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As the images pile up of the massacre in Gaza, the word has gone out within the upper reaches of the U.S. government– and that word is “heartbreaking.” That’s the clever euphemism U.S. officials are using to try and cover their bases, to say they’re not moral idiots, they know what’s going on over there, but they can’t come out and say it and they certainly can’t criticize Israel for its actions.

“Heartbreaking” is the talking point:

“we have been heartbroken by the high civilian death toll in Gaza” —Jen Psaki, last Thursday.

“The loss of lives and the humanitarian impact is really heartbreaking”–  John Kerry, today.

“The [four Palestinian boys’] deaths are heartbreaking” —Samantha Power.

“Heartbroken” –White House adviser Ben Rhodes in a TV interview about civilian casualties in Gaza last night (I saw this in real time; I’ll get a link later).

It’s not heartbreaking; it’s a massacre.

The number of dead is now 666. The vast majority are civilians. Last night on NBC News Richard Engel did a report on ambulances not being able to get into Shuja’iyeh, the Gaza City neighborhood that has been the focus of the Israeli assault. The report will live forever in my mind because of the video of a young woman found barely breathing, her body covered in rubble, her face half-exposed. Asma al-Helu, 24, had been lying there two days, badly burned. Engel visited her in the hospital.

“All her family had been killed.”

Today Engel says that Asma al-Helu died.

Every hour the Israelis kill a child, according to the UN. John Mearsheimer said to me in a note yesterday.

“How can any person with a shred of decency support what Israel is doing in Gaza?”

It’s a massacre. If you can’t say so, you’re blind or corrupted. John Kerry knows it but he can’t say so, because our leadership is corrupted. Madeleine Albright knows it but the most she can say is it’s hurting Israel’s “moral authority.”

History will record who stood up during this massacre and denounced it. The reporters at State know it. Here’s the briefing yesterday:

Question: The Israeli ambassador last night, he was talking at a group event for – run by Christians for Israel or something like that, and he said that he believed that Israel deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for Israeli soldiers, for the restraint that they’ve shown in going in and doing what he would say is targeted operations. And he thinks – at a breakfast I was at this morning, he says the international community should watch with admiration what the Israeli army is doing. Is it the opinion of the United States that there is restraint being shown by the Israeli army, that they are really working to try and get civilians out of harm’s way, they’re giving them advance warning? Do you believe that his comments are accurate?

Here’s that application for the Nobel Prize. And what does State’s Marie Harf say?

Well, we do think that there could be – they could do a bit more, that they could maybe take some greater steps here. 

Recep Erdogan has called it a “genocide.” So has Naomi Wolf. Michael Ratner and Michael Smith have described it as a form of cultural “ethnocide.”

Steve Walt at Huffpo is plain about the horror, and says we’re paying for it:

As it has on several prior occasions, Israel is using weapons provided by U.S. taxpayers to bombard the captive and impoverished Palestinians in Gaza, where the death toll now exceeds 500. As usual, the U.S. government is siding with Israel, even though most American leaders understand Israel instigated the latest round of violence, is not acting with restraint, and that its actions make Washington look callous and hypocritical in the eyes of most of the world.

A reporter made this same point at State the other day:

You just talked about how the Russians are responsible for whatever weapons that the separatists are using. What about Israel that is using American weapons day in and day out – tanks, airplanes, F-16, bombs, and so on – to kill, basically, a lot of civilians?

MS. HARF: Said. Israel has the right to defend itself, period. They have the right to defend itself from rockets fired from Gaza, from things smuggled from tunnels into Israel, period. At the same time —

QUESTION: And should the Palestinians be given the same kind of courtesy to defend themselves?

MS. HARF: At the same time, the President – first of all, nothing that Hamas is doing has any justification at all, period. Even bringing it up in that context is offensive…. But stepping back, the President —

QUESTION: Let me ask you something, you talked about how–

MS. HARF: Wait. Let me finish, Said. Said.

QUESTION: — offensive. Isn’t it offensive that a hundred civilians were killed in one night?

MS. HARF: I’m going to move on if you’re not going to let me answer.

How can anyone with a shred of decency support this operation?

PS. I have no doubt that militants are operating from civilian settings. But as Yonatan Shapira explained years ago (per James North), the standard for Palestinian civilians should be the same as for Jewish civilians. Shapira was a helicopter pilot ordered to assist in operations on Gaza homes.

Yonatan asked General [Dan] Halutz, What if a Hamas leader were located in Tel Aviv?  Would you order our pilots to fire there, risking Israeli bystanders?  Halutz said no.  So you value Israelis over Palestinians, Yonatan responded.  Get someone else to fly your aircraft. 

Philip Weiss

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  1. just on July 23, 2014, 11:34 am

    If they won’t say massacre, how about genocide? Why don’t they try terrorism and genocide?

    How about US sponsored terrorism, genocide, and massacre?

    (I saw that video of that woman {RIP} and you probably don’t need to know my reaction)

    Israel’s actions are gruesome and evil. I hold anyone that can’t see it in contempt.

  2. bilal a on July 23, 2014, 11:38 am

    Naomi Wolf, as MW noted , has also said it is genocide:

    “I know genocide when I see it.”

    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/synagogue-nothing-massacre.html

  3. lysias on July 23, 2014, 11:41 am

    “I weep for you,” the Walrus said:
    “I deeply sympathize.”
    With sobs and tears he sorted out
    Those of the largest size,
    Holding his pocket-handkerchief
    Before his streaming eyes.

  4. Donald on July 23, 2014, 11:47 am

    ” I’m going to move on if you’re not going to let me answer.”

    Classic. The Press Briefing Nazi. A reporter tries to pin down an apparatchik on why the US government funds and arms a country that uses those weapons to commit war crimes and she gets huffy because he tries to finish his question. No answer for you. Come back one year.

    • Marnie on July 23, 2014, 12:00 pm

      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?

  5. eljay on July 23, 2014, 11:47 am

    “Heartbreaking” is a big step up from the usual “troubling” or “disturbing”. It shows that Amurrika really and truly cares!

    • bilal a on July 23, 2014, 11:53 am

      The FAA airlines boycott is truly heartbreaking.

      Michael Bloomberg flying to Israel to protest FAA ban

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/07/22/michael-bloomberg-flying-to-israel-to-protest-faa-ban/

      • Marnie on July 23, 2014, 12:04 pm

        What a tool.

      • Kay24 on July 23, 2014, 12:17 pm

        He is a true son of Israel. What a trooper!

      • seafoid on July 23, 2014, 12:24 pm

        I am heartbroken about all the Israelis stranded in Turkey.

        They must learn a harsh and expensive lesson about voting for homicidal arseholes like Netanyahu and Bennett.

      • just on July 23, 2014, 12:41 pm

        Take a bow, seafoid.

        That was priceless.

    • Donald on July 23, 2014, 5:18 pm

      ““Heartbreaking” is a big step up from the usual “troubling” or “disturbing””

      I know you’re snarking here (and very well too) and I agree, but it actually is a step up. And it’s because of all the coverage. We don’t have to wait until it’s over to have careful investigations–mainstream press reporters, or some of them, are doing a good job showing Israel’s brutality in undeniable ways and so it’s a bit harder to brush it off. They can’t call their pals and weapons recipients “war criminals”, so they strike a mournful pose.

      And they do a better job than a rightwing friend of mine, who also felt sorrow for the innocent women and children and then promptly placed all the blame on Islam. Not just Hamas–Islam. God bless America.

      • just on July 23, 2014, 5:26 pm

        “And they do a better job than a rightwing friend of mine, who also felt sorrow for the innocent women and children and then promptly placed all the blame on Islam.”

        You’re persistent and loyal, Donald to still have a ‘friend’ like that. I reckon you have a lot of work & education to do with him/her.

        Me, I’ve left those types long ago. I’ll nod in their general direction and that’s about it. If they persist in stupidity and bigotry after all our discussions, bye- bye and good riddance.

        (PS– imho that’s not ‘sorrow’, that’s just about making him/her feel better about themselves– like they have some semblance of humanity)

      • Donald on July 23, 2014, 10:47 pm

        “that’s not ‘sorrow’,that’s just about making him/her feel better about themselves”

        Pretty much. Nobody who actually cared would be so quick to pass the buck to the Evil Other.

  6. ckg on July 23, 2014, 11:53 am

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius yesterday said “Rien ne saurait justifier la poursuite des attaques et des massacres…” So at least one prominent government official is using the M-word.

    • MHughes976 on July 23, 2014, 12:25 pm

      Mr. Fabius is of Jewish background though I understand his family has been Catholic for some time. He has been suspected of undue favouritism to Israel in the past. At the moment his remarks do credit to both the traditions with which he is associated.

  7. eljay on July 23, 2014, 11:58 am

    >> MS. HARF: “I’m going to move on if you’re not going to let me answer.”

    More correctly: “I’m going to move on if you insist on expecting a straight answer.”

  8. just on July 23, 2014, 12:14 pm

    Martin Fletcher is an unmitigated tool for Israel. Is he getting private lessons from wolf?

    Is there a yeshiva for ‘journalists’ where they spin hasbara and endlessly repeat the Ziomantra in order to report from and about Israel?

    • kalithea on July 23, 2014, 1:01 pm

      Don’t expect the media, correction Zionist media, to be honest and balanced. They’re hiding behind the downed airline tragedy almost 24/7 not to have to touch the genocidal massacre, the rivers of blood in Gaza’s neighborhoods, because they know that if they had no other choice but to focus on Gaza, there would be a tidal wave of change in public opinion against Israel. And when they do give Gaza air time; we have to be subjected to the pompous ass Regev or his equally asinine comrade, Oren. CNN is really the mouthpiece of Zionism thanks to the Zionist shill of shills, Blitzer.

  9. dbroncos on July 23, 2014, 12:14 pm

    Obama could announce an indefinite suspension of flights to Israel until hostilities are ended out of concern for American citizens. He would be safe in doing so and we could all watch the spectacle of Israel’s supporters telling us that Israel’s economy is more important than the safety of American passengers. Announcing an indefinite suspension of flights might also put an earlier end to the massacre in Gaza. But the peace prize winner is too weak to take even this meek, safe measure.

    • just on July 23, 2014, 12:18 pm

      He could do that.

      Kerry’s right there (meeting with BN) — he could do it as SOS, and it would be entirely appropriate for him to do as SOS.

    • kalithea on July 23, 2014, 1:05 pm

      It might just put some pressure on Israelis to retreat and force them to consider truce negotiation with Hamas.

  10. seafoid on July 23, 2014, 12:21 pm

    Surely “heartless” would be a more appropriate word .

    Jen Psaki and her gopher are 2 sad careerists. Jen in particular is a desperately poor role model for gingers. Kerry would have been as bad as Bush as well, prolly. Empire men.

    “we have been heartbroken by the high civilian death toll in Gaza but we are heartened by the lobby money, for which we will do anything up to and including cheerleading genocide ” –Jen Psaki, last Thursday.

    • lysias on July 23, 2014, 12:42 pm

      Kerry would have been as bad as Bush as well, prolly. Empire men.

      Skull and Bones men. Have you seen Robert De Niro’s movie The Good Shepherd?

    • just on July 23, 2014, 12:45 pm

      ‘soulless’ works for me.

      • jimby on July 23, 2014, 7:14 pm

        Bush was a “C” student and had better grades than Kerry.

  11. tokyobk on July 23, 2014, 12:23 pm

    Ali Abunimah called it a pogrom in his debate with JJ Goldberg at Democracy Now and I imagine there is less mental resistance to that kind of description than before.
    He was as intense as ever, even more so, and I wondered if in part because of the rapid death toll and horrific scope of the current attacks but also because he is aware of a growing audience reception to what he has been saying and writing for years.

    • Donald on July 23, 2014, 10:50 pm

      “Ali Abunimah called it a pogrom in his debate with JJ Goldberg at Democracy Now ”

      Just read the transcript. Too bad Goldberg was a little too flippant, because it was good that he acknowledged the blockade was immoral and counterproductive, but his flippancy angered Ali Abunimah.

      • tokyobk on July 23, 2014, 11:21 pm

        I like JJ Goldberg as a person and I think he is less contradictory and parsing than other liberal zionists. He has acknowledged many of Israel’s flaws for a long time. Watch him to write even more critically after this round in Gaza. But he did come off tired and weak in the face of Ali’s unrelenting charge and refusal to give an inch, including on the claim that JJ “would be shot” were he to go to Gaza.

      • wondering jew on July 24, 2014, 12:53 am

        JJ Goldberg’s “I would be shot”, was definitely a low point. I would think, in fact, that very few self professed Zionists ever visit Gaza and that fearing that Hamas would discover that you were sniper for the Israeli army at one time might in fact get you shot, but still it was a weak thing to say.

        Abunimah is distraught because hundreds are dying. The normal etiquette of a show like this was disregarded. I would not choose to appear with Abunimah with behavior of his sort on this show, but JJ Goldberg made a decision without knowing how Abunimah would behave.

    • Chu on July 24, 2014, 9:46 am

      “He was as intense as ever, even more so, and I wondered if in part because of the rapid death toll and horrific scope of the current attacks but also because he is aware of a growing audience reception to what he has been saying and writing for years.”

      Both his parents lived in Palestine (now Israel). His father was from the village of Battir (the West Bank) and his mother was from Lifta whose population was driven out in 1948. Him probably seeing so many terrorized men, women and children without real means to defend themselves probably brought out his intensity.

  12. Kay24 on July 23, 2014, 12:25 pm

    I did not realize John Kerry does sit down comedy:

    “Israel is under siege by a terrorist organization,” Kerry told Crowley, “that has seen fit to dig tunnels and come through those tunnels with handcuffs and tranquilizer drugs, prepared to try to capture Israeli citizens and take them back to hold them hostage.” He said that both he and President Obama had had conversations with Israeli leaders that were interrupted by air-raid sirens, forcing an end to the calls. “People can’t live that way.” WAPO

    Aww, Israel is under siege…seems Kerry is a bit confused, he must have forgotten that it is the Palestinian people who are under siege for DECADES, and right now Gaza is under siege by a brutal military using US weapons, to massacre hundreds of civilians, including a high number of children.

    What crap do our official spew, what inane comments that sound ridiculous to all?
    What is this constant kissing up to Israel that they must do, at every turn, even when it is bombing Gaza to the stone ages? When they realize their bias shows, they quickly make a tiny comment about the civilians being killed, but quickly get back to the mollycoddling of Israel. Disgusting.

    As for those darn tunnels, what the heck does Israel and its loyalists in the US expect?
    You keep people in a huge concentration camp for 40 something years, and they are going to try and dig their way out, whether it is to kill those who make them suffer so much. Get real.
    If we were blockaded and oppressed, by say, Canada, would’t we try everything we can to get out? We would not have taken that sheet for this long, and lobbed more than rockets and stone at them.

    • amigo on July 23, 2014, 2:42 pm

      Yeah and it does not bother him when the iof goes into Palestinian homes late at night and arrests Palestinian children after wrecking their homes and beating them.

      My heart bleeds for these b—-s .They are lying two faced criminals. and I include Kerry in that.He is an enabler.

  13. a blah chick on July 23, 2014, 12:28 pm

    I heard an UN official today say that there is a “possibility” that Israel “might” be committing “war crimes.” I would have read more but the sheer stupidity of the remark made my head explode. It’s been doing that a lot lately.

    • just on July 23, 2014, 12:33 pm

      Heh– me too, abc. I might have to start wearing a helmet.

      Is this the first time the WH has said no to Israel?

      “On Tuesday night Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, asked the US secretary of state, John Kerry, to help restore commercial flights. But a White House official, when asked, said: “We’re not going to overrule the FAA. Period.””

      http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jul/22/delta-cancels-flights-israel

      • Kay24 on July 23, 2014, 1:30 pm

        Well taxpayers, ready to say YES to Israel again? They sure know how to fleece us. Some hasbara type even got offended when I mentioned that Israel loves getting dollars, but here is the evidence:

        “Israel asks U.S. for $225 million to replace missing Iron Dome parts
        Defense Secretary Chuck Hegel asks Congress to meet ‘Israel’s critical missile defense needs in light of the ongoing conflict in Gaza.'” Haaretz

        Time to send the Palestinian people an iron dome too, considering that they are the real victims of this massacre, over 650 now perished with no iron dome help by the US.

  14. lysias on July 23, 2014, 12:46 pm

    “Heartbreaking” not just talking point for Gaza. New White House Blog item: President Obama Visits the Dutch Embassy: “We’re All Heartbroken by What’s Happened”.

  15. peeesss on July 23, 2014, 12:48 pm

    Philip. I value Mondoweiss and the great work that you and your staff are doing, But your statement , “P.S. I have no doubt that militants are operating in civilian settings”, troubles me. First the meaning. Hamas , the fighters, commanders are part of the Palestinian people. Do you mean that if they are in their homes with their wife and children and other family members eating dinner they are then considered “operating ” in civilian settings? They are part of the population. Israel itself proudly states they bomb the homes of these “militants” considering them legitimate targets . I hope you don’t agree. The Israeli constant hasbara BS about Hamas using “Human Shields” has been discredited by Human Rights groups and UN sources going back years . The Hasbara always states , , Embedded, Human Shields, we do not target innocent civilians, we value the Sanctity of Life. During the last Lebanon war of aggression, Israel said the same thing about Hisballah . This too was discredited by the UN and Human Rights organizations. The lies of Israel, as Mondoweiss has recorded, go back generations. Repeated constantly it gains a credibility. But we should not give their Hasbara any credence. Has there been any incident where there BS is justified? . Probably. But over they years, tens of years it has been their {Israel} way to justify the massacres and violence they so easily commit and should not be accepted.

    • kalithea on July 23, 2014, 1:16 pm

      I agree. Never, ever give Hasbara credence. Israel has used Palestinians as human shields, Israel targets children, targets medical and emergency personnel trying to rescue and save lives. There is no excuse for these barbaric acts – they’re war crimes.

      Gaza is the most populated strip of land in the world. Hamas will always be 100 + meters from some structure containing civilians; this is the reality in Gaza and Israel knows it! Israel has pushed Hamas and the people of Gaza where they no longer have anything left to lose and are fored to fight and will sacrifice their lives to end the inhumane humanitarian blockade on Gaza and the oppressive, hermetic conditions Israel has imposed on it to kill off all hope for the people trapped there.

      • peeesss on July 23, 2014, 1:58 pm

        True, True, True. The Israeli’s are the party that attacks civilian areas deliberately, uses human shields , targets ambulances, hospitals, churches, mosques. Without a “war” as an excuse they have destroyed thousands of homes.. But the Hasbara says just the opposite and the repetitiveness confuses many Americans . Lets not add to the confusion.

    • just on July 23, 2014, 1:19 pm

      You have a very good point. Thank you.

      There is no place in Gaza that is not a “civilian setting”.

      • peeesss on July 23, 2014, 2:05 pm

        Oh, BTW.. Almost every Israeli family has a soldier or reservist in their residence. As these soldiers sit down for dinner with their parents would those soldiers, reservists be considered “operating” in a civilian setting.? Would that home be a legitimate target for destruction. Israeli’s and the mainstream media would never countenance such a notion. Nor should we.

      • just on July 23, 2014, 7:35 pm

        Another great point, peeesss!

    • W.Jones on July 23, 2014, 1:37 pm

      They hit targets like hospitals after the UN has confirmed that they don’t have weapons. They are basically targeting the population.

      There are hardcore Hasbarists who talk this way about targeting Gazans. It’s no surprise their military thinks this way.

  16. Kay24 on July 23, 2014, 12:55 pm

    Looking at our record in Afghanistan and Iraq, we have earned the reputation for breaking hearts ourselves.

  17. just on July 23, 2014, 1:00 pm

    FAA extends ban………!

    • Kay24 on July 23, 2014, 1:10 pm

      Oh my…Bibi will throw a huge tantrum, AIPAC must be making those furious calls to their confused servants, and demanding they do something!

      Israel is beginning to feel the consequences of their on going slaughter, and the brutal occupation, in ways they did not dream of. Perhaps Mayor Bloomberg can step in and help them with their losses, with his billions. How about it, Mike?

    • tree on July 23, 2014, 2:52 pm

      FAA extends ban………!

      I admit to a bit of schadenfreude for the Israeli government spokes. They insist that Israel is “under siege” and “fighting for its very existence” and then when the FAA bans all US flights to Tel Aviv they change their tune to “what’s the problem? Everything is fine here.” It can’t be easy to change your tune on a dime like that. The
      g-forces must be tremendous!

      • Kay24 on July 23, 2014, 6:27 pm

        Well Bloomberg is embraced by a grateful bibi, and doing his nation a big favor by standing with the mayor of TelAviv and staunchly supporting the war criminal, while some miles away, children are being slaughtered by his nation, Israel. Wonderful.

  18. American on July 23, 2014, 1:32 pm

    I expect this will come to nothing but at least its an effort.

    Retweeted by Max Blumenthal Barak [email protected] · 33m

    BREAKING: UN human rights council in Geneva decides to form an international commission of inquiry for alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza

    12 minutes ago- Comment- Share- Edit

    http://www.haaretz.com/news… 7:34 P.M. UN human rights council in Geneva decides to form international commission of inquiry for alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza. Twenty-nine nations voted in favor of the commissions’ creation, one member-state voted against it, and 17 abstained. Netanyahu condemns the decision as ‘a travesty that should be condemned by decent people everywhere.’ To read the full article, click here (Barak Ravid)

    • Justpassingby on July 23, 2014, 2:00 pm

      American

      Yes nothing will come out of that compared to Goldstone 2009.

    • seafoid on July 23, 2014, 2:06 pm

      Netanyahu bringing decent people into his slime world.
      The shame !

    • seafoid on July 23, 2014, 2:08 pm

      From http://www.WTF.com and http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.606860

      “Speaking at the meeting, Israel’s envoy to the UNHRC, Eviatar Manor, charged that the UN Human Rights Council “failed to protect the human rights of Israelis.”
      Manor went on to say that the residents of Gaza were not Israel’s enemies and that Israel was committed to international law . He charged the council of “pouring oil on the fire.” “

      • Bumblebye on July 23, 2014, 7:04 pm

        Hah! Israel wants every other nation to adhere to international law but always exempts itself!

      • traintosiberia on July 24, 2014, 10:38 pm

        Israel never runs out of the bullet . But sure does run out of cliche
        and jargon . Time to invent a new language.

  19. Justpassingby on July 23, 2014, 1:48 pm

    Warcriminal obama just voted AGAINST UN resolution on Gaza, west backed him too. Sick bastards!

    • seafoid on July 23, 2014, 2:31 pm

      “I have just two words about the UN Human Rights Council decision: Get lost.” – @Tzipi_Livni

      So it’ll be the same schtick as last time. Operation Goldstone. Only acceptable if a respectable Jew leads the team and the bots can intimidate him/her into saying nothing happened.

      • Justpassingby on July 23, 2014, 2:40 pm

        Just leaked!

        Head of chief of the report: Abraham Foxman
        Assistant to Head of Chief: Sheldon Adelson

        Supervisor: Mark Regev

    • Kay24 on July 23, 2014, 2:45 pm

      The dealer in drones understands that massacring unarmed civilians is all the name of defending one’s nation. Shame, while little babies are getting slaughtered by US weapons, the US does not have the decency to condemn it.

      http://www.theguardian.com/global/2014/jul/23/un-high-commissioner-navi-pillay-war-crimes-israel

      The US abstains….what a shame.

      • tree on July 23, 2014, 2:56 pm

        The US abstains….what a shame.

        Correction. The US didn’t just abstained. It was the lone “No” vote. Incredibly shameful for our country.

      • Justpassingby on July 23, 2014, 2:59 pm

        Yes and west abstained. Really disgusting.

      • Kay24 on July 23, 2014, 6:24 pm

        You are right, I did not want to say abstain. They uttered a big NO as usual.

      • Kathleen on July 23, 2014, 3:34 pm

        And Mika Brezenski , Andrea Mitchell and others keep bringing how Feinstein told Putin to “man up” and accept responsibility for the downed plane and deaths. Can Feinstein say “Iraq” and “woman up” for her decision to give the Bush administration a pass to invade Iraq. Hundreds of thousands killed…”woman up” Feinstein. Start practicing what you are preaching

  20. Boomer on July 23, 2014, 3:20 pm

    “Heartbreaking, but there’s nothing WE can do about it. And anyway, WE aren’t responsible, WE have nothing to do with it.”

    • just on July 23, 2014, 6:06 pm

      You make a good point that I’ve been mulling all day.

      “heartbreaking” is reserved for pain that is the result of something that cannot be helped– ie, the Gazans suffering this terrorism courtesy of Israel, a natural disaster anywhere, etc.

      When we CAN do something about this– it’s not for our government to say they are heartbroken. It’s for our government to STOP IT and our stupid policy toward Israel that allows/helps/conducts this ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people.

  21. MRW on July 23, 2014, 3:24 pm

    It’s not heartbreaking; it’s a massacre.

    Thank you.

  22. Kathleen on July 23, 2014, 3:31 pm

    Engel has been doing a great job reporting about the facts on the ground. Better than ever before. Ayman spot on no excuses being made about his fact based reporting on MSNBC no need to genuflect to Israel of the lobby. All of this extremely sad and horrific killing and deaths..just so terribly sad…and yet we acknowledge there has been a defined change in the MSM. Been a long time coming and so many folks here have been pushing for the facts to come out via the MSM.

    Today was the first time I have heard Kerry or anyone else refer to the Palestinian territories. Talking heads have been referring to the Palestinians as “the people of Gaza.” In his last statement to the public Kerry referred to the Palestinian territories.

  23. LanceThruster on July 23, 2014, 8:31 pm

    Hello MW community,

    I have a friend on Facebook who lives in the UK. He (or she as I cannot always tell with names I am unfamiliar with – I promise I will ask at some point) has asked for my help writing a letter to both the local politicians who support Israeli actions against the people of Gaza and local merchants who carry goods from illegal settlements. They have seen my comments on FB and have thanked me for my support of Palestinians and the victims in Gaza. It is clear that English is their second language and thought my help would make for a more compelling letter.

    Could anybody direct me to a template or a petition or a generic appeal that might fight the bill in each of these instances? When someone looks to you as supposedly knowledgeable on an issue, it still starts with knowing where to look for information and assistance. People with compassion and integrity are the same types that helped me in my understanding of the issue and the importance of speaking out.

    I will be sure to invite them to the MW community for guidance and support. I am touched how moved people are at feeling they are not alone in this quest. As those who have read my profile here, years ago I was one who would dismiss condemnations of Israel’s actions as the sour grapes of violent ‘militants.’

    Thank you in advance.

    LT

    • michelle on July 24, 2014, 9:31 am

      .
      google this it turns up what looks like afew
      that support Palestine/Gaza
      i would offer a link but my dial up system
      locks up alot so it’s best not to wait for me
      .
      G-d Bless
      .

      • michelle on July 24, 2014, 9:33 am

        .
        sorry just woke up
        google this;
        sign this petition to stop the Gaza Palestine murders
        .
        G-d Bless
        .

      • LanceThruster on July 24, 2014, 8:09 pm

        Sincere thanks, Michelle.

        Warm regards,

        LT

      • LanceThruster on July 24, 2014, 9:37 pm

        Your suggestion was excellent. I found a couple of good ones and tweaked them enough to personalize them. They are very happy with the result. It is a good reminder to me that it is hard for people to feel comfortable in their understanding of the nuances of another language. Felt good to help. They were in fact doing all the heavy lifting.

        Thanks again.

  24. Castellio on July 23, 2014, 9:43 pm

    Please watch this interview that somehow made it onto the air in Canada.

    The truths that have been so present by their absence, by their denigration, by the cleverness by which they are avoided and camouflaged.

    At least once, on public television, the truth was spoken.

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=402990

    • MRW on July 23, 2014, 11:04 pm

      The link isn’t working for me, Castellio. What is the name of the clip so I can locate it?

      • Castellio on July 24, 2014, 11:08 am

        CTV News Channel: ‘Israel is the occupying power’

        Independent Jewish Voices spokesperson discusses Israel’s responsibility in the conflict and where he feels it has crossed the line
        4 mins 0 secs

        and the url, again: http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=402990

  25. iResistDe4iAm on July 24, 2014, 8:20 am

    “The loss of lives and the humanitarian impact is really heartbreaking” ~ John Kerry

    It’s not heartbreaking …heartbreaking is an emotional reaction to massive devastation caused by a sudden or cataclysmic event such as a mass shooting or natural disaster.

    This is not a horrific but fleeting tragedy.
    This is not a natural disaster …not an earthquake, a hurricane, a flood, nor a tsunami.
    This is an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination (punctuated by bloody massacres every few years) that has been brutally imposed upon Palestinians, using overwhelming militarily force, for 66 consecutive years.
    Palestine is an Israeli-made UNNATURAL disaster (aka. crime against humanity).

    Not only is the Palestinian Nakba the longest crime against humanity in modern times, it’s also the first whose funding has been outsourced to the rest of the (western) world.

  26. michelle on July 24, 2014, 9:17 am

    .
    are there any men or are we being governed by the dogs of Israel
    .
    men stand for truth even if it means they must stand alone in a crowd
    .
    G-d Bless
    .

  27. traintosiberia on July 24, 2014, 10:33 pm

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-said-to-have-offered-lewinsky-tapes-for-pollard/

    The sacred dancing by the bipartisan courtesans in honor of the Zion will not end .The Zion has the tapes of the scandal sex,drugs,money raising formulas,and hope for the financial redemption after the terms . Even the fact that sometimes the redemption could be withheld for the next progeny in line due to the father”s sins of failing to honor the High Priest of Tel Aviv would catalyze another round of solo dancing .
    Carter ‘s son’s election comes to mind .But Carter did not go that far and he remains the 20 th century’s most untouchable alive.

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