haifa's anti-war protest
    • Hey, Palikaka,
      Where have you been hiding while your idf has fired twice as many bombs onto Palestinian civilians, with several thousand times the explosive power?
      Where were you during the weeks before, when the idf targeted some 50 sites in Gaza with their bombs, while Hamas did not fire back? Only the smaller factions did. Hamas didn't protect then from the repercussions. Their rockets only started *after* the idf bombed one of their tunnels, killing several Hamas personnel.
      And where is your voice decrying the wanton slaughter the idf is quite deliberately inflicting on Gaza's civilian population? Have you watched the video of the very clearly unarmed youth being murdered by one of yours during the ceasefire? Or is he one less to breed more of the same?

  • Finally, Israel is alienating the US mainstream media
  • Video: A beautiful brother went looking for his family in the death zone (Updated)
  • Look at Netanyahu's 'evidence' that civilians are harboring rockets in Gaza
  • Israeli military destroyed el-Wafa hospital even though it knew there were no weapons inside
  • Israel is in a pickle
    • Oh yeah! Can't link at the moment, but Desertpeace has the hasbara version followed by the genuine article - in Syria!

    • Interesting Walid. Israel will be unable to claim 'terroreeesm' if these Hamas forces haven't made for civilian homes and massacred them, will they! If Hamas victims are military, they turn out to be the more 'moral' fighters. Israel, the IDF, with its multitudinous civilian casualties, including so many children, will again look even worse.

  • NBC reverses; Mohyeldin to return to Gaza to cover 'Palestinian side of story'
    • Congratulations to Ayman! And all those who put pressure in the right places.
      Meanwhile, on its own "Feedback" program (bbcR4), they had a segment on the protests about biased coverage, called in a boss of the dept, and exonerated themselves. So that fight has to go on.

  • 'Jews Against Genocide' hold memorials for killed Palestinian children in front of Israeli govt buildings around the world
    • Your comment and your handle tell us all we need to know!
      You're a complete narcissist who has only the 'Little Red Riding Hood' side of the story - complete mythology.
      IE "for nine years only one side was hurting us" is total rubbish. For nine years and many more, your side has been hurting the 'other' as often and as viciously as it can! If you can get out of your 'poor little me, I'm such a victim' mindset you can very easily discover that it is your 'side' that provokes fireworks from Gaza and then smashes it with massive bombs - how else are they going to maintain both the $billions from the US and the sales of their 'battlefield' proven weaponry?

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