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  • Israel calls Obama's tune
    • He's taken the US hostage and looks to get all the other countries in line too. How can he be stopped (hmmmmmm)

    • “This week, as the United States was condemning the Israeli shelling of a UN school where 17 Palestinian civilians were killed, President Obama simultaneously announced the United States would open its arms caches to Israel and provide artillery that would help Israeli tanks reload and fire again on civilians. President Obama says he is heartbroken over the scenes in Gaza. If that is true, it is disappointing because that means the President is well aware of the horrors in Gaza, which he personally can do something to stop, and yet he still fails to do so.” (Source: Institute for Middle East Understanding)
      Sure! The US is going to trust that, given all the weapons that welfare can buy, the israelis will continue to use "restraint", "caution", "surgical precision" in their US/UN given right to defend themselves "by any means necessary" from the guys with the bottle rockets. And then get all over the TV talking about how "tragic" it all is. You have no idea.

  • Crisis in Rafah: Palestinian civilians trapped trying to escape Israeli onslaught (Updated)
    • Absolutely, horribly correct.

    • If you're in the army, besides being killed, getting captured is one of the dangers a soldier faces. The IDF feels no need to capture a Hamas fighter, just kill them. Besides, they have superior weapons and plenty of funds, thanks to the rich uncle across the pond, and what could they hope to achieve with a captured fighter? To get Hamas to return the 1000s of israeli citizens they've (not) captured?
      To get Hamas to stop sending the millions of bottle rockets that have killed, maimed and damaged the infrastructures of Lod, Ashkelon, Tel Aviv, Sderot and Hadera?
      To get Hamas to stop shooting bottle rockets and destroying police departments, hospitals, clinics.
      To get Hamas to stop killing ambulance crews, doctors, nurses, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents and entire families? (sarcasm)

    • You can't be serious. That's not reality at all. How can a captive population without basic necessities for life, with no army, just the determination to live, be responsible for their own genocide? That's what has Bibs and co. waking up in a cold sweat each night. I'm sure someone said this back in about 1941 'Sorry, folks, this carnage raining down on the JEWS is 100% self inflicted. I know this does not jibe with the victim narrative the JEWS like to portray, but it is the truth.''

  • Reprint of Yochanan Gordon's "When Genocide is Permissible" (Updated)
    • Oh and "Gaza civilians will have jobs, food and hopefully freedom of expression and travel." (as long as they obey our every command, don't look us in the eye when we speak to them, don't try to use the same toilet or drink from the same fountain, etc.) They'll have jobs and food and hopefully freedom of expression and travel". The arrogance you expressed is infuriating to me; I can't even imagine the rage a Palestinian would feel. You are no one's master.

    • "If Hamas & friends stop attacking Israel and the oil-rich Arab States pump in money for economic development (and not for weapons), Gaza civilians will have jobs, food and hopefully freedom of expression and travel. Israel wants nothing more than lifting the blockade, but never again will Israelis or Jews be naive victims."

      What a pile of shit. Is there any chance, after 70 years, that you'll quit playing the victim? You can't fight the nazis because been there, done that. Why are you content to make a people who had nothing to do with your relative's demise, the victims that your relatives were? People better than you actually were victims and I'm sure would cringe with disgust at what you propose and expound in their name. The Palestinians did not cause or have any hand in the holocaust, but the creation of the "state of israel" caused a holocaust for them. The state of israel does not now and never has wanted peace, because they want every square inch of territory and don't give a care how they get it. "There is a rage in the Jewish community in the world?" So that's the excuse you're going to try to use, now you're going to blame the rest of the world for not doing you're murdering for you? You actually have to get your hands dirty? Where in the world do you get your sense of entitlement?

    • Oh give me a break - "never again" till the kingdom comes. The Palestinians are not responsible for the holocaust. period. However, the creation of the state of israel caused the Nakhba , end of story. "If Hamas & friends stop attacking Israel and the oil-rich Arab States pump in money for economic development (and not for weapons), Gaza civilians will have jobs, food and hopefully freedom of expression and travel. Israel wants nothing more than lifting the blockade, but never again will Israelis or Jews be naive victims." Really? GoI has done nothing but lie and change the rules for playing the game, why? Because they don't want peace they want every square inch of territory and will not q

    • “Suffering and discrimination create a very hard school” is that right Mr. Gordon?
      Let's not go there shall we? You want to talk about suffering, talk about the estimated 10 million africans who died during the second passage. And the thousands lynched in america from the period of reconstruction to about 1965. And the continued injustice served to people of color. (Barack Obama being the 1st black president, so what!)
      Jews have suffered, no argument, but change your name and have some cosmetic surgery and you fit right in to WASP world. You can't change your color. People of color have suffered at the hands of white folks for hundreds and hundreds of years. Yet, there hasn't been a war declared on white people, no matter what the tea party says.
      Do you want to even talk about women are treated in the world? I'm not necessarily talking about 3rd world countries either, but being a woman is rough, many places are hell. Don't talk to me about Eve.
      And don't talk about how the Jews have suffered, as if they have the patent. It's not like we don't know, there's books, film, documentaries, required courses in schools, holocaust museums where there was no holocaust (go figure), and to use your suffering as a segue to legitimize the suffering you inflict on others is sinful and disgusting. Good luck explaining that to God.

    • @Citizen
      What little they did speak about was what I've already written. My mother actually came in contact with german POWs who were brought to her base on trains. They rode with the white soldiers and the african american soldiers were in the jim crow cars. Nice, huh?

    • Nice apology, did not say he was sorry for what he wrote and believes, only the deep regret that he never realized there would be such a negative reaction to it, he'd look stupid and have to retract his message.
      "With that said I pray and hope for a quick peaceful end to the hostilities and that all people learn to coexist with each other in creating a better world for us all." LIAR.

    • But it was easier to drop the bomb on the non-white Japanese too now. If Japan had surrendered and Germany had refused, I wonder if Truman would have agreed to drop the bomb on Berlin and I think not. My mother was a WAC and was in Pensacola, Florida from 1944-45 and my father was in the navy with his twin brother on Okinawa. Both were convinced that there could have been no other outcome, that Japan would have continued to fight forever and so to spare american lives (their words), they had to be stopped by whatever means necessary. They were so matter of fact about it too, but I think most Americans were convinced of their moral authority and duty to finish the war and the number of civilians killed could be justified by Japan's treachery re: Pearl Harbor.

    • That's what it's like, there's always the "next" population to deal with. Death's work is never done.

  • The experts’ verdict: Every Israeli missile strike is a war crime
  • With nearly half a million displaced in Gaza, UNRWA head calls on Israel to take responsibility
    • GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Intense clashes erupted Friday morning between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the southeastern Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants attacks a post and captured an Israeli soldier.
      The Ministry of Health in Gaza said that at least 35 Palestinians were killed and more than 200 injured in Israeli shelling on Rafah that occurred in response to the attack.
      The clashes came after Israeli forces shelled Gaza multiple times since the commencement of the ceasefire, killing four Palestinians. Before it came into effect at 8 a.m., Israel had already killed 16 Palestinians in strikes and shelling since midnight.
      Fighters reportedly emerged on Friday morning from tunnels, firing mortar shells toward the Israeli region of Eshkol across the border.
      One man approached Israeli forces and blew himself up during the operation.
      Israel Channel 10 said that Israeli forces were chasing down the armed men east of Rafah and was trying to prevent them from going further into the city.
      Clashes were ongoing in the areas of al-Nasser, the destroyed Gaza International Airport, al-Bilbeisi and al-Bayuk east of Gaza City.
      The channel's reporter said that "armed Palestinians attacked Israeli forces in eastern Rafah city with shells, grenades, and automatic weapons, which led to clashes in the area."
      An Israeli military spokesperson, meanwhile, said that the 72-hour ceasefire that was announced earlier was over and that military operations would "resume."
      The Islamic Jihad-affiliated Palestine TV reported that the ceasefire had been "interrupted" because an Israeli soldier had gone missing.
      Israeli authorities, meanwhile, warned the residents of local towns inside Israel to stay in their homes.
      The reporter added that Israeli warplanes had "joined" the battle.
      Israeli media reported earlier that there was a "serious security incident" in Kerem Shalom area, declaring the area a closed military zone.

    • GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Intense clashes erupted Friday morning between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the southeastern Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants attacks a post and captured an Israeli soldier.

      The Ministry of Health in Gaza said that at least 35 Palestinians were killed and more than 200 injured in Israeli shelling on Rafah that occurred in response to the attack.

      It'll be interesting to see what Regev has to say about this, but I'm sure it will start with "Let's be clear, Hamas blah blah blah ............"

    • It's the epitome of crazy thinking right? The rapist will be conducting all therapies for his victims.

      Isn't there another body that could serve as a protectorate of Gaza besides the UN? The UN has a lot of blood on its hands (just pictured John Bolton, for starters).

  • Gazafying Dissent
    • "Netanyahu has called for all pro-Palestine protests to be banned across Europe".

      This SOB needs a reality check immediately. The world does not rotate according to his will. The US and the rest of the "western" civilizations have allowed this thug to threaten, bribe, and manipulate his way into the private chambers of non-3rd world powers and as a result of his being coddled, believes he is king of the world. He's been at the tit for way too long. What will it take to bring him to his knees?

  • 'Children killed in their sleep': Israeli artillery fire hits UN school, killing at least 20
    • Kay24 - that's the only side they have. It's easy to win this game when your side has all the toys. If there ever was a leveling of this playing field, the IDF would run home screaming for their mothers.

  • The threat of sanctions worked against Israel in 1956 -- and it can work again
    • Scotland is a winner - The brave hearts defeat Bibi "Hamshanks" Netanyahu and Co!

    • As an American I feel ashamed about arming Israel too.

      Me too. I wish the world was ashamed.

    • I believe the only thing the israeli government will understand is cutting off military aid and it doesn't appear this will happen in our lifetime. Obviously they cannot be shamed or coerced in any way to end the genocide. I'm afraid they are going to kill everyone in palestine, then kill everyone helping or "on the Palestinian side", then kill whoever feels bad about that. The silence of any opposition in israeli government is deafening. I can't stand the western countries fear of this sandlot bully.

      On a side note, about 10 years ago when the economy in israel was really crappy, there was a suggestion by some writer in the J Post (it figures) that maybe israel should declare war on the US - why? Because after the dust settles, the US will come in and rebuild their economy.

  • Remnick gets the timeline wrong
    • Yes and then go right into war planning.

    • Eva -
      Nothing like leaving out salient details!

      And they still haven't found the killers of those guys, or have they?

    • Okay, your are hung up on the "knew". I hope this helps you.

      "Israeli investigators FELT SURE the next morning the three had been killed because one of them placed an emergency “100” call, and there was an open recorded line as they were shot. The police soon found a burned-out Hyundai which contained a pair of tefillin (leather-bound texts that religious Jews strap on for prayer), DNA evidence that was quickly matched to the boys’ parents, and eight bullet holes". Is that better motek?

      "But Netanyahu put a gag order on the press and for three weeks pursued Hamas on the West Bank, destroyed homes, arrested about 400—including every Hamas guy they could find, and killed at least five Palestinians, all the while professing they were hoping to find the boys alive."

      Nothing to dispute about the rest of the paragraph? Didn't think so.

  • Video: If you voted for Hamas, Israel has a right to kill you, says president of NY Board of Rabbis
    • "Do you really believe that this is a moral and reasonable approach?"

      It's the approach the most moral army in the world is taking, so if it's good for them, why wouldn't it be good for all?

    • Dan and CloakAndDagger - come up with your own list. I definitely won't tell either one of you to kiss my ass; that was unnecessary.

    • My impression is that people are very afraid to speak against the government. I spent most of my life in the US and always saw a mix of opinions on most things but here, not at all. Even the very young are already on board for whatever the government tells them to do. Remember the story about the high school teacher who was ratted on by his student for saying that the israeli army wasn't so moral after all. You normally expect young people to rebel against the system but that sure isn't the case here. They don't like "the other" period. My daughter was told straight out by a classmate in 6th grade "We don't like oleh. We only like people born here. We don't like anyone different." At age 16, an ethiopian girl in her class was called "Sudanit" (Sudanese girl) by a boy in the class who proudly claimed he hated arabs and anyone who isn't a jew. This was public school too.

      My husband new the south in america and he said on numerous occasions "this is just like Mississippi."

    • Yes we are responsible. This was in the paper israel h'yom. It must be thrilling for bibi to see how american jews and gentiles are in lockstep with the call for extermination. No, you won't have any problem here, they'll do whatever you say.

    • History repeating itself and this grinning grim reaper is inciting murder. And getting cheered for it.

    • Would this rabbid use the same logic for the chinese under Mao, the cambodians under Pol Pot, the russians under stalin or putin?

  • Memoir of a war survivor
    • As-Salaam-Alaikum Sarah - you're just one year older than my own daughter. I can't begin to tell you the sorrow I have for what is happening in Gaza, what has been happening in Gaza all of your life and much longer. I pray every day for the end to the horror you have known all your short life and that soon all of Palestine will see justice and you'll have peace, autonomy and life.

  • Video: Celebrities, artists and activists call for Palestinian freedom in #GazaNames project
    • Congress is signed, sealed and delivered. This is so, so shameful. I'm sorry you all are suffering because your government has chosen to align itself with a pariah state and to hell with the citizens. American history is one of land theft and genocide so there's a lot of shame and filth to go around.

    • What really tears me up is the photos of all of the children and young adults - such beauty, laughter, hope and love shining in their beautiful open faces. No guile there, nothing hidden, no anxiety, no hatred and displaying such dignity in the hateful, monstrous face of occupation and death. God bless the people of Gaza and Palestinians everywhere.

  • ‘Lone soldiers’ and young ideologues from around the world contribute to Israeli war crimes
    • I know from personal experience and the experience of my daughter with her teachers and her commander especially, and she was in an office! I've never heard an israeli say "I'm sorry". The closest one ever came was to say "It was a mistake". Not an apology at all, but that was as close as it got. Everyone else has to apologize to them, but the other way around, not so much. And you know it.

    • The israelis in the video have dehumanized themselves. It's a drag when bad behavior is caught on film. Sheesh y'all don't want to take any credit for anything, blame Annie for "dehumanizing" the boyz, blame Palestinians for being so easy to kill, blame Hamas for "staging telegenic" scenes of death and destruction, stand up and be proud like Netanyahu, Bennett, Dermer, Ayelet Shaked and the other home boys/girls.

    • “Israelis do not apologize. Ever. Because to apologize is to admit you’re vulnerable.” Is this a value system parents want their children to adopt? All this time I thought it was because they were just assholes; I had no idea this was a set of values to be passed on.

    • No, because the Palestinians are the epitome of evil, whereas the nice little jewish boys and girls and the evangelical christians boys and girls are the heroes/good goys/shiksas. Just ask Joan Rivers, she knows the Palestinians started it, she's never wrong, she correctly predicted the outcome of the Alamo, the civil war, spanish american war, WWI, II and now, because all the others were so much fun, WWIII.

    • For real? If I don't agree with you, and I don't, I'm automatically an anti-semite israel hater? Well that makes it easy for you to sort things out. Is your world really black and white?

      Heroes? Hot sexy studs ready for action! Gag me with a spoon.

    • Sorry, I mean bupkis, but you already know that.

    • That's an eye opener. My question is what happened between 2002 and now? What was the catalyst that has made the world and most of its inhabitants stone cold zombies? Now it looks like the US government has decided that israel can and should do whatever it feels is necessary and the US is going to stand with israel. They will also fall with israel. Just my opinion but anyone that doesn't have a passport might want to get one asap to hightail it out of the US Titanic, looks like a berg up ahead.

    • Which doesn't enhance the opinion regarding the mental health of the state of israel.

    • Sure, then he could have murdered with impunity and not suffered one minute of prison time. Anybody who is coming here as a "lone wolf" soldier is doing it to be able to murder. I don't see any other possibility - a peace keeping mission is not on the radar, so it's just time to hone your sharp shooting skills, which shouldn't even be any kind of challenge, considering its the most densely populated outdoor prison on planet earth. Thanks boys, really appreciate your coming to israel's aid in their call for wholesale murder. So much to be proud of. Sick, sick, sick. So glad there are so many willing to usher in armaggedon or the rapture or whatever sick fantasy end of days scenario y'all got worked out in your tiny little brains. Americans (including me) have to be the dumbest life forms on God's green earth, seriously.

  • Hasbarah Bingo
    • More tears to shed.

    • I'd forwarded a petition to my sisters/brothers in the US from re: palestinians rights to return. I got a response from one brother that was positive and stone silence from my 4 other siblings but one sister. She let me know, much to her surprise, that she'd also gotten an email from a friend who was the voice of opposition. She said she votes republican and not "popular?" party and couldn't sign a petition that was against that and only talked to people who held the same views. I can't say I was shocked, just very depressed. I told her of course I understood why she would take the advice of a friend rather than her sister that actually lives in israel. I told her not to do anything - sign a petition or vote - unless she was following what her conscience dictated, not her husband, her party, her place of worship or me. I'm heartbroken, one of millions who are, and I can't understand how just the evidence, thanks to the internet, of all of the young lives that have been, are, if not destroyed, at the very least forever broken by the latest war over who has the best God, whose God ordained what to whom, etc. If God made any promises, and I read that he did, He couldn't have meant it for the maniacal ravenous beasts that have stolen and are occupying the land that "the other" had been born on, lived in, buried in, cultivated, tended and loved for generations before these unwelcome, uninvited thieves have stolen.

  • Destruction of Gaza's children is something 'every one of us must confront' -- Jon Snow
    • I think you're on the wrong site NF or you need to do penance for something, and want to be derided for your perverse idea of who is good/bad or right/wrong on this occasion. If your soul needs a thorough cleansing, the only thing I can recommend for you is a bottle of Economica on the rocks. "I stand with Israel and reject Hamas, its medieval fascism, its lies and its violent nature. And I call on every person of conscience (really?) on the planet to follow suit" is the mantra of the fascist zionist regime and you have absolutely no place here. This is one of the few sites that tells the other story, which you refudiate and minimize and then have the gall to express what I guess you think passes for sadness for Palestinians, but it's their fault anyway because they choose Hamas over the bloodthirsty Israelis. You make me sick, you and every single person like you.

  • Pro-Israel Facebook page is titled, 'Death to Dianna Buttu'
    • You did it all by yourself? Maybe you can get the IDF to stop bombing Gaza!

    • It appears that disagreeing with the state of israel, zionism and individual israeli's is now tantamount to "Death to the Jews" and "Death to israelis" because that's what they choose to hear. I think there was a time, even some time during my lifetime, when disagreement did not invoke.....never mind, people are stupid, clannish, panicky and dangerous. Individuals are okay as they can't do as much damage but that herd mentality is a motherf.........

    • To me there's no difference between Ariel's God-inspired, hate-filled rant than there is between a young man or woman shouting "Allahu Akhbar" before detonating their device. I cease to be amazed at the blood curdling thoughts of the "religious". What I've been hearing all my life must be true, religion is for idiots. I did not say God, I said RELIGION and they are not nor have they ever been the same thing, like zionist and judaism, not the same thing and never were.

    • Is using God's name in over and over in this way supposed to detract from this call to murder? Can this bastard be arrested for incitement? Why do the orthodox so very often use the most violent expressions possible in their arguments? ORGANIZED (OR NOT SO ORGANIZED) RELIGION IS FOR LUNATICS. Sorry for the caps but this really, really makes me furious.

      Ms. Butto - I'm so very sorry for this -

  • Claim that Hamas killed 3 teens is turning out to be the WMD of Gaza onslaught
    • It's all an illusion because they know the west is so prejudiced, but will respond to the white guy with good english and believe anything that he says.

  • Oren's charge that networks showcase Palestinian dead at behest of Hamas is 'obscene' -- Penhaul
  • Fox's Hannity abuses Yousef Munayyer, says he has a 'thick head'
  • Raising money for Israelis being bombed in hospitals and schools, NY synagogue has not one breath for Palestinian dead
    • Agree with you wholeheartedly. Some of the synagogues may as well be banks, they've got huge coffers and they can support the state of death, there's no reason for US taxpayers to continue to carry this burden. I bet it wouldn't take long for the synagogues to "cut the cord" and boycott, divest and sanction if they have to foot the bill.

    • Glad to hear someone doesn't want to play Sun City.

      I mean Caesarea.

    • Fine - you want to show support to the state of israel, then let all of the money it gets come out of the synagogues tithes from now on and not a cent from taxes.

  • Joan Rivers slams CNN and BBC coverage of Gaza -- 'you're all insane'
    • She has a right to her opinion but since it's only based on sound bites from hasbara central it only makes her sound like a cold-blooded hag.

  • 'The unity is stronger than ever': Report from historic march on Qalandia checkpoint in solidarity with Gaza
  • Which crowded cities can you fire into?
    • "It hold her to a higher standard than other nations."

      Israeli lives are held in more esteem than others' lives again and again. The israeli's are hypocrites with double-standards when it comes to everyone else. You all talk so tough until it looks like you might be losing, then whine and fuss and stamp your feet like so many spoiled brats. Waaaahhhhh

  • Controversial, illegal, and documented: Israeli military strategies in Gaza
  • Dr. Kristol's curriculum: US 'special responsibilities' include 'ancient longings' of Jewish nationalists
  • 'Israel is wrong by any moral standard' -- Robinson says, as US media pile up
    • To Amb. Dermer - could it be you're so upset about all these images of the of dead, dying, wounded and terrified Palestinian people and their children and there bombed out city, because there is no israeli equivalent? What we see on the israeli side are israelis on the beach, having a barbecue and cheering at the rockets heading to Gaza. What a PR dilemma huh?

    • Whoa, that slipped my mind.

    • What is the rest of the world afraid of? This little patch of sand, with its bellicose blowhards throwing temper tantrums and the rest of the world cowers in their wake? The israeli government has done nothing but bring chaos and discord to the rest of the world, mocked the office of the US president calling him weak, and treated the entire country like their own personal ATM. What is wrong with you US? Great Britain? What has israel given the world but a global migraine ? As someone said (paraphrase) "The US didn't have any problems in the ME before the state of israel".

  • In photos: Over 1,000 New Yorkers protest Israel's attack on Gaza
  • Horrifying details continue to emerge of massacre in Khuza'a
    • “Kill us if you like, but we refuse to continue to be subjugated.” I agree with you completely; if they back down now, it'll be even worse for them and future generations, the israeli's will have their boots on their necks and restrictions will be so bad it'll make this period seem almost idyllic. I am simply stunned at the US's acceptance of the genocide and their complicity.

    • They're like hitler youth - full of blood lust and slogans and they've been trained since birth. This is institutionalized hatred, each generation is sicker than the previous. It's going to end very badly for them too.

    • Just when I thought I couldn't be more disgusted with the israelis/US, they've managed to lower the bar again. I am ashamed to be an american. I will never call myself an israeli or an american. Okay state department, you'll stand up for israel and you are alone. The US and state of israel's screwing each other and the rest of the world will be coming to an end soon, because there is a God and the harvest is almost ready. How about it US/israeli - ready to have your lawn mowed?

  • Hamas mimics Hezbollah tactics, and no one will have stability till blockade is lifted
    • "It will be near impossible for Israel to portray Abbas as a “terrorist” and try and justify its violence against Palestinians in the West Bank. " Good. There should be a price to pay for jerking this guy around for so long, making him play the stupid game then rolling over him they (Fatah/Hamas) formed a unity government, which apparently even the clever israelis didn't see coming. I hope he sticks with his guns.

  • U.S. casts lonely vote against establishing war crimes inquiry in Gaza
    • The Israeli government immediately condemned the vote. “The decision today by the UNHRC is a travesty and should be rejected by decent people everywhere,” the Israeli government said in a statement sent to journalists. “The predicable result will be the libeling of Israel and even greater use of human shields in the future by Hamas.”
      The decision today by the UNHRC is some proof that there are decent people everywhere and they will hold israel accountable for their crimes against humanity.
      But you have to do more than talk. Get to it.

  • Gaza massacre is generating ideological crisis in American Zionists
    • MJ Rosenberg has gone further than JJ Goldberg.
      " Any Jew who is not sickened by Israel’s behavior has forgotten what it means to be a Jew. Perhaps a visit to the Holocaust museum or Yad Vashem will provide a refresher course…"

      Fine but that would entail a trip to israel and, oops, no flights available! Wait though, there's holocaust museums in america, where the country had concentration camps for......Americans of Japanese descent......shoot, this didn't go the way i wanted it to at all.
      Seriously, does a jew really have to visit Yad Vashem in order to remember their own humanity?

  • Israeli forces shell UN school where displaced Palestinians gathered, killing at least 9
  • 9 Reasons why Israel is under rocket attack 
    • American - so right. There's no need for a list as all comes down to just this. All the rest is the natural result of #1.

  • Palestinians build tunnel to attack Israeli kindergarten, Netanyahu says
  • Speaking to the Deaf: Activists attempt to talk with the Israeli public about Gaza
    • For most men isn't anger the acceptable expression of fear? This guy must be scared S%@!less!

    • WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the nation's reserve force, citing regret over their part in a military they said plays a central role in oppressing Palestinians, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
      "We found that troops who operate in the occupied territories aren’t the only ones enforcing the mechanisms of control over Palestinian lives. In truth, the entire military is implicated. For that reason, we now refuse to participate in our reserve duties, and we support all those who resist being called to service," the soldiers wrote in a petition posted online and first reported by the newspaper.
      While some Israelis have refused to serve in the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, the military's structure is such that serving in any capacity forces one to play a role in the conflict, said the soldiers, most of whom are women who would have been exempted from combat.
      "Many of us served in logistical and bureaucratic support roles; there, we found that the entire military helps implement the oppression of the Palestinians," they said.
      Their comments come as the conflict in Gaza continues to escalate, displacing thousands more Palestinians in the battered territory even as the United States presses both sides for an immediate ceasefire and longer-term peace plan. [ID:nL6N0PY0Q2]
      Earlier this month, Israel said it was mobilizing more reservists in anticipation of increased fighting. [ID:nL6N0PJ473]
      In the petition, the soldiers pointed to the army's structure and fundamental role in Israeli society as reasons for being unable to decouple any form of service from the fighting.
      "The military plays a central role in every action plan and proposal discussed in the national conversation, which explains the absence of any real argument about non-military solutions to the conflicts Israel has been locked in with its neighbors," the soldiers wrote.
      "To us, the current military operation and the way militarization affects Israeli society are inseparable."
      They said they opposed the Israeli Army and conscription law because of how women are limited to low-ranking secretarial positions and because of a screening system that discriminates against Jews whose families originate from Arab nations.
      Most 18-year-olds must serve up to three years in the Israeli Defense Forces.
      Some groups, such as ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students, had been exempted from service, but legislators this year moved to lift that exemption on such students starting in 2017. [ID:nL6N0M91KQ]

      Arab-Israelis are exempt from compulsory service.

      (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Jim Loney and Bernadette Baum)

      From humble beginnings, who knows where this will lead but I hope it encourages the men to disregard the call to kill.

      . . .

  • 'Heartbreaking' is U.S. government's talking point for Gaza massacre
    • Better yet, don't come back at all. And if you keep asking me these kinds of questions I'll be forced to ban you from the briefing room.
      I'd rather listen to a full blown nazi instead of these pseudo-nazi apologists, from one side of their mouth spouting words like "sad", "tragedy", "heartbreaking", and from the other side, often at the same time "ISRAEL HAS THE RIGHT TO DEFEND ITSELF", "HAMAS CANNOT BOMB ISRAEL", "HAMAS MUST RECOGNIZE ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXIST", etc. If you're going to be a rabid lunatic racist pig - go all the way. I find nothing more disturbing than the flip flopping crap they've been doing all along. Were they all born without spines?

  • 'Slate' blames Birthright for indoctrinating American Jew who was killed fighting for Israel
    • This was the best they could come up with? Even in death, not good enough? So “fallen soldiers of Jewish descent” have been promoted:
      - from same section but separate plot
      - to same plot but separate row.
      Is this 2014 or 1954? It doesn't matter because israel doesn't care what the international community thinks.

    • The israelis can't talk about a "culture of death" and ascribe it to the Palestinians. The display of a myriad of DSM-IV diagnoses by the israels would be funny if it weren't deadly and ultimately suicidal. Intervention is required ASAP. They are begging to be stopped in their tracks because they obviously are unable to do it themselves (Dennis the menace on meth)

    • That was hysterical - thanks Adele!

    • mh1 - you didn't read the part where i wrote "not official, just my idea". I'm sorry but since it's something I came up with all by my widdle self, i have no statistics or links for you to dispute. I've been on this earth long enough to know racism when i see it.

    • That took my breath away - what strength and what passion!

    • I have been told Ethiopian soldiers are put in very "hot" spots. I don't know why, but something tells me, if this is true, that racism is involved, "you're not really one of us, so you're more expendable" otherwise known as being "Uriah" (not official, just my idea). If a christian who volunteers dies in battle, he is not buried in the soldier's cemetary because it is for jews only. However, this apparently was changed as of July 2013 because it got out and some people were upset and it was embarassing................

    • Definitely, then she will be sure that what she surmised was correct. Great idea "rational" zionist.

    • It reminds me, only vaguely, of the symbol for freemasons. FYI, there are freemason temples in israel.

    • So martyrdom is some crazy thing only Arabs do? This guy sounds like a shahid. He went through an "indoctrination process" (like suicide bombers), became convinced it was his duty to "fight" for israel and then made the sexually-charged "birthright" trip, but the ultimate turn on had to be the pilgrimage to the cemetary and see the "lone" american soldier's grave along with all the other shahids. I was told this was only something murderous maniacal Arabs do because they love death more than life. Go figure.

  • Israel's 'defeat'
    • Great news, very happy to hear the Golem patrolling Ben Gurion will have no one to dishonor for an unspecified period of time.

  • Oh what a lovely war!
  • Watch: 9 Jewish activists arrested after occupying Friends of the Israel Defense Forces office
    • It reminds me of exactly the same thing. Do they really want to be in that company?

    • The woman in the video says no more aide to israel, "that would help alot." Agree wholeheartedly. Back in 2008-2009, when the financial crisis in the US was exploding all over the place, an israeli woman asked me what Obama was going to do about it. I told her I would hope he would put the american people as his priority. She looked at me like I'd smacked her and said "What about us? Whose going to take care of us?" I had no response, I was just furious.

    • I'm not sure, but I think that those headquarters are possibly being used to store weapons of mass destruction. They've got to be there somewhere. That old lady with the glasses telling the people to leave is probably their strong arm.

  • Arab reporters come under attack from Israelis

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