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Hunger Strike Aftermath

  Hunger Strike Aftermath

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

As they say, it's not over 'till it's over. Palestinian prisoners have been mass hunger striking since April 17. Others began earlier. Some hadn't eaten for two months or longer.

 

Hunger Strike Ends

  Hunger Strike Deal

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinian hunger strikers redefined courage. Mass willingness to die for justice is unprecedented. 

 

On May 13, they reiterated their dignity or death steadfastness. More on that below.

 

Israeli and Palestinian Protests

  Israeli and Palestinian Protests

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Mass Palestinian prisoner hunger strikes continue. Freedom, dignity, and respect for their rights are at issue. Strikers want horrific Israeli prison abuses ended. More on that below.

 

Israel: Profile of a Police State

  Israel: Profile of a Police State

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Police states are defined by lawlessness, injustice, and contempt for democratic values.

 

Israel's High Court Spurns Justice

  Israel's High Court Rejects Justice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 8, hunger strikers Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh reached day 71. 

 

On May 7, Israel's High Court ruled let 'em die. It rejected an urgent appeal to save them. They're uncharged political prisoners, not criminals. 

A putsch against war: Israel’s hawks in open revolt against war on Iran


By Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery looks at how a number of leading hardliners in Israel’s military and security establishments have spoken out against the Israeli government’s plans for an attack on Iran’s nuclear installations and called into question the fitness for office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak.

Generals and secret police chiefs get together for an attack on the politicians.

In some countries, they arrest the president, occupy government offices and TV stations and annul the constitution. They then publish Communique No. 1, explaining the dire need to save the nation from perdition and promising democracy, elections, etc.

In other countries, they do it more quietly. They just inform the elected leaders that, if they don’t desist from their disastrous policies, the officers will make their views public and precipitate their downfall.

“… we are now seeing a kind of verbal uprising against the elected politicians by a group of current and former army generals, foreign intelligence and internal security chiefs. All of them condemn the government’s threat to start a war against Iran, and some of them condemn the government’s failure to negotiate with the Palestinians for peace.”

Such officers are generally called a “junta”, the Spanish word for “committee” used by South American generals. Their method is usually called a “putsch”, a German-Swiss term for a sudden blow. (Yes, the Swiss actually had revolts some 170 years ago.)

What almost all such coups have in common is that their instigators thrive on the demagoguery of war. The politicians are invariably accused of cowardice in face of the enemy, failure to defend national honour, and such.

Not in Israel. In our country we are now seeing a kind of verbal uprising against the elected politicians by a group of current and former army generals, foreign intelligence and internal security chiefs. All of them condemn the government’s threat to start a war against Iran, and some of them condemn the government’s failure to negotiate with the Palestinians for peace.

Only in Israel.

”The stupidest idea I have heard in my life”

It started with the most unlikely candidate to lead such a rebellion: the ex-Mossad chief, Meir Dagan.

For eight years, longer than most of his predecessors, Dagan led the Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence service, comparable to the British MI6. (“Mossad” means “institute”. The official name is “The Institute for intelligence and Special Operations”.)

Nobody ever accused Dagan of pacifism. During his term, the Mossad carried out many assassinations, several against Iranian scientists, as well as cyber attacks. A protégé of Ariel Sharon, he was considered a champion of the most aggressive policies.

And here, after leaving office, he speaks out in the harshest terms against the government’s plans for an attack on Iran’s nuclear installations. Not mincing words, he said: “This is the stupidest idea I have heard in my life.”

This week he was overshadowed by the recently relieved chief of the Shin Bet. (Shin Bet and Shabak are different ways of pronouncing the initials of the official Hebrew name “General Security Service”.) It is equivalent to the British MI5, but deals mostly with the Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories.

For six years, Yuval Diskin was the silent chief of the silent service. His shaved head could be seen entering and leaving meetings of secret committees. He is considered the real father of “targeted eliminations”, and his service has been widely accused of extensive use of torture. Nobody ever accused him of being soft on Arabs.

And now he has spoken out. Choosing a most unusual venue – a get together of some two dozen pensioners in a small-town cafe – he let fly.

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Solidarity with Palestinian Hunger Strikers

  Solidarity with Palestinian Hunger Strikers

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Courage comes in many forms. Perhaps none stand out more than willingness to die for justice.

 

An estimated 2,500 Palestinian detainees began open-ended hunger strikes on April 17 - Palestine Prisoners Day. Others haven't eaten much longer. 

Israel Toughens Prison Harshness

  Israel Toughens Prison Harshness

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinians throughout the Territories face daily state terror. Prisoners in Israel's gulag are worst off. Prison harshness just increased. More on that below. 

 

United Methodist Church Rejects Divestment

  United Methodist Church Rejects Divestment

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Doing the right thing is easy. Doing it wrong takes effort. It also belies some groups' moral values.

 

UMC "emphasi(zes) Christian living (by) putting faith and love into action." On May 2, they were noticeably absent.

Israeli military demolishes dairy farm

CPTnet
2 May 2012
AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Israeli military demolishes dairy farm

On May Day, 1 May, at 7:45 a.m., the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron received a phone call from Noah al-Rajabi in Bani Naim.  Al-Rajabi reported that the army and bulldozers were demolishing his cousin’s home and threatening to demolish the family’s farm. He urged CPT to come and to call the media and other internationals to bear witness to what was happening.  Two CPTers arrived at the main road near the house and saw six military jeeps, three police vehicles, and three intelligence service vehicles at the site.  Initially, the Israeli authorities prevented CPTers from approaching the scene. When they asked soldiers why they were demolishing the farm, a soldier replied, “Because we are the army.”

From the place where they could view the demolition, the CPTers could see a Caterpillar and a Hyundai bulldozer destroying a farm building and a caravan (mobile home) in which the family lived. The children of the family came to the main road and one of the boys told them that he could take them through the fields to get a closer view of the destruction of his father’s farm.  By now, the two bulldozers had started to raze a large corrugated iron barn where the family kept their cows; it destroyed milking machines and other equipment worth over 8000 USD in the process.  The farmer told CPTers, “Destroying my home…I can rebuild and while I am rebuilding I can stay with another family member but destroying my farm—it’s not only destroying my livelihood but also the livelihoods of three other families; our farm is our bread and butter.” The farmer has two wives and fifteen children to support and now he is worried how he will manage financially. He was looking at his one hundred cows, who were sitting in the oppressive heat.  The farmer said that if they were not milked soon, they would die.

In Israel on May Day, all governmental offices are closed; the Israeli military evidently was not observing this national holiday when it destroyed the livelihoods of these four families.

Additional photos of the demolition are available here.

Whitewashing Mass Murder

  Whitewashing Mass Murder

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's 2008-09 Gaza war was one of history's great crimes. Missiles, bombs, shells, and illegal weapons were used against defenseless people. Mass slaughter and destruction followed.

 

Talk Nation Radio: Rebecca Vilkomerson on Jewish Voice for Peace

Rebecca Vilkomerson is the executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace.  She discusses Jewish-American opposition to the Israeli government's policies of war and occupation.  Vilkomerson has over 15 years of experience in community organizing, advocacy, program development and fundraising in the United States and Israel. She has been an active member of JVP since 2002, and lived in Israel with her family from 2006-2009. In 2010, the Forward recognized her as one of the 50 most influential Jewish leaders in the U.S.

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Daring to Criticize Israel

  Daring to Criticize Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Addressing this issue responsibly risks rebuke, ostracism, or job loss. For some, it's a career ender. Scoundrel media writers and broadcasters are vulnerable. So are university professors.

 

Glorifying Israel Shames Harvard

  Glorifying Israel Shames Harvard

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Harvard's motto is "VERITAS (truth)." Its shield displays it. So do rings students buy. 

 

It wasn't present at Harvard's April 19 - 20 Israel Conference (IC). Perhaps an invitation wasn't extended.

Israel's Gulag Prison Hell

  Israel's Gulag Prison Hell

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

For decades, Palestinians have been slaughtered, displaced, intimidated, humiliated, collectively punished, and denied equal rights as Jews. They've also been mass imprisoned. 

 

Land Day: Why It Matters

  Land Day: Why It Matters

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In 1948, Israel stole 78% of Palestine. In 1967, they took the rest. The Israeli/Palestinian conflict remains the longest unresolved one of our time.

 

Marwan Barghouti: Suspect Accusations After the Fact

  Marwan Barghouti: Suspect Accusations After the Fact

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Barghouti's a political prisoner. On May 20, 2004, he was wrongfully convicted of involvement in three terrorist attacks killing five people. Acquitted on 33 other charges, he received five consecutive life sentences plus 40 years.

 

Washington Post's Molotov Peace Offer

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has delivered a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that calls for a resumption of peace negotiations.

Look at the image the Washington Post (4/18/12) used to accompany its story about this :


I will admit that a letter might not lend itself to an interesting graphic, but it sure seems odd to use a fiery Molotov cocktail instead.

Warning: Visiting Israel Is Dangerous

  Warning: Visiting Israel Is Dangerous

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Don't visit Gaza by sea. In May 2010, nine Mavi Marmara activists died trying. Anyone planning Gaza, West Bank, or East Jerusalem trips be warned. 

 

Interdictions, beatings, arrests, interrogations, detentions, deportations, or even death may follow. Israel's indeed dangerous. 

Israel Using Oslo Accords to Steal West Bank Land

  Israel Using Oslo Accords to Steal West Bank Land

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Khader Adnan: Freed for How Long?

  Khader Adnan: Freed for How Long?

 

On April 17, Palestinian Prisoners Day, Khader gained freedom. At issue is for how long? As announced, Israel released him as scheduled. He endured 66 hunger striking days to be free.

 

So was Hana Shalabi last October when released with other Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Gilad Shalit. Held two and a half years without charge, she wasn't free long.

 

Mass Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strike

  Mass Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strike

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 17, about 1,600 Palestinian prisoners began open-ended hunger strikes. More on that below.

 

Palestinians face hellish conditions in Israeli prisons. They endure torture, deprivation, isolation, intimidation, and denial of basic rights.

Israeli official: 40% of names on Shin Bet fly-in blacklist were not activists

By Barak Ravid, Haaretz

Forty percent of the non-Israeli citizens whose names appeared on a Shin Bet blacklist ahead of Sunday's so-called "fly-in" protest by pro-Palestinian activists were added to the list despite the fact that the security service had no concrete information showing they were connected with the protest in any way.

Israel Criminalizes Travel

  Israel Criminalizes Travel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel systematically wages war on rule of law principles, truth, equity, justice, and other democratic values. 

 

Even Jews aren't safe. Anyone challenging Netanyahu's regime and earlier ones becomes vulnerable. 

Israel's Lawless Settlement Project

  Israel's Lawless Settlement Project

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Since June 1967, Israel maintained total domination over Occupied Palestine. 

 

Israel Declares War on Gunter Grass

  Israel Declares War on Gunter Grass

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Grass touched the right nerves. He deserves praise, not condemnation. Nonetheless, he's vilified for discussing Israel's open secret. It's nuclear armed and dangerous.

 

Iran's also threatened. Millions of lives are at risk. Grass explained. Denunciation followed.

Scoundrels Assail Gunter Grass Truths

  Scoundrels Attack Gunter Grass Truths

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Touching the most sensitive nerves has risks. Nearly always hostile responses follow. 

 

Criticizing Israel is the third rail of US politics. It's also largely off limits in scoundrel media managed news, op-eds, and editorials. 

Gunter Grass Addresses Israel's Nuclear Threat

  Gunter Grass Addresses Israel's Nuclear Threat

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Writer, poet, playwright, sculptor, artist, and Nobel laureate Grass is regarded as Germany's most celebrated author. 

 

Awarded the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy said his "frolicsome black fables portray the forgotten face of history."

ICC Absolves Israeli Lawlessness

  ICC Absolves Israeli Lawlessness

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Established by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on July 1, 2002, it's mandated to prosecute individuals for genocide and aggression, as well as crimes or war and against humanity.

 

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