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Israeli Judicial Harshness

  IsraelI Judicial Harshness

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A new Addameer report explains how Israel uses military courts and imprisonment as instruments of repression.

 

Israel: Land of Inequality and Injustice

  Israel: Land of Inequality and Injustice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Conditions go from bad to worse. Jews, Israeli Arabs, and Palestinians suffer.

 

Last summer, social justice protests erupted. Hoped for change never came. Promises made were broken. Betrayed Israelis demand rights they've been denied.

Israel Likely Killed Arafat

  Israel Likely Killed Arafat

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Credible information on Arafat's death surfaced years ago. It wasn't natural. Evidence suggests he was assassinated. Israel most likely was responsible. More on that below.

 

Yitzhak Shamir's Criminal Legacy

  Yitzhak Shamir's Criminal Legacy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Shamir reflected the worst of what Joel Kovel calls "imperialist expansion and militarism (with) signs of the fascist malignancy."

 

Profile of Institutionalized Racism

  Profile of Institutionalized Racism

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

According to Hamoked, the Center for the Defence of the Individual, Israel revoked residency rights for about 240,000 Gaza and West Bank Palestinians from 1967 to 1994. About 15,000 were aged 90 or older.

 

New Israeli Deputy PM Undercuts Strategy of Pressure on Obama

By Gareth Porter, IPS

WASHINGTON, Jun 30 2012 (IPS) - By staking out a policy line on Iran reflecting the views of the Israeli national security leadership, Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz has undercut the Benjamin Netanyahu government’s carefully planned strategy to get U.S. President Barack Obama to threaten war against Iran if it doesn’t give up its nuclear programme.

It could be the beginning of a process by which Netanyahu begins to climb down from a militarily aggressive policy that has provoked unprecedented dissent from high-ranking active and retired military and intelligence officials.

Social Justice Protests in Israel

  Social Justice Protests in Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Last summer, Israelis protested for weeks for social justice. Hundreds of thousands rallied throughout the country.

 

We've Been Warned

From Haaretz:

A senior Israeli official recently told Reuters that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to attack Iran before the U.S. elections in November.

Destroying Susiya Village to Save It

  Destroying Susiya Village to Save It

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On February 7, 1968, AP correspondent Peter Arnett contributed one of the Vietnam War's most memorable quotes.

 

Writing about Ben Tre, he cited an unnamed US major saying: "It became necessary to destroy the village in order to save it."

Israel Reneges on Hunger Striker Deal

  Israel Reneges on Hunger Striker Deal

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's agreements aren't worth the paper they're written on. 

 

Rogue states don't deal. They demand. They lie. They cheat. They betray. They're intolerant of justice and other democratic values.

 

Struggling on Empty Stomachs for Justice

  Struggling on Empty Stomachs for Justice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Rare Palestinian battles are won.  Liberating struggles continue. 

 

Hunger strikers Khader Adnan and Hana Shalabi were released. After 92 days without food, Israel agreed to free footballer Mahmoud Sarsak. 

Israel Declared an Apartheid State

  Israel Declared an Apartheid State

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Colonialism and apartheid breach international law.

 

Palestinian Footballer Wins Release

  Palestinian Footballer Wins Release

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 18, Maan News headlined "Al-Sarsak ends hunger strike in release deal," saying:

 

Israeli Comptroller Confirms Mistakes Were Made Regarding the Mavi Marmara Flotilla Raid

Kucinich: “We Must Ensure that Mistakes Do Not Again Lead to Violence” 

Washington D.C. (June 14, 2012) – A report by the Israeli state comptroller criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his handling of the commando raid on the Mavi Marmara in 2010, which resulted in the death of nine people. The report found that Prime Minister Netanyahu failed to heed multiple warnings from top officials in his government that militarily enforcing the blockade on Gaza could result in violence. Congressman Kucinich personally wrote to the Israeli Ambassador on May 26, 2010, 5 days before the raid, urging him to “take the necessary measures to alert [the Israeli] government of the mission of this ship.”

The report also criticized the Israeli government’s response to the raid. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today released the following statement.

“Inadequate preparation and consideration at the highest levels of government resulted in the deaths of nine innocent civilians and fractured the relationship between two of the most important allies in the region, Israel and Turkey. It was immediately clear that the deadly raid was not in the best interests of the State of Israel. In the aftermath of the raid, I facilitated a critical and timely dialogue in an emergency Member’s meeting with the Turkish Ambassador on the importance of protecting the Turkish-Israeli relationship based on the strong belief that Israel’s security can be best secured through peace with its neighbors.  I urge Israel to recognize mistakes and to begin to rebuild their important relationship with Turkey.

“The report comes at an important time and should be cause for reflection in light of widespread reports that Israel is preparing for a potential attack on Iran, despite warnings from top Israeli and U.S. intelligence officials. The United States must act as a true friend and ally, dedicated to the long-term security of Israel, by ensuring that diplomatic efforts to over Iran’s nuclear program succeed. True, long-term stability and security for Israel is fully depending on peace with its neighbors. Violence and bloodshed would undermine Israel’s security.”

Israel Upside Down

Miko Peled has written a perfect book for people, including Israelis, who have always heard that the Israeli government can do no wrong.  The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine is partly an account of the author's father's life.  His father, Matti Peled, was an Israeli general, war hero, military governor of the Gaza strip, member of Parliament, professor, and columnist who turned against the occupation of Palestine. 

Largely, however, the book is an account of Miko Peled's own life, and the evolution of his thinking about Israel. This autobiographical narrative, by a very likable and moral author, takes us step by step from unquestioning Zionism to condemnation of Israeli war crimes.  For those who would condemn the morality of this intellectual journey, there are two obvious responses.  First, read it. 

Second, the false accusations of hating Israel that often result from any sensible proposal to protect Israel from its government cannot easily apply here, by the accusers' own logic, because the author dutifully performed his Israeli military service, and his father killed a huge number of people in the name of Israel.

Such shallow prejudices have no place in this book, which respectfully and non-confrontationally persuades the reader gradually, through the course of a self-questioning life's story, that much of what is commonly assumed about Israel is in fact the reverse of reality.  The Peled family's military history is of less interest as superficial immunity from false accusations, than as a starting place for an argument that runs its course from the necessity of brutalizing Palestinians all the way through to the necessity of Israelis and Palestinians living together as friends and family.

Miko Peled grew up in Jerusalem believing that Israel had always been a little David struggling honorably against an Arab Goliath.  His grandfather, Avraham Katznelson, had been an important figure in the founding of Israel.  His father, Matti Peled, had in 1948 fought in either the War of Independence or the Catastrophe, depending on which label one prefers.   Matti Peled was also a leader of the Six-Day War of 1967, when Miko -- born in 1961 -- was a child.

Endangered Press Freedom in Israel

  Endangered Press Freedom in Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America and Israel both wage wars on free and open expression. Whistleblowing journalists are targeted. Threats give others pause. Bradley Manning and Julian Assange understand Washington's wrath.

 

So dooes Israeli journalist Anat Kam and Haaretz's national security reporter Uri Blau.

Operation Samson: Israel's Deployment of Nuclear Missiles on Subs from Germany

Many have wondered for years about the exact capabilities of the submarines Germany exports to Israel. Now, experts in Germany and Israel have confirmed that nuclear-tipped missiles have been deployed on the vessels. And the German government has long known about it.

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Israeli Commanders Face Trial in Turkish Court

  Israeli Commanders Face Trial in Turkish Court 

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed arrest warrants issued for four ex-IDF senior officers. 

 

Israeli Attack on Gaza, June 3-4, 2012

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the night of June 3, 2012, Israel conducted a series of air raids hitting several areas in the Gaza Strip. At about 2:00 am, the Israeli Air Force struck:

  • an inhabited house in Nuseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip. The house was struck by 4 missiles. Seven people were injured including 4 children;
  • an uninhabited area to the west of Nuseirat, in this case the missile has remained unexploded;
  • an uninhabited area between a mosque and a house, always in Nuseirat;
  • a farm in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip;
  • a farm in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip;
  • an uninhabited house in Deir el Balah, in the central Gaza Strip;

The following night, June 4, 2012, the Israeli Air Force struck again several areas in the Gaza Strip:

  • a farm that produces cheese in the Zaitoun, east of Gaza City;
  • an uninhabited area in El Kashif mountain, north of Gaza City.

On June 4, in the morning, I went to visit the house in Nuseirat.  The house is completely destroyed. Two missiles have left two deep holes in the ground. Inside the house, two missiles punctured the ceiling of the bedroom, one of which also went through a wall. Debris and glass were scattered everywhere.


Another home nearby was heavily damaged. Part of the ceiling collapsed on a cot where a little girl of 3 months named Deema was sleeping
.


Video I shot on the spot:


 

http://youtu.be/9ujPPL-lpGo

Ibrahim Khalil Alfiqi, 23, was alone in the home hit by four missiles.

The house was destroyed where he was soon to be living with his wife. In a month they were to hold a party for their wedding. Ibrahim had prepared everything. The bedroom was ready.


He had put a mattress in a room of the house where he was sleeping every night, next to the bedroom. At about 2:00 am, Ibrahim was awakened by a huge explosion. The door of the bedroom fell on him and he was hit by fragments of the ceiling. When he started to move the door to go outside he heard another explosion. He tried to open the outer door but did not succeed. Then he heard another explosion. He pushed the door with force and escaped. He went to the home of his brother Mohammed, next to his, and asked him how he was. He saw the ceiling of the house of his brother damaged.

 

Deema, the baby girl on whom part of the ceiling collapsed was injured. Ibrahim also saw some cousins ​​wounded. Ibrahim had a bleeding leg. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital together with Deema. Deema, 3 months, was subjected to X-rays and has reported several cuts because of the ceiling collapsed on her body, and a concussion to head due to the impact of the ceiling.

 

Alive by a miracle.


Ibrahim was wounded by shrapnel from a missile on the leg and bruising due to the impact of the door that fell on him.

 

Ibrahim then immediately wanted to leave the hospital because his mother was very worried and thought that the little girl was dead.

 

"I ran away not knowing what had happened in my house - says Ibrahim - then on my return from the hospital I saw that the bedroom was destroyed. Alhamdulilah I said, having survived, but looking at the room I wondered how I would rebuild it again."

 

Ibrahim has to buy replacements for every thing.  He has to buy windows, to replace the ceiling. Ibrahim earns only between 700 and 800 shekels a month, he can not now buy what the house needs.


His brother Mohammed Khalil Alfiqi, 26, was asleep in the home next door with his wife and two children, Deema, 3 months, and Leen, 3 years.


"It was about 2:00 in the morning - said Mohammed - we were sleeping. Suddenly we heard an explosion near the home of my brother Ibrahim. My brother works as a mechanic, not working for any political party, is a civilian. The celebration of his wedding is set for July 6. He does not have much money, he went into debt to buy everything for his apartment. "

 

The explosions also damaged the house of Mohammed. His daughter Deema, three months, was sleeping in the crib when the ceiling collapsed on her body. His wife and eldest daughter, Leen, have received medical assistance on site. Deema was instead transported to 'Al-Aqsa hospital in Deir El Balah. Deema reported bruising to the skull, cuts to the arms, stomach, close to one eye and a leg.


Mohammed earns about 1700 shekels a month, and pays university tuition for his wife, claims his father who does not work, and her sisters who are studying at university. Their family is from Swafet.


In total, people injured in this attack are seven: Alfiqi Ibrahim, 23 years; Deema Alfiqi, 3 months; Alfiqui Tareq, 23 years; Jebreel Mohammed, 4 years; Feras Jebreel, 5 years; Jebreel Hussien, 16 years; Wesam Jebreel , 3 years. The last four in that list reported cuts caused by glass and rubble.

The family of Mohammed invites me to sit down in the courtyard of the house of Ibrahim, among the rubble.


A relative asks the small Leen, 3 years old, "Who woke you up this morning?", "A bomb," says Leen.


Some families invite me to stay for lunch ... as if it were a normal day.


As if the missiles had not just destroyed their home. As if we were not among the rubble. I remain amazed once again at the power of these people, and they are fascinated and enamored of their reception among the rubble of their eyes, which, despite everything, I smile.


 

un pezzo di missile
 
Mohammed con sua figlia Deema, alle spalle suo fratello Ibrahim



On June 4, I went to the farm destroyed overnight by an Israeli bombardment. The farm is located in an inhabited area in Zaytoun, eastern Gaza city.


The farm is completely destroyed. The roof, shattered on the ground, still has a huge hole caused by the bomb dropped from an F-16. There was an unbearable smell of chlorine mixed with milk and cheese. One of the owners of the farm told us that the bombing occurred at 1 .15 at night. There was no one inside the farm, but a passerby was injured. The farm produces milk and cheese, and is the fifth time that was bombed. The last attack took place a year ago. Six families depend on this farm, every family is composed of eight persons. One family sold their house to be able to rebuild and now lives at another house to rent. "It is a new distastro - said one of the owners - we do not know how to begin again." Some owners are opposed to re-build the farm, fearing to be destroyed again.

 

 

 
il foro provocato dalla bomba sul tetto della fattoria completamente crollato
 
scatole per il formaggio sparse fra le macerie


 

Israeli spokesmen have announced that they had hit military targets. Many international media have reported the statements of Israeli spokesmen. The truth is otherwise.


The truth is made up of civilian homes reduced to rubble, collapsed ceilings at night, families of impoverished, frightened eyes of children, were wounded.


The Gazawi rebuild their lives from the rubble once again.

 

 

Discrimination Against Arab Communities in Israel

  Discrimination Against Arab Communities in Israel and Palestine

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

An April joint Bimkom Planners for Planning Rights/Arab Center for Alternative Planning (ACAP) report titled "Outline Planning for Arab Localities in Israel" explains state-sponsored discriminatory injustice.

 

Turkish Court Indicts Senior Israeli Military Officials in Murders on Gaza Flotilla

On the Second Anniversary of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Turkish Court Indicts Senior Israeli Military Officials in Murders of Nine Passengers

By Ann Wright

Two years ago I was a passenger on the first Gaza Freedom Flotilla which was sailing to break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. I watched from a small boat called the Challenger 1, as a much larger boat, the Mavi Marmara, with almost 600 passengers, was brutally attacked by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) commandos. 30 minutes later, our boat was attacked.

Israel's Enforcer

  Israel's Enforcer

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel enforces rogue state harshness. Rule of law principles are spurned. Even Jewish rights are marginalized. Palestinians have none. 

 

Occupation ruthlessness terrorizes them. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad serve illegitimately.

Continuing Palestinian Hunger Strikes

  Continuing Palestinian Hunger Strikes

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel mocks democratic freedoms. Force-fed occupation injustice reveals its true face. It rivals the world's worst tyrannies. Scoundrel media cover-ups can't change facts.

 

Separate and Unequal in Israel

  Separate and Unequal in Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 23, Yousef Munayyer headlined his New York Times op-ed "Not All Israeli Citizens are Equal," saying:

 

Residing in Lod, Israel, he's an Arab citizen. His Palestinian wife lives in Nablus in the West Bank. 

Time Profiles a World Class Thug

  Time Profiles a World Class Thug

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Time magazine's May 28 cover features "King Bibi: He's conquered Israel. But will Netanyahu make peace - or war?"

 

US House Stealthily Passes Extreme Pro-Israel Legislation

by Philip Giraldi

 

Go to Google and type in “H.R. 4133.” You will discover that, apart from a handful of blogs and alternative news sites, not a single mainstream medium has reported the story of a congressional bill that might well have major impact on the conduct of United States foreign policy.

H.R. 4133, the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, was introduced into the House of Representatives of the 112th Congress on March 5 “to express the sense of Congress regarding the United States-Israel strategic relationship, to direct the president to submit to Congress reports on United States actions to enhance this relationship and to assist in the defense of Israel, and for other purposes.” The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) reportedly helped draft the bill, and its co-sponsors include Republicans Eric Cantor and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Democrats Howard Berman and Steny Hoyer. Hoyer is the Democratic whip in the House of Representatives, where Cantor is majority leader. Ros-Lehtinen heads the Foreign Affairs Committee.

The House bill basically provides Israel with a blank check drawn on the U.S. taxpayer to maintain its “qualitative military edge” over all of its neighbors combined. It requires the White House to prepare an annual report on how that superiority is being maintained. The resolution passed on May 9 by a vote of 411–2 on a “suspension of the rules,” which is intended for non-controversial legislation requiring little debate and a quick vote.

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Killing with Impunity

  Killing with Impunity

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A new initiative called "Killing Without Consequence" wants justice for Ziad Jilani. Border guard Maxim Vinogradov murdered him with impunity. More on that below.

 

Jerusalem Day

  Jerusalem Day

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In May 1948, Israel's independence was Palestine's Nakba. In June 1967, Jerusalem Day for Jews was Nakba 2.0 for Palestinians.

 

Israeli Police State Crimes

  Israeli Police State Crimes

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Multiple times daily they occur in Occupied Palestine. In the week ending May 16, Palestinian West Bank communities experienced 41 lawless incursions.

 

Numerous arrests followed. Three journalists and three children were targeted. Dozens of peaceful Nakba Day demonstrators were injured. Others were arrested.

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