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A senior adviser to President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign, Katrina Pierson, posted a video to social media of rockets fired into a dimly-lit sky on Sunday in a tweet about escalations in Gaza between Israel and Hamas. Yet the clip was not from the Middle East. The video recorded confrontations in Ukraine in 2015.

“650 Rockets being fired into Israel from Gaza in an attempt to overwhelm Israels Iron Dome: 173 intercepts, 4 people killed, and 28 wounded,” Pierson wrote, tagging Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn): “What is response to this violence? Will she condemn it?”

Over the weekend, months of increased tensions between Israel and Hamas peaked with airstrikes into Gaza killing 24 Palestinians including 14 civilians according to officials in Gaza. Hamas fired more than 600 rockets into Israel, killing 4 civilians. A fragile ceasefire took hold early Monday morning, hours after Pierson’s tweet.

After responses poured in correcting the location of the Ukrainian rockets, Pierson’s added,  “The video is used as a ‘gif’ to underscore what hundreds of rockets would look like to Americans. It’s not tagged nor did I say ‘This is’ so let’s get back to Omar’s response. Anyone have it?”

Pierson, a former liberal turned Tea Partier, was a Trump campaign spokesperson in 2015 and 2016. During that period she was a CNN contributor where she made several blunders on-air.

In August 2016 on “The Situation Room Wolf Blitzer” Pierson blamed President Barack Obama for the death of Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim who was killed while serving in Iraq in 2004, during George W. Bush’s presidency. In 2015 when describing then-candidate’s Trump proposal for a Muslim ban, she told CNN’s S.E. Cupp, that the ban was about “insurgents.”

Cupp corrected Pierson, saying “You’re talking about not allowing regular Muslims, that’s what you’re talking about. No one’s talking about insurgents.” Pierson responded “You know what, so what? They’re Muslim.”

Rep. Omar did post about the violence in Israel and Gaza later on Sunday, asking: “how many more protesters must be shot, rockets must be fired, and little kids must be killed until the endless cycle of violence ends.”

The tweet caught flack from President Trump’s son Don Jr. He weighed in to accuse Omar and fellow first-year Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of siding “with Hamas terrorists over Israel.”

The former press secretary for George W. Bush also named Omar in a tweet: “The problem is terrorists, and their supporters, like @IlhanMN.”

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  1. Misterioso
    Misterioso on May 8, 2019, 10:31 am

    In response to Ari Fleischer’s inane comment above:

    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, PM Ariel Sharon’s senior adviser:
    “‘The significance of the [then 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)

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer on May 8, 2019, 9:07 pm

      The disengagement plan was designed to sow chaos amongst other things. The PA asked Sharon not to remove troops when he did as the PA had not had a chance to put the structure in place to manage security. Sharon ignored them. Intentionally. The Butcher of Sabra and Shattila knew what he was doing.

      The world is better and brighter without him.

  2. Jon66
    Jon66 on May 8, 2019, 11:34 am

    Mist,
    The HRW report dates to 2005, before Hamas took control.
    Do you think Israel currently “retains its overall authority and the ability to reassert direct control at will.”? If that’s the case, then why didn’t they simply exercise their authority and demand that the rockets stop, the riots end, etc?

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer on May 8, 2019, 9:34 pm

      @jon66

      Brain dead comment jon.

      ” If that’s the case, then why didn’t they simply exercise their authority and demand that the rockets stop, the riots end, etc?”

      Seriously. I’ve seen stupid comments. Some funny. Some sad. But that comment is the single most brain dead post I’ve ever seen.

  3. Vera Gottlieb
    Vera Gottlieb on May 8, 2019, 12:23 pm

    Cheating, lying, dishonesty…without these many people could not advance.

  4. marc b.
    marc b. on May 8, 2019, 4:30 pm

    yes, the zionist calorie counters have effective control over gaza, just like wardens and their staff have effective control over prisoners, who nonetheless carry out acts against the wishes of their jailers.

    • Jon66
      Jon66 on May 8, 2019, 4:52 pm

      Marc,
      That’s obviously incorrect.

      • eljay
        eljay on May 8, 2019, 6:11 pm

        || marc b.: yes, the zionist calorie counters have effective control over gaza … ||

        || Jon66: Marc,
        That’s obviously incorrect. ||

        Israel does not have effective control over Gaza? Seriously? You’re actually suggesting that the inhabitants of Gaza can:
        – enter and leave Gaza;
        – import and export goods;
        – solicit and receive foreign investment;
        – initiate large scale (infrastructure and other) projects; etc.,
        …unimpeded by and without interference from Israel?

        To put it mildly, “that’s obviously incorrect”.

      • Jon66
        Jon66 on May 8, 2019, 7:15 pm

        Eljay,
        Israel does not control the population of Gaza any more than the Allied blockade of Germany or the German blockade of Britain occupied those countries. A Blockade is not an occupation.

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer on May 8, 2019, 9:02 pm

        @jon66

        You’re delusional jon. I don’t like using the word ghetto but it suits. It certainly is an open air prison or internment camp.

        May karma visit you and yours

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer on May 8, 2019, 9:10 pm

        @jon 66

        “Israel does not control the population of Gaza any more than ”

        Oh feck off. They even control the population registry. Without Israel people aren’t even recognized as existing.

        Israel micro manages every important detail and decision in Gaza.

      • mondonut
        mondonut on May 8, 2019, 11:48 pm

        @eljay, You’re actually suggesting that the inhabitants of Gaza can:

        Enter and leave Gaza? Sure they can, they share a border with an Arab country due south. They just have to avoid pissing off everyone but Iran and its allies.

        Import and export goods? See above.

        Solicit and receive foreign investment? Solicit, sure. Receive, of course not. Who in their right mind would invest in Hamas.

        Initiate large scale (infrastructure and other) projects; etc.?Apparently so, they managed to develop large scale tunnel and underground facilities with the construction materials intended for rebuilding homes.

        Unimpeded by and without interference from Israel? Impediment and interference can be avoided by just leaving the Israelis alone.

      • eljay
        eljay on May 9, 2019, 7:18 am

        || Jon66: Eljay
        Israel does not control the population of Gaza … A Blockade is not an occupation. ||

        That’s nice but, as usual, you’ve moved the goalposts. So let’s get back to the original point.

        marc b. wrote: “yes, the zionist calorie counters have effective control over gaza … ”

        you replied: “Marc, That’s obviously incorrect.”

        So I’ll ask again: Are you seriously suggesting that Israel does not have effective control over Gaza? Are you seriously suggesting that the inhabitants of Gaza can:
        – enter and leave Gaza;
        – import and export goods;
        – solicit and receive foreign investment;
        – initiate large scale (infrastructure and other) projects; etc.,
        unimpeded by and without interference from Israel?

      • eljay
        eljay on May 9, 2019, 10:02 am

        || mon donut @ May 8, 2019, 11:48 pm ||

        That’s a lot of words just to confirm that Israel does have effective control over Gaza and that the people of Gaza cannot…
        – enter and leave Gaza;
        – import and export goods;
        – solicit and receive foreign investment;
        – initiate large scale (infrastructure and other) projects; etc.,
        …unimpeded by and without interference from Israel.

      • Keith
        Keith on May 9, 2019, 10:16 am

        JON66- “Israel does not control the population of Gaza any more than the Allied blockade of Germany or the German blockade of Britain occupied those countries. A Blockade is not an occupation.”

        Your comparisons are disingenuous and your analogy false. The control Israel exerts over Gaza far exceeds any of the attempted blockades you mention. The UN along with the rest of the international community consider Israel remains the occupying power of Gaza. Have you no empathy or sense of responsibility?

        “Immediately after Israel withdrew in 2005, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas stated, “the legal status of the areas slated for evacuation has not changed.”[51] Human Rights Watch also contested that this ended the occupation.[54][55] The United Nations, Human Rights Watch and many other international bodies and NGOs continues to consider Israel to be the occupying power of the Gaza Strip as Israel controls the Gaza Strip’s airspace and territorial waters as well as the movement of people or goods in or out of Gaza by air or sea.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli-occupied_territories

      • mondonut
        mondonut on May 9, 2019, 10:39 am

        eljay That’s a lot of words just to confirm that Israel does have effective control over Gaza and that the people of Gaza cannot…

        You need to work on your reading comprehension, my comment was the exact opposite of what you imagine. Israel cannot and does not prevent Gazans from entering and leaving through Egypt, or importing and exporting goods through Egypt, they can solicit all the investment they want (if they can find anyone so foolish) and they can and have initiated large projects.

        All without interference from Israel.

      • eljay
        eljay on May 9, 2019, 10:51 am

        || mon donut: … You need to work on your reading comprehension, my comment was the exact opposite of what you imagine. … ||

        My comprehension is just fine: Your tortured Zionist writing confirmed that Israel does indeed have effective control over Gaza.

      • eljay
        eljay on May 9, 2019, 11:05 am

        But, sure, donut, just keep on lying that Israel in no way interfere’s with Gaza’s coastline or air-space and related fishing, oil exploration, naval traffic, air travel, tourism and importation/exportation of goods and materials.

        (And never mind the fact that, thanks to Israel’s interference, the people of Gaza can’t freely access the rest of Partition-borders Palestine or the Free City of Jerusalem.)

        So, Jon66, what’s your answer: Does Israel have effective control over Gaza?

      • mondonut
        mondonut on May 9, 2019, 11:27 am

        @eljay But, sure, donut, just keep on lying…

        Again with the poor reading comprehension. I said nothing about the coastline or air-space. All the BS you posted was demonstrably incorrect, Israel does not control the border with Egypt and Gaza is free to negotiate entry and exit, import and export, etc with them.

        And moving the goalposts by belatedly including fishing, oil exploration, naval traffic, air travel, tourism and importation/exportation of goods and materials does nothing to help your weak and flawed argument. Occupation is not defined by the ability to conduct oil exploration, nor do blockades constitute occupation (if Gaza was occupied they would not need a blockade) – and again, tourism and goods and materials are free to flow through Egypt.

      • eljay
        eljay on May 9, 2019, 11:49 am

        || mondonut: … Again with the poor reading comprehension. … ||

        Nope, I understand you perfectly.

        || … I said nothing about the coastline or air-space. … ||

        Of course you didn’t, even though it’s entirely relevant (while your blather about Egypt is nothing more than deflection).

        The fact is that Gaza (which is not land-locked) should have unimpeded use of its coastal waters and its air-space but Israel – which has effective control over Gaza – interferes with or outright prevents:
        – the use and exploitation of that coastline and that air-space by the people of Gaza; and
        – the free movement of people, goods and natural and material resources into and out of Gaza through those waters and that air-space.

        (Never mind the fact that, thanks to Israel’s interference, the people of Gaza can’t freely access the rest of Partition-borders Palestine or the Free City of Jerusalem.)

      • mondonut
        mondonut on May 9, 2019, 1:54 pm

        @eljay , Of course you didn’t, even though it’s entirely relevant (while your blather about Egypt is nothing more than deflection).

        I did not because you did not list those in your original post – the post that I was responding to. If you thought they were relevant (they are not) I suppose you could have mentioned them in the first place. And Egypt is not a defection just because everything you said was wrong. If you declare that Gazans cannot leave without Israel’s interference, and they can leave through Egypt – that is not a deflection, that is an answer.

      • eljay
        eljay on May 9, 2019, 2:49 pm

        || mon donut: … I did not because you did not list those in your original post – the post that I was responding to. … ||

        As usual, donut, you’re wrong. The post you were responding to – the one to Jon66 – was this:

        Israel does not have effective control over Gaza? Seriously? You’re actually suggesting that the inhabitants of Gaza can … [do certain things] …unimpeded by and without interference from Israel? …

        No matter how desperately you try to Zionize it, the reality of the situation is that by…
        – denying them use of their coastline and air-space; and
        – by limiting to an Israel-compliant Egypt their access to the outside world,
        …Israel is by definition impeding and interfering in what the people of Gaza can do.

        (Never mind the fact that, thanks to Israel’s interference, the people of Gaza can’t freely access the rest of Partition-borders Palestine or the Free City of Jerusalem.)

      • eljay
        eljay on May 9, 2019, 3:26 pm

        || eljay: … – denying them use of their coastline and air-space; … ||

        Correction: … – restricting or outright denying them use of their coastal waters and air-space; …

      • Jon66
        Jon66 on May 9, 2019, 5:30 pm

        I think we can all agree that a Israel does not physically occupy Gaza.
        So the question is, does Israel exercise control over a Gaza that would qualify as a de facto occupation? If Israel controls Gaza, then why do they let them build tunnels, fire rockets, and march an enemy army through the streets of Gaza? If Israel has control of Gaza, why don’t they impose a govt they like? Who regulates the border with Egypt? Just because Israel has launched an effective boycott, divestment, and sanctions regime against Gaza doesn’t mean that it is occupied.

      • eljay
        eljay on May 9, 2019, 8:55 pm

        || Jon66: I think we can all agree that a Israel does not physically occupy Gaza. … ||

        Yes, we can all agree that while Israel does not have a permanent physical presence inside Gaza (notwithstanding the “no go” zone it established inside Gaza), it does have effective control over Gaza and its inhabitants.

        || … So the question is, does Israel exercise control over a Gaza that would qualify as a de facto occupation? … ||

        No, that’s not the question. The question – yet again – was this: Are you seriously suggesting that the inhabitants of Gaza can go about their lives and their business unimpeded by and without interference from Israel?

        Y’know, what’s really repulsive about Zionists like you and the donut is that if the situation were reversed – if Gaza were full of displaced Jews who were being subjected by non-Jews to exactly the same conditions and retributions to which the non-Jews of Gaza are currently being subjected by Jewish supremacists like you – you wouldn’t for a moment buy the argument that those non-Jews had no effective control of your territory and that they were neither impeding or nor interfering with your lives.

        But because you are the ones advocating, participating, supporting and/or defending the actions of your “Jewish State” against the non-Jews of Gaza, you bob, weave and bullshit you way around the facts (when you’re not outright boasting about them).

  5. Ossinev
    Ossinev on May 9, 2019, 9:29 am

    @mondoughnut
    “Import and export goods? See above.”

    All those Zio gunboats patrolling Gazan “international” waters just accidentally drifted in there of course and just accidentally fire at Gazan ” import” and “export” shipping.

    Wazzock!

    • mondonut
      mondonut on May 9, 2019, 10:42 am

      Ossinev , All those Zio gunboats patrolling Gazan “international” waters…

      That would be the entirely legal naval blockade, which of course does not prevent Gaza from importing or exporting by land through Egypt. Incidentally, if Israel really was in occupation and really had effective control over Gaza – there would be no need for a naval blockade.

  6. Ossinev
    Ossinev on May 9, 2019, 1:38 pm

    @mondonut

    “That would be the entirely legal naval blockade, which of course does not prevent Gaza from importing or exporting”

    LOL I think I will block my neighbours drieveway. It will be entirely legal (in my twisted mind) and it won`t prevent him from driving his car through his house and in and out through his back yard.

    Sick twisted hilarious Ziologic.And seriously weird.

    • mondonut
      mondonut on May 9, 2019, 1:44 pm

      Ossinev LOL I think I will block my neighbours drieveway.

      Is your neighbours drieveway [sic] covered under the San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea?

  7. pgtl10
    pgtl10 on May 9, 2019, 5:13 pm

    Mondonut,

    Israel controls all imports and exports. They must go through a control point where Israel deams acceptable.

    The idea that the Palestinians can just use Egypt is false and shows you either have no idea how Israel controls the Palestinians or you are just lying about what really happens.

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