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State Dep’t has nothing to say about hunger strikers ‘one way or another’

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Today’s State Department briefing. And spokesperson Victoria Nuland has nothing to say about the hunger strikers, even as the news is all over global media. She takes the question. Meaning she might get back with a statement later. These people are on the verge of death. Shameful. Oh but Sec’y Clinton congratulated Netanyahu on his new unity government.

QUESTION: Okay. And one – a couple more. On the Palestinian prisoner issue, I wonder if you are aware of the situation of striking – hunger striking Palestinian prisoners?

MS. NULAND: I don’t have anything for you on that, Said.

QUESTION: Well, do you have a position on the hunger strike of prisoners who have not been charged with anything and they have been held for a long time? They’ve gone today – their 70th day of a hunger strike. Thaer Halahla and many others, five others, are probably – are likely to – they could face – I mean, they could die in the next day or so. Would the United States Government take a position on that?

MS. NULAND: Well, let me take the question, Said, because frankly, I don’t have anything one way or the other. I don’t know if we have a comment on it.

QUESTION: Because, lastly, I mean, it – if something happens to these prisoners, it could be a flashpoint between Israelis and the Palestinians.

MS. NULAND: No, I understand the question. Let me take it, okay?

QUESTION: Thank you.

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Should the Israeli jailers and court system allow the hunger strikers to die and Palestinians across the oPT react in fury, the American MSM microphones and cameras will suddenly all switch on just in time to catch the stone-throwing and tire burning, and the defensive military response of the Israeli police and IDF.

Then Ms. Nuland will have something to say, in defense of victimized Israel.

I think Bill has nailed it. Say nothing then condemn the reaction. I do think sometimes that bending the narrative can be a bit like shooting fish in a barrel for these guys.

the fact that victoria nuland is state department spokesperson confirms that the obama administration is hopeless. i wonder if she or her neocon husband are sports fans?
http://www.thenation.com/blog/167827/what-if-kobe-bryant-were-imprisoned-palestinian-soccer-player

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” And that’s assuming people like Nuland actually have a conscience at all.

Qestion: Is it really that bad for the Gov’t of the United States that the jewish lobby here in our nation can actually cause that much consternation for you that you are not even allowed to field a legitimate question with regards a humanitarian issue involving the Palestinian prisnoners on a prolonged hunger strike? Is that lobby that powerful?

Answer: