News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“Economists have provided capitalists with a comforting concept called the “free market.” It does not describe any part of reality, at any place or time. It’s a mantra conveniently invoked when it is proposed that government do something the faithful don’t like, and just as conveniently ignored whenever they want government to do something for them. — Edward Herman
Al Jazeera understands that at least three air strikes or artillery rounds hit the area, which is a collection of warehouses, a market area and shops.
“The first shell hit, and people immediately started evacuating the wounded,” a man called Abu Maysarah told the AFP news agency. “They [the Israelis] saw them evacuating the wounded, and they struck them again.”
Another witness, who spoke to Al Jazeera from Shifa hospital, said many at the scene of the attack tried to put out fires that had started.
“The fire hit one of the shops, and started to spread to all the market,” he said. “We ran to help fight it … suddenly the cannon shells started to hit all of us while we were rescuing people.”
Hamas condemned the deaths as “another blatant massacre”.
During WW1, at a time before the State of Israel existed, the country we now know as Israel was called Palestine. Palestine at the beginning of WW1 was part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Australian Troops, particularly the famed Light Horse, forced the Turks out of Palestine and the Palestinian people, a minority of whom were Jews living happily with the Palestinians, welcomed the Australians and supported them as they advanced. Now, successive Australian governments, scared to hell of the international Zionist lobby, stand by and watch the descendants of the WW1 Palestinians being slaughtered and treated worse than the NAZIs treated POWs during WW2.
How’s that for gratitude by Australian governments? What treacherous and opportunistic lechers we have in Canberra…………………..KT
Labour MP criticises visit to military facility in Israel by the Conservative Friends of Israel as Cameron calls for ceasefire
As is the case with the Canadian politicians, they visit Israel and are briefed by Israeli government officials, but do not visit the West Bank or Gaza.
You cannot operate incubators without electricity……….KT
“Miracle baby” Shayma, delivered from the womb of her dead mother, has died in an incubator in a hospital in Gaza.
Some Twitter commentators said the five-day-old baby died as Israeli forces attacked power plants in Gaza causing a power outage.
Comedian Russell Brand used his web series The Trews to blast Fox News’ Sean Hannity for “using intimidation, bullying” and overall hypocrisy during a segment in which the conservative host berates a pro-Palestinian guest about Israel’s offensive on Gaza.
The obliteration of Gaza from relentless Israeli air strikes and tank shelling was laid bare today in a series of satellite images charting the escalating violence across the region.
Analysis from UN satellite experts reveal how hundreds of buildings have been razed to the ground in a series of attacks that have killed more than 1,300 Palestinians over the last three weeks.
Using images from July 6 – before the conflict began – and comparing them with ones from July 25, they have identified 700 destroyed structures, many of them homes and mosques.
Twin strikes on a United Nations school and the main public market in Gaza City claimed the lives of 37 people, Palestinians said, as Israel expanded its three-week-old offensive in the territory.
The UN Relief and Works Agency accused Israel of violating international law with the attack on the school, which it said was sheltering 3,300 people who had sought refuge there from the fighting. The Israeli army said troops were responding to fire launched at them from the vicinity. It also said it was looking into the report of an air strike on the market.
The attacks came as the Israeli military pushed deeper into the Hamas-controlled territory, according to military spokesman Brigadier-General Moti Almoz, in an interview with Army Radio. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said today his army is ready to broaden its incursion further as it hunts for tunnels militants built to slip into Israel.
The six parliamentarians travelling on the mission, which returns to Canada on Thursday, are: Liberal MPs Carolyn Bennett and John McCallum, Conservative MPs Randy Hoback, Ted Opitz and David Sweet and Liberal Sen. Grant Mitchell.
3 Cons and 3 Libs- The two sides of the same coin.
Bought and Paid for by an Israeli lobby in Canada- The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
“the parliamentarians won’t be going to Gaza”
Fogel also made no excuses for the fact that the view they’ll get of the conflict will be one-sided, with briefings provided by Israeli government and military officials.
“But for us, the issue is very much focused on what Israel has had to endure”
Okay, Canada; your politicians are every bit as much whores for Israel as ours are! What are you going to do about it?
Bar Ilan University students, faculty and administrators are up in arms over a law professor’s email to his students that opened with an expression of sympathy for all victims of the Israel-Gaza war, implicitly reminding them that the overwhelming majority of those victims are Gazans.
Israel launches a deadly assault on a busy marketplace, hours after an attack on a UN school where Palestinians were sheltering.
In many ways, the story of this month’s eruption of violence in Israel and Palestine has been depressingly familiar. But in one interesting way it has been a little bit different from the beginning: American audiences are seeing the story of the conflict, perhaps more than ever before, through Palestinian eyes.
This is a classic case of being hoisted with your own petard. As the independent media has gained audience over the last decade, corporate media, ad agencies, and public relations firms have, to continue their profits, maintained that they are still in control of the minds of America and can make the dumb sheep think whatever they want them to.
Israel took them at their word and sent our the order, “Make them think we are the good guys as we slaughter the Palestinians.”
And the corporate media, ad agencies, and public relations firms have, to put it mildly, cratered this assignment.
Which is a good thing. Israel is not only wrecking their own credibility but that of the governments that support them, and the aforesaid corporate media, ad agencies, and public relations firms.
Please promote the Boycott of Israeli & Jewish Products made in Israel or made outside of Israel but directly or indirectly support Israel.
The easiest way to inform people in boycotting Israeli and Jewish products (made in Israel or made outside of Israel but directly or indirectly support Israel) is by simply sending out an email to all you email contacts, tweeting, sharing facebook pages, post boycott information on forums and different blogs, send out text/SMS messages to people in your mobile phone book, call people and tell them.
These war crimes and barbarous mass murders are not by accident………….KT
An Israel Air Force general charged with all aerial ground support during the campaign in Gaza denied Tuesday that Israel targeted the Gaza Strip’s only power plant earlier in the day.
“The State of Israel did not attack Gaza’s power plant,” said Brig. Gen. Yaron Rosen, the commander of IAF Air Support and Helicopter Air Division.
The general said it was possible the plant had been hit by Israel by mistake.
With all those GPS guided weapons, courtesy of the American taxpayer, General Rosen?
“…BY MISTAKE”, MY ASTOLABE!!!
Several state and federal Australian MPs have come out against Israel for their war crimes in Gaza. Although Australia’s government is still largely pro-Jew, this is a good sign. It is certainly a better situation than what we see in Jewmerica where we literally have no politicians regardless of political affiliation speaking out against Israel and evil Jews.
Australia’s parliament makes the US Congress look like a bunch of PUSSIES!
Israel denies Palestinians the right to govern and protect themselves, while simultaneously invoking the right to self-defense. This is a conundrum and a violation of international law, one that Israel deliberately created to evade accountability.
srael killed at least 19 Palestinians sheltering in a school in Gaza’s biggest refugee camp on Wednesday, a U.N. official said, as Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal to try to halt more than three weeks of fighting.
Some 3,000 Palestinians, including many women and children, were taking refuge in the building in Jebalya refugee camp when it came under fire around dawn, Khalil al-Halabi, director of northern Gaza operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said.
In the recent past we have had some major differences with Dr.Norman Finkelstein. He literally put a knife in the back of the Pro Palestinian Movement with his statements and actions.
By his own actions of the past week he totally redeemed himself. The wounds from the stabbing are still there, but now there is hope that they will soon heal.
From my personal Mantra … NEVER SAY NEVER!
There was a pro-Israel rally of 10,000 people in New York yesterday, a half block from the United Nations, and Rabbi David-Seth Kirchner, the president of the NY Board of Rabbis, suggested that Palestinians who voted for Hamas are combatants who deserve to be targeted by Israel. He said:
When you are part of an election process that asks for a terrorist organization which proclaims in word and in deed that their primary objective is to destroy their neighboring country and not to build schools or commerce or jobs, you are complicit and you are not a civilian casualty.
The crowd cheered. Kirshner went on to say that the Israeli army is “the most moral army in the history of civilization.” He ended his remarks with the word, Amen.
And what about the slaughter of innocent Palestinian children, too young to vote, Rabbi?!?
I am certain that you have some kind of tortured logic with which to justify these actions, and I really wish, in your statements, that you would have just said it, in this speech, just to make your position perfectly clear.
In the last election, vetted by international observers, and characterized as being free and fair, Hamas won the election. THAT really annoyed Netanyahu no end.
And this year, when Fatah and Hamas were to announce a unity government, THAT darn near had Prime Minister Netanyahu exploding, because he could no longer say he didn’t know who to talk to about peace. So what did he do?!? He suspended peace talks in April of this year.
And now, another massive IDF attack against Gaza, which will most probably kill hundreds of thousands. Apparently, when he makes that observation that the IDF is ” …the most moral army in the history of civilization.”, it is painfully clear, the from Rabbi Kirchners’s perspective, that morality equates to genocide.
Oh, and by the way, that statement about Palestinians not building schools or commerce or jobs?!?
I would like to thoughtfully point out that concrete, and other building materials are forbidden in Gaza.
So I would like him to elucidate, please on just HOW the Palestinians in Gaza are supposed to be able to build ANYTHING, with these restrictions in place, and here they are:
List no. 1: Items Subject to Specific Permission / List No. 2: Construction Items and Materials null UNRWA worker inspects a load of metal stock at the Kerem Shalom Crossing terminal before transfer to the Gaza Strip, June 2010 (Photo: Reuters) According to the decision taken on June 20, 2010, by the Israeli Security Cabinet, the Government of Israel – having reviewed the propositions put forward by the USG, the OQR and others – formed two categories of listed items whose entry into Gaza would be subject to Israeli control. Items not included in either would be allowed into Gaza without specific permission. The lists are: List no. 1: Items Subject to Specific Permission 1. Arms and Munitions: forbidden transfer under all circumstances across Israel’s frontiers without specific permits – as defined in the Control of Exports Security Order (Arms and Munitions) 5768-2008, and in the Control of Exports Security Order (Missile Equipment) 5768-2008. 2. Dual Use goods and items: liable to be used, side by side with their civilian purposes, for the development, production, installation or enhancement of military capabilities and terrorist capacities. This list comprises: Items listed under the Wassenaar Arrangement: As specified in the updated (2008) “Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Arms and Dual Use Goods and Technologies – List of Dual Use Goods and Technologies and Munitions List.” Items whose entry into the PA Areas is controlled based on Israeli legislation: i.e. materials and equipment liable to be used for terror attacks and technology that could be used by terrorists – as defined in the Control of Exports Security Order (Controlled Dual Use Equipment Transferred to the PA Areas) 5768-2008 and in Orders of the OC Central Command. These lists include, in detail, a range of chemicals used in the production of explosives (including certain fertilizers); specific types of metal profiles; ball bearings; lathes and their parts; composite materials; hunting knives and machetes; optical equipment, such as lasers and night vision goggles; certain navigation aides; diving equipment; parachutes, gliders and other nonmotorized airborne vehicles; flares and fireworks; avionics and flight control equipment; missile related computer technologies; rock drills and equipment drawing water from excavated sites. Items not necessarily included in the lists above but whose entry into Gaza is controlled, as detailed below: i. Items and chemicals which could be used in the production of high trajectory weapons (rockets and mortars) by Hamas and other terror groups in Gaza – Fertilizers or other mixtures – specifically containing KCl at more than 5%; Epoxy and Vinyl Ester resins; Hardeners for Epoxy Resins containing Amides or Amines; Accelerators for Vinyl Esters; HTPB; Water purification solutions at concentrations higher than 11%. ii. Items used as raw materials for improving protection for terror activists – Fibers or woven fabrics containing Carbon or Glass variants. iii. Vessels. List No. 2: Construction Items and Materials to be Allowed Entry into Gaza only for PA-authorized Projects Implemented by the International Community While such items are liable to be used for Hamas military purposes (building bunkers, fortifying positions and digging tunnels) Israel will permit their entry into Gaza so as to facilitate construction projects in Gaza – authorized by the PA and implemented and monitored by the international community. This list includes: Portland cement and lime (in bulk, bags or barrels) Natural and Quarry aggregates and all varieties of gravel Ready concrete Precast concrete elements and products Steel elements and/or construction products Iron for foundations and columns, at any diameter (including wielded steel nets) Steel cables of any width Forms for construction elements (plastics or galvanized iron) Industrialized forms for casting concrete Plastic or composite beams more than 4 mm thick Thermal isolation materials and products Blocs (at any width) – Concrete; Silicate; Ytong or its equivalent; or gypsum Materials and products for sealing structures Asphalt and its components (Bitumen, emulsion) in aggregate or packaged Steel elements or framing products for construction Cast concrete elements and products for drainage over 1 m in diameter Precast units and sea-borne containers Vehicles, excluding private cars and including 4X4 vehicles and other categories of motor vehicles liable to be used in terror activities Lumber beams and boards more than 2 cm thick, (liable to be used in “offensive” tunneling aimed at penetrating Israeli territory), unless incorporated in finished products Specific procedures, on a case by case basis, will be established so as to permit the transfer of such lumber for other purposes in Gaza.
If steel and concrete are denied items in Gaza, what, please can these people build from?!?
The power station, the port, government buildings, and private homes have all fallen prey to Operation Protective Edge.
Iraqi government has recently signed a USD 1 billion-worth deal with Russian government to provide Iraqi army with heavy artillery, ballistic missile systems and ammunition.
The Russian Interfax News Agency reported Wednesday that the deal was signed during a recent visit by Iraqi Defense Minister Saadoun Al-Dulaimi to Moscow.
It added that the deal also includes, among others things, providing Iraqi army with Grad missiles and armored vehicles.
Talks are also underway to sell Iraq ten Su-27 jet fighters, the report disclosed.
Probably the biggest news story of 1928 was the war-making nations of the world coming together on August 27th and legally outlawing war. It’s a story that’s not told in our history books, but it’s not secret CIA history. There was no CIA. There was virtually no weapons industry as we know it. There weren’t two political parties in the United States uniting in support of war after war. In fact, the four biggest political parties in the United States all backed abolishing war.
This video shows an Israeli mob actually singing in celebration of children’s deaths in the style of a soccer fans’ song: “In Gaza there’s no studying, No children are left there, Olé, olé, olé-olé-olé.”
Another day, another UN school hit by Israeli shelling in Gaza. Israel’s attack this morning killed at least 16 civilians sheltering at the school and wounded dozens. The casualties figures are expected to rise.
Israel and even most of its critics tell us that the civilian casualties are accidental, caused by Israel’s need to wage its war against Hamas in heavily built-up areas of Gaza. Israel is accused of “disproportionality”, or of recklessness, or of inflicting unfortunate collateral damage.
Efforts to negotiate a ceasefire in Israel’s ongoing invasion of the Gaza Strip aren’t sitting well with Israeli hawks, and by extension that means they aren’t sitting well with the US Congress.
That’s got Congressional officials up in arms, pushing President Obama to stop trying to negotiate a ceasefire in the conflict, and instead to endorse Israel’s war unconditionally, and irrespective of how bad it gets.
Underscoring just how far they’ll go, Sen. Mark Kirk (R – IL) insisted he was totally comfortable with Israel killing thousands of civilians in the current war if it meant wiping out Hamas, saying it was “worth it.”
Now, Senator Kirk, let me get this straight: you are for slaughtering thousands of non-combatants (women, infants, and the medically fragile elderly) in order to remove the duly elected government of Palestine, which was, in a free and fair election, won by Hamas?!?
It is pretty damned obvious, sir, that you have been truly been bought and paid for by the Israeli government. As reported at www.rightweb.irc-online.com in November of 2013:
An officer in the U.S. Naval Reserves and a former five-term House member, Kirk is one of Congress’ top recipients of donations from “pro-Israel” advocacy groups, leading one critic to call him “AIPAC’s Million Dollar Baby.” – See more at: http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/Kirk_Mark#sthash.pnXrgD6C.dpuf
And, as reported at huffingtonpost.com, in February, 2010:
Mark Kirk, the House member from Chicago who is now the GOP Senate nominee, is the #1 recipient of pro-Israel PAC money in the entire House. In fact, of the top 10 recipients from both Houses, he is the only House member. Why do the PACs love him? It is because Kirk is a pure Israel-firster. For Kirk, Israel can do no wrong. Add to that that he sits on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations where he brings home the bacon for Israel big time. Its wish is his command.
And that money is sizeable, not only for Kirk, but also the top 20 recipients of pro-Israel money As reported in www.opensecrets.org:
Obama, Barack (D) $2,224,126 Lieberman, Joe (I-CT) $2,119,414 Kirk, Mark (R-IL) $1,712,133 Levin, Carl (D-MI) $1,404,375 McConnell, Mitch (R-KY) $1,358,155 Berkley, Shelley (D-NV) $1,282,305 Specter, Arlen (D-PA) $1,224,837 McCain, John (R-AZ) $1,172,307 Cantor, Eric (R-VA) $1,136,465 Clinton, Hillary (D-NY) $1,084,891 Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana (R-FL) $886,144 Durbin, Dick (D-IL) $829,484 Hoyer, Steny H (D-MD) $826,665 Cardin, Ben (D-MD) $799,665 Wyden, Ron (D-OR) $767,357 Lowey, Nita M (D-NY) $760,613 Harkin, Tom (D-IA) $740,445 Feinstein, Dianne (D-CA) $712,066 Boxer, Barbara (D-CA) $690,253 Engel, Eliot L (D-NY) $685,537 Industries in this Sector: Pick another Sector: Search for an industry: Find Your Representatives The numbers on this page are based on contributions from PACs and individuals giving $200 or more
So folks, please wake up and smell the falafel. US foreign policy, when it comes to the Middle East, is bought and paid for by the Israeli government, period, end of discussion.
It is time to send every Congressional represenative home, permanently, who has taken, and is taking, one cent from the Israeli lobby.
Israel commits genocide and crimes against humanity. The UN and US turn blind eyes. And why not when the United States slaughters black males, children and the mentally ill for profit, sex and experimentation. The enforcers of these atrocities the United States government.
In the United States, genocide and crimes against humanity are condoned, encouraged and rewarded.
Why would the United States care about Palestinians when the it doesn’t give a sh*t about its own citizens?
Spain’s leading film stars Penélope Cruz, Pedro Almodóvar and Javier Bardem are the latest major celebrities to go public with their views on the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
The trio are among a group of actors who have penned an open letter in a Spanish newspaper calling for Europe to condemn Israel’s bombing of the Palestinian territory, which has now claimed at least 1,200 lives – many of them civilians.
The Spanish stars follow in the wake of celebrities, including singers Zayn Malik, Rihanna and Selena Gomez, and comedian Joan Rivers, who have spoken out either for or against the bombardment.
The only one who spoke out for it was Joan Rivers, who the Daily Mail apparently felt they needed to throw in there to make it look like opinions are evenly divided.
The voice of Gaza teen blogger Farah Baker, which went viral over the weekend, has been silenced after Israeli bombing took out Gaza’s only power plant. The 16 year old’s live account of Israeli bombing saw her followers go from 4,000 to over 70,000.
Remember the deliberate and planned attacks on the USS Liberty by Israeli forces during the 6 day War of 1967. If Israel will deliberately attack US forces and kill them, it will never hesitate to attack and kill civilians. Did God instruct His chosen people to commit this slaughter and collective punishment? If God did I want nothing to do with such a God………KT
Israel was warned no fewer than 17 times that a school it destroyed with tank strikes killing 16 Palestinians and injuring 125 others had been housing refugees, the UN claimed today.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in the Jabaliya refugee camp when shells smashed into the complex overnight.
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl said it was the sixth time one of the organisation’s schools had been struck by Israeli bombardments during the 23-day conflict.
In a furious response to the attack, he said: ‘This is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today, the world stands disgraced.
‘We know that there were multiple civilian deaths and injuries including of women and children and the UNRWA guard who was trying to protect the site.
‘These are people who were instructed to leave their homes by the Israeli army.
The UN relief and works agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has strongly condemned the Israeli shelling of a UN school last night.
“Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced,” UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl said in a statement on Wednesday.
“I condemn in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces,” he said, calling on the international community to take deliberate international political action to put an immediate end to the continuing carnage.
Israeli forces have killed more than 200 Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip over the past 23 days. In order to obfuscate this harsh reality, Israeli officials claim “self-defence” and contend that civilian deaths are justified because Hamas allegedly uses Palestinians in Gaza as human shields. Israel is an occupying power that is attacking and destroying an occupied Palestinian civilian population. These civilian deaths are not collateral damage. They are war crimes.
And Obama in his anger and outrage, especially after the insults to Secretary of State John Kerry … sends more money to Israel and hits Russia with sanctions!
Between five and ten thousand people defied the police in Paris last Saturday and protested in solidarity with Palestinians.
This is the second consecutive week that protesters in France have resisted a ban on Palestine solidarity protests.
In the face of resistance to the ban, the authorities allowed a static demo at Place de la Republique square, central Paris.
But vans of riot police patrolled all entrances to the square, carrying out stop and search on anyone carrying flags and keffiyehs.
Despite this the number of protesters swelled, taking over the square.
Some climbed the Republique statue, the symbol of the French state, and released flares in the colours of the Palestinian flag.
The New Anti-capitalist Party was present and had called for people to defy the ban.
The vibrant and multicultural demonstration put the lie to prime minister Manuel Valls’ attempts to label all protesters as “anti-semitic”.
United Nations Human Rights Chief says that Israel may be Guilty of War Crimes.
Gaza is a prison city surrounded by walls that do not allow its residents to evacuate to safe places.
As Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip rages on, ceasefires come and go. Most last just long enough for Palestinians to dig out the dead from beneath their collapsed houses, get the injured to overcrowded and under-resourced hospitals, and seek enough food and water to last through the next round of airstrikes.
“There is nothing left but stones,” Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer quoted an old woman saying as she searched desperately through the rubble of what had been her home.
The Palestinian people have the right to defend their lives from Israeli aggression, they have the right to resist apartheid and we have the right to stand by them as they do. When did solidarity become such an awful thing?
The UN Security Council has voiced “grave concern” over reports of oil trading with ISIS militant groups in Iraq and Syria. ISIS has seized control of oilfields in the area and is reportedly using the revenues to finance its nascent Islamic State.
Russia submitted a draft statement to the Security Council on Monday night that would ban crude oil sales by terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq, and potentially sanction anyone that does business with them. The measure “strongly condemns any engagement in direct or indirect trade of oil from Syria involving terrorist groups, and reiterates that such engagement constitutes financial support for entities designated by the Security Council 1267/1989 Committee as terrorist.”
The statement also calls on all member states to take “necessary measures” to stop “nationals, entities and individuals” from engaging in transactions linked to non-state actors in the oil industry in Syria.
Some 3,300 Palestinians, including many women and children, were taking refuge in the building in Jabalya refugee camp when it came under fire around dawn, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said.
“Our initial assessment is that it was Israeli artillery that hit our school,” UNRWA chief Pierre Krahenbuhl said in a statement after representatives of the agency visited the scene and examined fragments, craters and other damage.
Blood splattered floors and mattresses inside classrooms at the Jabalya Girls Elementary School and survivors picked through shattered glass and debris for flesh and body parts to bury.
Just a month ago it seemed as if only divine intervention could save the Palestinians. However, as things stand at the moment, even God may find it difficult to rescue his favourite people. Israel has sunk into a fatal political, military and ideological paralysis. The destiny of the Jewish State has been revealed. It has no future in the region.
The key to understanding of Israel’s paralysis is not complicated. As much as Israelis favour the deployment of their devastating military might and its fire power, Israelis do not like to be caught with blood on their hands. As much as they like to kill, they hate to be the killers. This dilemma has matured into a political, ideological, strategic and spiritual deadlock. It puts the Jewish State into an impossible scenario that makes dwelling on someone’s else land simply unimaginable.
HA’s penetrating analysis in the book furnishes insights both into the mind of the perpetrators, and the overall societal mindset they were embedded in, which made these horrendous acts possible without any weight on their conscience. It provides a template for studying all such acts of barbarity by the organized and brute force of the state, with full complicity of the overwhelming population, against people who are made stateless either in the sense of being deprived of the state they had hitherto lived in or are forced to live as stateless wards of occupying power.
Earlier this month The Electronic Intifada rumbled a hoax video claiming to show “Hamas using children as human shields” – in fact the video was from Syria.
Two days ago another hoax video, this one titled “Palestinian child firing an RPG on Gaza Beach July 2014,” was uploaded to YouTube.
But in fact the video is not from from Palestine at all.
The original appears to have been uploaded to LiveLeak three days ago. The description of the video says it may have been from Libya.
The video has been removed from YouTube, but don’t worry; Israel will be back with another dirty by this afternoon!
Despite a U.N. Security Council call for a ceasefire, Israel has intensified its attack on Gaza and warned of a “protracted campaign.” Palestinian officials say more than 110 people have been killed in the past 24 hours, with some saying Monday was the most intensive night of bombing so far. In this time period, Israel attacked more than 150 sites including Gaza’s only power station and a media center that houses the broadcasting headquarters of Hamas and a number of other Arab satellite news channels.
While everyone’s attention is glued on Russia and whether Obama can successfully launch World War III, things are going from bad to worse when it also comes to US relations with Israel. Recall that here things were already on the verge of disaster after for some reason, Kerry was unleashed to “arrange” a ceasefire with Israel, when in reality the SecState somehow managed to infuriate every single feuding faction (there are a lot of them), Israel included, after Haaretz wrote that “Kerry ruined everything.”
So Obama, Merkel, Cameron, Hollande and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi – let’s call them the Fab Five – get on a video conference call to muster their courage and “increase pressure” asking for a cease-fire in Gaza. Later in the day, Israel’s Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu delivers his answer, in plain language: he remains dead set on achieving his version of a Final Solution to Gaza.  With or without “pressure”.
So what’s left for the Fab Five after having their illustrious Western collective behinds solemnly kicked? They decide to dump Gaza and instead sanction Russia – again! How brilliant is that as an exit strategy?
Doctors and scientists, on behalf of 24 signatories, in the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet,write:
“An Open Letter for the People of Gaza”
Seven crucial quotes:
Gaza is being killed by one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated modern military machines.
This is a “military onslaught on civilians in Gaza”
These attacks aim to terrorize
We witnessed targeted weaponry used indiscriminately and on children
We denounce the myth propagated by Israel that the aggression is done caring about saving civilian lives and children’s well-being.
Israel’s behaviour has insulted our humanity, intelligence, and dignity as well as our professional ethics and efforts.
Should the use of gas be further confirmed, this is unequivocally a war crime for which, before anything else, high sanctions will have to be taken immediately on Israel with cessation of any trade and collaborative agreements with Europe.
What has to happen, to end this carnage, is to immediately implement boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel, on a universal, international front.
And all of those alleged Congressional representatives who voted to support this genocide need to understand that there is an election coming in November, and We the People (whose real needs and concerns go largely unaddressed by this Congress), are angry about the continued US government’s illegal support and enabling of Israel.
The Symington Amendment states, very unambiguously, that any nation which refuses to become a signatory to the NNPT, has nuclear weapons, and refuses to have those weapons inspected, gets absolutely no US military or financial aid.
And yet Congress breaks this law with impunity, every time it signs another check for Israel’s financial or military aid.
And every time Congress does this, it further destroys its own credibility, which is very close to completely on the ropes at this time in this country’s history.l
The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits.
The Jewish Federations of North America’s Washington office director, William Daroff, said Tuesday that the allocation made sense particularly in light of an intensification of threats on Jewish community targets in the United States and overseas.
“In the current environment there are threats to nonprofits and to Jewish institutions,” he told JTA, noting a swell of attacks on Jewish institutions in Europe in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip.
“We see it clearly in Europe, but we also see it here in the United States in Kansas City, in Seattle and numerous occasions that are not made public or do not come to fruition,” Daroff said. He referred to attacks in recent years on Jewish community centers in Kansas City and Seattle.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
The United Nations today begged the international community for help with the humanitarian crisis in Gaza after another school serving as a refugee shelter was bombed, killing 19 Palestinians and injuring 125 others.
Some 200,000 displaced Gazans have sought refuge in UN schools following calls by Israel to evacuate their homes ahead of military operations only to find themselves under attack there anyway.
For many Palestinians, the feeling of helplessness living in a densely populated enclave under a seven-year blockade with nowhere to run or hide has left them on the brink of despair.
‘Where will we go? cried 56-year-old Aishe Abu Darabeh outside the school in the Jebaliya refugee camp which had a few hours earlier served as her refugee shelter. ‘Where will we go next? We fled and they (the Israelis) are following us.’
Flames and clouds of black smoke billowed over Gaza’s only power plant on after it was destroyed during the most relentless and widespread Israeli bombardment of the current conflict. At least 100 people were killed on Tuesday, according to Gaza health officials.
“The power plant is finished,” said its director, Mohammed al-Sharif, signalling a new crisis for Gaza’s 1.8 million people, who were already enduring power cuts of more than 20 hours a day.
Amnesty International said the crippling of the power station amounted to “collective punishment of Palestinians”. The strike on the plant will worsen already severe problems with Gaza’s water supply, sewage treatment and power supplies to medical facilities.
At least 100 Palestinians have been killed since Monday midnight after Israel beefed up its military operation in the Gaza Strip, according to Gaza health officials.
Inside Shifa Hospital, amid the tumultuous rush to save lives, men pushed a gurney carrying the lifeless body of a child wrapped in a sheet. A girl in a red dress, her face covered with blood, walked in a daze past the dead and the nearly dead.
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