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  • Video: If you voted for Hamas, Israel has a right to kill you, says president of NY Board of Rabbis
    • Thanks for reminding me, Misterioso.

    • I think that we who advocate for Palestinians' rights need to make this A BIG PART OF THE STORY-- it's obviously been buried for 2 weeks and the American people must see the truth about this lie and the many others that too many swallow without a hiccup.

      And don't even give a whiff of credence to their "fog of war" defense.

    • Dermer: In Israel we have a real country and a real government... among all kinds of other caca.

      He shows diagram of Hamas rockets doing all of the damage yesterday... he sure is Netanyahu's boy.

      (now on to Kerry's suggestion that Israel is 'creating mischief') blah, blah, blah

    • Shavit's words made the WH fuming mad acc. to Chris Jansing. Not fuming mad enough, imho.

      He made so many horrible allegations and wrote so many lies. He's a supporter of state- sponsored Israeli terrorism. I have to say that I started trembling with anger when I read this:

      "Israel is showing restraint time after time. "

      Kerry on tv right now responding to Israeli bs with Andrea Mitchell.....come on tell the honest truth, please!

      personal and open antipathy between the Israeli and US government-- acc to Martin Fletcher: 'very dangerous for Israel'

    • True, ziusudra.

    • My thoughts about Shavit are unprintable right now.

    • Yes, but apparently on July 22 this was published:

      "Israel should cease attacks that cause loss of civilian life and property in violation of the laws of war. Human Rights Watch investigated eight Israeli airstrikes that were apparent violations of the laws of war before the ground offensive that began on July 17, 2014. The findings and reports of numerous new civilian casualties heightened concerns for the safety of civilians during the ground offensive.
      On July 16, an Israeli missile struck a shack on a Gaza City pier, killing four young boys from the Bakr family who were playing nearby. Seconds later, another missile struck, wounding a fisherman and three more children on the beach fleeing the scene. The Israeli military said it attacked the shack because it was an "identified Hamas structure" but mistakenly targeted the boys - aged 10 to 13 - as "fleeing fighters." The Israelis did not say why the structure was a lawful military objective - a "Hamas structure" is not a military target unless used for military purposes. Attacks that are not directed at a specific military target are unlawful. Nor can an attacker lawfully presume that anyone seen fleeing an attack is a combatant, and in cases of doubt must presume the person is a civilian, protected from attack. Evidence at the scene indicates that the attack was carried out with Spike missiles, which have sensors that allow the operator to see the target even after the missile is fired and divert them mid-course if the target is not clearly military."

      much more here:

      link to

    • 2 UN workers murdered by Israel, apparently they were brothers acc. to Ayman "in the wrong place at the wrong time".

    • seafoid does that often ;}

      seafoid linked to that a while ago-- I've saved it and listened to it many times, especially when my heart feels shattered and I need a good cry.

    • It says a lot when we are reduced to cheering for the few truth- telling journalists...and I am sincerely grateful to those that are risking life, limb and their livelihood for doing so.

    • Blood- curdling video and information, subconscious.

      Evil is being nurtured here by pro- Israeli propagandists and liars. I pray that it does not triumph.

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    • from wiki:

      "Spike is a fire-and-forget missile with lock-on before launch and automatic self-guidance. The missile is equipped with an imaging infrared seeker.

      The medium, long and extended range versions of the Spike also have the capability of "Fire, Observe and Update" operating mode. The missile is connected by a fiber-optical wire that is spooled out between the launch position and the missile. With this the operator can obtain a target if it is not in the line of sight of the operator at launch, switch targets in flight, or compensate for the movement of the target if the missile is not tracking the target for some reason. Hence, the missile can be fired speculatively for a target of opportunity, or to provide observation on the other side of an obstacle. The missile has a soft launch capability – the motor firing after the missile has left the launcher- which allows for the missile to be fired from confined spaces, which is a necessity in urban warfare."

    • Are you saying that INNOCENT Palestinians deserve to be massacred at the behest of the elected 'leaders' of Israel?

    • In a nutshell. Thanks, seafoid.

    • Uh- oh.

      'Spike missile' used to murder 4 babes playing football on beach-- it has a camera in its nose so they can see who/what they are targeting (from Bill Van Esveld, HRW on CNN).

      He goes on to start to dispel the allegations wrt 'human shields use by Hamas".

      (big plumes of smoke over Gaza, perhaps 2,000 lb bombs acc. to Penhaul)

    • Not really sure if hell is big enough to hold all of these folks-- 86.5% of Israelis support the genocide of Palestinians.

      How many rabbis? I know the US Congress is at 100%. 95% Israeli 'academic colleagues' of the authors and signatories to the letter in The Lancet.

      btw-- isn't this incitement? Hope the NYPD is watching carefully.


  • Assault on Gaza fuels surge of civil disobedience in protest of Israeli actions
    • Thank you Norman Finkelstein, JVP, Felice Gelman, other pro- justice groups and all of the individual humanitarians involved.

      Thanks again Alex and MW. You've provided me with truth and glimmers of hope.

  • As night follows the day, deaths of 10 Israeli soldiers lead to deaths of 30 Palestinian civilians
  • Israel advocates are in a battle with US media
    • interesting. even some Zionists are finding it difficult to hold their gorge.

    • Totally evil and morally bankrupt.

      The only charter that it adheres to is mythology enforced by the wicked methodology of genocide of the indigenous Palestinians.

      thanks, talknic.

    • Well, we need to make sure that Frum, Luntz and Michael 'axis of evil' Gerson are fully exposed for where they have led the world, and given no legitimacy at all.

      These 'wordsmiths' need to stay exposed for the dangerous liars/manipulators that they are.

    • thank goodness I don't have to hear Yuval Golani Steinitz for another day. wolf just finished with him. Saeb Erekat up next-- he says that Israel refused the ceasefire @ 0300.

      wolf tries to paint Hamas as split...Saeb is seriously furious, says the whole thing is going down the drain. He blames Steinitz, Netanyahu, etc for wanting the Occupation and siege to continue.

    • Beinart vs Newt Gingrich.

    • Yep.

      Then Tapper got into another shouting match with a spokesman for Hamas who said he'd just lost a cousin, who said they built the tunnels for protection in this OCCUPATION. Tapper finally said, ok say I agree with you about the Occupation (not saying I do) can we get on with it? Hamas man was trying to make some points about their refusal of a ceasefire while Israeli tanks, etc were still operating in Gaza and Tapper called an end to the 'conversation'.


    • Tapper and Regev nearly shouting at each other about dead civilians in Gaza. Regev: Let's be cleah heah, Khamas is responsible for all deaths on both sides!

      (rumors that Obama asked Netanyahu for unilateral ceasefire, too)

      {{Regev is decompensating in public}}

  • To my Jewish friend (you know who you are)
    • Thanks, Mooser.

      We carry the blame for a few other hundreds of thousands (millions) we've destroyed in some other MIC ventures as well.

      Including Gaza right this minute.

    • Thank you Les!

      (hi 'Adam Weiss'!)

    • You are so right, seafoid!

      A very effective correspondence, Samah. Looking forward to passing it on.

  • Israel has detained 15-year-old American boy for 26 days; US is 'gravely concerned'
    • And it just made the news this morning on CNN-- first time I've heard about it anyway.

      We are being lied to over and over and over again. A 15 y.o. American in custody for 26 days and it's his 'fault' for not informing the Israelis that he's American. Yeah, riiight. How about arresting Americans who are massacring Palestinians while wearing the uniform of the IOF?

      Thanks to Matt Lee.

  • Video: Celebrities, artists and activists call for Palestinian freedom in #GazaNames project
    • That was delightful. Can we petition CNN to replace wolf with Russell? How about a late night show so that he and his invited guests can break down MSM every night?

      thanks, tree.

    • Penhaul and his crew filming illumination rounds going off in Gaza, listening to pounding artillary... 'shock and awe' over and over and over again. Massacre. Power out all over Gaza. Monstrous terrorism.

      (wonder if the patriotic Israelis are cheering from the rooftops, and enjoying their barbeque and wine with their whine.)

      Dr. Barghouti on again, thankfully.

    • I read and re- read that book. I thought it a horror story, but took it as a warning.

      I never thought it would come really come true.

    • ""Also on Monday, hundreds of top Jewish organizational and community leaders from across the country will converge on Washington, DC Monday at the National Press Club in a show of solidarity with the people and the State of Israel. The “National Leadership Assembly Israel,” convened by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, will, for the first time in many years, bring together leaders of the nation’s biggest Jewish organizations and representatives from more than 40 Jewish communities.

      High ranking speakers include National Security Advisor Susan Rice, House Speaker John Boehner, Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, Congressional leaders Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Steny Hoyer; Reps Ed Royce, and Eliot Engel, as well as Senator Ben Cardin.

      “We expect a broad representation from across the country, including scores of national organizations, Jewish Federations and Community Relations Councils, the various synagogue streams, as well as prominent non-Jews,” Conf of President’s Robert Sugarman and Malcolm Hoenlein said in a statement. “We are most appreciative of the strong response to the announcement of the Assembly, reflecting the strong feelings of identification with Israel at this critical time.""

      link to

    • Jewish Leadership Assembly at NPC-- Boehner up (susan rice there, too)

      Apparently, it's standing room only...bipartisan support for Israel.

      Shame, shame, shame.

      Elsalameen speaks out speaking about the Jewish voices for peace.

    • I hope that this proves more powerful than the failing hasbara.

      Thank you to the good folks who have stepped and are stepping forward.

  • Statement: Legal experts and human rights defenders demand international community end Israel's collective punishment of Gaza
    • zuhdi jASSer

    • CNN Savidge reporting on a 15 yo American/Palestinian being held by Israel after he was demonstrating a while ago...mentioned concerns over how he has been 'treated'.

      Oh, here:

      " The U.S. is confirming that a 15-year-old American citizen is being held by Israeli authorities for his alleged role in protests earlier this month in East Jerusalem.

      State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that considering his age, the U.S. is calling for a speedy resolution to the case of Mohamed Abu Nie.

      Psaki (SAH'-kee) says he's been held since being arrested on July 3 on various charges alleging that he threw rocks, attacked police, was carrying a knife and was leading protests linked to the ongoing unrest between Israel and Hamas (huh-MAHS').

      Psaki says the U.S. also is concerned about allegations that he might have been beaten while in custody.

      The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv is assisting Nie and is in contact with his family and his lawyer."

      link to


    • It IS an enormous liability, strategic and otherwise.

      The risks are growing exponentially-- most of all for the Palestinians.

      And from your link to CSIS:

      "The fact is that the real motives behind America’s commitment to Israel are moral and ethical. They are a reaction to the horrors of the Holocaust, to the entire history of Western anti-Semitism, and to the United States’ failure to help German and European Jews during the period before it entered World War II. They are a product of the fact that Israel is a democracy that shares virtually all of the same values as the United States."

      There's NOTHING 'moral' and 'ethical' about this! Total BS. Wonder what Cordesman has to say today!

    • "ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the conflict in Gaza.

      Turkey's U.S. ambassador wrote to Jack Rosen, president of the American Jewish Congress, on Erdogan's saying that because of Israel's actions in Gaza and "the regrettable stance" of the American Jewish Congress, Erdogan "will be glad to return the award." The letter, dated July 27. was made available Tuesday.

      Last week, Rosen described Erdogan as "arguably the most virulent anti-Israel leader in the world." He said Erdogan was given the Profile of Courage award for working for a peaceful solution in the Middle East his commitment to protecting Turkey's Jewish citizens."

      link to

    • "LIVE UPDATES: Palestinians: At least 100 killed in Gaza since midnight
      Gaza power plant in flames after reported IDF shelling; 23 Palestinians killed in Gaza, 150 targets attacked in Gaza overnight; 10 IDF soldiers killed over past 24 hours - including 5 in militant infiltration.
      2:53 P.M. At least 100 Palestinian have been killed by Israeli shelling and bombing in the Gaza Strip since midnight, according to Gaza reports. Five whole families were nearly completely wiped out by IDF bombing in Khan Yunis and Rafah, according to the reports. Journalists in the coastal territory say it is impossible to know an exact number of dead at the moment, as many were missing, buried under the rubble. (Amira Hass)

      2:25 P.M. Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi is banned from Knesset plenum sessions for six months due to her comments on the kidnapping of three Israeli teens last month. "

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      86.5% Israeli support!

    • Mansour is spot- on and impressive. Setting the record straight.

      Brings it all back to the Israelis' fury at the Unity government-- they want to keep us divided.

      (When asked about the "tunnels" he said I am a diplomat, I am not military, I deal in politics at the UN.)

    • Ziozakaria 'splaining the 'conflict' now.

      Blaming Hamas and Meshaal -- "they started it!"

      "Bibi doesn't have much of the blame in the short term."

    • "Rockets be damned, Israelis head back to the malls"

      link to

      "During cease-fire, Israelis head out to malls, restaurants, and beaches"

      link to

      "Tel Aviv’s young internationals struggle to keep the party going"

      link to

      I find it hard to feel empathy while they've stolen so much from the Palestinian people...even Eid. 86.5% support this slaughter and show no empathy for their fellow Semites. Part of the problem, not part of the solution.

    • good article-- I hope lots of people read it and absorb some truth for a change.

      as to his point about Hasbara Regev-- I see many of the mouthpieces and him flailing. I just watched George Mitchell exhibit profound wimpiness, much to my chagrin.

    • Thanks for posting that excerpt from the article. What I find so Zionistically motivated and totally removed from any kind of healthcare ethics is that these two 'docs' are responding to a letter by doctors working with their hearts, souls, minds and skills IN THE ISRAELI KILLING FIELDS.

      ""We are doctors and scientists, who spend our lives developing means to care and protect health and lives. We are also informed people; we teach the ethics of our professions, together with the knowledge and practice of it. We all have worked in and known the situation of Gaza for years.""

    • Haaretz has an article about it. I posted about it a few minutes ago above.

      link to

      Thanks for bringing that important article to my attention, adele.

    • Don't ever forget that they are SO smart and innovative and Nobel material...

      Why, they even made the desert "bloom" (with the blood of the indigenous Palestinians who had the sheer audacity to EXIST!)

    • A response to the letter in The Lancet:

      "Professor Gad Keren, director of the cardiology department at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, called upon the heads of Israel’s academic and medical professions to come out publicly against the open letter in The Lancet.

      “This respected journal has begun in recent years to take political positions, particularly regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It has demonstrated incitement and bias against the State of Israel in a one-sided, tendentious manner,” he said.

      Professor Keren stated, “The recent campaign stating that Israel commits war crimes in Gaza is an ugly, one-sided attack on a topic that it is not its role to deal with at all. This is a new peak of lies about the Israeli army and the State of Israel being spread by the journal that has mounted a harsh attack on Israel, which, as has been stated, is acting only to protect its citizens from attacks by a terrorist group.”

      He took the letter to task for containing “not one word of criticism against a cruel terrorist organization that is firing rockets at Israel and excavating tunnels underneath Israeli communities and kibbutzim.”

      Keren then called upon “Israel’s medical establishment, Israeli academia and all physicians in Israel to respond with great severity from every possible platform, refute the campaign and denounce the journal for its one-sided action, which has no parallel in scientific journalism anywhere else in the academic world.” He warned not to disregard the letter because the journal is so widely circulated and read by the world’s best scientists and physicians.

      “Rather, we must defend the reputation of Israel and the Israeli army, which is the most moral army on earth, throughout the world,” he added. "

      link to

      Seriously-- is this the response of a scientist/physician? Well, no it isn't! It's the response of another delusional and rabid Zionist.

    • Not a word about Mohammed, beaten and then burned alive.

      Not a word that the first rockets from Hamas were in response to the violent pogrom by Israel.

      Too bad.

    • I hadn't seen that adele...5 days on from the writing of that letter, and things have only gotten worse for the Palestinians. Hard to comprehend.

      "...Weaponry known to cause long-term damages on health of the whole population are used; particularly non fragmentation weaponry and hard-head bombs.4, 5 We witnessed targeted weaponry used indiscriminately and on children and we constantly see that so-called intelligent weapons fail to be precise, unless they are deliberately used to destroy innocent lives.

      We denounce the myth propagated by Israel that the aggression is done caring about saving civilian lives and children's wellbeing.

      Israel's behaviour has insulted our humanity, intelligence, and dignity as well as our professional ethics and efforts. Even those of us who want to go and help are unable to reach Gaza due to the blockade.

      This “defensive aggression” of unlimited duration, extent, and intensity must be stopped.

      Additionally, should the use of gas be further confirmed, this is unequivocally a war crime for which, before anything else, high sanctions will have to be taken immediately on Israel with cessation of any trade and collaborative agreements with Europe.

      As we write, other massacres and threats to the medical personnel in emergency services and denial of entry for international humanitarian convoys are reported.6 We as scientists and doctors cannot keep silent while this crime against humanity continues. We urge readers not to be silent too. Gaza trapped under siege, is being killed by one of the world's largest and most sophisticated modern military machines. The land is poisoned by weapon debris, with consequences for future generations. If those of us capable of speaking up fail to do so and take a stand against this war crime, we are also complicit in the destruction of the lives and homes of 1·8 million people in Gaza.

      We register with dismay that only 5% of our Israeli academic colleagues signed an appeal to their government to stop the military operation against Gaza. We are tempted to conclude that with the exception of this 5%, the rest of the Israeli academics are complicit in the massacre and destruction of Gaza. We also see the complicity of our countries in Europe and North America in this massacre and the impotence once again of the international institutions and organisations to stop this massacre."

      link to

    • Gak!

      Tony (blinkered to the truth) Blinken stroking Israel and the IOF on behalf of the our National (IN)Security.

    • wrt "tunnels" -- how many attacks have there been from Palestinian people infiltrating Israel via these tunnels??? Why haven't they been detected before, all during the siege of Gaza these many years?

      Who built these tunnels under the watchful eyes of the IOF? Why don't I believe anything coming out of the official mouthpieces of Israel?

    • He was pretty good.

      I fervently wish that we wouldn't have to see Newt and the entire 'pro- war against Muslims anywhere' brigade on tv.

    • I think that's a good analogy and probably true.

    • Thanks Harry.

      It did irritate me to read that particular bit-- I took it as the regular "toss a bone to Israel".

    • Impressive.

      Thank you all! I especially appreciate this:

      "in particular the United States of America".

  • Photos: Across the U.S., thousands continue to march in solidarity with Gaza
  • ‘Lone soldiers’ and young ideologues from around the world contribute to Israeli war crimes
    • Worse, he's hoping his boy will be a sniper in the IOF...

      Psycho. Married to the mob.

    • These recruiters for the IOF are 'suffering':

      "Rocket attacks force Birthright to drop Tel Aviv from its itinerary
      This summer was supposed to have seen a record number of Taglit-Birthright participants in Israel, but about 30-40 percent have canceled."

      link to

    • You read it right. I saw that interview.

    • interesting article by a former IAF woman. This is what these mercenaries are signing up for:

      "When I served, the Israeli military was the most moral in the world. No more
      Seven years later, during Operation Cast Lead, there was widespread dropping of bombs over densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip. Today, in Operation Protective Edge, the air force boasts of having released over 100 one-tonne bombs on Gaza. What was once the exception is now the policy.

      This is how it goes today. We notify the inhabitant about the imminent destruction of a house minutes before a bomb drops (via text messages, or by dropping a smaller bomb on the house as a warning). That is enough to turn it into a legitimate target for an air strike. In the past two weeks dozens of civilians have been killed in such strikes.

      Homes of Hamas members have become legitimate targets, regardless of the number of people within their walls. Unlike in 2002, no one bothers to justify or make excuses.

      What’s worse is that almost no one protests. Entire families are erased in a second, and the Israeli public remains indifferent. From year to year, from one military operation to another, our moral red lines are stretching further away. Where will they be in the next operation? Where will they be 10 years from now?

      I know how hard it is to ask questions during times of conflict as a soldier. The information that the officers get in real time is always partial. That’s why the responsibility for drawing the red lines, and alerting when we cross it, lies with the public. A clear, loud voice that says that bombing a house with civilians in it is immoral must be heard. These killings cannot be accepted without question. Public silence in the face of such actions – inside and outside of Israel – is consent by default, and acceptance of an unacceptable price."

      link to

      (I dispute "most moral in the world", and I always have. Occupation makes that seriously impossible to countenance)

    • Great question, lysias.

    • As most of us know, Israel has a national problem with its mental processes and conclusions.

    • "As UN human rights chief Navi Pillay suggests, Israel is guilty of war crimes. Anyone who travels to join them, as international law lays out, are criminals as well. Just as they are concerned about feeing the bloody conflict in Syria, the governments of the countries where recruitment centers operate and from which “lone soldiers” are traveling should end their complicity now."

      Yes! And many thanks for bringing this diabolical subject to the forefront. I asked the other day: Can a Palestinian American or any American sign up to fight with the Palestinian resistance? I really want to know.

      ( typo in your last paragraph)

  • New York Times silences Israel’s Palestinian citizens on Gaza war
  • Israeli embassy puts Mona Lisa in a hijab -- 'Israel now, Paris next'
  • 9 things the American media isn't telling you about Israel/Palestine
    • Penhaul reports: refugee camp inhabitants report "zanana" (drone) heard from eyewitnesses to the carnage; body parts here and there... wants to find out about the living, not only the dead.

      bless these 2 men...among others reporting the truth.

      (wolf's tunnel adventure reminds me of Geraldo Rivera's searches...)

    • Can someone please muzzle Rick 'Islamophobic Hysterical' Francona?

      Now CNN is gonna show hasbarass wolf in a tunnel.

      Netanyahu will address the Israelis soon...

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

  • 'Tomorrow there’s no school in Gaza, they don’t have any children left' -- Israeli chant
  • How many would be alive today if Obama had not quashed Goldstone Report?
    • but of course. Lying is endemic to Zionism.

    • "Bibi is sore about the unity government, and is trying hard to bomb blast it."

      Big FAIL. All Palestinians are united now, and so is much of the world community (regular folks, not pols) with the Palestinian resistance.

  • Gaza-- and 'Guernica'
    • lol.

      He's/she's a legend in his/her own mind.

    • Lying cowards, too.

      But then again, so is Jen Psaki-- on CNN, she just said that Hamas uses civilians as human shields AGAIN.

    • Thanks Mooser. Much better response than I was drafting.

    • Hey hophmi-- what do you think about the worrying rise of anti- semitism and violence against Israelis in Israel by the inciteable/exciteable right- wingers that are obviously out of control and growing in numbers?

    • The "complex story" begins and end with the OCCUPATION, siege massacre (s) and other forms of collective punishment that your favorite country practices minute by minute for DECADES! It includes Israel's flagrant and constant flouting of INTERNATIONAL laws, aided and abetted by the US.

      And you support it unreservedly and unashamedly.

    • Many thanks, PTJ. He's an inspiration. I so appreciated his words about the "Arab leaders", about BDS, and most especially about the ICC-- Netanyahu is the wrong color, you have to be black and African in order to be tried before the ICC.

      I also appreciated him calling Israel one of the 'emerging merchants of death in the world'. We're not just selling weapons to Israel, we are buying weapons from Israel. Cameron, Milleband and Clegg are the '3 cheeks of the same arse'. Milleband is not even a Zionist, it's even worse that that-- he pretended to be. Political opportunists.........

      One single democratic state is the only "solution" he says...his points on the settlements/theft/apartheid is powerful.

      "educate, agitate, organize" He's also doing a film about Blair which will be premiered at the International Film Festival in Austin TX early next year within sound of "the ranch".

    • and they have no compunction about targeting any and all innocents.

    • There is no punishment that is enough to fit Israel's crimes!

      Allison-- please try to stay safe, Israel has no soul.

  • Attacks on demonstrators in Rome
    • Another part of Israel's genocidal plan for the indigenous Palestinians.

    • It doesn't seem that any pro- Israel people or their protecters in Rome are listening to the Pope:

      "Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday in an impromptu addition to his weekly Angelus address in St Peter's Square.

      Wrapping up his regular address to the faithful, the Argentinian-born pontiff spoke of the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war and said his thoughts were on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine in particular.

      His voice appearing to crack with emotion as he broke off from his scripted remarks to make a direct appeal for fighting to end, he said: "Please stop, I ask you with all my heart, it's time to stop. Stop, please."

      The pope made no direct reference to the situation in Gaza, but his comments came after a humanitarian truce broke down on Sunday and fighting resumed. More than 1,000 people, mostly civilians and including dozens of children, have been killed since the outbreak of the current conflict.

      "Brothers and sisters, never war, never war! I am thinking above all of children, who are deprived of the hope of a worthwhile life, of a future," he said. "Dead children, injured children, mutilated children, orphaned children, children whose toys are things left over from war, children who can't smile any more.""

      link to

    • Thanks Stephanie.

      This is the result of the incitement by the "leaders" of Israel. Scary to think that this Zionist violence is tolerated in Paris and Rome...again.

      Who and where is next?

  • Hasbarah Bingo
  • Kerry is off the Israel bandwagon
    • And if that happened, I would work tirelessly to make sure that John Kerry was the next POTUS.

    • Whoa!

      Great news.

    • It's not the first time they've stabbed us in the back and insulted/offended the American people.

      I hope this administration has had enough abuse, lying, and theft of our treasury-- I know I have.

      We get nothing from Israel but a weakened national security and a lousy reputation. Nothing. Let's go be allies with the Iranian people instead. We have much more to gain and to work toward with them!

    • Fantastic article! Sincere thanks, seafoid. I really appreciated this as well from your link:

      "The Brotherhood's stance on regional issues represents a direct challenge to the Saudi monarchy. And therein lies a contradiction to the depiction of a region embroiled in sectarian conflict. Both the Saudis and the Muslim Brotherhood are Sunni Muslims. Their rivalry is about political power, not simply sectarianism."

    • thanks, John O.


    • Neither Karl nor Sara are letting Regev off the hook...refreshing after wolf.

      Karl really wants to know the size of the mortar and if it was set to 'airburst' which is designed to cause maximum damage...

    • Penhaul again-- turns out he sticks to truth about the death and destruction at the school.

      Israel lies and Palestinians die. Now Regev lies and blames Hamas. He says when Israel makes a mistake, they admit it. He said they immediately took responsibility when the 4 children were killed on the beach and Peres even apologized.


    • I don't think so-- too many witnesses to the carnage. Besides, the Israelis bombed the hospital where the wounded from the blast were being treated the very next day.

    • If that's her 'only problem' with Israel, then I have a serious problem with Hillary. Not my cup of tea.

      (Ana Cabrera seems to be a bonafide pro- Israel hack. She's slipped up a couple of times saying "we" when referring to Israel)

    • according to Penhaul, Israel says there was a 'single errant mortar' that hit the school where people were huddled.
      they dispute that anyone was killed as a result.

      he says that this flies in the face of what the journalists reported and UN reports.

      without saying the words-- ISRAEL LIES AGAIN.

      16 dead-- 200 wounded.

    • "Senior Israeli officials said that the draft presented by Kerry had been removed from the table, and was no longer under discussion. "We succeeded in foiling that document and now we are discussing other options," said the officials.

      An associate of Kerry responded as such: "There is no paper and no proposal. The draft was based on the Egyptian proposal that Israel whole heartedly supported. So if they are opposed. They are opposed their own plan." "

      link to

    • The single biggest foreign policy mistake by the US has been our unflagging support for the terrorizing/genocidal/massacring/thieving/Occupying state of Israel.

      Iraq-- terrible
      Afghanistan-- terrible
      Vietnam-- terrible
      Many other things-- terrible
      Israel-- stupid, stupid, stupid and terrible!

      It's been clear for a very long time that Israel does NOT seek peace with the indigenous Palestinians.

    • yech-- they've got a new & different hasbarass on teevee-- george birnbaum on cnn.

      link to

    • You are so right, Felice.

    • Who is "every one"?

    • Excellent point.

    • "By the same token, the Palestinians can’t have a cease-fire in which they think the status quo is going to stay. Palestinians need to live with dignity, with some freedom, with goods that can come in and out, and they need a life that is free from the current restraints.”

      The only correction to the above is drop the word "some". The Palestinians need complete freedom from US sponsored Israeli Occupation and terrorism.

      Mr. Kerry-- do it, do it now. There is no "leader" on the US horizon that is worthy of any support. Mr. Kerry and Mr. Obama have the power to end the genocide of Palestinians right now.

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