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We are closely following the horrifying news from Gaza this morning. The Israeli government said it would meet Gaza protesters with live fire across the border fence and duly massed snipers on the border; and it has followed through today, killing at least nine Palestinians, according to early reports. Sadly the number keeps climbing: as of 4 PM EST, Haaretz was reporting that 15 Palestinians had been killed.

The outrage on the left is reminiscent of the Mavi Marmara onslaught in 2010, when Israeli commandos boarded a Turkish aid ship trying to reach Gaza and killed nine of the aid volunteers. Even Israel supporters are already making this comparison— to an event that brought global condemnation/diplomatic embarrassment to Israel.

The Associated Press reports 1000 Palestinians injured by tear gas inhalation and from being struck by live rounds or rubber-coated bullets. The Times of Israel reports “scattered” protests on the West Bank.

The first to be killed was a Palestinian farmer, said to be working his fields.

The human rights group B’Tselem issued an unequivocal statement of condemnation of Israeli “crime”s:

Shooting at unarmed demonstrators is illegal and any command allowing such an action is manifestly illegal. Yesterday, B’Tselem warned against relating to demonstration areas as combat zones and against shooting live fire at demonstrators. Armed soldiers and unarmed demonstrators are not “at war.” The illegal open fire regulations and the compliance with them are the reason for the number of dead and injured today in the Gaza Strip.

The protests were organized as “The Great March of Return,” a nonviolent gathering of Palestinian refugees who demand the right to return to their families’ homes inside Israel. Nearly 2 million Gazans are virtually imprisoned in the 140-square-mile strip, under blockade since 2007, after Hamas assumed political control of the area. The blockade extends to a 1000-foot “buffer zone” on the Gaza side of a fence from which Israel bars activity.

Many observers are noting the caged condition of the Palestinians. Nora Barrows Friedman of EI:

The “totally democratic” “start-up nation” once again using caged Palestinians as laboratory subjects, killing and injuring them solely because they are demanding their right to leave this concentration camp and go home

Ali Abunimah:

Yeah it’s totally normal to cage people in a sealed ghetto after ethnically cleansing them for not being Jewish and then to shoot them if they demonstrate for their right to go home. Nothing to see just a normal “democracy.”

Dimi Reider of 972:

10 demonstrators peacefully marching out of bondage already shot dead, from behind the safety of the Gaza border fence. Passover indeed.

Jewish Voice for Peace has issued a statement, saying it is “horrified” by the deadly response to a peace march, and also citing the Passover angle:

Tonight, as Jews across the world gather at the Passover seder to remember our own story as a people questing for a homeland, we honor and recognize the yearning for homeland propelling today’s Land Day protests.

The Israeli military has yet again unleashed disproportionate violence against demonstrating Palestinians, the latest in a long series of deadly responses to popular protests by Palestinians.

Max Blumenthal:

Back in 2011, Thomas Friedman promised that an unarmed Palestinian mass march would “stimulate a real peace debate within Israel.” Today, the happened and Israeli snipers have shot 13 marchers so far.

Noura Erakat:

Israeli forces HAD to shoot into a non-violent march of 20K protestors in order to have the usual pretext of violence. Journos should be asking critical questions why they used lethal force in the first place? This is about settler anxiety not self defense.

Scott Roth:

Israel knows it can get away with murder, literally. It knows that because it is never held to account for its crimes. For that reason many are morally culpable for what is happening today.

In stark contrast to The New York Times, the Washington Post just published an article on the killings that is a model of what mainstream reporting should be. The second sentence says that the Israeli army used live ammunition, killing at least ten people. The Post describes the Israelis as attacking the demonstrators. The writers Loveday Morris and Hazem Balousha use the word “riots” and burning tires and rock-throwing in quotation marks, thus treating the Israeli military authorities as highly-interested informants. There’s no talk about “clashes”; the article is clear about who caused the violence. They actually quote a young Gazan, something the Times failed to do.

Media critics are assailing periodicals for describing today’s action as “clashes.” “Can you pls stop referring to soldiers shooting at unarmed civilians as ‘clashes’. You’re perpetuating the idea that this is a two-sided conflict as opposed to a powerful militarised state occupying & oppressing civilians.” Nima Shirazi: “Only one side fired ALL the bullets, ALL the mortar shells, ALL the tear gas. Only one side has ALL the tanks, ALL the bombers, ALL the drones.”

The Israeli army is seeking to stem international condemnation by characterizing the protests as “riots” and “terror.”

J Street the liberal Zionist organization has had nothing to say about the killings. Americans for Peace Now issued a statement on the shootings offering both sides of the issue, IDF and protesters.

US negotiator Jason Greenblatt is firmly taking Israel’s side. He said: “Hamas is encouraging a hostile march on the Israel-Gaza border,” he tweeted. “Hamas should focus on desperately needed improvements to the lives of Palestinians in Gaza instead of inciting violence against Israel that only increases hardship & undermines chances for peace.”
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  1. wondering jew
    wondering jew
    March 30, 2018, 2:37 pm

    The situation in Gaza has been getting more desperate recently. Attempts to reconcile Fatah and Hamas failed, when it became apparent that Hamas had no intention of submitting to the military rule of Gaza by Fatah.

    Of course the primary factors of the overcrowded nature of Gaza and the refugee nature of some 3/4 of their population should be restated. It should also be stated that Gaza shares a border with Egypt and that border is to the Sinai Peninsula which is a no man’s land of violence from the Egyptian state’s point of view. Israel controls the seas beyond 3 miles of Gaza’s beaches and it controls the only nonEgyptian land exit from the territory.

    Israel occupied Gaza from 1967 until 2005, with a civilian settler population. it removed its settlers and its soldiers in 2005, but is considered to be the occupying army. It has established an area within Gaza that it considers to be a type of war zone/no man’s land, and that is a valid symbol of the relationship. (Israel has also fought very destructive onslaughts against Gaza a few time since the 2005 withdrawal. These onslaughts were explained as resulting from rocket fire from Gaza towards Israel.) Plus the fact that Egypt is friendly with Israel these days and inimical to the Muslim Brotherhood, the philosophical comrades of Hamas.

    In recent months, or years, the electricity in Gaza has been limited. This is primarily the result of a decision by Abbas. For months Israel’s military has been reporting that things are reaching a breaking point in Gaza. The poverty and desperation has grown and grown.

    Granted that Hamas wishes to change the status quo and the people of Gaza are in pain. But the dynamics of Fatah and Egypt should be included to give a little bit of a more complete picture.

    I am timid to assert precisely what Israel should do. I defer to Gershon Baskin, who knows something about Gaza and Hamas. After I’ve read what he’s said, I will get back to you with a more complete opinion.

    The statements: that the people of Gaza should return to normalcy and not participate in provocations, is particularly galling, because normalcy in general in Gaza has been abnormal and in recent months we have been hearing of increasing desperation. When you pressure a political party in a way that pressures their population and it results in provocations, it seems to me that purely mechanically from a machine/energy point of view, that your cause has led to this effect.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      March 31, 2018, 11:42 am

      “I am timid to assert precisely what Israel should do. I defer to Gershon Baskin, who knows something about Gaza and Hamas. After I’ve read what he’s said, I will get back to you with a more complete opinion.”

      Thank you, “yonah”. Please, don’t forget.

  2. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    March 30, 2018, 5:16 pm

    You can bet Maddow, Hayes…MSNBC, NBC, ABC etc etc will be silent on Israel’s shooting into unarmed crowds of Palestinians…silence

    Hopefully folks will me sharing Mondoweiss pieces and other outlets reporting on these Israeli war crimes

  3. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    March 30, 2018, 5:40 pm

    RE: “The Israeli military has yet again unleashed disproportionate violence against demonstrating Palestinians, the latest in a long series of deadly responses to popular protests by Palestinians.” ~ Jewish Voice for Peace

    SEE: “Netanyahu: Stupid Like a Fox?”, By Uri Avnery, Antiwar.com, 06/13/11

    (excerpt)..Last week, there was a repeat performance. The Palestinians all around Israel have declared June 5 “Naksa” Day, to commemorate the “Setback” of 1967, when Israel spectacularly defeated the armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, reinforced by elements from the Iraqi and Saudi armies.
    This time, the Israeli army was prepared. The fence was reinforced and an anti-tank ditch dug in front of it. When the demonstrators tried to reach the fence—again near Majdal Shams—they were shot by sharpshooters. Some 22 were killed, and many dozens were wounded. The Palestinians report that people trying to rescue the wounded and retrieve the dead were also shot and killed.
    No doubt this was a deliberate tactic decided upon in advance by the army command after the Naqba Day fiasco and approved by Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak. As was said quite openly, the Palestinians had to be taught a lesson they would not forget, so as to drive any idea of an unarmed mass action out of their minds.
    It is frighteningly reminiscent of events 10 years ago.
    After the first Intifada, in which stone-throwing youngsters and children won a moral victory that led to the Oslo agreement, our army conducted exercises in anticipation of a second Intifada. This broke out after the political disaster of Camp David, and the army was ready.
    The new Intifada started with mass demonstrations of unarmed Palestinians. They were met by specially trained sharpshooters. Next to each sharpshooter stood an officer who pointed out the individuals who were to be shot because they looked like ringleaders: “The guy in the red shirt… Now the boy with the blue trousers…”
    The unarmed uprising broke down and was replaced by suicide bombers, roadside bombs, and other “terrorist” acts. With those our army was on familiar ground.

    I suspect very much that we are witnessing much the same thing once more. Again, specially trained sharpshooters are at work, directed by officers…

    SOURCE – http://original.antiwar.com/avnery/2011/06/12/netanyahu-stupid-like-a-fox/

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      March 30, 2018, 5:43 pm

      P.S. ALSO SEE: The Dogs of War: The Next Intifada, By Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 9/03/11

      (EXCERPT) . . . The second (“al-Aqsa”) intifada started after the breakdown of the 2000 Camp David conference and Ariel Sharon’s deliberately provocative “visit” to the Temple Mount. The Palestinians held non-violent mass demonstrations. The army responded with selective killings. A sharpshooter accompanied by an officer would take position in the path of the protest, and the officer would point out selected targets – protesters who looked like “ringleaders”. They were killed.
      This was highly effective. Soon the non-violent demonstrations ceased and were replaced by very violent (“terrorist”) actions. With those the army was back on familiar ground.
      All in all, during the second intifada 4546 Palestinians were killed, of whom 882 were children, as against 1044 Israelis, 716 of them civilians, including 124 children…

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/02/the-next-intifada/

  4. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    March 30, 2018, 5:52 pm

    RE: “The Israeli military has yet again unleashed disproportionate violence” against demonstrating Palestinians, the latest in a long series of deadly responses to popular protests by Palestinians.” ~ Jewish Voice for Peace

    FOR THE ULTIMATE IN ISRAELI ‘DISPROPORTIONATE VIOLENCE’, SEE THIS FROM FROM WIKIPEDIA [Samson Option, as of 5/25/12]:

    (EXCERPTS) The Samson Option is a term used to describe Israel’s alleged deterrence strategy of massive retaliation with nuclear weapons as a “last resort” against nations whose military attacks threaten its existence, and possibly against other targets as well.[1] . . .
    . . . Some have written about the “Samson Option” as a retaliation strategy. In 2002, the Los Angeles Times published an opinion piece by Louisiana State University professor David Perlmutter which has been seen as justifying a Samson Option approach.[19] He wrote:

    “Israel has been building nuclear weapons for 30 years. The Jews understand what passive and powerless acceptance of doom has meant for them in the past, and they have ensured against it. Masada was not an example to follow—it hurt the Romans not a whit, but Samson in Gaza? What would serve the Jew-hating world better in repayment for thousands of years of massacres but a Nuclear Winter. . .[20]

    . . . In 2003, Martin van Creveld [professor of military history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem – J.L.D.] thought that the Al-Aqsa Intifada then in progress threatened Israel’s existence.[21] Van Creveld was quoted in David Hirst’s “The Gun and the Olive Branch” (2003) as saying:

    “We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force. . . Our armed forces, however, are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.”[22]

    Ron Rosenbaum writes in his 2012 book How the End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III that in the “aftermath of a second Holocaust” Israel’s surviving Dophin-class nuclear missile submarines would retaliate not only against Israel’s attackers, but “bring down the pillars of the world (attack Moscow and European capitals for instance)” as well as the “holy places of Islam.” He writes that “abandonment of proportionality is the essence” of the Samson Option.[23] . . .

    SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samson_Option

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      March 30, 2018, 5:53 pm

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “Operation Samson; Israel’s Deployment of Nuclear Missiles on Subs from Germany”, by Der Speigel, 6/04/12

      [EXCERPTS] The pride of the Israeli navy is rocking gently in the swells of the Mediterranean, with the silhouette of the Carmel mountain range reflected on the water’s surface. To reach the Tekumah, you have to walk across a wooden jetty at the pier in the port of Haifa, and then climb into a tunnel shaft leading to the submarine’s interior. The navy officer in charge of visitors, a brawny man in his 40s with his eyes hidden behind a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, bounces down the steps. When he reaches the lower deck, he turns around and says: “Welcome on board the Tekumah. Welcome to my toy.”
      He pushes back a bolt and opens the refrigerator, revealing zucchini, a pallet of yoghurt cups and a two-liter bottle of low-calorie cola. The Tekumah has just returned from a secret mission in the early morning hours.
      The navy officer, whose name the military censorship office wants to keep secret, leads the visitors past a pair of bunks and along a steel frame. The air smells stale, not unlike the air in the living room of an apartment occupied solely by men. At the middle of the ship, the corridor widens and merges into a command center, with work stations grouped around a periscope. The officer stands still and points to a row of monitors, with signs bearing the names of German electronics giant Siemens and Atlas, a Bremen-based electronics company, screwed to the wall next to them.
      The “Combat Information Center,” as the Israelis call the command center, is the heart of the submarine, the place where all information comes together and all the operations are led. The ship is controlled from two leather chairs. It looks as if it could be in the cockpit of a small aircraft. A display lit up in red shows that the vessel’s keel is currently located 7.15 meters (23.45 feet) below sea level.
      “This was all built in Germany, according to Israeli specifications,” the navy officer says,”and so were the weapons systems.” The Tekumah, 57 meters long and 7 meters wide, is a showpiece of precision engineering, painted in blue and made in Germany. To be more precise, it is a piece of precision engineering made in Germany that is suitable for equipping with nuclear weapons.
      • No Room for Doubt
      Deep in their interiors, on decks 2 and 3, the submarines contain a secret that even in Israel is only known to a few insiders: nuclear warheads, small enough to be mounted on a cruise missile, but explosive enough to execute a nuclear strike that would cause devastating results. This secret is considered one of the best kept in modern military history. Anyone who speaks openly about it in Israel runs the risk of being sentenced to a lengthy prison term.
      Research SPIEGEL has conducted in Germany, Israel and the United States, among current and past government ministers, military officials, defense engineers and intelligence agents, no longer leaves any room for doubt: With the help of German maritime technology, Israel has managed to create for itself a floating nuclear weapon arsenal: submarines equipped with nuclear capability. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/israel-deploys-nuclear-weapons-on-german-built-submarines-a-836784.html

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      March 31, 2018, 12:00 pm

      ” What would serve the Jew-hating world better in repayment for thousands of years of massacres but a Nuclear Winter. .”

      Oh, Israel would never do that. After all, there are one-and-a-half as many Jews (as there are in Israel) spread all over the world.
      Israel would never do anything which might hurt us. Why, you might call us all hostages for Israel’s nuclear weapons use.

      • JLewisDickerson
        JLewisDickerson
        April 2, 2018, 5:11 pm

        RE: “Oh, Israel would never do that. After all, there are one-and-a-half as many Jews (as there are in Israel) spread all over the world.”

        ISRAEL’S ‘PLAN B’:
        Analysis // Disappointed With the Diaspora, Israel Is Now Looking to Replace It
        • After abusing and dismissing Jewish communities abroad again and again, a new government report recommends finding new Jews that Israel can take for granted too
        by Anshel Pfeffer Mar 28, 2018 6:17 PM

        [EXCERPT] No Israeli government has betrayed the Jews of the Diaspora with such wild abandon as Benjamin Netanyahu’s fourth government.

        In the space of a year, in the interests of its narrow-minded nationalist policy, it has betrayed American Jews by staying silent as Donald Trump all but endorsed the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville chanting “the Jews will not replace us.”

        It publicly rejected the requests by Hungary’s Jewish leadership to condemn the anti-Semitic campaign by Viktor Orban’s government against Jewish financier George Soros. Despite the misgivings of Austrian Jews, it rushed to embrace newly elected Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who formed a coalition with the far-right Freedom Party, and made do with the empty promises of the Polish government when it passed its Holocaust-revision law.

        And then of course there was the betrayal of progressive Jews around the world when the government dropped the Western Wall prayer-areas agreement.

        What’s a government that has steadfastly pissed off most of the world’s Jews to do? Invent new Jewish communities of course!

        That’s the essence of the report that was revealed in Haaretz on Tuesday by Noa Landau and Chaim Levinson. Commissioned by Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett, the report’s authors identify different categories of populations across the world and estimate that as many as 60 million people have some form of “affinity” to the Jewish people and Israel, while the government should be seeing them as “a strategic asset.” . . .

        . . . The government report recommends . . . creating a “permanent process allowing arrival in Israel for giyur [conversion to Judaism] of individuals, groups and communities who will be found fitting.” That’s the long-term objective, but in the short term, as Dvir Kahane, the director general of the Diaspora Affairs Ministry, writes in his introduction to the report, these communities will “promote support for Israel and aid in the struggle against anti-Semitism.” Or as Zvi Hauser, one of the report’s authors and Netanyahu’s former spokesman and cabinet secretary, put it, “they are a strategic asset.”

        In other words, the recommendations aren’t aimed at extending assistance to these far-flung communities so they can embrace their own specific Jewish identities, in their native cultures and on their own terms, should they choose to do so. This isn’t about learning and preserving their unique heritage – it’s about indoctrination and recruitment of “those interested to receive information on subjects like Israeli culture, music and food, Hebrew language and literature, and those interested in helping, individually or in the framework of organizations to battle BDS boycotts and help hasbara for Israel.” Don’t ask as what we can do for you – here’s what we want you to do for Netanyahu’s Israel. . .

        LINK – https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-disappointed-with-diaspora-israel-now-seeks-to-replace-it-1.5957320

        P.S. ALSO SEE:
        Naftali Bennett, Drop the Ignorant, Arrogant Lie That American Jewish Life Is a Scene of Carnagehttps://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-bennett-s-ignorant-arrogant-falsehoods-about-american-jewish-life-1.5936621
        Opinion // Everything That Is Wrong With Israel’s Relationship With the Diaspora https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-everything-that-s-wrong-with-israels-ties-to-the-diaspora-1.5468552

  5. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    March 30, 2018, 9:55 pm

    RE:“Israel knows it can get away with murder, literally. It knows that because it is never held to account for its crimes.” ~ Scott Roth

    ■ GRAPHIC

    • marc b.
      marc b.
      March 31, 2018, 10:25 am

      Israel’s highest-rating news programme, Channel Two News, has published a statement correcting false claims that rockets were fired from schools operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) during the Gaza war in 2008-2009. The statement makes clear that Israeli officials themselves acknowledged that such claims were false and that there was no evidence to support them.

      Reports of nearly half of all schools in Gaza targeted during Cast Lead.

  6. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    March 30, 2018, 10:44 pm

    Not even a whisper about this on Lawrence O’Donnell’s not a whisper on any other MSNBC programs….willful silence, No there is no control the I lobby or Israel has over our media, Silence

    Good Friday,….Turns to Bloody Friday…..Silence on U.S. news programs. Silence is complicity.

  7. Mayhem
    Mayhem
    March 31, 2018, 2:02 am

    From what Abbas has been saying this is all about challenging Israel’s very existence, not about settlements and all the other periphersl issues. The cloak masking the true malevolent intent of Fatah and Hamas has been revealed.

    • Carlo
      Carlo
      March 31, 2018, 9:58 am

      In what other enlightened democracy is alleged “malevolent intent” on the part of unarmed demonstrators punished by the death penalty?

    • marc b.
      marc b.
      March 31, 2018, 10:14 am

      The malevolent intent of Hamas revealed by the IDF shooting unarmed civilians from 100 meters. Tell us, did the brave soldiers cry at the horror of the Palestians’ state of mind as they shot them dead?

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      March 31, 2018, 11:50 am

      “this is all about challenging Israel’s very existence”

      Oh, that’ll happen a lot. Get used to it. But don’t worry, in most countries the Jewish religion is protected (against everything but itself, of course.)

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      March 31, 2018, 6:59 pm

      From what Abbas has been saying this is all about challenging Israel’s very existence, not about settlements and all the other periphersl issues.

      It’s mind boggling listening to Israeli apologists wine about the PLO or Abbas not tripping over themselves to prove they recognise Israel’s existence. It’s in black and white for everyone to see from the letters the PLO exchanged with the Rabin government in 1993. The hypocrisy is further underlines by the fact that Israel and the US openly reject the recognition of Palestine as a state, even as 138 states do.

    • Mayhem
      Mayhem
      March 31, 2018, 7:01 pm

      “The Israeli military exchanged fire with two armed Palestinians who approached the border fence and opened fire toward Israeli soldiers. The IDF targeted three Hamas positions with tank fire and Israel Air Force fighter jets in response.” (Haaretz)
      What any country would do to protect its sovereignty.

      • eljay
        eljay
        March 31, 2018, 8:33 pm

        || Mayhem: “The Israeli military exchanged fire with two armed Palestinians who approached the border fence and opened fire toward Israeli soldiers. The IDF targeted three Hamas positions with tank fire and Israel Air Force fighter jets in response.” (Haaretz)
        What any country would do to protect its sovereignty. ||

        Iran thanks you for clarifying what it must do to protect its sovereignty when Israel approaches it with (at least) two armed Israelis and three IDF “positions”.

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer
        March 31, 2018, 9:20 pm

        BS. There was no exchange of fire. It’s sovereignty wasn’t threatened in any way shape or form. The cold blooded murders by the criminal terrorists in the risibly labelled idf weren’t on Israeli territory.

        Israel. Not even better than the worst hellholes in the world.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        March 31, 2018, 10:51 pm

        @Mayhem

        You neglected to note that the Gaza Strip is still illegally and belligerently occupied by the entity known as “Israel.”**

        Human Rights Watch, 2005: “…Israel will continue to be an Occupying Power [of the Gaza Strip] under international law and bound by the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention because it will retain effective control over the territory and over crucial aspects of civilian life. Israel will not be withdrawing and handing power over to a sovereign authority – indeed, the word ‘withdrawal’ does not appear in the [2005 disengagement] document at all… The IDF will retain control over Gaza’s borders, coastline, and airspace, and will reserve the right to enter Gaza at will. According to the Hague Regulations, ‘A territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army. The occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised’. International jurisprudence has clarified that the mere repositioning of troops is not sufficient to relieve an occupier of its responsibilities if it retains its overall authority and the ability to reassert direct control at will.”

        The International Committee of the Red Cross: “The whole of Gaza’s civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility. The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law. The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, ratified by Israel, bans collective punishment of a civilian population.”

        “In practice, Gaza has become a huge, let me be blunt, concentration camp for right now 1,800,000 people” – Amira Hass, 2015 correspondent for Haaretz, speaking at the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University.

        To quote Dov Weisglass, then PM Ariel Sharon’s senior adviser:
        “‘The significance of the [proposed] disengagement plan [implemented in 2005] is the freezing of the peace process,’ Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s senior adviser Dov Weisglass has told Ha’aretz. ‘And when you freeze that process, you prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, and you prevent a discussion on the refugees, the borders and Jerusalem. Effectively, this whole package called the Palestinian state, with all that it entails, has been removed indefinitely from our agenda….’ Weisglass, who was one of the initiators of the disengagement plan, was speaking in an interview with Ha’aretz for the Friday Magazine. ‘The disengagement is actually formaldehyde,’ he said. ‘It supplies the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians.’” (Top PM Aide: Gaza Plan Aims to Freeze the Peace Process, Ha’aretz, October 6, 2004)

        ** The entity known as “Israel” is neither a state nor a country, i.e., it has yet to officially declare its borders and have them agreed to as such by the international community.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        March 31, 2018, 11:02 pm

        @Mayhem

        You are just another two-bit fascist.

        If the 6 million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis could rise from the dead, I have no doubt that they would forthrightly condemn Zionism for the monstrous crimes committed by Jews of foreign origin against historic Palestine’s native inhabitants who have lived continuously between the River and the Sea for about 15,000 years. You and your ilk are monsters. The good news, as history attests, is that like all fascists, you are doomed.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        April 2, 2018, 12:36 pm

        I don’t believe that the Palestinians had or have any weapons giving them any even slight chance of inflicting from the 300 metre distance permitted them even trivial injury on the Israeli soldiers, who were and are in prepared positions on high ground, trained to react in split seconds and equipped with fearsome technology. The stones and burning tyres might as well have been balls of cotton wool. In this situation anyone carrying a gun within range would have been dead before he could aim it. Therefore I don’t believe anything happened that could be called an exchange of fire.
        The Palestinians were testing, perhaps in part by waving a few guns around, Israel’s intentions and its determination to perpetrate as much of a massacre as it might take to enforce the boundary they had chosen. The Israeli reply was that their determination is 100%: they were saying that they had killed 2 or 15 and would with immediate readiness kill thousands if thousands were to surge forward. This message seems to have been effective in stopping more ventures into the 300 metre free fire – free massacre – zone.
        I don’t think that this exposure of Israeli intention deserves to be called terrorism, unless terrorism is to be defined ad hoc, since they stood no chance of causing injury or of inspiring fear.
        I ask in what moral system it is reasonable to say ‘2 ran forward so we killed 15’ or even ‘2 ran forward shooting (but ineffectively) at us, so we killed 15’? Only one in which the idea of proportion in injury has become insignificant in important circumstances. What are the arguments for this?
        No other boundary ‘between peoples’ has been enforced in such a horrible way for some time. If such horrible means are necessary there is something horrible about the boundary’s existence: we must suspect that it is part of the infliction of misery and injustice on someone. I see nothing to dispel that suspension in this case, since the people of Gaza are not enfranchised citizens of a sovereign state and lack the full range of economic opportunities.

    • Mayhem
      Mayhem
      March 31, 2018, 11:51 pm

      @Misterioso said,
      “You neglected to note that the Gaza Strip is still illegally and belligerently occupied by the entity known as “Israel.””
      You neglected to point out that Egypt has been doing exactly the same to keep the terrorists in Gaza from running amok.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        April 1, 2018, 5:17 pm

        You neglected to point out that Egypt has been doing exactly the same to keep the terrorists in Gaza from running amok.

        You neglected to point out that every time Egypt has looked to open the border with Gaza and ease restrictions, there has been a jihafists attack from unknown groups which manage to sabotage the deal.

        You neglected to point out that the only interests who have stood to benefit have been Israem

      • Mayhem
        Mayhem
        April 1, 2018, 8:22 pm

        Twice now censored because I am just pointing out that the actions by the Gazans were masterminded by terrorists using the so-called ‘peaceful’ protests as cover for their violent actions. Most of those killed were Hamas militants engaged in blatant attacks against Israel.

  8. Qualtrough
    Qualtrough
    March 31, 2018, 9:12 am

    Such brave soldiers. How proud Israelis must be!

  9. shaun patrick
    shaun patrick
    March 31, 2018, 9:35 pm

    Snipers everywhere people killed over 1000 injured. The soldiers mother’s and father’s must be so proud of their sons and daughters. Hi fives,beers and slaps on the back. The IDF brass got to “mow the lawn” and excited because there’s more lawn to mow. The snipers got their target practice so everyone is happy. The Nazis killed Jews because they looked on them as sub human and the IDF kills Palestinians for the same reason. Just call Palestinians terrorists and that justifies the most aborhant disgusting behaviour without a conscience. A proud and glorious day for Israelis led by Lieberman and Netanyahu, those paragons of virtue and morality.

  10. JosephA
    JosephA
    March 31, 2018, 11:33 pm

    At least Bernie Sanders had the courage to speak up about this crime against humanity today.

  11. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    April 1, 2018, 7:17 am

    I assume that there were various Pissover non – combatant picnics at various vantage points along the border with Zio families celebrating a particularly enjoyable feast and watching all that wonderful live action through their binoculars . Must have been a little bit frustrating though not being able to get some live Untermenschen shooting practice themselves.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/20/israelis-cheer-gaza-bombing

    Still lots of time to come and the most moral could in theory I suppose hold some sort of prize draw for these picnicers with the top prize being let`s say 5 x live kill amateur sniper shots. They probably have a similar system already in place for their own brave existentially threatened uniformed goons

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