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Israel/Iran News - Mar 25, 2015


Obama: Recent Remarks by Prime Minister Netanyahu Dim Hope for End to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - ABC News


VIDEO: Obama: Recent remarks by Prime Minister Netanyahu dim hope for a negotiated two-state solution (Part 1) - POLITICO


VIDEO: Obama: My dispute with Netanyahu is a policy difference that has great consequences for both countries and the region (Part 2) - You Tube


At the J-Street Conference White House Chief of Staff McDonough Says the Israeli Occupation 'Must End' - huffingtonpost.com


VIDEO: Obama’s Chief Of Staff McDonough To J-Street Conference: Israel’s “Occupation That Has Lasted 50-Years Must End" - YouTube


VIDEO: Obama’s Chief Of Staff McDonough: Netanyahu comments 'very troubling' - YouTube


VIDEO: Obama Staff Chief McDonough's Full Speech to J Street's Conference - YouTube


U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro Says Obama Administration Reevaluating Policy Toward Israel - huffingtonpost.com


James Baker to J-Street: Netanyahu Wrong on Iran, Palestinians - newsmax.com


Jeb Bush ‘disagrees’ with James Baker’s position on Israel - The Washington Post


Netanyahu’s Reelection Pushes J Street to Move the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict to the United Nations - Forward.com


At J-Street conference, chief Palestinian negotiator Erekat rejects Israeli claims that there is no partner for peace - timesofisrael.com


Tensions among U.S. Jews over Israel on display as Hillel leader pulls out of J-Street speech - The Washington Post


J Street U Students March on Hillel - Algemeiner.com


Analysis: Netanyahu may seek unity government as needed cure for a divided Israel - Fox News


Netanyahu Won the Israeli Election by Stealing Conservative Votes from Other Conservative Parties, Not Liberal Ones - huffingtonpost.com


Arab Leaders In Israel Turn Down Netanyahu's Apology - huffingtonpost.com


Abbas meets with Joint Arab List members, praises Arab vote - Israel News, Ynetnews


Gaza women take up arms for next Israel war - The Times


Israeli group's documentary accuses Hamas of training child soldiers - Fox News

 

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Israel reportedly spied on Iran nuclear talks in effort to lobby Congress against deal - Fox News


VIDEO: Obama: U.S. briefs Israel on Iran nuclear talks, there will be "significant transparency" as the U.S. works a deal - Washington Post


Israeli minister warns French against 'bad accord' with Iran - Yahoo Maktoob News


In a letter 367 House members warn Obama on Iran - TheHill


Text of the letter to President Obama signed by 367 members of Congress - House Foreign Affairs Committee Democrats


U.S. Senate will vote on sanctions bill if there is no Iran deal - Reuters


As Cotton speaks, Code Pink activists surround him over Iran letter - arkansasonline.com


VIDEO: Code Pink interrupts Tom Cotton's Iran speech - POLITICO.com


Arab Press Harshly Criticizes Obama Administration On Iran Nuclear Negotiations, Accuses Him Of Turning Its Back On Arab Friends, Leading Region To Disaster - Right Side News


Top Iranians signal support for a nuclear deal - LA Times


Will R&D agreement seal the Iran deal? - Al-Monitor


Iran isn’t providing needed access or information, IAEA says - The Washington Post


VIDEO: IAEA chief calls for beefed up verification of Iran’s nuclear program - PBS


Iran Criticizes IAEA Snap Inspection Demand - VOA


Oil prices could fall further if Iran nuclear deal is reached - Vox


Progress in Iran talks puts oil traders on edge - FT.com

 

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America and Iran 'taking part in joint military operations in Iraq', US providing intelligence from air to Iran-backed attack on Tikrit - Telegraph


US mulls air strikes for Tikrit offensive in which Iran has played a prominent role: Official - AFP


Iraq request for U.S.-led Tikrit air strikes ‘imminent': diplomat - Reuters


Ahead of nuclear deal Iran expands regional 'empire' from Iraq to Lebanon, and Syria to Yemen - Reuters


Yemen is latest in string of victories for Iran - usatoday.com


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Israel News - Mar 17, 2015


Netanyahu says no Palestinian state if reelected  - AFP


Netanyahu says Jerusalem as a whole to continue under Israel's control, blasts Livni/Herzog stances on the holy city - Algemeiner


If reelected, Netanyahu vows wave of E.Jerusalem building - Yahoo News


Israeli right-wingers scramble to woo 200,000-strong settler vote - THE DAILY STAR


Right-wing demonstration in Tel Aviv: A substantial proportion of demonstrators at Sunday's event were religious, and the settler movement dominated - alternativenews.org


Opinion: Israel’s settlement enterprise has not blocked a two-state solution - Haaretz


Israeli Establishment Turns Back on Netanyahu Ahead of Election - newsweek.com


Business leaders see peace boost if Netanyahu loses Israeli election - Jewish Journal


Interview: Netanyahu era coming to an end, says former ally Lapid - Reuters


Kahlon rejects Netanyahu's Finance Ministry portfolio offer, citing lack of trust - Israel News, Ynetnews


How the parties stand on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process - Jerusalem Post


Israel Immigration Seen Fueling Housing Boom Amid Shortage - Bloomberg Business


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Isaac Herzog's Op-Ed: My responsibility, my promise - The Times of Israel


VIDEO (English): Exclusive: Interview with Isaac Herzog - i24news


VIDEO: Isaac Herzog: "Israel not a Jewish state but a nation-state for Jews" - YouTube


Isaac Herzog: The front-runner in Israel's election comes from a distinguished family considered the Kennedy clan of Israel - usatoday


The Herzogs: Three generations of Israeli leadership - Ynetnews


Livni forgoes rotating premiership with Herzog - The Times of Israel


Former prime minister Ehud Barak endorses Isaac Herzog - Jerusalem Post


Arab Alliance Rises as Force in Israeli Elections - NYTimes.com


Arab citizens of Israel face defining moment in election - CNN.com


Joint Arab List leader Ayman Odeh Op-Ed: With Israeli Arabs united, this election can bring positive change to everybody - The Guardian


In private, Abbas, Palestinian officials reportedly voice hope that Benjamin Netanyahu will lose - Jerusalem Post


Hamas: Leftist Govt. Disaster 'No Less than Bibi' - Arutz Sheva


Out of tune? Arab-Israeli rapper calls on Palestinians to vote for the Joint Arab List in upcoming Israeli elections (VIDEO) - Al Bawaba


Israel’s female politicians are becoming more prominent: Women are a crucial part of the political parties’ strategy - slate.com


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Source: Senate panel probing ‎possible Obama administration ties to anti-Netanyahu effort - Fox News


VIDEO: Obama Administration Against Bibi? - Senate Panel Probing Anti-Netanyahu Push - Fox News


White House Treading Carefully in Israeli Elections - NYTimes.com


Benjamin Netanyahu claims foreign money is being used to help left-wing Zionist Union beat him - The Independent


Anti-Netanyahu Nonprofit Forms New Entity After Congress Says It Violated Tax Law - Washington Free Beacon


New Israel Fund Received More Than $1 Million From U.S. State Department - The Daily Caller


Background on the Latest Anti-NIF Campaign - New Israel Fund Australia Foundation


Israel boycott movement 'isn't working' says top trade envoy Amit Lang - ibtimes.co.uk


The Generational Divide in American Jews on Israel - The New Republic


Ex Mossad head predicts dramatic improvement in US-Israel relations if Netanyahu loses election - The Independent


Exclusive: Netanyahu Canceled Intel Briefing for U.S. Senators on Iran Dangers - TIME


VIDEO: Jon Voight Backs Netanyahu In New Ad: 'Obama Does Not Love Israel' - Fox Nation

 

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Israel News - Mar 12, 2015


POLL: As Israel vote looms, centre-left pulls ahead of PM Netanyahu's Likud - Yahoo News


Israel Elections 2015: Social And Economic Issues, Not Iran, Dominate Political Race - ibtimes.com


Israel Election: Pocketbook Issues Trump Security Concerns - newsweek.com


Herzog claims Israel's economy is suffering due to overfocus on defense, vows only to raise defense budget if social needs are met - Arutz Sheva


Isaac Herzog says he trusts Obama "to get a good deal” with Iran, favors two state solution for the Palestinians - The Globe and Mail


Herzog: I'll evict settlers but only in an agreement and after talking to the settlers themselves, I may appoint an Arab minister - Arutz Sheva


Herzog: I want to unite, while Netanyahu divides - Ynetnews


Zionist Union unveils party platform - Ynetnews


VIDEO (English Subtitles): Isaac Herzog official election ad  - YouTube


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As Election Day Nears, Benjamin Netanyahu Talks of a ‘Worldwide’ Effort to Defeat Him - NYTimes.com


POLL: Netanyahu Support Among Democrats Plunges After Iran Speech - newsmax.com


Benjamin Netanyahu to blame for security failures, worsened relationship with US, former Mossad Chief says - Jerusalem Post


Netanyahu leads a nation with its own nuclear secrets, the country now has about 200 nuclear bombs and missile warheads - Washington Post


Jewish Congresswoman says Israeli voters should oust Benjamin Netanyahu for damaging the country’s relationship with the U.S – Forward.com


Benjamin Netanyahu retreats on Palestinian state - Jerusalem Post


Netanyahu apologizes for campaign ad after union vows not to vote Likud - Ynetnews


Tens Of Thousands Attend Anti-Netanyahu Rally In Tel Aviv - huffingtonpost.com


Lieberman says Israel should execute Arabs who carry out deadly attacks, although the death penalty is on the statute only one person has been executed in the country's history - Reuters


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Israel’s Arab political parties have united for the first time - The Washington Post


POLL: Defying calls to boycott next week's vote, turnout among Israeli Arab voters is projected to rise (VIDEO) - CSMonitor.com


VIDEO: Israel’s Arab citizens brandish new electoral power - euronews


Head of joint Arab-Israel party Ayman Odeh: the surprise of the 2015 campaign - i24news


Israeli Election: Interview with Head of joint Arab-Israel party Ayman Odeh - newsweek.com


PA president Abbas voices support for Joint Arab List in Israeli elections - Israel Hayom


With eye to Israel's election, Palestinian Authority trying to prevent flare-up of tensions in West Bank - Jerusalem Post


PA holding 50 Islamic militants, fearing terror attack will give election to Likud - Haaretz


Concerns Rise Over Plots to Oust Abbas - US News


POLL: Gaza Residents Blame Hamas for Palestinian Division - The Tower


U.N. inquiry on Gaza war crimes seeks delay of report to June: statement - Reuters

 

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Talk Nation Radio: Michael Schwartz: Israel's Wars Are for Oil

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Michael Schwartz is an Emeritus Distinguished Teaching Professor of sociology at Stony Brook State University and the author of six books and scores of articles and commentaries, including award winning books on popular protest and insurgency. His most recent book, War Without End, analyzes how the militarized geopolitics of oil led the U.S. to dismantle the Iraqi state and economy while fueling sectarian civil war inside Iraq. His work on the Middle East  appears regularly in TomDispatch including his latest article, "The Great Game in the Holy Land."

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Skipping The Speech for All the Wrong Reasons

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to hear that Congress members will skip Netanyahu's speech no matter what reason they offer. Here are some of them:

It's too close to Netanyahu's election. (That doesn't persuade me. If we had fair, open, publicly funded, un-gerrymandered, verifiably counted elections, then "politics" wouldn't be a dirty word and we would want politicians to show themselves doing things to try to please us before, during, and after elections. I want them acting that way now, even with our broken system. I don't want the U.S. interfering in Israeli elections, but allowing a speech is hardly the same as backing coups in Ukraine and Venezuela or giving Israel billions of dollars worth of weapons every year.)

The Speaker didn't ask the President. (This is likely the big reason that Democrats are promising to skip the speech. I'm actually amazed more of them haven't made that promise. Netanyahu seemed to me to miss the extent to which the United States has become a term-limited monarchy. Congress typically wants to pass the buck on wars to the President. The President typically controls one of the two parties quite tightly. But do I actually care that Congress didn't consult the President? Hell no! Imagine if, during the run-up to the 2003 attack on Iraq, Congress had offered a joint-session microphone to El Baradei or Sarkozy or Putin or, indeed, Hussein to denounce all the bogus claims about WMDs in Iraq? Would you have been outraged by the impoliteness toward President Bush or delighted that a million people might not get killed for no damn reason?)

These kinds of reasons do have a practical weakness: they lead to calls for postponing the speech, rather than canceling it. Some other reasons have more serious flaws.

The speech damages bipartisan U.S. support for Israel. (Really? A slim minority of the President's party skips the speech for a laundry list of lame excuses and suddenly the United States is going to stop providing all the free weapons and vetoing every attempt at legal accountability for the crimes of the Israeli government? And that would be a bad thing if it actually happened?)

The speech hurts the critical effort of negotiations to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. (This is the worst of the bad reasons. It pushes the false idea that Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon and threatening to use it. It plays right into Netanyahu's fantasies of poor helpless nuclear Israel the victim of Iranian aggression. In reality, Iran has not attacked another nation in modern history. If only Israel or the United States could say as much!)

As I said, I'm glad anyone's skipping the speech for any reason. But I find it deeply disturbing that an enormously important and deeply moral reason to skip the speech is obvious and known to every member of Congress, and while most are acting against it, those acting in accordance with it refuse to articulate it. The reason is this: Netanyahu is coming to spread war propaganda. He told Congress lies about Iraq in 2002 and pushed for a U.S. war. He has been lying, according to leaks this week of his own spies' information and according to the understanding of the U.S. "intelligence" services, about Iran. It is illegal to spread war propaganda under the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, to which Israel is a party. Congress is struggling to keep up with the wars President Obama is continuing, launching, and risking. Here's one war Obama seems not to want, and Congress is bringing in a foreign leader with a record of war lies to give them their marching orders. Meanwhile, an agency of that same foreign government, AIPAC, is holding its big lobby meeting in Washington.

Now, it is true that nuclear energy facilities create dangerous targets. Those drones flying around French nuclear plants scare the hell out of me. And it is true that nuclear energy places its possessor a short step away from nuclear weaponry. Which is why the U.S. should stop spreading nuclear energy to countries that have no need of it, and why the U.S. should never have given nuclear bomb plans to Iran or sentenced Jeffrey Sterling to prison for allegedly revealing that act. But you can't accomplish good by using horrific mass murder to avoid horrific mass murder -- and that's what Israeli-U.S. aggression toward Iran means. Stirring up a new cold war with Russia in Syria and Ukraine is dangerous enough without throwing Iran into the mix. But even a war that confined itself to Iran would be horrifying.

Imagine if we had one Congress member who would say, "I'm skipping the speech because I'm opposed to killing Iranians." I know we have lots of constituents who like to think that their progressive Congress member secretly thinks that. But I'll believe it when I hear it said.

South African Civil Rights Leader Calls Israeli Apartheid of Palestinians Much More Violent than South African Government Treatment of Blacks

By Ann Wright

Reverend Dr. Allan Boesak, a South African civil rights leader who worked with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela to end apartheid and promote reconciliation in South Africa, calls the Israeli treatment of Palestinians “much more violent than the South African government treatment of blacks.”

In a discussion at the Harris Methodist Church on January 11, 2015 with social justice leaders in the Honolulu, Hawaii community, Dr. Boesak said that  black South Africans faced violence from the apartheid white government and that he went to funerals each week of those killed in the struggle, but never on the scale that the Palestinians face from the Israeli government.  The South African government killing of blacks was small compared to numbers of Palestinians the Israeli government has killed.

405 black South Africans were killed by the South African government from 1960-1994 in eight major incidents.  The largest number of blacks killed in specific incidents were 176 in Soweto in 1976 and 69 in Sharpeville in 1960.

In contrast, from 2000-2014, the Israeli government killed 9126 Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. In Gaza alone, 1400 Palestinians were killed in 22 days in 2008-2009, 160 killed in 5 days in 2012 and 2200 killed in 50 days in 2014. 1,195 Israelis were killed from 2000 through 2014.   http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stat/deaths.html

In the face of overwhelming violence, Dr. Boesak commented that it is human nature that a violence response by some is inevitable, but that it is incredible that the response of the majority of Palestinians is non-violent.

In 1983, Boesak launched the United Democratic Front (UDF), a movement of over 700 civic, student, worker, and religious organizations that became the first non-racial movement and the main force behind the anti-apartheid activities in the South Africa during the decisive decade of the 1980s. Together with Archbishop Tutu, Dr. Frank Chikane, and Dr. Beyers Naude, he campaigned internationally for sanctions against the South African apartheid regime and in the final campaign for financial sanctions during 1988-89.
 
In the 1990s Dr. Boesak joined the unbanned African National Congress, served on its first team to the Convention for Democratic South Africa (CODESA) negotiations preparing for the first free elections in South Africa, and was elected its first leader in the Western Cape. After the 1994 elections, he became the first Minister of Economic Affairs in the Western Cape and later in 1994 was appointed South African Ambassador to the UN in Geneva.

Dr. Boesak currently is the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies at Christian Theological Seminary and Butler University, both located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

On other aspects of the apartheid struggle, Dr. Boesak said that in South Africa the government did not create whites only roads, did not erect huge walls to keep blacks physically in specific areas and did not allow and protect whites to take lands from blacks and settle on those lands.

According to Boesak, international solidarity through boycott of South African goods and divestment from South African companies kept the anti-apartheid movement energized.  Knowing that organizations around the world were forcing universities to divest from South African investments and that millions of people were boycotting South African products gave them hope during the difficult struggle.  He said that the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli apartheid is small compared to the level reached in the 1980s against South African apartheid and encouraged organizations to take up boycott and divestment stances, such as the Presbyterian Church in the United States did in 2014 by divesting from Israeli companies.

In a 2011 interview, Boesak said that he strongly supports economic sanctions on the state of Israel. He said, “Pressure, pressure, pressure from every side and in as many ways as possible: trade sanctions, economic sanctions, financial sanctions, banking sanctions, sports sanctions, cultural sanctions; I'm talking from our own experience. In the beginning we had very broad sanctions and only late in the 1980s did we learn to have targeted sanctions. So you must look to see where the Israelis are most vulnerable; where is the strongest link to the outside community? And you must have strong international solidarity; that's the only way it will work. You have to remember that for years and years and years when we built up the sanctions campaign it was not with governments in the West. They came on board very, very late.”

Boesak added, “It was the Indian government and in Europe just Sweden and Denmark to begin with and that was it. Later on, by 1985-86, we could get American support. We never could get Margaret Thatcher on board, never Britain, never Germany, but in Germany the people who made a difference were the women who started boycotting South African goods in their supermarkets. That's how we built it up. Never despise the day of small beginnings. It was down to civil society. But civil society in the international community could only build up because there was such a strong voice from within and that is now the responsibility of the Palestinians, to keep up that voice and to be as strong and as clear as they possibly can. Think up the arguments, think through the logic of it all but don't forget the passion because this is for your country.”

Boesak called the U.S. government protection of the Israeli government’s actions the single most important reason why apartheid Israel exists.  Without the support of the U.S. government in United Nations votes and in provision of military equipment to use on Palestinians, Boesak said the Israeli government would not be able to act with impunity.

New TCBH! poem by Gary Lindorff: 'Grinding my Ax'

By Gary Lindorff

 

My ax is grinding
All by itself!
I can hear it giving itself to the grinding wheel
Every day when I wake up,
Most nights when I go to bed.
 
I am just grinding it.
 
What would I use it for?
To cut down my enemies to size?
To swing against the foundations of the NSA?
To destroy the diabolical machinery
That is excavating the tarsands in Alberta?
To obliterate all the missiles and missile silos...


No More Khirbet Khizehs

"Fields that would never be harvested, plantations that would never be irrigated, paths that would become desolate. A sense of destruction and worthlessness. An image of thistles and brambles everywhere, a desolate tawniness, a braying wilderness. And already from those fields accusing eyes peered out at you, that silent accusatory look as of a reproachful animal, staring and following you so there was no refuge." -- Yizhar Smilansky, Khirbet Khizeh

On the day in 2014 that I read the new English translation of Khirbet Khizeh, Tom Engelhardt published a blog post rewriting recent news articles on the U.S. Senate's torture report as a 2019 Senate report on drone murders. The 2019 "news" media in Tom's believable account is shocked -- shocked, I tell you -- by the rampant murder discovered to have been committed using missiles from drones of all things.

The point is that most of what's been discussed as news from the recent torture report, and certainly all of the fundamental moral points -- has been known -- or, more accurately, knowable for years. For the past several years, the U.S. establishment has been repeatedly "banning" torture. It has also been repeatedly discovering the same evidence of torture, over and over again. Leading torturers have gone on television to swear they'd do it all again, while radical activist groups have demanded "investigations."

The point is that at some point "truth and reconciliation" is lies and reconciliation -- the lies of pretending that the truth needed to be unearthed, that it was hidden for a time, that the crimes weren't committed in the broad daylight of television spotlights on a sweaty old man assuring us he was about to start working on the dark side.

Illustrated at right, from the iNakba app, are villages that were destroyed in 1948 to create Israel. Generations of Israelis have grown up not knowing, not wanting to know, pretending not to know, and knowing without confronting the Catastrophe. Israelis are discovering what happened, unburying the hidden truth, filming aging participants' distorted confessions, and hunting out the outlines of disappeared villages on GoogleEarth.

But what if the truth was always marching naked down the street with trumpets sounding?

In May 1949, Yizhar Smilansky published Khirbet Khizeh, a fictional account of the destruction of a fictional village much like many real ones. Smilansky knew or hoped that he was ahead of his time, so much so that he began the tale by framing it as a recollection from the distant future. The narrator, like the reader, was known by the author to be unable to see for years to come.

What would keep the book alive until that distant day?

Poetry.

It's not a Senate report. Khirbet Khizeh is a work of masterful insight and storytelling that grips you and compels you to enter the experience of its narrator and his companions, as they do what the author had done, as they imitate Nazis before all the ashes had fallen from the skies above the ovens in Europe.

This book was planted and grew. It's been taught in Israeli schools. It was a movie on Israeli television in 1978. And now, with a sense that perhaps sleepy eyes are stretching open at long last, the book has had itself translated into the language of the imperial homeland, English.

But how could poetry keep heresy alive?

Several ways, I think. Absolute failure to pay attention, for one. Think about how literature is taught in many U.S. schools, for example. The ability of people to hear the poetry without the meaning, for another. Think about people singing John Lennon's Imagine without having the slightest idea they've just proposed to abolish religions, nations, and private property, or how people throw around the phrase "peace on earth" in December. Perverse but predictable and perhaps predicted misinterpretation, for another. Think about how viewers of the propaganda film Zero Dark Thirty read accounts of torture, for example -- as a dirty job that needed doing for a greater cause.

It's a strain, to me at least, to read Khirbet Khizeh as a celebration of genocide or mass-eviction. And the book not only suffered but also benefitted from being ahead of its time. It pre-existed the mythologies and rhetorical defenses that grew up around the Catastrophe in the decades that followed. When the narrator makes a slight resistance to what he is engaged in, no reader can find anything but humanitarian motivation in his resistance. The idea that this soldier, questioning his fellow soldiers, is engaged in anti-Semitism would literally make no sense. He's revolted by the cruelty, no more no less -- cruelty that every adult and child has to have always known was part of any mass settlement of ancient lands in 1948.

When I was a child, in elementary school, I wrote a story about an eviction of a family from its house, complete with plenty of tear-jerking details. As a good American I wrote about British redcoats evicting patriotic U.S. revolutionaries. My teacher suggested to me that I had a talent for writing. But that wasn't writing. Had I written of the Native Americans, the Hawaiians, the Filipinos, the Vietnamese, of Diego Garcia or Vieques or the Marshall Islands or Thule or Okinawa or any of the many places about which silence was expected, that might have been writing.

Let us wish no more Khirbet Khizehs on the people of Palestine and many more Khirbet Khizehs on the world.

Black, White, Racism and ‘Law Enforcement’

               The murder of black men by white police officers is nothing new in the United States. The fact that the media is taking notice is what is newsworthy. Despite Civil Rights laws enacted decades ago, racism is deeply embedded in the fabric of U.S. society.


                The recent cases of Eric Gardner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri,  victims of horrendous cruelty and murder, only received coverage due to the outrage their deaths, and the almost immediate impunity their killers received, caused across the nation. But is white police brutality against blacks something new? Anecdotal evidence presented here indicates that that is hardly the case.

Talk Nation Radio: Lia Tarachansky on How Israel Was Really Created in 1948

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Lia Tarachansky discusses her new film On the Side of the Road which looks at the creation of Israel and the erasure of what was there before. Learn more at: http://naretivproductions.com

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Israel's Secret

Here in Virginia, U.S.A., I'm aware that the native people were murdered, driven out, and moved westward. But my personal connection to that crime is weak, and frankly I'm too busy trying to rein in my government's current abuses to focus on the distant past. Pocahontas is a cartoon, the Redskins a football team, and remaining Native Americans almost invisible. Protests of the European occupation of Virginia are virtually unheard of.

But what if it had just happened a moment ago, historically speaking? What if my parents had been children or teenagers? What if my grandparents and their generation had conceived and executed the genocide? What if a large population of survivors and refugees were still here and just outside? What if they were protesting, nonviolently and violently -- including with suicide bombings and homemade rockets launched out of West Virginia? What if they marked the Fourth of July as the Great Catastrophe and made it a day of mourning? What if they were organizing nations and institutions all over the world to boycott, divest, and sanction the United States and seek its prosecution in court? What if, before being driven out, the Native Americans had built hundreds of towns with buildings of masonry, hard to make simply disappear?

In that case, it would be more difficult for those unwilling to face the injustice not to notice. We would have to notice, but tell ourselves something comforting, if we refused to deal with the truth. The lies we tell ourselves would need to be much stronger than they are. A rich mythology would be necessary. Everyone would have to be taught from childhood onward that the native people didn't exist, left voluntarily, attempted vicious crimes justifying their punishment, and were not really people at all but irrational killers still trying to kill us for no reason. I'm aware that some of those excuses conflict with others, but propaganda generally works better with multiple claims, even when they can't all be true at the same time. Our government might even have to make questioning the official story of the creation of the United States an act of treason.

Israel is that imagined United States, just formed in our grandparents' day, two-thirds of the people driven out or killed, one-third remaining but treated as sub-human. Israel is that place that must tell forceful lies to erase a past that is never really past. Kids grow up in Israel not knowing. We in the United States, whose government gives Israel billions of dollars worth of free weapons every year with which to continue the killing (weapons with names like Apache and Black Hawk), grow up not knowing. We all look at the "peace process," this endless charade of decades, and deem it inscrutable, because we've been educated to be incapable of knowing what the Palestinians want even as they shout it and sing it and chant it: they want to return to their homes.

But the people who did the deed are, in many cases, still alive. Men and women who, in 1948, massacred and evicted Palestinians from their villages can be put on camera recounting what they did. Photographs of what was done and accounts of what life was like before the Nakba (the Catastrophe) exist in great volume. Towns that were taken over still stand. Families know that they live in stolen houses. Palestinians still have keys to those houses. Villages that were destroyed still remain visible in outline on Google Earth, the trees still standing, the stones of demolished houses still nearby.

Lia Tarachansky is an Israeli-Canadian journalist who covers Israel and Palestine for the Real News Network. She was born in Kiev, Ukraine, the Soviet Union. When she was a child, her family moved to a settlement in the West Bank, part of the ongoing continuation of the process begun in 1948. She had a good childhood with a real sense of community in that "settlement," or what we would call a housing subdivision built on native farm land in violation of a treaty made with savages. She grew up not knowing. People pretended nothing had been there before. Then she found out. Then she made a movie to tell the world.

The film is called On the Side of the Road and it tells the story of the founding of Israel in 1948 through the memories of those who killed and expelled the people of Palestine, through the memories of survivors, and through the perspectives of those who have grown up since. 1948 was a 1984 year, a year of doublespeak. Israel was created in blood. Two-thirds of the people of that land were made refugees. Most of them and their descendants are refugees still. Those who remained in Israel were made second-class citizens and forbidden to mourn the dead. But the crime is referred to as liberation and independence. Israel celebrates its Independence Day while Palestinians mourn the Nakba.

The film takes us to the sites of vanished villages destroyed in 1948 and in 1967. In some cases, villages have been replaced with woods and made into national parks. The imagery is suggestive of what the earth might do if humanity departed. But this is the work of part of humanity attempting to erase another human group. If you put up a sign commemorating the village, the government removes it quickly.

The film shows us those who participated in the Nakba. They recall shooting the people they called Arabs and whom they'd been told were primitive and worthless, but who they knew had a modern literate society with some 20 newspapers in Jaffa, with feminist groups, with everything then thought of as modern. "Go to Gaza!" they told the people whose homes and land they were stealing and destroying. One man recalling what he did begins with an attitude almost bordering on the carefree heartlessness one sees in former killers in the Indonesian film The Act of Killing, but eventually he's explaining that what he's done has been eating away at him for decades.

In On the Side of the Road we meet a young Palestinian man from a permanent refugee camp who calls a place his home although he's never been there, and who says that his children and grandchildren will do likewise. We see him obtain a 12-hour pass to visit the place his grandparents lived. He spends half the 12 hours getting through check points. The place he visits is a National Park. He sits and talks about what he wants. He wants nothing related to revenge. He wants no harm done to Jews. He wants no people evicted from anywhere. He says that, according to his grandparents, Jews and Muslims lived together amicably before 1948. That, he says, is what he wants -- that and to return home.

Israelis concerned by their nation's open secret take some inspiration in the film from an art project in Berlin. There people posted signs with images on one side and words on the other. For example: a cat on one side, and this on the other: "Jews are no longer allowed to own pets." So, in Israel, they made signs of a similar nature. For example: a man with a key on one side, and on the other, in German: "It is forbidden to mourn on the Day of Independence." The signs are greeted by vandalism and angry, racist threats. The police accuse those who posted the signs of "disturbing law and order," and forbid them in the future.

At Tel Aviv University we see students, Palestinian and Jewish, hold an event to read out the names of villages that were destroyed. Nationalists waving flags come to try to shout them down. These properly educated Israelis describe cities as having been "liberated." They advocate expelling all Arabs. A member of the Israeli parliament tells the camera that Arabs want to exterminate Jews and rape their daughters, that the Arabs threaten a "holocaust."

The filmmaker asks an angry Israeli woman, "If you were an Arab, would you celebrate the state of Israel?" She refuses to allow the possibility of seeing things from someone else's point of view to enter her head. She replies, "I'm not an Arab, thank God!"

A Palestinian challenges a nationalist very politely and civilly, asking him to explain his views, and he swiftly walks away. I was reminded of a talk I gave last month at a university in New York at which I criticized the Israeli government, and a professor angrily walked out -- a professor who'd been eager to debate other topics on which we disagreed.

A woman who participated in the Nakba says in the film, in an effort to excuse her past actions, "We didn't know it was a society." She clearly believes that killing and evicting people who seem "modern" or "civilized" is unacceptable. Then she goes on to explain that pre-1948 Palestine was just what she says mustn't be destroyed. "But you lived here," says the filmmaker. "How could you not know?" The woman replies simply, "We knew. We knew."

A man who took part in killing Palestinians in 1948 excuses himself as having been only 19. And "there will always be new 19-year-olds," he says. Of course there are also 50-year-olds who will follow evil orders. Happily, there are also 19-year-olds who will not.

Catch a screening of On the Side of the Road:

Dec 3, 2014 NYU, NY
Dec 4, 2014 Philadelphia, PA
Dec 5, 2014 Baltimore, MD
Dec 7, 2014 Baltimore, MD
Dec 9, 2014 Washington DC
Dec 10, 2014 Washington DC
Dec 10, 2014 American University
Dec 13, 2014 Washington DC
Dec 15, 2014 Washington DC

Israel News - Nov 21, 2014

 

Hamas calls for 'day of rage' in the West Bank on Friday - Maan News Agency


Violence in East Jerusalem; 'Intifada starts today,' Palestinian kids say - Ynetnews


Hamas said activating Jerusalem cells as Israel rocked by synagogue massacre - World Tribune


Hamas Praises Recent Terror Attacks In Israel, Calls Launch Of New Intifada, Threatens: 'The Palestinian Volcano Will Erupt’ - memri.org


Police on heightened alert as Hamas calls for ‘day of rage’ - jpost.com


Police set up checkpoints at East Jerusalem neighborhoods - The Times of Israel


Police bust massive shipment of firecrackers, knives and swords bound for capital - The Times of Israel


Hamas resumes trials of homemade rockets, IDF says - Ynetnews

 

Hamas affiliated social media abuzz with cartoons glorifying Jerusalem terror attack (CARTOONS) - jpost.com

 

VIDEO: Palestinians in the Middle-East celebrate the synagogue massacre - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO: Palestinians brandish AXES to celebrate synagogue attack - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO: Hamas’s new hit song in Hebrew: 'Zionist, you are about to be killed by a car’ - jpost.com

 

VIDEO: Attempted hit and run in Israel - LiveLeak.com

 

Hamas member admits to running over soldiers in Nov. 5 attack - The Times of Israel

 

Hamas planned to assassinate FM Lieberman - Ynetnews

 

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Thursday officially mourned two of its members who were killed after carrying out the attack on an Israeli synagogue - Maan News Agency

 

PFLP statement on the Synagogue attack in Jerusalem - Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

 

Contradictory messages from PA in response to Synagogue massacre, While Abbas condemned the attack one of his senior advisors and the official Facebook page of Fatah praised it - The Tower

 

Israel spy chief says Abbas is not inciting to terror, while Netanyahu points accusing finger at Palestinian president - Ynetnews

 

Abbas powerless to stop Palestinian violence, experts say - AFP

 

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Terrorist's home destroyed by Israel, marking return to controversial policy - The Times of Israel


Palestinians: Order to demolish homes of Palestinians who perpetrated attacks unlawful and immoral - pnn.ps


VIDEO: Israel forces demolish a Palestinian home of an Hamas member in wake of attack on synagogue - AP


Committee Approves 78 Apartments In Eastern Jerusalem - The Jewish Week


US slams Israeli construction in E. Jerusalem, renewed home demolitions - The Times of Israel


Five major EU states to Israel: Demolishing terrorists' homes will escalate tensions - Haaretz

 

Israeli soldiers protect settlers attacking Palestinian villagers (VIDEO) - RT News

 

Israeli settlers stab a Palestinian in Jerusalem, attack school in West Bank - Al Akhbar English

 

VIDEO: Palestinians attend funeral ceremony for hanged bus driver - YouTube

 

Did Palestinian pathologist recant findings in death of Jerusalem bus driver? Israel urges Palestinian Authority to admit that death was suicide, pathologist appears to cast doubt - i24news

 

Egypt takes aim at Hamas' terror tunnels, closes the key Rafah crossing into Gaza and announces that it would establish a 500-meter buffer zone - Fox News

 

Closing of Egypt's Rafah crossing leaves thousands of Gazans stranded - Reuters

 

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Israeli Chooses "Honorable Life" Over Joining Military

Danielle Yaor is 19, Israeli, and refusing to take part in the Israeli military. She is one of 150 who have committed themselves, thus far, to this position:

danielleWe, citizens of the state of Israel, are designated for army service. We appeal to the readers of this letter to set aside what has always been taken for granted and to reconsider the implications of military service.

We, the undersigned, intend to refuse to serve in the army and the main reason for this refusal is our opposition to the military occupation of Palestinian territories. Palestinians in the occupied territories live under Israeli rule though they did not choose to do so, and have no legal recourse to influence this regime or its decision-making processes. This is neither egalitarian nor just. In these territories, human rights are violated, and acts defined under international law as war-crimes are perpetuated on a daily basis. These include assassinations (extrajudicial killings), the construction of settlements on occupied lands, administrative detentions, torture, collective punishment and the unequal allocation of resources such as electricity and water. Any form of military service reinforces this status quo, and, therefore, in accordance with our conscience, we cannot take part in a system that perpetrates the above-mentioned acts.

The problem with the army does not begin or end with the damage it inflicts on Palestinian society. It infiltrates everyday life in Israeli society too: it shapes the educational system, our workforce opportunities, while fostering racism, violence and ethnic, national and gender-based discrimination.

We refuse to aid the military system in promoting and perpetuating male dominance. In our opinion, the army encourages a violent and militaristic masculine ideal whereby ‘might is right’. This ideal is detrimental to everyone, especially those who do not fit it. Furthermore, we oppose the oppressive, discriminatory, and heavily gendered power structures within the army itself.

We refuse to forsake our principles as a condition to being accepted in our society. We have thought about our refusal deeply and we stand by our decisions.

We appeal to our peers, to those currently serving in the army and/or reserve duty, and to the Israeli public at large, to reconsider their stance on the occupation, the army, and the role of the military in civil society. We believe in the power and ability of civilians to change reality for the better by creating a more fair and just society. Our refusal expresses this belief.

Only a few of the 150 or so resisters are in prison. Danielle says that going to prison helps to make a statement. In fact, here’s one of her fellow refuseniks on CNN because he went to prison. But going to prison is essentially optional, Danielle says, because the military (IDF) has to pay 250 Shekels a day ($66, cheap by U.S. standards) to keep someone in prison and has little interest in doing so. Instead, many claim mental illness, says Yaor, with the military well-aware that what they’re really claiming is an unwillingness to be part of the military. The IDF gives men more trouble than women, she says, and mostly uses men in the occupation of Gaza. To go to prison, you need a supportive family, and Danielle says her own family does not support her decision to refuse.

Why refuse something your family and society expect of you? Danielle Yaor says that most Israelis do not know about the suffering of Palestinians. She knows and chooses not to be a part of it. “I have to refuse to take part in the war crimes that my country does,” she says. “Israel has become a very fascist country that doesn’t accept others. Since I was young we’ve been trained to be these masculine soldiers who solve problems by violence. I want to use peace to make the world better.”

Yaor is touring the United States, speaking at events together with a Palestinian. She describes the events thus far as “amazing” and says that people “are very supportive.” Stopping the hatred and violence is “everyone’s responsibility,” she says — “all the people of the world.”

In November she’ll be back in Israel, speaking and demonstrating. With what goal?

One state, not two. “There’s not enough space anymore for two states. There can be one state of Israel-Palestine, based on peace and love and people living together.” How can we get there?

As people become aware of Palestinians’ suffering, says Danielle, they should support BDS (boycotts, divestments, and sanctions). The U.S. government should end its financial support for Israel and its occupation.

Since the latest attacks on Gaza, Israel has moved further to the right, she says, and it has become harder to “encourage youth not to be part of the brainwashing that is part of the education system.” The letter above was published “everywhere possible” and was the first many had ever heard that there was a choice available other than the military.

“We want the occupation to end,” says Danielle Yaor, “so that we can all live an honorable life in which all of our rights will be respected.”

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Clarity vs. befoggery: Troglodytes, Weasels and Young Turks

By John Grant

 

I’m a leftist, but I have a weakness for my brothers and sisters on the right. For some reason, I’m compelled to see what troglodytes like Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Megyn Kelly are thinking. They’re all quite entertaining as they do their best to un-man Barack Obama and advocate day-in, day-out for a war with Islam. They are masters of malicious fog.

Then there’s a writer like New York Times columnist David Brooks, a man who must sit around observing current events until he figures out a safe, center-right position he can express in the most reasonable, muddled language possible. Reading David Brooks is like trying to get a grip on jello.

Republicans, Democrats, War and Corporate Profits

            In 1969, at the height of the U.S. war against Vietnam, Edwin Starr recorded a song called ‘War’, that reached number one on the charts. Among the lyrics are these:

War: What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing!

            Much as one would like to believe these simple lyrics, there are facts that belie them. In a report from the Financial Times from March of 2013, it is stated that private contractors earned at least a whopping $139 billion dollars from the U.S. war against Iraq up to that time, and that total is ever increasing. Kellogg, Brown and Root, a former subsidiary of Haliburton, the company once run by former Vice President Dick Cheney, the architect of this war, earned nearly $40 billion.

Desmond Tutu: “My Plea to the People of Israel: Liberate Yourselves by Liberating Palestine”

by Desmond Tutu

published on Haaretz 14 Aug 2014

 

The past weeks have witnessed unprecedented action by members of civil society across the world against the injustice of Israel’s disproportionately brutal response to the firing of missiles from Palestine.

If you add together all the people who gathered over the past weekend to demand justice in Israel and Palestine – in Cape Town, Washington, D.C., New York, New Delhi, London, Dublin and Sydney, and all the other cities – this was arguably the largest active outcry by citizens around a single cause ever in the history of the world.

Israel News - Aug 23, 2014


Hamas Militants Kill 18 Alleged ‘Spies' For Israel Including 2 Women, Saying They 'Had Sold Their Souls to the Enemy' - huffingtonpost.com


Amnesty International: Hamas must end summary executions as ‘informers’ face firing squad - Amnesty International


Palestinian Center for Human Rights Calls for Stopping Hamas Extra-Judicial Executions in Gaza - pchrgaza.org


VIDEO: Hamas gunmen execute 18 'collaborators' for helping Israel - YouTube


PHOTOS: Haunting Images Emerge of Hamas Public Execution of 18 Alleged Collaborators - Algemeiner.com


Palestinian Authority: Hamas arrested, shot Fatah activists during war with Israel - World Tribune


Gaza rocket that killed four-year-old Israeli was launched near UNRWA school, says IDF - JPost


VIDEO, PHOTOS: Deadly Gaza Mortar Attack Which Killed 4-Year-Old Child - JP Updates


Gaza Rocket Hits Israeli Synagogue, 3 Wounded - huffingtonpost.com


Israeli declassified intelligence report: Hamas fired rockets from churches, United Nations facilities, Red Cross stations, hospitals, schools, children’s playgrounds - Washington Free Beacon


REPORT (Full): New Israeli Declassified Report Exposes Hamas Human Shield Policy - slideshare.net


NGO asks US to extradite Hamas leader who claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and slaying of three Israeli teens - The Times of Israel


VIDEO (English): Hamas Leader's Statement Acknowledging Responsibility for Kidnapping Three Israeli Teens - Al Jazeera


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Palestinian Authority forces clash with Hamas protesters in West Bank - The Times of Israel


VIDEO: Palestinian Authority forces clash with Hamas protesters in West Bank - YouTube


PHOTOS: Hamas protests in West Bank turn violent - The Washington Post


Abbas castigated Mashaal in Qatar meeting, official says - The Times of Israel


Report: Abbas Forces Mashaal Back to Truce Talks - Arutz Sheva


Abbas, Meshaal seek UN timetable to end Israel occupation - Yahoo News UK


Europe, US mull UN resolution on Gaza truce - MiamiHerald.com


Interview: Meshaal spoke to Anadolu on the eve of his meeting with the Emir of Qatar and Abbas - middleeastmonitor


Haniyeh: Hamas will not accept less than end to blockade - Maan News Agency


Press Release of Abu Obeida, Al Qassam spokesperson - Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades


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Israeli airstrikes kill 3 top Hamas commanders in Gaza Strip - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Massive Funeral Procession for Hamas Military Leaders Killed in Gaza - YouTube


VIDEO (English): MEE reporter interviews Palestinians on the Israeli strikes that killed the three Hamas leaders in Gaza - YouTube


Gaza counts cost of war as more than 360 factories destroyed or damaged - theguardian.com


Smuggling between Sinai and Gaza still thriving - The Times of Israel


How Gaza’s Christians View the Hamas-Israeli Conflict - Christianity Today


Gaza's Christians Defy Hamas With Illegal Wine - MUNCHIES


Hold up of US missile shipment to Israel reportedly resolved - The Times of Israel

 

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Israel News - Aug 21, 2014


Hamas official takes credit for kidnap and murder of three Israeli teens, praised as "heroic action" of the military wing Kassam Brigades - JPost


Hamas Leader Admits Responsibility For Murder Of Israeli Teens At Union of Muslim Scholars Meeting In Istanbul - Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch


VIDEO (English): Hamas Official Takes Responsibility For Murder Of Three Israeli Boys At Union of Muslim Scholars Meeting In Istanbul - YouTube


VIDEO (Longer version in Arabic): Hamas Official Takes Responsibility on the Kidnapping of 3 Israeli Boys At The Union of Muslim Scholars Meeting In Istanbul - YouTube


VIDEO (Arabic): Three hour footage of the International Union of Muslim Scholars meeting in Turkey - YouTube


IDF destroys homes of the suspected murderers of the three kidnapped Jewish teens - JPost


PHOTO: Hamas flags fly from atop the remains of the house of a Palestinian who Israel suspects of the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers in June - Yahoo News Canada


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Israeli Airstrikes Kill Wife, Child of Hamas Military Leader - VOA


Hamas’ military chief believed to have been killed in airstrike, Israeli intelligence sources say - Fox News


Hamas Denies IDF Killed Gaza Military Chief, Mohammed Deif (VIDEO) - Algemeiner.com


At funeral thousands mourn slain wife, baby of Hamas commander - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO: Funeral held for wife and child of Hamas military chief - YouTube


Hamas Threatens Ben-Gurion Airport, Warns Airlines to Stay Away - Arutz Sheva


Hamas says fired rockets at off-shore Israeli gas well - Reuters


Rights groups say Israeli ban hinders Gaza investigation - Reuters


Israel/Egypt: Provide Rights Groups Access to Gaza - Human Rights Watch


UN Security Council urges Israel, Palestinians to resume talks - Channel NewsAsia


Qatar 'threatened to expel Mashaal' if he agreed to Egypt deal - The Times of Israel


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Israel says it foiled Hamas plan for massive attacks on Israel, coup against PA - The Times of Israel


Abbas calls for probe into Hamas coup plot, says the report could severely impact the unity pact signed between Fatah and Hamas - i24news


Fatah were in the dark over Hamas coup plot - i24news


Meshaal, Abbas to Meet in Qatar Despite Alleged Coup - Arutz Sheva


Ankara rejects Israeli claim Turkey helped coup in West Bank - CİHAN


Palestinian Authority says Hamas shot Fatah men in legs during Gaza fighting - JPost


Hamas and Fatah: The rift - The Times of Israel


ARCHIVE: Hamas West Bank head arrested, indicted for planning wave of terror attacks - JPost

 

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Death of Seaman Who Saved the USS Liberty Brings Memories of Israeli Attack

 

 


A USS Liberty’s Hero’s Passing

 

 

Editor Comment:  Silver Star winner Terry Halbardier, the hero who got off the SOS that saved the USS Liberty from Israeli destruction in 1967, died last week in California, prompting ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern to recall the murderous attack and the cowardly cover-up that followed.

By Ray McGovern

Terry Halbardier, who – as a 23-year old seaman in 1967 – thwarted Israeli attempts to sink the USS Liberty, died on Aug. 11 in Visalia, California. It took the U.S. government 42 years after the attack to recognize Halbardier’s heroism by awarding him the Silver Star, a delay explained by Washington’s determination to downplay Israeli responsibility for the 34 Americans killed and the 174 wounded.

A Meditation on Peacemaking: Americans Need to Break the Cycle of War

By John Grant


All we are saying is give peace a chance
             -John Lennon


Avoid bullies and thugs: Beware the World’s Leading War-Monger and Terrorist Organization

By Dave Lindorff



There’s an old adage that goes: “You can judge a man by the company he keeps.”


If that’s the case, then applying it to nations, the world has to judge the US to be a truly wretched and repugnant country, and should be steering clear of it.

Israel News - Aug 9, 2014


Israel strikes Gaza after Palestinian militants resume rocket fire, five dead including a 10-year-old boy - Reuters


A Boy at Play in Gaza, an Israeli Missile, a Mourning Family - NYTimes.com


U.N. Reports Dire Impact on Children in Gaza Strip - NYTimes.com


Scale of Gaza civilian deaths 'mustn't happen again': Red Cross - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Red Cross President: Disregard for humanitarian law led to unacceptable toll on civilians in the Gaza-Israel conflict - ICRC


One Palestinian dead, dozens wounded in West Bank clashes - The Times of Israel


Iron Dome intercepts two rockets over Beersheba; Three Israelis hurt in south - JPost


Israeli procedure reignites old debate in one of the bloodiest episodes in the Gaza conflict - NYTimes.com


Palestinian shift may bring war crimes case closer to Israel - Reuters


In Gaza, dispute over civilian vs combatant deaths - The Washington Post


Caution needed with Gaza casualty figures - BBC News


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Exclusive: Europe proposes U.N. mission for Gaza to lift blockade and disarm Palestinians militants - foreignpolicy.com


Full text of the European plan backing U.N. monitoring mission in Gaza - scribd.com


UN: Arab states call for reconstruction in Gaza - Worldbulletin News


Egypt officials say Israel demands Gaza demilitarization - altahrir


Hamas threatens attacks if blockade is not lifted - The Portland Press Herald


What does Hamas want, and what may it get? - Ynetnews


Is it time for a Marshall Plan for Gaza? - The Washington Post


Gaza Symposium: Is reconstruction for demilitarisation the way forward? (AUDIO) - fathomjournal.org


Ruined Gaza Will Not Be Rebuilt By Hamas, But International Aid - ibtimes.com


Hamas backers spend fortunes on rockets and tunnels while Gazans live in misery - Fox News


POLL: Huge majority in Gaza want lasting ceasefire, IDC survey finds that 72% hope for peace deal with Israel and 68% prefer reconstruction over rearmament - The Times of Israel


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Gaza official confirms that "resistance groups" in Gaza executed tens of Palestinians deemed as alleged "informants" to Israel - Arutz Sheva


Hamas Executes One of Its Leaders, Then Blames Israel - gatestoneinstitute.org


Archbishop: Hamas Fired Out of Our Church in Gaza (VIDEO) - Algemeiner.com


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Killing Lt. Goldin...and 150 innocents: The IDF’s ‘Hannibal Protocol’ and Two Criminally Insane Governments

By Dave Lindorff


The sickness of present-day Israel, on display over the past horrible month of the one-sided slaughter of over 2000 Palestinians (including over 400 children) in the fenced-in ghetto of Gaza, has finally reached its nadir with the ugly case of the deliberate Israeli Defense Force murder of captured IDF 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin.


Israel News - Aug 7, 2014

 

According to the UN About 1800 Palestinians Died in the Gaza Conflict: Civilian or Not? New Fight in Tallying the Dead - NYTimes.com


Gaza cease-fire takes hold ahead of talks with Israelis in Cairo - The Washington Post


Exclusive: For Cairo deal, Israel calls for ban in Gaza on all but light arms, free hand against tunnels, rocket plants - DEBKAfile


As Cairo Talks Begin, Hamas Vows Never to Disarm - Arutz Sheva


Analysis: Hamas emerges weakened from Gaza war - AP


Hamas Learns It Has Few Friends In Latest War With Israel - NBC News


War-weary Gazans lash out at Hamas - Fox News


POLL: New Poll Shows Support for Hamas Plummeting in Gaza - Clarion Project


VIDEO: "May Allah Curse Them!” Gazans Share Harsh Words for Hamas - The Gateway Pundit


Report: Hamas spokesperson attacked by Gaza civilians - Ynetnews


Hamas Combat Manual Explains Benefits of Using Human Shields - americanthinker


France 24 Reporter Reveals Hamas Rocket Launcher Fired Near Civilians, United Nations Facility and Reporters (VIDEO) - Algemeiner.com


Indian TV Reporter Films Hamas Launching Missiles Outside Gaza Hotel Minutes Before Cease-Fire (VIDEO) - Algemeiner.com


One killed, six hurt when terrorist attacks with digger in Jerusalem, Hamas: Do you have cars, motorcycles, diggers and trucks? If you do not hit Jews, then you are not Palestinian - Ynetnews


Hamas funded the kidnapper who started the Gaza war, but the kidnapper didn’t receive specific instructions from the group’s leadership: Israeli intelligence official - The Daily Beast


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Obama: No sympathy for Hamas, but Gaza blockade cannot go on - The Times of Israel


VIDEO: Obama Has ‘No Sympathy’ for Hamas, ‘Great Sympathy’ for People of Gaza - CNN


POLL: CBS News Poll: 54 percent of Americans sympathize with Israel against Hamas, but 47 percent blame both sides for the violence - CBS


POLL: Gallup: U.S. Support for Israel Is Stable, Four in 10 say Israel's attacks are justified - gallup.com


VIDEO: Americans Continue to Support Israel's Actions Against Hamas - gallup.com


Jimmy Carter pushes US to recognize Hamas, slams Israel in op-ed - Fox News


Jimmy Carter Op-Ed: How to Fix It - foreignpolicy.com


What Hamas leaders think, Neither John Kerry nor the media show any awareness of the group’s stated goals and core beliefs - National Review Online


The Hamas Charter: Selected Excerpts - Israel Foreign Affairs News


Full Text of The Hamas Charter - Palestine Center


VIDEO: Hamas Spokesman Won't Say Whether Hamas Would Remove Call for Killing Jews from Its Charter - CNN


VIDEO: Cleric on Hamas TV: Muslims to Exterminate the Jews - breitbart.com


Hamas TV: Dress up like Jews to execute suicide bombings (PHOTOS) - PMW Bulletins

 

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If a Genocide Falls in the Forest

There's a wide and mysterious chasm between the stated intentions of the Israeli government as depicted by the U.S. media and what the Israeli government has been doing in Gaza, even as recounted in the U.S. media.

With the morgues full, Gazans are packing freezers with their dead children. Meanwhile, the worst images to be found in Israel depict fear, not death and suffering. Why the contrast? If the Israeli intent is defensive, why are 97% of the deaths Gazan, not Israeli? If the targets are fighters, why are whole families being slaughtered and their houses leveled? Why are schools and hospitals and children playing on the beach targeted? Why target water and electricity if the goal is not to attack an entire population?

The mystery melts away if you look at the stated intentions of the Israeli government as not depicted by the U.S. media but readily available in Israeli media and online. 

On August 1st, the Deputy Speaker of Israel's Parliament posted on his FaceBook page a plan for the complete destruction of the people of Gaza using concentration camps.  He had laid out a somewhat similar plan in a July 15th column.

Another member of the Israeli Parliament, Ayelet Shaked, called for genocide in Gaza at the start of the current war, writing: "Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there."

Taking a slightly different approach, Middle East scholar Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Bar-Ilan University has been widely quoted in Israeli media saying, "The only thing that can deter [Gazans] is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."

The Times of Israel published a column on August 1st, and later unpublished it, with the headline "When Genocide Is Permissible." The answer turned out to be: now.

On August 5th, Giora Eiland, former head of Israel's National Security Council, published a column with the headline "In Gaza, There Is No Such Thing as 'Innocent Civilians'."  Eiland wrote: "We should have declared war against the state of Gaza (rather than against the Hamas organization). . . . [T]he right thing to do is to shut down the crossings, prevent the entry of any goods, including food, and definitely prevent the supply of gas and electricity."

It's all part of putting Gaza "on a diet," in the grotesque wording of an advisor to a former Israeli Prime Minister. 

If it were common among members of the Iranian or Russian government to speak in favor of genocide, you'd better believe the U.S. media would notice. Why does this phenomenon go unremarked in the case of Israel? Noticing it is bound to get you called an anti-Semite, but that's hardly a concern worthy of notice while children are being killed by the hundreds.

Another explanation is U.S. complicity. The weapons Israel is using are given to it, free-of-charge, by the U.S. government, which also leads efforts to provide Israel immunity for its crimes.  Check out this revealing map of which nations recognize the nation of Palestine. 

A third explanation is that looking too closely at what Israel's doing could lead to someone looking closely at what the U.S. has done and is doing. Roughly 97% of the deaths in the 2003-2011 war on Iraq were Iraqi.  Things U.S. soldiers and military leaders said about Iraqis were shameful and genocidal.

War is the biggest U.S. investment, and contemporary war is almost always a one-sided slaughter of civilians.  If seeing the horror of it in Israeli actions allow us to begin seeing the same in U.S. actions, an important step will have been taken toward war's elimination.

Yes, how many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Assault on Gaza: The Moral Agonies of Asymmetrical Diplomacy

By John Grant


At a birthday dinner with friends last night, the Israeli assault on Gaza came up. One friend said having to helplessly watch the violence infuriated him and made him ill. Another said it made him want to cry.

Israel News - Aug 2, 2014

 

Obama says Hamas responsible for bloody end to humanitarian ceasefire, calls for 'unconditional release' of IDF soldier held captive in Gaza - JPost


VIDEO: President Obama condemns kidnap of Israeli soldier just after the start of a ceasefire in Gaza - YouTube


Kerry urges Qatar and Turkey to use their influence to secure the release of Israeli soldier - NYTimes.com


UN Chief Blames Hamas for Breaking Cease-Fire - ABC News


Statement of Hamas military wing claiming responsibility for capture of Israeli soldier - shafaqna.com


Egypt delays Gaza talks after Israel soldier 'captured': Islamic Jihad - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO: Arab states turn against Hamas - CNN


Saudi King Condemns Gaza War but Not Israel - ABC News


US Senate approves funding for Israel’s Iron Dome - The Washington Post


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Israel says Hamas suicide bomber hit unit clearing tunnels, collapsing Gaza cease-fire - McClatchy DC


VIDEO: Israeli Analyst: Hamas Has 3,000 Elite Soldiers Ready to Die in Suicide Attacks on Israel - TheBlaze.com


VIDEO: Finnish TV reporter witnesses Hamas rocket attack in the parking lot of Al Shifa Hospital at two o’clock in the morning - Algemeiner.com


How Hamas Uses Ambulances for Military Purposes (VIDEO) - jspacenews.com


VIDEO: The footage at the end shows UN ambulance transporting Hamas fighters - YouTube


Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel on Friday published a full-page ad in major U.S. newspapers condemning Hamas for using children as human shields (Op-Ed Full Text) - Algemeiner.com


VIDEO: Children and guns at Hamas summer camp - JerusalemOnline


VIDEO: Islamic Jihad showcases rocket capabilities - The Times of Israel


Hamas Loses Grip On Gaza Government Amid War, Poverty, Disillusionment - ibtimes.com

 

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