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UN head says Gazans ‘caged in a toxic slum from birth to death’ as human rights council votes to investigate Israel

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The United Nations hightest human rights group voted Friday in Geneva to investigate Israel for human rights violations in “the military assaults on the large-scale civilian protests that began on 30 March 2018” in the Gaza Strip, after convening a special session.

The the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) passed the resolution with 29 votes in favor and 14 abstentions. The U.S. and Australia alone voted against it.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley criticized the council after the meeting, defending Israel for engaging in “legitimate defense of its own border against terrorist attacks.”

“It is another shameful day for human rights,” Haley said.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Aviva Raz Shechter lambasted the decision, stating while “Israel deeply regrets any civilian loss of life,” the responsibility for the death of demonstrators who were shot by Israeli forces “can only be attributed to Hamas’s cynical exploitation of its own population, in a violent campaign against Israel.”

“Israel unilaterally disengage from Gaza in summer 2005. There is no occupation in Gaza. It is a myth,” she said, referring to the protest on Monday as a “riot.”

Shechter mocked the notion that Palestinians were hosting a “peaceful protests”.

“By supporting the convening of this session they unwisely embolden the Hamas terror organization. There is nothing peaceful in Molotov cocktails, explosive devices and meat-cleavers,” Shechter said, adding criticism for the Ramallah based Palestinian Authority. In 2007 the Palestinian Authority and Hamas divided their governments between the West Bank and Gaza, although there has been numerous failed attempts at reconciliation in recent years.

Shechter accused the Palestinian Authority of “willingly taking part in the implementation of Hamas’s strategy,” which was outlined as to “Blame Israel. Complain to the UN.”

Traditionally UNHRC considers independent inquires into human rights violations only after a member nation has exhausted a domestic investigation.

“This unnecessary resolution should have been avoided, because of the credibility of Israel’s robust investigative mechanisms, and its steadfast respect of IHL [International Humanitarian Law],” Shechter said.

After the vote, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said over social media, “the Human Rights Council again proved that it is a hypocritical and biased body that aims to harm Israel and to back up terror.”

On Thursday Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called to “immediately” pull out of the UN rights group, “Israel is under double attack. A terrorist attack from Gaza and a hypocrisy attack headed by the UN Human Rights Council.”

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations human rights head, endorsed the resolution to investigate. “The stark contrast in casualties on both sides is also suggestive of a wholly disproportionate response,” continuing, “on the Israeli side, one soldier was reportedly wounded, slightly, by a stone.”

Al Hussein told the council Israel is failing to meet it’s obligation under international law to protect Palestinians in Gaza. “They are, in essence, caged in a toxic slum from birth to death; deprived of dignity; de-humanized by the Israeli authorities to such a point it appears officials do not even consider that these men and women have a right, as well as every reason, to protest,” he said.

“Israel and its defenders have given the impression that Palestine occupies Israel. How long will this joke continue?” said the Palestinian rep to the UN Ibrahim Khraishi, “We have said we want peace and the world agrees with us that there should be a two-state solution. But Israel refuses that.”

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  1. Kay24
    May 19, 2018, 4:32 pm

    Will the US and Israel try to sabotage this investigation? Chances are high they will, and succeed it doing so. It was disgusting to see this woman from the New York Times, Bari Weiss, on the Bill Maher show, blame it all on Hamas, and say it was they who sent women and children to die like that. Not one negative word about the zionists, the occupation, and the land theft, and she even stated it was not about Jerusalem. There was no empathy for the Palestinians at all, and for the lives lost. She did not criticize Israel for using live ammunition on civilians, nor did she criticize them for killing these poor people as they simply walked and prayed, and no immediate threat to the well armed and trained IDF. The NYT sure has a few staunch zionists as journalists, who are so biased, so pro Israel, they don’t bother to hide it.

    Of course, the Head of Human Rights will be attacked, because he is a Muslim, but then apologists should realize that the US has always protected, supported, and armed them, and this time too Israel will get away with brutally, and violently, killing civilians.

    • inbound39
      May 21, 2018, 2:32 am

      Currently there is a Resolution being put through the Security Council which Israel and America are attempting to block. It involves placing a multi national force in Gaza to protect the people from shhootings and aerial bombardment. America will veto it and so it is expected to be put through the General Assembly like the investigation one was. Exciting times. It apparently has majority support.

      • Annie Robbins
        May 21, 2018, 2:53 am

        wow. thank inbound, i had not heard of this.

      • JulianaFarha
        May 21, 2018, 9:13 am

        What good is majority support if any party has a veto? And on what basis is that veto power still conferred on a nation that is avowedly anti-UN and takes any opportunity to trash it? It’s an understatement to call the UNSC system dysfunctional, and if anything it operates as scaffolding for the imperialist aggression it ought to be checking. More to the point, simply creating another opportunity to tut-tut the Americans for throwing their weight around doesn’t help the Palestinians one bit.

      • Misterioso
        May 21, 2018, 12:54 pm

        “Arms Manufacturers Use Israel’s Massacres in Gaza to Test New Technology”
        The Real News Network, May 20, 2018

        “As the Israeli military mows down unarmed Palestinian protesters, arms trade expert Andrew Feinstein explains how weapons companies use Gaza as a laboratory to test new products and rake in profits.”

      • Kay24
        May 21, 2018, 4:31 pm

        That is very interesting. I hope that it passes and succeeds.

      • inbound39
        May 21, 2018, 11:49 pm

        Kuwait has circulated a draft resolution at the UN Security Council condemning Israel’s actions and calling for the deployment of an international force to protect civilians. Kuwait is urging the Security Council to condemn Israel’s use of force against Palestinian civilians “in the strongest terms”, especially in the Gaza Strip.

    • Misterioso
      May 21, 2018, 9:26 am

      Just received from a Canadian friend.


      Canada’s CBC Television’s Wendy Mesley and New York Times reporter’s expose’ of pro-Israel collusion between Sheldon Adelson, Netanyahu, Trump, and Stephen Harper, former prime minister of Canada, et al.

      You have to suffer through three commercials before the show starts.
      Then go to the 6:08 mark.

      • Kay24
        May 21, 2018, 4:45 pm

        Thanks for linking that very interesting video. Nothing should surprise us now when it comes to Adelson (who always looks like he rose from the dead), Netanyahu, and the GOP. It seems Harper is just as corrupt and totally biased, just like Trump and the GOP. Adelson must have financed his political career too. America can never get rid of this evil, and it is a shame Canada seems to have been poisoned too.

      • echinococcus
        May 21, 2018, 10:06 pm


        Nothing should surprise us now when it comes to Adelson (who always looks like he rose from the dead), Netanyahu, and the GOP.

        and your very own Democrat Dictatorship Party under the main criminals against humanity Obama, Clintonne, Brennan, and so on.

        It seems Harper is just as corrupt and totally biased, just like Trump and the GOP

        and, if the two above are left to develop all their potential under the guidance of FBI, CIA, MIC, they might make it to the same gallow-bait status as your very own Democrat Party. –still the managing party, remember.

  2. Kathleen
    May 19, 2018, 11:45 pm

    PDF]Challenges to international humanitarian law: Israel’s occupation policy

    “This unnecessary resolution should have been avoided, because of the credibility of Israel’s robust investigative mechanisms, and its steadfast respect of IHL [International Humanitarian Law],” Shechter said.

  3. Marnie
    May 20, 2018, 12:29 am

    U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley criticized the council after the meeting, defending Israel for engaging in “legitimate defense of its own border against terrorist attacks.”

    “It is another shameful day for human rights,” Haley said.

    Clearly Ms. Haley has been thoroughly stripped of her identity as a woman of color and former member of a minority religious faith persecuted in her homeland. It would seem she got the Stepford Wive’s treatment somewhere in her life and has been completely scrubbed clean of her humanity and empathy.

    Every single day the zionist state is allowed to continue their present course is not only a shameful day for human rights, but a shameful day for humanity as a whole.

    Matthew 23:13-28
    13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

    14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

    15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

    16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!

    17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?

    18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.

    19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?

    20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.

    21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.

    22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

    23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

    24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

    25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

    26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

    27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

    28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.”

  4. DaBakr
    May 20, 2018, 12:51 am

    It would be interesting to see if mw had the reporting chops to list the current members on the unhrc. What a joke.

    • inbound39
      May 20, 2018, 5:27 am

      When you add the use of dum dum bullets or butterfly munitions you are then looking at prohibited use of banned ammunition. Israel used such ammunition so at the point the joke certainly ends and the war crime begins.

    • Shingo
      May 20, 2018, 6:31 am

      It would be interesting to see how you would react if it had been 100 Jews who had been killed rather than Palestinians

    • eljay
      May 20, 2018, 8:49 am

      || @aar: It would be interesting to see if mw had the reporting chops to list the current members on the unhrc. … ||

      Being called out by the serial killer makes the serial killer a hypocrite but it doesn’t transform the rapist into a virtuous man or absolve him of his past and on-going crimes.

      || … What a joke. ||

      Yes, the whataboutism you Zionists constantly engage in is a very bad joke.

      • Mooser
        May 20, 2018, 2:57 pm

        “Yes, the whataboutism you Zionists constantly engage in is a very bad joke.”

        The joke is that they cannot admit that it doesn’t work and change their approach.
        And that says even more about them than the whataboutism itself.

      • eljay
        May 20, 2018, 3:43 pm

        || Mooser: … The joke is that they cannot admit that it doesn’t work and change their approach.
        And that says even more about them than the whataboutism itself. ||

        I guess when you’re convinced that your evil path is righteous, the only solution to opposition is to double-down on the evils you commit.

        Zionists don’t seem to understand that they will be the undoing of the “Jewish State”.

      • Maghlawatan
        May 21, 2018, 12:05 am

        Zionism is groupthink, Mooser. All you need to think is in it so you don’t need to think ! Nothing can go wrong. Trust me. Smoch alai !

      • RoHa
        May 21, 2018, 2:03 am

        “Smoch alai !”

        Is that like Jai Alai, but with kissing?

    • CigarGod
      May 20, 2018, 11:11 am

      There goes the Hasbara Kid, again…
      Killing the Messenger…because the one’s who expose a crime are worse than the one’s who commit it.

      You are like the stray cat that takes a dump in my garden and covers it up…and thinks I can’t see the little mound…or smell it as soon as the sun hits it.

    • Misterioso
      May 21, 2018, 9:32 am


      Sigh. You swing and miss the ball again. You’re a joke. Then again, it must be a tough job defending fascists.

  5. Jackdaw
    May 20, 2018, 8:25 am

    Young Gazan father immolates himself in protest agains HAMAS!

    Gutless UN toadies should investigate the real misery purveyors in Gaza, Hamas.,7340,L-5265746,00.html

    Curse Hamas and their Western ‘useful idiots’, beginning with Mondoweiss.

    • Annie Robbins
      May 20, 2018, 10:05 am

      Fathi’s family and associates emphasized that he does not suffer from mental illness, but noting he was distraught over his brother’s injury in one of the “March of Return” demonstrations at the border with Israel, which are organized and promoted by Hamas.

      i find it a tad strange they are not quoting the individual, family (or associates), or witnesses, in the article other than “Eye witnesses saw the man dousing himself in flammable liquid shouting “damn the government””. for example, claiming the great march of return was “organized and promoted by Hamas”. everything in the article is ‘israel said’ or ‘lieberman said’ alluding to the idea the man agreed with the israeli government. all we know is he set himself on fire and, according to his family he was distraught his brother was hurt and you can hear the yelling in the video. if he’s shouting “damn the government” maybe he means the government who shot his brother .. israel. try harder jack.

      • Kay24
        May 20, 2018, 11:16 am

        Hamas has to be held accountable for much that goes on in Gaza, but it is so obvious that the occupier has sent it’s Hasbara, and journalists, who feel unwavering support for Israel, to keep the anti Hamas narrative going in the media, and websites, just after they massacred 60 civilians, and injured thousands. The need to win the propaganda war at this time, when the world is condemning their crimes.

        On Bill Maher’s show, a well known zionist supporter, and journalist in the New York Times, Bari Weiss, blamed the massacre on Hamas, whining that they sent women and children to die. She failed to mention that perhaps they were desperate, and fed up of the occupation, and the zionists stealing their lands. Had this been the other way around, she would have whining about how evil the Palestinians are, and how they used excessive violence, and have disregard for the loss of human lives. The fact that they keep blaming their victims, is unbelievable.
        Let us keep in mind that not one Israeli solder was killed, nor injured.

        On Fareed Zakaria today, I watched Hanan Ashrawi and Tom Friedman discuss the massacre, and it was an interesting segment.

      • CigarGod
        May 20, 2018, 11:23 am

        Right on, Annie.
        Most of us are too stupid to notice that.

        Any media, but Especially my favorites…NPR and BBC…bring on Jewish reporters to tell us all about Arabs, North Koreans, Venezuelans, Russians, Syrians, Ethiopian Jews, etc.

        They even bring on a few brownish faces to talk about other brownish faces, even tho they are different ethnicity, nationality and religion.

        But, what the hell…we can’t spot that sleight of hand, anyway.

      • Annie Robbins
        May 20, 2018, 3:29 pm

        cigargod, you are anything but stupid. but here’s a few tips. a primary understanding of propaganda, one i read about first in the hasbara handbook, is news people read first and loudest is news they tend to believe and remember vs news that follows. or, the news that follows will be filtered through the 1st news. so when i read something that strikes me as questionable (for the reasons i mentioned up thread) the 1st thing i do is google the topic and see if anyone else has covered this news and at that time none had. iow, the ynet article was likely getting in front of the news and disseminating a falsehood. iow, a perfect petri dish for planting false allegations. not only that, commonly propagandists will work with online activists to saturate the innertubes with the fake news (and it’s always helpful to have some truth to circle the wagons with) before it breaks otherwise. and today there are several stories about it, although none but ynets mentions any allegation of him being angry with hamas. so what was the propaganda part of the story? bingo. and who is the propganda tool/affiliate and spreader of fake news, our very own useful idiot? bingo. plus, it just so happens that the “journalist” of the ynet article is none other than Elior Levy, “Palestinian affairs correspondent & analyst” for ynet. and look what’s revealed here:(google translate “Erekat refuses to speak to me”. so he’s a Palestinian affairs correspondent who is shunned by palestinians! iow, probably a known tool (of the israeli gov) not to be trusted.

      • Jackdaw
        May 20, 2018, 12:59 pm

        Mr. Harb worked for the PA and hadn’t received his salary in a long time.

        Annie. I know it’s forbidden for you to deviate from the party line, but you are still free to think outside of it sometimes.

      • Annie Robbins
        May 20, 2018, 2:18 pm

        you know it’s forbidden but i am still free? maybe settle on one claim or the other and then i’ll respond.

      • Annie Robbins
        May 20, 2018, 2:52 pm

        and speaking of useful idiots:

        Young Gazan father immolates himself in protest agains HAMAS!…Gutless UN toadies should investigate the real misery purveyors in Gaza, Hamas….Curse Hamas...

        very same useful idiot: Mr. Harb worked for the PA and hadn’t received his salary in a long time.

        now let’s put on our thinking caps and ask ourselves, the father worked for the P.A., the very same P.A. sanctioning Gaza right now and refusing to pay him his salary. the very article the useful idiot links to also links to another explaining Hamas had called on the P.A. to end Gaza sanctions. and it links to yet another article that says this:

        The Palestinian Authority has paid salaries to its West Bank employees this month but not those in Gaza, officials said on Monday, amid an ongoing split with the strip’s Islamist rulers Hamas.

        It was not immediately clear why the salaries had not been paid and if the delay was temporary, but it comes as relations between the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority and Hamas are at rock bottom.

        Employees in Gaza waited in vain for salaries at banks, an AFP photographer said.

        “Salaries were paid into banks in the West Bank and not in Gaza,” Arif Abu Jarad, head of the union representing PA employees in the Gaza Strip, told AFP.

        “There is a state of anger among staff in the strip,” he added, saying they were having emergency meetings against this “terrible crime”.

        now what “government” might the man have been angry with? the one he worked for that refused to pay his salary? or the one calling on that very same government to stop the sanctions? hmm. tough question!!!!

      • Maghlawatan
        May 20, 2018, 3:51 pm


        Ynet is a settler outfit. So is Arutz 7. Any material from either is horseshit. Same goes for Jpost and anything belonging to Adelson.

        I used to debate Israel Palestine on the Guardian site with a bot going under the moniker “HansSchouten”. He would defend anything and justify it all by insisting Israel wanted peace. Now it’s 2018 and clear that the status quo is permanent. There will not be any peace. There will not be a Palestinian state .

        And that means that Zionist commentary now is pathetic. There is zero upside. And bots are left defending barbarity. Which is not kosher.

      • Annie Robbins
        May 21, 2018, 2:42 am

        mag, i agree. with rare (and sometimes awesome) exception, the entirety of israeli media is a settler outfit.

      • gamal
        May 20, 2018, 4:18 pm

        “Hamas has to be held accountable for much that goes on in Gaza”

        well perhaps but that will be by the Palestinian people should they think it necessary, and not Kay by you or any one associated with the US or Israeli societies..that would be ridiculous…

        you don’t have the standing

      • CigarGod
        May 20, 2018, 4:34 pm

        Today is not the first time I have thought you should do a podcast.
        Your “drill down” process would make a good one.

      • Annie Robbins
        May 21, 2018, 2:28 am

        too generous of you cigargod, and so sweet. my little heart[i have one – really!]melts.

      • Jackdaw
        May 21, 2018, 4:38 am

        Hamas sent Harb’s brother into Harm’s Way.
        The PA and Hamas can’t work together.

        Hamas and PA, a pox on both their houses.

      • echinococcus
        May 21, 2018, 7:34 am


        Our US Democratics always have standing to bring Democracy anywhere.

      • Misterioso
        May 21, 2018, 10:17 am


        “Ynet is a settler outfit. So is Arutz 7. Any material from either is horseshit. Same goes for Jpost and anything belonging to Adelson.”


        BTW, check out my posting above re Canada’s CBC Television and NYT reporter’s superb expose’ of Adelson, etal, – “The Godfather.”

      • Mooser
        May 21, 2018, 12:31 pm

        “the entirety of israeli media is a settler outfit.”

        The media of any country usually supports the country’s tourism industry.

    • CigarGod
      May 20, 2018, 11:34 am

      The dead give away of a FOX Fanatic: Habitual use of Useful Idiots phrase.

      Brylreem’d hair, prays before framed Hannity photo, is able to speak whole sentences with his burps, quotes Iz propaganda organs, believes Apartheid is Equality…and believes there will be Peace when everyone who disagrees with him is dead.

    • eljay
      May 20, 2018, 11:37 am

      || Jackdaw: Young Gazan father immolates himself in protest agains HAMAS! … ||

      It’s a shame that this young man has harmed himself in protest. I look forward to:
      – Israel ending its decades-long military occupation and colonization of not-Israel; and
      – the citizens of a free and united Partitions-border Palestine being able to vote out Hamas and vote in a secular and democratic government.

      || … Curse Hamas and their Western ‘useful idiots’, beginning with Mondoweiss. ||

      Curse Zionists and their ‘useful idiots’ throughout the world, beginning with those here on Mondoweiss.

    • Marnie
      May 20, 2018, 11:53 pm

      Question: Why doesn’t Jackdraw do the squats, runs and jumps that would step up his game so that he’d at least be in the same stadium as Annie?

      Answer: Because he’s a useful idiot (not that useful actually, but gets part of it right all the time).

    • JulianaFarha
      May 21, 2018, 9:51 am

      Funny how many supporters of Israel’s regularly scheduled civilian slaughters and random acts of barbarity are so concerned about Hamas being ‘held to account.’

      I don’t know a single supporter of international law, the Geneva Conventions, countless UN resolutions or basic humanity who has ever defended ‘Hamas’. What people like you haven’t figured out is that every day more folks around the world wake up to the fact that Hamas is a red herring. The Palestinian issue is one of justice and equality, pure and simple, and it started long before Hamas came into existence.

      And for that incremental but inevitable awakening you can thank the grotesque behaviour of the Israeli government and the thuggish military that enforces its policies of land and resource theft, its politicians who use language lifted directly from the Nazi playbook, its policies of systematic discrimination lifted directly from the apartheid playbook, its citizenry who wave placards reading ‘Kill them all’ in reference to Palestinians, and the useful idiots in the Western mainstream media who parrot Israel’s ludicrous contention that Palestinians living in Gaza’s hell on earth need ‘incitement’ by Hamas to demand their own freedom. Any student of colonialism can tell you how familiar all of this is, including racist mugs like you who happily spend your days blaming the victims and defending the indefensible.

      As for the ‘useful idiots’ over here at Mondoweiss, why not undertake the biggest curse of all, and log out?

      • LHunter
        May 21, 2018, 11:29 am

        Hear Hear!!!!!

        Some have accused the Zionists of not learning from the Holocaust – the opposite is the truth. They have learnt well from the Nazis and are arrogant enough to believe they can do better at exterminating a people. Arrogance and a lust for supremacy blinds them from the inevitable.

      • Mooser
        May 21, 2018, 3:21 pm

        ” They have learnt well from the Nazis”

        I’m not sure about that. As far as I know, the Nazis could count.

      • inbound39
        May 21, 2018, 4:03 pm

        Hamas attained its formation in Palestinian politics when Israel financed it and armed it to oppose Fatah. Hamas then threw Fatah out of Gaza and from that point opposed Israel as another resistance group whilst the PA collaborated with Israel.

      • Keith
        May 22, 2018, 12:47 am

        LHUNTER- ” They have learnt well from the Nazis….”

        Who learned well from us. The US treatment of the native Americans was the inspiration for Hitler’s lebensraum.

  6. Maghlawatan
    May 20, 2018, 2:51 pm

    Haley is wrong on the border issue. Israel controls the air, land and sea of Gaza as well as the electromagnetic space, the population registry, the food allowed in and who goes in and out. Israel is the occupier. Gaza is a district of Eretz Israel Hashlemah.
    There is no border. Neither does Israel have a border with the West Bank. Israel does not have any declared borders. This is why it does not have a constitution. Instead it has Basic Laws.

    • inbound39
      May 21, 2018, 9:10 am

      I tracked this down on Talknic’s site as it shows Israel does have borders which it declared in its statement of attaining Sovereignty. These are the only legitimate borders Israel is recognised on globally by the vast majority of Nations. Jerusalem was not included or WestBank or Golan.

      Letter From the Agent of the Provisional Government of Israel to the President of the United States, May 15, 1948
      “MY DEAR MR. PRESIDENT: I have the honor to notify you that the state of Israel has been proclaimed as an independent republic within frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947, and that a provisional government has been charged to assume the rights and duties of government for preserving law and order within the boundaries of Israel, for defending the state against external aggression, and for discharging the obligations of Israel to the other nations of the world in accordance with international law. The Act of Independence will become effective at one minute after six o’clock on the evening of 14 May 1948, Washington time.” Also available as PDF from the Truman Library additional info from
      Recognition of Israel:
      USA 15 May 1948 “… as an independent republic within frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947…”

      This needs clarification from Israel…..why is it operating outside its declared borders. It has never legally annexed any other territory.

      • Maghlawatan
        May 21, 2018, 3:33 pm

        Israel was supposed to ratify its borders in a constitution and it never did.
        Israel made a few promises in 1948 that it did not keep.

      • Nathan
        May 22, 2018, 9:14 am

        inbound39 – I think that it’s rather obvious the “vast majority of Nations” recognize Israel in the borders of the Green Line. In the 1950’s there were still all kinds of proposals that Israel withdraw to the 1947 Partition Plan borders, and there even was a proposal (“Alpha Plan”) that she give up the Negev Desert. However, surely since the acceptance of UNSC resolution 242 in November 1967, it is obvious that “occupied territories” mean those territories captured in June 1967.

        Actually, the idea that Israel should be within the Partition Plan borders is an argument popular among anti-Israel activists. In other words, there are people who think that the UN had no right to propose a Jewish state in Palestine (and that there shouldn’t be Israel at all) – but within the framework of debate (i.e. in the propaganda war), they claim that Israel should be within the Partition Plan. Talknic is a good example of the phenomenon.

        Your question (“why is it operating outside its declared borders”) also sounds like a statement from the anti-Israel world. The anti-Israel crowd doesn’t express an awareness of there being a conflict. The reason is that when there is a conflict, there are two sides to the story. A better question would be “why is there a conflict, and what could be its possible solution?”

        And speaking of a possible solution, that would be my advice to the Palestinians. Instead of massive demonstrations along the fence with Israel, I would humbly suggest that they negotiate an end of conflict. People who really care about the Palestinians should take to heart that criticizing them is good and proper. Someone (for example the Mondoweiss website) could explain to them that it wasn’t such a good idea to send tens-of-thousands to the fence. It was obvious that the results would be bad. It would be better to announce a willingness to end the conflict, choose a delegation, and go and work out the details with the Jews.

      • Maghlawatan
        May 22, 2018, 11:29 am


        Best thing for the Palestinians to do is hang around while Israel advances its suicide. Israel chose one apartheid state. Israel chose to spend less money than average on education. Israel chose to.spend $100 bn on Yesha.
        Nobody outside cares about Israel. That is how sovereignty works. You make your choices and you take the consequences.

      • inbound39
        May 22, 2018, 12:36 pm

        You are missing the point. The UN has absolutely no mandate to give away or divide up foreign lands. Given it is a democratic institution, then when a vote is taken the majority decision rules. The majority of the people of Palestine were against Partition so on that basis alone a seperate State of Israel was defeated by the majority vote . It was forced upon Palestine against its majority will. Israel agreed to the Partition and has only ever declared its Sovereign Borders as those of the Partition Plan accepting also the conditions set. Any further territory it has gained it has taken illegally by force in violation of International Law which it swore to comply and abide by. I tend to agree with Talknic.The conflict exists because European Zionist settlers arrived in Palestine with the stated intent of removing Arabs from their land and taking it by force for themselves using genocide if necessary. Many people, you will find are anti Israel due to Zionist behaviour and attitude. Who in the hell do they think they are? Like it or not they are bound by the same rules as the rest of us. None of the Ejuropean Zionists have a historic link to Israel……their history is in Europe.

  7. guyn
    May 20, 2018, 4:19 pm

    “on the Israeli side, one soldier was reportedly wounded, slightly, by a stone.”

    What is his name, his history? This guy is a martyr, a real hero!

      • guyn
        May 21, 2018, 9:46 am

        Thank you echinococcus. What a joke.

        “”When we saw the scratch on his head we just had to act immediately,” Israeli red cross member Jacob Alterman recalled, “he was visibly upset and was crying profusely, asking for his family members.

        “We were all a little taken aback at the level of his injury. He even flinched when we tried to clean the abrasion with a cotton bud. Hopefully it won’t leave a scar”

      • echinococcus
        May 21, 2018, 10:57 am


        Disclaimer, just in case. The article is in joke, of course –but truer to life than life.

      • guyn
        May 21, 2018, 1:56 pm


        Ok :) But if I believed it, there is a certainly a reason for that…

        In fact, it remembered those stories we read about the behavior of the israeli soldiers in 2006 when they faced a real opposition.

  8. yourstruly
    May 20, 2018, 5:07 pm

    Gaza and the Warsaw Ghetto

    same place
    different times
    while the world stands by

    • RoHa
      May 21, 2018, 7:56 am

      “While the world stands by” fits Gaza, but not the Warsaw Ghetto. A largish chunk of the world was rather busy fighting the perpetrators of the latter.

  9. Ossinev
    May 21, 2018, 1:53 pm

    “on the Israeli side, one soldier was reportedly wounded, slightly, by a stone.”

    This is no joking matter these pebbles were probably Iranian supplied WMS(Weapons of Mass Scratching) not to be confused of course with the even more terrifying Weapons of Mass Slapping which have emerged recently in the Occupied West Bank.

  10. Ossinev
    May 21, 2018, 5:26 pm

    ” In April 1956, military leader Moshe Dayan had a rare confession to make: “What we can say against their terrible hatred of us? For eight years, they have sat in the refugee camps of Gaza, and have watched how, before their very eyes, we have turned their lands and villages, where they and their forefathers dwelled, into our home.”

    One of your all time Zio heroes Jackdaw or does he instead qualify as an Ilan Pappe standard traitor ?

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